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Marine Environment Discovery Centre

The MEDC is one of the best coastal sites to observe whales and is part of a network of land-based whale-watching sites in Côte-Nord. With any luck, you will hear the blows of the whales as they surface and can observe them through our telescopes. Complete profile »
Centre de découverte du milieu marin
Service: Attractions
Location: Les Escoumins (Côte-Nord – Manicouagan)

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  • Cap Aventure

    Participate in a sea kayaking excursion with an experienced guide and discover the fascinating maritime world of Forillon National Park. Keep your eyes peeled and you may observe whales, seals and many birds. Complete profile »
    Cap Aventure
    Service: Activities
    Location: Gaspé (Gaspésie)

  • Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre

    The St. Lawrence is so shallow off Cap de Bon-Désir that whales come and feed close by, making this one of the best coastal sites to observe whales. From June to October, come and admire many whale species, including belugas. Complete profile »
    Centre d\'interprétation et d\'observation de Cap-de-Bon-Désir
    Service: Attractions, Activities
    Location: Bergeronnes (Côte-Nord – Manicouagan)

  • Croisières AML (cruises)

    Enjoy a whale-watching cruise by sightseeing boat or Zodiac departing from Rivière-du-Loup or Tadoussac. Complete profile »
    Croisières AML
    Service: Activities
    Location: Tadoussac (Côte-Nord – Manicouagan)

  • Croisières Baie de Gaspé (cruises)

    With the coastal landscape of Forillon National Park of Canada as a backdrop, you will have the opportunity to observe various species of whales in a spectacular setting. Forillon is an exceptional site to observe blue whales. Complete profile »
    Croisières Baie de Gaspé
    Service: Activities
    Location: Gaspé (Gaspésie)

  • Croisières Julien Cloutier (cruises)

    Come and observe a variety of whales and magnificent dolphins in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Experience 2 h 30 min of pure joy! Several departures per day. Complete profile »
    Croisières Julien Cloutier
    Service: Activities
    Location: Percé (Gaspésie)

  • Essipit Cruises

    Located near Tadoussac, the Innu community of Essipit invites you to discover whale-watching cruises, outfitting services and a multitude of activities that will introduce you to a forward-looking Aboriginal culture. Complete profile »
    Croisières Essipit
    Service: Activities
    Location: Essipit (Côte-Nord – Manicouagan)

  • Fjord en Kayak

    Paddle on the Saguenay Fjord with Fjord en Kayak! Two-hour excursions for families with children aged 3-13 or 3-hour and 1-day excursions for adults. Also available: 2 to 5-day expeditions with gourmet meals in Saguenay Fjord National Park. Complete profile »
    Fjord en kayak
    Service: Activities
    Location: L'Anse-Saint-Jean (Côte-Nord – Manicouagan)

  • Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park

    Observe St. Lawrence belugas in Sainte-Marguerite Bay all summer long. Walk to the lookout to see if you can spot the whales! Complete profile »
    Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay
    Service: Lodging, Attractions, Activities, National Parks & Wildlife Reserves
    Location: Rivière-Éternité (Côte-Nord – Manicouagan)

  • Forillon National Park

    Several species of whales feed in the waters off Forillon. Set off to encounter them with Croisières Baie de Gaspé and learn how to identify them. You can also observe whales from the coastal trails in the park. Complete profile »
    Parc national Forillon
    Service: Lodging, Attractions, Activities, National Parks & Wildlife Reserves
    Location: Gaspé (Gaspésie)

  • Groupe Dufour Cruises

    Embark on a memorable whale-watching safari aboard a Groupe Dufour Zodiac or cruise ship. Guided excursions on the St. Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord led by bilingual naturalists. Complete profile »
    Croisières Groupe Dufour
    Service: Activities
    Location: Tadoussac (Côte-Nord – Manicouagan)

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  • Marine Environment Discovery Centre

    The MEDC is one of the best coastal sites to observe whales and is part of a network of land-based whale-watching sites in Côte-Nord. With any luck, you will hear the blows of the whales as they surface and can observe them through our telescopes.
  • Croisières AML (cruises)

    Enjoy a whale-watching cruise by sightseeing boat or Zodiac departing from Rivière-du-Loup or Tadoussac.
  • Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park

    Take in the marine scenery from another angle while you enjoy the beauty of the park during a sea excursion: see both sides of Percé Rock as well as the bird colony on Bonaventure Island. If you are lucky, you might even spot the blow of a whale.

Sea kayaking

Kayak around Kamouraska’s islands and islets while enjoying a unique view of the region’s charming villages from the coastline.
Photo: Marc Loiselle
The Manicouagan region is renowned for sea kayaking as well as for marine mammal observation. Why not combine both activities?
Photo: Marc Loiselle / Tourisme Manicouagan
Size yourself up against the gigantic Percé Rock, and keep your eyes peeled for a few marine mammals!
Photo: Sébastien Larose / Tourisme Gaspésie
Sculpted by the wind and the sea, the monoliths of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada offer kayakers incomparable scenic vistas.
Photo: Éric Marchand / L’île imagin’air
Tadoussac Bay is a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, and its village is recognized by the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Québec.
Photo: Marc Loiselle / Tourisme Manicouagan
Discover the many grottos of the Îles de la Madeleine in the company of an experienced sea kayak guide.
Photo: Éric Marchand / L’île imagin’air
Kayak along the cliffs of Forillon National Park of Canada and discover the vastness of its coastal landscapes. You might even encounter some seals and a few whales on your journey!
Photo: Michel Julien / Tourisme Gaspésie
Observe the region’s fauna up close with an excursion in the waters of Bic National Park. The park is home to about 200 seals and a multitude of bird species.
Photo: Michel Laverdière
Kayak along the steep cliffs of the Saguenay Fjord in the company of an expert who will let you in on the site’s secrets. Several tour companies offer guided excursions of variable duration.
Photo: Marc Loiselle
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  • Kayaker and minke whale off Île Verte
  • Forillon National Park of Canada, Cap Bon-Ami area
  • Whale watching by kayak
  • Whale watching by kayak
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