Whale-watching, Manicouagan (Côte-Nord), © TQ/M.Loiselle

Marine mammals

Québec is one of the few places on the planet where such a wide variety of cetaceans, a total of 13 species, can be seen. They are drawn to this area due to the St. Lawrence River’s depth and abundant food reserves

The world’s most imposing animal, the blue whale, regularly swim its waters, as do fin, minke and humpback whales. Besides these sea giants, one might catch a glimpse of harbour porpoises, dolphins and even belugas, small endangered white whales that stay in the St. Lawrence year-round.

Other marine mammals, such as seals, can frequently be spotted throughout the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf.

A wide variety of companies offer whale-watching cruises on small, medium and large boats, and thrill-seekers can even hop in a kayak to go looking for whales. A truly unique experience!

Several land sites are also ideal for whale watching, such as the Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre in Les Bergeronnes, the Marine Environment Discovery Centre in Les Escoumins, and Pointe de l’Islet in Tadoussac. The Whale Route, a panoramic road circuit featuring blue traffic signs, enables visitors to discover various land observation sites, as well as cruise and kayak rental companies. 

Directory of whale-watching cruise companies

Directory of adventure and outdoor tourism offering whale-watching expeditions

Whale-watching, Manicouagan (Côte-Nord), © TQ/M.Loiselle
Baleine, Manicouagan (Côte-Nord), © TQ/M.Loiselle
Bélugas, Fleuve Saint-Laurent © TQ/Gremm