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Quebec

A fascinating open-air history book – this Canadian province blends North American and European influences.

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Tadoussac or Baie-Sainte-Catherine: Whale Watching Cruise

1. Tadoussac or Baie-Sainte-Catherine: Whale Watching Cruise

Depart from the pier in Tadoussac or Baie-Sainte-Catherine and head out on an observation boat on a tour of the marine ecosystem in Quebec's Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park. Embark on a 3-hour whale-watching trip, and observe geological formations like the Saguenay Fjord. As you sail along the waters of this marine reserve aboard the Grand Fleuve, keep your eyes peeled for whales. The area is best known for its colony of belugas, but you can also sometimes spot blue whales, minke whales, and fin whales. Continue your adventure with a visit to the magnificent Saguenay Fjord. This inlet is 65 miles long and sometimes as wide as 2.5 miles. The fjord is also in Saguenay Fjord National Park, sometimes overlapping with Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park. You will be amazed by the wonder of marine life and geological formations as you cruise the waters on this relaxing and informative tour.

Tadoussac & Baie-Ste-Catherine: Zodiac Whale Watch

2. Tadoussac & Baie-Ste-Catherine: Zodiac Whale Watch

Get ready for an amazing wildlife adventure. Accompanied by a certified naturalist captain, you will experience the excitement of an intimate and unique encounter with whales. It’s a must for lovers of intense emotions! Departing from Tadoussac Marina or Baie-Ste-Catherine Pier, you can experience a 2 or 2.5-hour whale-watching excursion aboard either a 25-foot passenger inflatable or a 60-foot rigid boat. Enjoy this intimate experience with whales in their natural habitat. Your captain and guide will tell you the story of how these impressive marine mammals live. You will top off the cruise with a breathtaking excursion into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord.

Montreal Old Port: La Grande Roue Entry Ticket

3. Montreal Old Port: La Grande Roue Entry Ticket

Take in breathtaking views on top La Grande Roue de Montréal, the largest observation wheel in Canada. Upgrade your experience to a private gondola or beat the crowd with the early bird option. The wheel is located in the heart of the picturesque setting of Old Port, on the shore of the Saint Lawrence River. Step aboard climate-controlled gondolas with ultra-clear glass for unbeatable panoramic views 60-meters high. Year round, rain, snow or shine, admire exceptional views of the city and its surroundings. Your ride will last around twenty breathtaking minutes. No matter the weather, the temperate gondolas will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.  Under the sun or stars, enjoy the historic buildings of Old Montreal, the city center’s eclectic architecture, Mont-Royal, and the majestic Saint Lawrence River. On a clear day, you can admire up to 28-kilometers of the horizon. As dusk falls, Montreal’s lights up in color, creating a romantic and festive atmosphere. At the base of the wheel, relax on terraces or saver a tasty treat at the onsite cafe and bistro. You can upgrade your experience with the option of a private gondola for 8 people.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

4. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Begin your visit at the cable car station and take the opportunity to discover the new trails at the foot of the falls. After your walk, take the cable car ride up to the top. You will see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. Once at the top, learn more about the history of the park at the interpretation center located in the Manoir Montmorency. You will also find a souvenir shop there. Continue to the suspension bridge hanging directly over the falls and listen to the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park.  The large-format maps on the park will guide you in discovering the panoramic circuit. You can stop to observe the different viewpoints available, or have a picnic. For the more adventurous, opt to go down the panoramic staircase. Clinging to the side of the cliff, this impressive staircase has no less than 487 steps. You will have ample opportunity to take well-deserved breaks during your descent. At the bottom of the stairs, feel the full power of the falls as you get splashed by the water. In winter, the fine splashes projected by the waterfall eventually freeze and form beautiful shapes. These splashes also form the famous Sugarloaf which is a very impressive natural ice cream cone at the foot of the falls. Finally, walk along the new contemplative walkway.

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

5. Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be able to spot some sights that are only visible from the water or from Gatineau. While you're taking in the sights, savor a nice cold beverage (at your own expense) on the large open-air upper deck. Alternatively, escape the elements and visit the closed-in lower deck to take advantage of the on-board canteen with a bar.

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

6. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure is from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. The return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time, and also lasts about 45 minutes.

Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

7. Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

Climb aboard the Cavalier Maxim river vessel at Montreal’s Alexandra Pier in the Old Port and set sail on a 90-minute cruise (or 60-minute cruise at 16:00) of the Saint Lawrence River. See the metropolitan area from a new perspective as you cruise out from the port, past the Olympic Stadium, Parc Bellerive, the Pont Jacques-Cartier and more. Relax on board and listen to a fascinating commentary by certified guide. They will regale you with stories of the history of Montreal, and relate anecdotes about the city and its surroundings. Take a break from city life and laze on the sunny terrace of the Cavalier Maxim, while soaking up the breathtaking panorama parading before your eyes!

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

8. Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Learn about castle life at the Château Frontenac during a guided tour of this iconic hotel located in one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec City. The visit will last between 50 to 60 minutes and includes an outer portion of about 15 to 20 minutes. The rest of the tour takes place inside. Take advantage of a unique chance to see the improvements of the installations undergone in recent years. Have a guide interpreting an authentic character who once lived in the Château Frontenac during the early days.

Montreal: 3.5-Hour Guided Bus Tour

9. Montreal: 3.5-Hour Guided Bus Tour

Discover Montreal by bus and admire over 200 points of interest in the vibrant Canadian city. Your bilingual guide will tell you all about each place you visit, offering insights and historical background as you go. Stroll through charming Old Montreal for a panoramic view of the Old Port, and admire Place Jacques Cartier in the heart of this historical area. Located between the St. Lawrence River and downtown, Old Montreal is the center of the city and offers a fascinating glimpse into Montreal's past. See prestigious McGill University and Universite de Montreal, then stop by Montreal's City Hall before heading to vibrant Montreal Harbor, an ocean port 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the sea. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from Mont Royal Park as you stand next to the massive basilica of St. Joseph's Oratory at the park summit. The bus will also take you to Chinatown, the Place Des Arts performing arts center, and the Place Ville Marie underground luxury shopping center. See the tallest inclined building in the world at Olympic Park and admire the new home of the Montreal Canadien ice hockey team at the Bell Centre. See all there is to see in Montreal's French Quarter, and residential and financial districts as you get to know this fascinating French Canadian city.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

10. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the history of Quebec City on a hassle-free day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allle, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

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What people are saying about Quebec

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11,494 reviews

Super éducatif pour notre première visite! Ce tour nous a permis de voir les attractions et ce familiariser avec la ville avan de commencer nos aventures a pieds. Les écouteurs sont dure sur les oreilles, p-e apporter les vôtres et les branché a la radio du bus. Une petite veste est encourager pour ceux qui s’assoir en haut :) Fortement recommander!

Arianne, the English guide on May 13 was amazing. Was a very entertaining and engaging tour. She was very animated and informative with her stories staying in character the entire tour. I’d highly recommend- you will fund hundreds the lower town so finding your way back if the funicular is closed is hard. We ubered.

Amazing trip. However, the trip on the boat was not possible because the boat wasn’t ready yet. They told us when we arrived and we didn’t really like that since we paid for it.

I have a lovely time on the tour! Louise was excellent and made sure we all had a good time.

Our driver Richard was great. Very knowledgeable and funny.