Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Quebec

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  • Location: Quebec City, Canada
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3571Q_WW
While you’re in Quebec City, don’t miss a chance to see some of Canada’s best wildlife on a whale-watching cruise! You’ll travel to Baie-Sainte-Catherine by road and then board either a large, three-level observation boat or a small, open-air zodiac boat for an exciting escapade to look for whales, belugas, seals and other marine life. The fabulous scenery is just a bonus on this adventurous day trip from Quebec City.


  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Seasonal Offer
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Escape Quebec City for a day, and treat yourself to an exciting adventure on the water. You'll be picked up in one of our 20 different Quebec City locations and taken to the departure point, Place D'Armes. After meeting your guide, you will board a deluxe motor coach and travel along the picturesque mountainous coastline of the St Lawrence River to reach Baie-Sainte-Catherine, where you’ll board either the AML Grand Fleuve observation boat or a speedy zodiac for a memorable afternoon of whale-watching.

The choice of transportation in the water is yours – the AML Grand Fleuve is a large, three-level boat with a glassed-in main deck, observation platform, covered upper deck, a bistro and a bar; the zodiac is a small, open-air boat that holds either 24 or 48 passengers (depending on the boat) and allows you to zip through the water to enjoy super-close access to the whales and other marine life. Opt for the AML Grand Fleuve for a more leisurely experience on the water, or choose the zodiac for an exciting high-adrenaline adventure!

Both vessels depart from the north shore of the St Lawrence for an exciting encounter with whales, seals and belugas! Discover the many faces of the St Lawrence River, including the Saguenay–St Lawrence Marine Park, a lighthouse, fascinating islands and an amazing diversity of marine life.

Aboard the AML Grand Fleuve a naturalist-guide will share illuminating facts during your whale-watching journey, while on the zodiac your captain will provide live commentary on your search for whales. This is an extraordinary rendezvous with the nature of eastern Canada!

Please note: The minimum age to board the zodiac is 6 years. Pregnant women or people with back problems are not permitted on this cruise. Also, please note that tour includes pickup and drop-off from 25 different hotels, B&B's, inns, and motels in Quebec City. This excludes home addresses.

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Departure Point:
Please enter precise hotel name and address. If not, meeting point will be at 9am at Place d'Armes, in front of Fairmont Château Frontenac Hotel
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Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

10 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 8:30pm

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Grand Fleuve Cruise
Code: GF0900

Whale-watching cruise on the AML Grand Fleuve, a large, three-level, 105-foot (32-meter) boat with a glassed-in main deck, observation platform and covered upper deck.

USD $108.68
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Zodiac Cruise
Code: ZD0900

Whale-watching tour on a zodiac, a small, faster, open-air boat that holds either 24 or 48 passengers and allows you to get very close to the whales and other marine life.

USD $116.03
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Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Quebec

Whale Watch

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • 3-hour whale-watching cruise
  • Certified naturalist-captain
  • Pick up and drop-off from 25 different hotels, B&B's, inns, and motels different locations in Quebec City
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drink
  • Pickup and drop-off from home addresses
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please enter precise hotel name and address. If not, meeting point will be 9h00 at Place d'Armes, in front of Fairmont Château Frontenac Hotel
  • Meals are not included. Passengers on the AML Grand Fleuve cruise may purchase food on board; passengers on the zodiac cruise are recommended to bring a lunch or snacks
  • Please dress warmly, as it can be quite cold on the river. An insulated jacket, hat, gloves and closed-toes shoes are highly recommended
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems
  • Minimum age is 6 years for the zodiac boat
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: airkind7, July 2016

We all had a great time and would highly recommend it for anyone visiting Qebec

Reviewed by: Laura G, July 2016

The bus ride was long, but the driver Yves kept us entertained with history, facts, and discussion about whales. We happened to take the tour on a rainy day. We were scheduled for the Zodiac tour. They gave us the option of switching to the larger boat, but we decided to stay with the Zodiac. We definitely got wet with rain and waves splashing onto the boat, even with the waterproof coat and pants. I recommend bringing a change of clothes with you if you do the Zodiac. That 3 hour bus ride back was a bit uncomfortable in wet clothes.

Though both types of boats have to abide by the same rules of staying away from the whales a certain distance, I feel like the whales we saw were so much closer than the larger boat. Perhaps it was just that we were on the same level. We saw Fin whales and seals.

We heard the larger boat saw some Beluga whales at one location that we weren't able to see. A view from higher in the air has its benefits too. Either way, it was a great experience!

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