Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, Gaspésie © TQ/C. Savard

Cruises and boat tours

To see Québec in a whole new light, cruise along its main waterway—the St. Lawrence River, which stretches over 1,100 km from east to west across Québec—or along some of the province's most picturesque lakes and rivers. Enjoy a front-row seat for observing marine mammals, birds and island plant life, and discover magnificent natural and urban landscapes.

A whole host of operators offer some 150 cruises of every genre on 15 different lakes and waterways. Choose the type and duration that appeal to you most: dinner cruises, theme cruises, nature watching, fireworks evenings or packages that include accommodations. There’s equal variety when it comes to your vessel: everything from canoes to catamarans, amphibious buses, pneumatic boats and passenger ships.

For over 100 years, cruise ships—the “white boats,” as they were still known in the 1960s—travelled the St. Lawrence from the Great Lakes to Charlevoix and the Fjord du Saguenay. To make the trip from Toronto, travellers had to change boats before negotiating the famous Rapides de Lachine, upstream from Montréal.