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Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park

Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tadoussac: VIP Lounge or Upper Walkway Whale Watching Cruise

1. Tadoussac: VIP Lounge or Upper Walkway Whale Watching Cruise

Experience an unforgettable whale watching adventure at one of the best marine mammal-watching sites in the world. Encounter up to thirteen species of marine mammals aboard a vessel designed for observation and learn about the giants of the sea from professional naturalist guides. Choose between two options for this cruise. Access the Saint Laurent VIP lounge or access the upper Walkway only, departing from Tadoussac or Baie-St-Catherine. If you book the Saint Laurent VIP Lounge option, enjoy the amenities of a brand-new VIP lounge where a selection of fine local bites and drinks made with local products awaits you. You will also have access to the upper walkway with the VIP lounge option. Benefit from priority access to an exclusive observation deck with Quebec wines, beers, and spirits. Take in the majestic natural scenery from an intimate, glass-encased space on the upper deck. You will also enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch. If you book access to the upper Walkway only, you will have access to an exclusive observation deck, at the very top of the ship as well as priority access to board the ship. The upper Walkway allows you to see the whales from above.

Tadoussac: Whales and Fjord Cruise Morning or Twilight Tour

2. Tadoussac: Whales and Fjord Cruise Morning or Twilight Tour

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.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

3. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion.  After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience.  The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea.  Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your 2.5- to 3-hour excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

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What people are saying about Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,725 reviews

This trip is a must if you are willing to take the bus three hours each way from Quebec City to Baie-St.-Catherine. My teenaged son & I had been wanting to see this part of Canada for a long while so it was well worth the travel time. The trip was organized and the ride was easy. A stop for lunch on the way was a good break to get some fresh local cheese from the Charlevoix region. Our guide, Benjamin, was knowledgable about the area and pointed out interesting and beautiful things to see on our journey. The whale watching cruise was gorgeous, and it was fun to see whales and porpoises, as well as seals on the trip. The large boat had a restaurant on board which was a nice break if you wanted to duck indoors in case of rain or cold wind. Some of our group took the Zodiac which is more adventurous yet their feedback was that it was very cold and windy that close to the water. You’ll also definitely get wet and need to be suited in rain gear. We loved the tour and would go again!

It was a really cool trip, with fun facts about the regions and cities that were on the bus route. A lot was also said about the different whale species in the Zodiac. We saw about 40 beluga whales and 2-3 minki whales. Also 2 seals. We had a lot of fun!

Well settled in armchairs… You can see very well at more than 180 degrees. We feel spoiled. Tasting delicious… And if we want to be outside a space and a walkway are there just for us…

Just What I Had Expected And So Much More... Absolutely Worth Every Penny Of Money Spent, I Did Not Think This Would Ever Happen Couldn't Be Happier.

Nice experience. Spotted 2 types of whales, seals and more.