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Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Activity provider: AML Cruises

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Activity provider: AML Cruises

From US$ 171.44 per person

Experience the thrill of whale watching and skip the hassle of self-driving on this round-trip transport to Baie-Ste-Catherine.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group available


  • Enjoy a unique wildlife encounter on a day trip from Quebec City
  • Benefit from round-trip transport by comfortable bus
  • Choose between two unique whale watching experiences
  • Learn about the region and it’s creatures from your certified naturalist guide
Full description

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion. 

After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac.

Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience. 

The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level.

Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea. 

Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Live commentary in English and French
  • Whale watching excursion
  • Applicable local taxes and fees
  • Food or drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • For those going on the Zodiac, a waterproof jacket and pants are given to each passenger on the pier, it is suggested you dress warmly for this activity
  • There is a 3-hour ride from Quebec City to Baie-Ste-Catherine each way
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 174 reviews

Review summary

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It was an amazing adventure riding in the zodiac [the driver was very knowledgeable and friendly] on the Gulf of St Lawrence which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. We saw some Humpback whales! What a spectacular sight to see. An unforgettable trip. The bus ride there was also amazing with the wonderful mountain and water views. We enjoyed the bus trip didn't have to worry about the drive there. The bus driver and the guide were very knowledgeable and funny. We definitely recommend this Whale watching Excursion with Bus Transfer!

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September 14, 2022

Very well organized day trip with a great guide and many new impressions. The fact that you saw a manageable number of whales is in the nature of the activity. What I would do differently is to choose the "Zodiac" variant. The big boat was definitely too full for relaxed observation, a clear point deduction in the "Transport" category (bus was great), as well as a bit annoying and disappointing for the price asked. Moderation on board, on the other hand, was very good!

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August 22, 2022

Very nice day in the bay of Sainte-Catherine! The captain was adorable during the zodiac ride and we saw belugas and whales even though it wasn't the best day (a matter of luck). The walk itself is worth the cost because the site is magnificent. Bring warm clothes because the temperature drops at sea. Waterproof clothing is provided by the company. The trip by coach went well and the guide was friendly, but the sound of the microphone was a bit boring... In short, an excursion that I recommend

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August 7, 2022

Product ID: 135093