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The best whales watching spots in Quebec

Quebec is known for many things: breathtaking architecture, fine dining, winding streets, and festivals. The area boasts diverse attractions, including one that many other cities do not: whale watching. Quebec’s location offers excellent access to the sea, offering tours and various places that you and your family can marvel at the magnificence that nature can offer. Some of the best whale watching in the world can be found from the shores of Quebec. Whales watching, if done as an outing, does involve a bit of planning so that you and the whole family can create a lifelong memory.

This summer while in Quebec, we did some whales watching. We’ll guide you through all you need to know about whale watching in Quebec, including what you should know in advance, what planning you’ll need to do, which tours are the best, and the seasons in which you’ll be able to see different types of whales.

Where to Go

Due to its vast territory, Quebec offers many locations in which you can plan to schedule your outing. You’ll want to understand where the best sites are based on season; some seasons are better for certain types of whales and the number of whales you might be able to see.

End of summer to early fall (June-October) is best for a trip to visit places like Côte-Nord, Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Percé, Gaspé Bay, Baie-Sainte Catherine, or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. These locations boast plentiful views of aquatic life, including whales during this period of time. There are various other beautiful places to visit to see the whales during this season, either planned trips or catching glimpses from the shore.


If you’re looking for a more organized trip, you should definitely check out one of the many whale watching tours available in the area. Depending on the type of experience you’re looking for, you’ll be able to carefully select the option that is just right for the whole family. Tour operators provide you with additional information in real time as you take in the views.

Quebec City Tours

Helicopter Whale Watching Adventure is a wonderful option for an adventurous birdseye view of the whales. However, it is less family-friendly and in a much higher price range than some of the other options.

This package includes:

● Return helicopter flight

● A 2.5-3 hour tour

● Lunch

Starting at $899.99/person.

Bus-Whale Express Zodiac Package (Note: This package is not available during Summer 2021)

This option includes a bus tour that will take you through Charlevoix, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views before embarking on a Zodiac boat ride. You'll have a day filled with lovely views of the local scenery before enjoying close-up views of the whales.

Starting at $144.99/person.

Bus-Whale Express Package (Note: This package is not available during Summer 2021)

This package is almost identical to the Bus-Whale Express Zodiac Package. However, you’ll be able to enjoy the whales from a top whale-watching ship instead of the Zodiac boat.

Starting at $139.99/person.

There are additional options available, many of which offer dinner, brunch, or sunset cruise selections. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, many tours have been postponed until 2022, but you may be able to find some great discounts if you schedule early enough. Don't forget to check AML cruises too. Its one we've used and enjoyed while watching the whales in their natural habitat. During our boat tour, were lucky to have seen sperm whales, beluga whales, minke whales, fin whales and humpback whales .So yes, croisières aml can be another great option to experience plenty of whales

Go on Your Own

If you’re looking for a more casual, unstructured trip to see the whales, you have even more options available to you. Once you’ve selected your location, you’ll be able to figure out what type of experience you’re looking for that will suit your family’s needs.