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Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Activity provider: AML Cruises
Water activity

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Activity provider: AML Cruises

From US$ 170.03 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

Please note that parking is difficult to find and traffic can be very heavy during peak months. It is recommended that you use public transport or arrive well in advance of your cruise departure time.

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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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March 31, 2023

This trip is a must if you are willing to take the bus three hours each way from Quebec City to Baie-St.-Catherine. My teenaged son & I had been wanting to see this part of Canada for a long while so it was well worth the travel time. The trip was organized and the ride was easy. A stop for lunch on the way was a good break to get some fresh local cheese from the Charlevoix region. Our guide, Benjamin, was knowledgable about the area and pointed out interesting and beautiful things to see on our journey. The whale watching cruise was gorgeous, and it was fun to see whales and porpoises, as well as seals on the trip. The large boat had a restaurant on board which was a nice break if you wanted to duck indoors in case of rain or cold wind. Some of our group took the Zodiac which is more adventurous yet their feedback was that it was very cold and windy that close to the water. You’ll also definitely get wet and need to be suited in rain gear. We loved the tour and would go again!

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March 31, 2023

We enjoyed our day! The bus ride takes 3 hours to get to the boat, but the scenery is beautiful. We were able to see several whales which was great! You have a choice between being on a boat or a zodiac which puts you closer to the water. Neither craft is allowed to get too close so as not to disturb the whales, but it was a treat anyway! We enjoyed the boat ride as well, the natural beauty of Quebec & the St. Lawrence River is something to see!

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 135093