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Quebec City, Canada
Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Quebec City

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When visiting Quebec City, meet the world’s most fascinating and majestic creatures on a guided, full-day whale-watching cruise. Travel along the Saint Lawrence River to the town of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, then choose from two distinctly different boating experiences—a small, speedy zodiac or a large, 3-level observation vessel. Enjoy an exceptional view on your cruise in search of whales, seals, and belugas. Quebec City pickup/drop-off included.
  • Bus tour and whale-watching cruise from Quebec City
  • Beautiful scenery on the bus ride along the St. Lawrence River
  • Choose either a speedy zodiac or a large boat for whale-watching
  • Enjoy a cruise to spot whales, seals, and belugas
  • Certified naturalist-guide provides information on the wildlife
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Air-conditioned vehicle
2.5-hour or 3-hour whale-watching cruise
Certified naturalist-captain
Guided panoramic bus tour
Food and drink
Pick-up and drop-off from home addresses / private residences / Air B&Bs.
Place d'Armes , Québec City, QC G1R, Canada

Place d'Armes, in front of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, in Old Québec. Please arrive at 8h30 as the Bus depart at 9h00.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Escape from the hustle of Quebec City and enjoy an exciting adventure on the water. This full-day whale-watching excursion begins with a pickup from several accommodations in Quebec City to Place D'Armes to meet the guide and the rest of the tour group. Hop aboard a deluxe motorcoach and travel along the Saint Lawrence River to the town of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, widely considered to be the main entrance to the most beautiful whale-watching site in the world.

Upon arrival, board either the tri-level AML Grand Fleuve observation boat or a much smaller, speedy zodiac for your whale watching adventure (option chosen at checkout). The AML Grand Fleuve is known as the best observation boat in Canada. With glassed-in panoramic decks, several terraces and an observation platform, the boat provides exceptional visibility. The upper deck is covered for protection from the sun and inclement weather. There’s even a bistro and gift shop. The Zodiac, on the other hand, provides a much closer experience with the whales and the various marine species of the St. Lawrence River. It’s smaller, speedier—a more intimate nature excursion. 

Both vessels depart from the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River in the heart of the Saguenay-Saint Lawrence Marine Park and include an educational and entertaining narrative on this history and nature of this eastern Canadian region. 

At the end of the cruise, the voyage ends with a return trip to Quebec City and a drop-off.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • 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.
  • Minimum age is 6 years for the zodiac boat
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 650 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Croisieres AML
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "There are no formal eating areas at the site so it is best to bring food for the day." See review
  • "We saw lots of whales but of course boats are not allowed to go close ." See review
  • "Bus guide was excellent, road trip to the boat was also great." See review

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Fun time!
, Aug 2022
Such a fun afternoon! We were able to see whales almost right away and throughout most of the ride. It was an extra bonus to be able to see seals and a pod of beluga whales which I was not expecting! I would recommend the kodiak boats!
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jul 2022
This was the highlight of my trip! Our guide was so funny & knowledgeable. We stopped at a cheese shop on the way, but I’d bring lots of snacks & lunch. ABSOLUTELY take the Zodiac if you’re able, it made the experience so much more fun & we were able to get much closer to the whales. Worth every penny!!!!!!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great experience for everyone
, Jul 2022
Super friendly. we saw a dozens of whales and it was super cool. The captain repeat the same things over and over so if you missed the info the first 10 times she'll be glad to repeat 10more tumes so that's that. The ride is a bit long from quebec (3h) to get there without brakes and can be brutal on a bus ride but fortunately, the seat were comfy just enough for it. My legs were sore though. All is all it's a great experience for the curious and the family. Finally, I suggest taking the zodiac boat as it can go faster and is more maneuverable to get to the whales but it's 10yo and up kid friendly since we have to brace ourselves frome some waves.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Don't want to
, Jul 2022
The trip was very good. I don't feel I have to say more. Why are u forcing me to write more than I want to
Bucket list checked !
, Jul 2022
Coming upon a group of whales feeding was such an awesome sight. It happens so quickly but it is an amazing feeling to be amongst such large and gracious creatures.
The tour was amazing and...
, Jul 2022
The tour was amazing and Benjamin was a great, funny and informative guide. I did a Zodiak cruise and it was amazing. I highly recommend it. Bring warm clothes as it gets chilly on the river. We were very lucky to see belugas, fin whale, humpback whale and seals. Great experience!
Amazing day tour
, Jul 2022
Amazing tour! Our guide Benjamin was friendly and easy going. We seen whales on our tour as well as turtles and seals. 100% amazing. Highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful! Definitely worth taking it!
, Jul 2022
The commentator was amazing with beautiful scenery as well as wildlife! Just so incredible!!! Wonderful! Definitely worth taking it!
Long drive but good whale watching
, Jun 2022
Long bus ride but whale watching was really good. We were concerned the cruise would get cut short but them they also showed us a beautiful waterfall, so boat ride was a good length
Whale watching excursion!
Rick C
, Oct 2019
The whale watching trip was amazing! Yves, the bus driver/tour guide was funny and informative in both English and French. My husband and I decided to take the zodiac instead of the big boat and it was fantastic. Even though we got drenched, it didn't ruin our adventure. The guide on the boat was excited about the number of whales we saw. There were humpbacks, fins and minkes. The gear the tour provided kept us warm and we would have been wetter without it. My suggestion to others taking the zodiac is to dress warmly in layers and take dry clothes and shoes to change into after the tour. Would I do it again....hell yes!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nice tour
Roger L
, Oct 2019
We went on the whale watching tour yesterday. The 3 hour drive to the boats was absolutely amazing. We got to see beautiful forests in full on indian summer colors!! Also the boat that we were on was comfy and we got to see some whales and seals!!! It was literally breathtaking. A negative point was the fact that there were no safety belts in the bus which is totally dangerous as the bus was driving over 120km/h most of the time! Also my husband and I had a really hard time understanding the guide when he spoke english. I reckon that english was not his mother tongue.
Wonderful Day
, Sep 2019
We saw Minka, Beluga and one Humpback! This was our 1st time actually seeing whales. No jumping in the air but they came close to big boat. Only thing i would say is they need not to let people stand on ladder as they block ease of going up and down.
1 traveler found this review helpful
jessica d
, Sep 2019
It's a long way from Quebec, but we highly recommend the whales watching because it's a unique experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful Opportunity!
Carla A
, Sep 2019
Even when we weren't in the midst of active whale feeding (which was a lot on our particular outing!) the cruise itself was very enjoyable. Comfortable boat, enough space for everyone to not feel crowded, and beautiful scenery!
Zodiac Review
, Aug 2019
The tour was excellent with lots of whale sightings - however, website never mentioned freezing water or to bring change of clothes for the tour. We ended up getting drenched and was freezing after. Something to consider if you are booking your trip.
Day trip
, Aug 2019
Chaotic start. Took far too long to get people on bus. Finally left an hour after the said we would be picked up. This meant that the journey there left no time to look at the harbour as it was straight off the bus and into the boat and then straight off boat and into bus I return. The boat trip was good. We saw whales which was the whole point. Do take warm clothes !
Not as advertised
Robert S
, Aug 2019
The cruise and whale watching was great but we were not prepared for a 3.5 hour bus strip to get there and another 3.5 hours to get back to Quebec City.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A day well spent
, Aug 2019
The tour was organized nicely, from hotel pickup till drop. Yves was a delight as a coach driver and guide, hilarious in his commentary. Zodiac experience was great with some close sightings.
1 traveler found this review helpful
whale watch
, Aug 2019
Great time worth the full day excursion. Family of 4 with 2 teenagers, we enjoyed being on the Zodiac which is a bit more adventurous, but fare warning we got very wet from the waves. They did provide you with good adequate foul weather gear. Saw multiple different whales including a humpback. Excellent guide who presented scenery/whales in 3 languages. The larger boat was dry with bar & bathrooms but we preferred the Zodiac. Perhaps different feeling if winter. Highly recommend.
Don't miss the whale watching .it's amazing. But don't forget to book the zodiac instead of the bigger crowded boat.
, Aug 2019
Don't miss the whale watching . It's amazing but don't forget to book the zodiac instead of the overcrowded boat . The zodiac comes really close to the whales

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