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Tadoussac & Baie-Ste-Catherine: Zodiac Whale Watch

1. Tadoussac & Baie-Ste-Catherine: Zodiac Whale Watch

Embark on a cruise in the Saguenay St.Lawrence Marine Park and board a Zodiac boat. Marvel at the epic views and keep on the lookout for whales in their natural habitat. Get ready for a fantastic wildlife adventure. Accompanied by a certified naturalist captain, you will experience the excitement of an intimate and unique encounter with whales. It’s a must for lovers of intense emotions. Departing from Tadoussac Marina or Baie-Ste-Catherine Pier, you can experience a whale-watching excursion aboard a 25-foot passenger inflatable or a 60-foot rigid boat. Enjoy this intimate experience with whales in their natural habitat. Your captain and guide will tell you the story of how these impressive marine mammals live. You will top off the cruise with a breathtaking excursion into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord.

Tadoussac or Baie-Sainte-Catherine: Whale Watching Cruise

2. Tadoussac or Baie-Sainte-Catherine: Whale Watching Cruise

Depart from the pier in Tadoussac or Baie-Sainte-Catherine and head out on an observation boat on a tour of the marine ecosystem in Quebec's Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park. Embark on a whale-watching trip, and observe geological formations like the Saguenay Fjord. As you sail along the waters of this marine reserve aboard the Grand Fleuve, keep your eyes peeled for whales. The area is best known for its colony of belugas, but you can also sometimes spot blue whales, minke whales, and fin whales. Continue your adventure with a visit to the magnificent Saguenay Fjord. This inlet is 65 miles long and sometimes as wide as 2.5 miles. The fjord is also in Saguenay Fjord National Park, sometimes overlapping with Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park. You will be amazed by the wonder of marine life and geological formations as you cruise the waters on this relaxing and informative tour. Finally, sail back to the departure point where your tour ends.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

3. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion.  After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience.  The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea.  Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

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4.4 / 5

based on 2,116 reviews

Try to go on a clear day and carry nice winter wear (wool cap, gloves and at least 1 jacket) in order to see more closely and with a front view. The cafe is a good place to sit if you are feeling cold, and there is a decent collection of coffee and drinks. However the food is only cold. We were totally pleasantly stunned with the experience. So many different types of whales and a non stop sighting trip. The commentator made the whole experience ethereal. The big boat is slower than a zodiac but is more convenient with the washrooms and indoor sitting areas. Thankfully these operators around Baie-Saint-Catherine and Tadoussac gladly share sighting information among themselves and hence all are at the right place at the right time.

It was an amazing adventure riding in the zodiac [the driver was very knowledgeable and friendly] on the Gulf of St Lawrence which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. We saw some Humpback whales! What a spectacular sight to see. An unforgettable trip. The bus ride there was also amazing with the wonderful mountain and water views. We enjoyed the bus trip didn't have to worry about the drive there. The bus driver and the guide were very knowledgeable and funny. We definitely recommend this Whale watching Excursion with Bus Transfer!

great crew. presented in French and English. alerted us each time a whale was close and we saw about twenty in total.

Guide was very knowledgeable. She spoke in both official languages. Lots of whales. Well organized.

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