Gaspésie © TQ/M.Laporte
Manicouagan © TQ/M.Loiselle

Life of the St. Lawrence River

Deep like the sea, flowing along in a steady current, rich in history, diverse wildlife, and mystery, the St. Lawrence River has shaped Québec’s land and culture. It widens east of Québec City and mixes with seawater, forming a unique marine ecosystem of islands for camping and hiking, beaches for sunbathing, and plants and trees that fill the air with their fragrance. At once a river, an estuary and a gulf, the St. Lawrence is home to belugas, blue whales, humpbacks, dolphins and seals, making it a highlight for many visitors. Go kayaking, diving or sailing, or hop on one of 150 cruise ships that crisscross the entire St. Lawrence—it’s the perfect way to gain a new perspective of Québec, admire its riverside landscapes and see marine birds and mammals up close.

  • Named by Jacques Cartier on the feast day of Saint Lawrence

  • 13 species of whales

  • 1,197 km long

Soak in all the sights

  • It’s not every day you get to speak whale Kayaking with whales

    Let go and get with the flow in the St. Lawrence River, one of the world’s rare river playgrounds. Grab a kayak. Blue whales, humpbacks, dolphins and friendly belugas—they’re a splash hit with both locals and visitors.

    Manicouagan © TQ/B.Cecile
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    Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean © TQ/S.Deschênes
  • Welcome to your new island home Mingan Archipelago

    Discover the meaning of majestic on the Mingan Archipelago. Behold the sculpted monoliths, puffins, whales, and seals. Relax in the seclusion of the island and inhale the salty sea air.

    Parc national de l'Archipel-de-Mingan © TQ/M.Laporte
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    Parc national de l'Archipel-de-Mingan © TQ/M.Laporte
  • Surf the Lachine rapids Parc-des-Rapides surfing

    Brave the waves of the Lachine Rapids. It’s river surfing like you’ve never experienced—right in the heart of the city. And because the waves are stationary, you and your fellow surfers will always be on the same wavelength.

    Montréal © TQ/H.Lavictoire
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    Montréal © TQ/J.Barber
  • A dream getaway for light sleepers Lighthouses on the river

    Who hasn’t wanted to sleep in a lighthouse? This is your chance to shine a new light on what was once the saviour of many a ship. Choose from three lighthouses: Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie, Île Verte, and l’Île aux Perroquets.

    Parc national de l'Archipel-de-Mingan © Parcs Canada/E.Lajeunesse
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    Parc national de l'Archipel-de-Mingan © Parcs Canada/E.Lajeunesse