Whale watching in the St. Lawrence River is a memorable and emotional experience that sets Quebec apart. Here you will find the best place in the world to spot these sea mammals in their natural habitat. With its breathtaking scenery, 13 species of cetaceans, huge Marine Park and experienced cruise operators, the area has something unique to offer: a close encounter with the giants of the sea. What’s more, accommodation and cruise packages are available on both the Côte-Nord and Charlevoix regions.

Discover the River and its inhabitants

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 The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, a protected 1,245 km2 marine area, provides an opportunity to choose among many activities both on land and on water. At the Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay, you might spot a small fin whale or a seal, as both live in this impressive place surrounded by colossal cliffs. To explore the marine world, visit the many interpretation centres that will teach you more about the fascinating biodiversity of the river. You’ll also enjoy a unique point of view on the splendours of the St. Lawrence if you take the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine ferry or the Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout ferry with the Société des traversiers du Québec.

Enjoy a whale-watching cruise

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The members of the Eco-Whale Alliance ensure respectful and eco-friendly marine mammal observation activities and promise a safe and pleasant experience for passengers. Croisières AML offers comfortable boating excursions on boats and incredible adventures on Zodiacs led by naturalist guides. At Croisières Essipit and OrganisAction, Zodiac cruises are commented by seasoned captains and allow for amazing proximity with many species of whales. Treat yourself to a unique opportunity to see the whales in their natural environment, and discover the history, scenery and wildlife of the St. Lawrence River!

See giants of the sea and discover our regions!

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This summer, discover must-see attractions at our main destinations for whale watching and outdoor adventures. The Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region is renowned for its amazing vistas and exciting outdoor activities. The Côte-Nord and Charlevoix regions offer attractive accommodation and cruise packages from $99 per person, per night. Whether you are travelling as a family, as a couple or by yourself, these packages make it easy to plan a vacation for whale-watching fun in Quebec. Come and see them for real! 

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