Whale Watching Tours from Québec City

Whale watching on a zodiac
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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.

Bus Excursion and Whale Watching Tours from Québec City

From Old Québec, board a comfortable coach to the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Then, let the experienced naturalist guides tell you about the lives of these marine mammals. You can choose to experience this whale watching excursion by boat or zodiac.

Top it all off with a Tour of Old Québec

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.

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