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Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Activity provider: AML Cruises

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Activity provider: AML Cruises
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From US$ 174.13 per person

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Experience the thrill of whale watching and skip the hassle of self-driving on this round-trip transport to Baie-Ste-Catherine.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group available


  • Enjoy a unique wildlife encounter on a day trip from Quebec City
  • Benefit from round-trip transport by comfortable bus
  • Choose between two unique whale watching experiences
  • Learn about the region and it’s creatures from your certified naturalist guide
Full description

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 2.5- to 3-hour excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Live commentary in English and French
  • Whale watching excursion
  • Applicable local taxes and fees
  • Food or drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The Zodiac is suitable not for people with back problems, if you are pregnant or if you are physically handicapped. The big boat is fully accessible; simply keep in mind that there are steep steps between each level and there are 3 different levels
  • For those going on the Zodiac, a jacket and pants are given to each passenger on the pier
  • Big Boat and Zodiac leave at 1:30 PM. There is a 3-hour ride from Quebec City to Baie-Ste-Catherine. The tour usually leaves at 5:00 PM to return to Quebec City and the driver will stop at the half-way point.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 136 reviews

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Very nice day in the bay of Sainte-Catherine! The captain was adorable during the zodiac ride and we saw belugas and whales even though it wasn't the best day (a matter of luck). The walk itself is worth the cost because the site is magnificent. Bring warm clothes because the temperature drops at sea. Waterproof clothing is provided by the company. The trip by coach went well and the guide was friendly, but the sound of the microphone was a bit boring... In short, an excursion that I recommend

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August 7, 2022

It was a really cool trip, with fun facts about the regions and cities that were on the bus route. A lot was also said about the different whale species in the Zodiac. We saw about 40 beluga whales and 2-3 minki whales. Also 2 seals. We had a lot of fun!

July 19, 2022

This trip is a must if you are willing to take the bus three hours each way from Quebec City to Baie-St.-Catherine. My teenaged son & I had been wanting to see this part of Canada for a long while so it was well worth the travel time. The trip was organized and the ride was easy. A stop for lunch on the way was a good break to get some fresh local cheese from the Charlevoix region. Our guide, Benjamin, was knowledgable about the area and pointed out interesting and beautiful things to see on our journey. The whale watching cruise was gorgeous, and it was fun to see whales and porpoises, as well as seals on the trip. The large boat had a restaurant on board which was a nice break if you wanted to duck indoors in case of rain or cold wind. Some of our group took the Zodiac which is more adventurous yet their feedback was that it was very cold and windy that close to the water. You’ll also definitely get wet and need to be suited in rain gear. We loved the tour and would go again!

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July 5, 2022

Product ID: 135093