Whale Watching Tours from Québec City
Did you know that when you stay in Québec City, you can both take in the sights of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and set sail on a full-day excursion to see the whales of the St. Lawrence? Here’s how your magical day could unfold.
3 Options for Whale Watching Tours Departing from Québec City
From Québec City, you have a choice of three different excursions to see the whales in Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park:
- With the Bus-Whale Express Zodiac Package * NOT OFFERED IN SUMMER 2020 *, you’ll enjoy the stunning landscapes of Charlevoix by coach before setting off for an exciting encounter with these giants of the sea aboard a Zodiac boat. Starting at $144.99 per person.
- The Bus-Whale Express Package * NOT OFFERED IN SUMMER 2020 * offers the same experience, but this time you’ll set sail aboard one of the best whale watching ships in Canada. Starting at $139.99 per person.
- The Helicopter Whale Watching Adventure is your ticket to a full day of high-flying adventure. It all starts when you hop on a helicopter in Québec City for a spectacular bird’s eye view of all the breathtaking scenery from Québec City to Charlevoix and the marine park. Once you touch down, it’s time for a cruise aboard the AML Levant. You’ll have an unbelievable view of the whales from the comfort of the VIP Lounge. Starting at $899.99 per person.
Top it all off with a Tour of Old Québec
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Once you’re back in town, end this perfect day on a high note with an evening in Old Québec. See street performers, indulge in a little people-watching at one of the many outdoor terraces, or even attend an event.
Day trips like these are the perfect way to enjoy two fantastic attractions in the same day!
What Types of Marine Mammals are out there?
The most common species in the St. Lawrence Estuary are minke whales, fin whales, humpback whales, blue whales, beluga whales, harbour porpoises, and grey seals.
Here’s some advice on making the most of a whale watching trip:
- Bring a fleece or wool sweater and a windbreaker; it’s usually quite cool on the St. Lawrence (expect around 15o Celcius cooler than what you feel on the shore).
- Don’t be afraid to go even if the weather isn’t perfect.
- Keep in mind that the animals are in their natural habitat and might not make an appearance when you do.
- Don’t go with sky-high expectations—it’s rare to see a whale’s tail. You’re more likely to see their backs or blowholes or see them feeding, which is impressive in its own right.
- The best time to see whales is in the fall (September–October); there are more of them around at that time and they’re more active, apparently. July and August are also good months.