AN UNFORGETTABLE ENCOUNTER!
The St. Lawrence River is a unique place in the world to see whales in their natural habitat. With stunning landscapes, 13 whale species, an enormous marine park and amazing cruises, it’s the ideal destination for a truly unforgettable experience: an encounter with the giants of the sea.
Including the blue whale:
The largest animal
that ever lived on earth.
Discover grandiose regions
Come to Côte-Nord and bear witness to the whales’ awesome feats as they hunt for food. With its endless beaches, delightful Gourmet Tourist Trail, unique attractions and fascinating marine interpretation, this still-undiscovered region of Quebec offers breathtaking scenery of spectacular natural splendour.Discover our region
You will be unable to resist the charms of Charlevoix. From the St. Lawrence to the mountains, its people have cultivated an art of living that in turn has fostered a thriving culture. Thanks to its rich and fertile soil, chefs and producers have together created an authentic recipe for happiness!Discover our region
The pleasures of driving on country roads and along the St. Lawrence as it turns from river to seaway. The joy of discovering its poetic landscapes, enchanting islands, heritage lighthouses, authentic local fare, traditional artisans, and attractions steeped in the region's maritime history. Bas-Saint-Laurent: Your good time world reserve!Discover our region
The kingdom of whales
is in Québec
One of the best whale watching sites in the world.
A 1,245 km2 marine park.
Different species of whales.
Including the blue whale:
Up to 135 tons and 30 metres.
The largest animal that ever lived on earth.
Whale watching cruises by Eco-Whale Alliance members
Board a vessel belonging to one of the PROUD MEMBERS of the Eco-Whale Alliance to live a distinctive experience in the land of whales, seals and sea birds.
Discover a majestic river
St. Lawrence Marine Park
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The Saguenay Fjord
Taking the Matane─Baie-Comeau─Godbout ferry is a unique way to broaden your vacation horizons, bridging the gap between the Gaspésie region and the North Shore of Quebec. Hop aboard our new ferry, the MV F.-A.-Gauthier to explore the majestic St. Lawrence and the best sunsets in the utmost comfort.
Take advantage of our Same-Day Round-Trip Excursion Fare and join us for a “pocket cruise”!
In addition to being a gateway to Côte Nord, The Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine Ferry offers a unique opportunity to admire the majestic Saguenay fjord and the wonders of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. This ferry service is free of charge.www.traversiers.com/en/our-ferries/tadoussac-baie-sainte-catherine-ferry
One of the world’s largest rivers
Since its 16th-century charting by Jacques Cartier, the Saint-Lawrence river has been a veritable lifeline for the Québecers who made their homes on its shores.
Roads hug both sides of the St. Lawrence river, providing panoramic views on a coastline by turns rural, mountainous or supremely wild. Whether by car, bicycle or motorcycle, try one of our different circuits and road trips and discover the size and splendour of this majestic river.
The St-Lawrence RouteThe Whale Route The St. Lawrence Road Trips Route des Navigateurs
Over its 1,600-km (995-mi.) trajectory, the river broadens into an estuary and then a gulf that’s more like an inland sea. By sailboat or kayak, on a ferry or a cruise ship, discover the infinite secrets of this majestic waterway where the gleaming backs of whales break the waves beneath flocks of seabirds in flight.
From Montréal to Anticosti through Ile Verte, Mingan Archipelago and Isle-aux-Coudres, innumerable archipelagos, verdant or rocky, invite you to discover their fauna and flora and hear the legends of the farmers, sailors and fishermen who lived there once, and live there still.
Anticosti Ile verte The Mingan Archipelago Isle-aux-CoudresPot à l’Eau-de-Vie Islands Île aux Lièvres Saint-Barnabé Island Grosse-Île
Dark waters enclosed within dizzying cliffs give the Saguenay Fjord a somewhat mysterious aspect. The Fjord is at once a sea and a river, as cold salt water from the St. Lawrence estuary invades its depths, while warmer fresh waters from its tributaries and Lake St. Jean run along the surface.
Sustainable whale watching
For the past 5 years, Alliance members have rigorously followed an improvement process in order to ensure that the sea-born activities in the marine park are a model of sustainability. Encouraging one the Alliance’s proud members is equivalent to showing your support towards the dedication and experience of the captains, naturalists, and all employees of the companies who actively protect our whales by respecting laws and raising visitor awareness of the jewel which is the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Make an environmentally responsible choice! Look for the PROUD MEMBER of the Eco-Whale Alliance logo when booking your next cruise.