Whales of Québec The best whale watching site in the world


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.

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Eco-Whale Alliance
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13 different species of whales.
Including the blue whale:
The largest animal
that ever lived on earth.
A 1,245 km2
marine park.
The best places in world for whale-watching.

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Approximately $79 USD


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.

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Approximately $79 USD


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!

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COVID-19: The same wonderful experience, just a few new safety instructions for everyone. Consult the whale-watching cruise health plan here.

The kingdom of whales
is in Québec

icon_gobalOne of the best whale watching sites in the world.

icon_arrowA 1,245 km2 marine park.

icon_thirtheenDifferent species of whales.

Including the blue whale:
Up to 135 tons and 30 metres.
The largest animal that ever lived on earth.

Discover the whales of Québec

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.


Whale watching cruise aboard a Zodiac:

Whale watching cruise aboard a Zodiac:

With departures from Tadoussac or Charlevoix, set out aboard a Zodiac for an encounter with 13 species of whales and marine mammals during this incredible 2 or 2½-hour adventure.

Escape to the great outdoors in the Saguenay-St-Laurence Marine Park for only $68.99.

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Whale watching cruise and helicopter:

Whale watching cruise and helicopter:

Escape into the air aboard a GoHélico helicopter and enjoy an encounter with the whales aboard a boat or a zodiac for only $99.11.

With departures from Tadoussac or Charlevoix, fly over the forest and the majestic Saguenay Fjord and see the demarcation between fresh and salt water!

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Whale watching cruise aboard a boat:

Whale watching cruise aboard a boat:

Choose le unparalleled comfort, the exception panoramic view and the security of the AML Grand Fleuve and experience a unique encounter with the whales in the heart of the Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park for only $68.99.

Up to 2 departures daily from  Tadoussac or Charlevoix.

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Croisières Essipit

Croisières Essipit

Croisières Essipit invites you to discover a unique marine world aboard one of its six Zodiacs. From the dock at Les Bergeronnes, located 24 km east of Tadoussac, our captain and naturalist will take you on an incredible two-hour journey into the wondrous world of whales. Don’t miss it!
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Les écumeurs du St-Laurent

Les écumeurs du St-Laurent

Écumeurs du Saint-Laurent invites you to explore the fascinating world of whales aboard our zodiacs under the guidance of our passionate captains.
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Discover a majestic river

Saguenay<br />
St. Lawrence Marine Park

St. Lawrence Marine Park

Renowned for the beauty of its scenery, the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park protects an exceptional marine area. The park is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Watching them break the surface of water and listen for their powerful blows makes for a memorable experience. Live the experience at sea and on land!


Marime Mammal<br />
Interpretation<br />
Centre of Tadoussac

Marime Mammal
Centre of Tadoussac

As you enter Côte-Nord, come meet a 13-metre sperm whale, discover unique images and incredible sounds, take part in games and whale-singing lessons, admire our collection of whale skeletons, and watch exclusive videos on whales. This memorable experience perfectly complements whale watching cruises.
Société des traversiers<br />
du Québec

Société des traversiers
du Québec

The Société des Traversiers du Québec invites you to discover the St. Lawrence Estuary through its gateways to Côte-Nord, Charlevoix and Bas-Saint-Laurent. Our ferry crossings provide more than a passage from one region to another: they also offer the perfect opportunity to soak up the beauty of the St. Lawrence, where the river meets the sea!
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Parc national du<br />

Parc national du

The Fjord du Saguenay, one of the world’s longest, flows 103 km before emptying into the St. Lawrence. Discover the diversity of this unique environment where adventure is in tune with the rhythms of the tides. Not to be missed : ready-to-camp accommodations as well as the via ferrata circuit. Along the bank, be sure to keep a lookout for belugas that visit the Baie Sainte-Marguerite area.


Observation of whales from the shore, spectacular viewpoints onto the sea and memorable discovery experiences await. Get in the action to explore the marine environment: visit the Marine Environment Discovery Centre, the Cap de Bon-Désir and the Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centres.
The Saguenay Fjord

The Saguenay Fjord

The Saguenay Fjord is a stunning natural wonder full of steep cliffs and flowing dark waters. Explore it by kayak, sailboat or boat excursion and the exceptional wildlife habitat will reveal itself before your eyes. The fjord hosts a variety of marine species, including the beluga, minke whale and harbour seal. Visit its small villages by bicycle or on foot and admire the magnificent landscapes from one shore to the other.

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.


Scenic road

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.
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The St-Lawrence Route The 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.

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Islands of Québec, Canada

Our islands

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.
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Anticosti Ile verte The Mingan Archipelago Isle-aux-Coudres Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie Islands Île aux Lièvres Saint-Barnabé Island Grosse-Île

Our Fjord

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.
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Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean

Saguenay-St.Lawrence Marine Park

Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay

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.

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