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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.

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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!

Berthier-sur-Mer: Razorbill Penguin Observation Cruise

6. Berthier-sur-Mer: Razorbill Penguin Observation Cruise

Set sail from Berthier-sur-Mer to discover the unique Alca Torda Razorbills and learn about the wildlife, geography, history, and culture of the area around the St. Lawrence River on a guided 4.5-hour cruise. See the Alca Torda Razorbills, a species of small penguins coming by the thousands from the extreme eastern regions of the St. Lawrence River to breed on the islands of the archipelago.  Located bout a 45-minute drive from downtown Quebec City, sail aboard the Vent des Îles departing from the Berthier-sur-Mer Marina. Step aboard and explore the vessel's lower deck, which features a dining room and lounge. On the upper deck, you’ll find the wheelhouse and solarium - perfect to admire the beauty of the scenery while remaining inside and sheltered from the sun.  Feel the breeze as you step outside to the exterior decks for some fresh air, cruising down the river and listening to the captain as he points out the sights of the surrounding landscape.  Look for the many small penguins that breed on the archipelago of l'Isle-aux-Grues while hearing fun facts and in-depth information from ornithologists onboard.

Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

7. Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

Experience Montréal from a different perspective on a dinner cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Arrive in the Old Port of Montréal from 6:00 PM to collect your cruise ticket inside the brand new cruise terminal on Alexandria Pier.  Board the beautiful AML Cavalier Maxim vessel, with a capacity for up to 850 guests. Wander the outside decks and terraces and the indoor dining rooms. Enjoy a drink at one of the bars before the boat sets sail at 7:00 PM. Appreciate the panorama from the "floor to ceiling" all-glass dining rooms, and get breathtaking views of the harbor and St. Lawrence River as you sail. Experience the local gastronomy of dishes prepared by a talented team of chefs. Then, relax to the sounds of the live DJ after your 5-course meal. Take advantage of the outdoor patios, and dance the night away under the stars or on one of the indoor dance floors. See the Old Port of Montréal and sail past the theme park of La Ronde on the island of St. Hélène. Admire the Jacques Cartier Bridge and Biosphere, before your return to port at approximately 10:30 PM.  

Montreal: Guided Helicopter Tour

8. Montreal: Guided Helicopter Tour

Start your helicopter tour of Montreal with a quick safety briefing from your pilot. Get to know the pilot and the aircraft to feel comfortable before you take off. Take a great photo in front of the helicopter and ascend into the skies to see the city from a totally unique perspective. Fly over the Quebec Capitol building at an altitude of 1,500 feet. Hover over the Olympic Stadium, Downtown Montreal and Mount Royal. The 20-minute ride will bring you back to the airport through the Old Port of Montreal and Victoria Bridge. Opt for the 30-minute tour and fly above the Saint Lawrence River over Parc Jean Drapeau and the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Continue to the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park and make your way over the picturesque countryside.

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

9. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. Departing from Chouinard Pier, this cruise will be a memorable experience that gives you a completely different perspective of Quebec City. During daytime crusies, the costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Or choose to join an evening cruise and experience summer on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. A DJ will provide music and at the end of the night.

Tadoussac: Morning or Dusk Whale Watching and Fjord Cruise

10. Tadoussac: Morning or Dusk Whale Watching and Fjord Cruise

Depart from the pier at Tadoussac or Baie-Sainte-Catherine and head out on an observation boat in Quebec's Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park Saguenay Fjord. As you look out at the marine life and geological formations, listen to commentary from your certified naturalist guide. As you sail along the waters of this marine reserve, keep your eyes peeled for whales of all kinds. 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 located in Saguenay Fjord National Park with some parts overlapping with the Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park.

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What people are saying about Quebec

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,313 reviews

We had such an amazing time celebrating our friends 50th birthday! A big shout out and thank you to Gabby, Mike (aka bat man) and their daughters they were great host! We highly recommend giving this a try!! Thank you again for all laughs.

A great hour-long trip for my niece and nephew visiting from out of town. Get to see good parts of the city. The captain and tour guide were great.

Wonderful experience. Will attempt to return for another trip in the warmer weather in order to spend more time on the out door deck.

This was a nice trip. Not so long as to become boring, and informative. Pleasant way to see more of the environs!

A great, informative tour. We learned so much about the city.