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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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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

    Visitors come from all over the world to observe the St. Lawrence whales. With any luck, you will hear their blows as they surface! You can observe several species in the park, including porpoises, minkes, fin whales, belugas and even blue whales.

Percé: The Pearl of Gaspésie

Presented by: Ville de Percé
From the heart of the village of Percé, the trails up Mt. Sainte-Anne and Mt. Blanc lead to spectacular views.
A must-see for visitors: Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island by boat.
Photo: iStock Photo
Admire the largest and most accessible northern gannet colony in the world, which is home to 120,000 of these birds.
Photo: Marie Leblanc
A visit to Percé provides an opportunity to observe whales in their natural habitat.
Photo: JF Gagné
Commune with nature while kayaking around legendary Percé Rock.
Photo: Marie Leblanc
Percé’s audio-guided historical tour recounts the extraordinary history of the sites and buildings that attract visitors’ attention and admiration in this village.
Photo: Marie Leblanc
Visit an authentic general store where local people in period costume will entertain you with humorous anecdotes about the history of our pioneers.
Photo: Bianca Thibert
The harbour in L’Anse-à-Beaufils: an opportunity to discover regional history and culture.
Photo: Jean Pierre Huard / ATRG
You never know what treasures await you along the Mountain and River trails (40 km / 25 mi.).
Photo: JF Gagné
The largest interior lagoon in the province of Québec is a spectacular sight from both the sea side and the marsh side!
Photo: Photo Plein Ciel / Ville de Percé
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Whale Watching Photos
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  • Whale off Cap-Gaspé, Forillon National Park of Canada
  • Tail of a Humpback Whale, seen while going out with scientists from Mingan Island Cetacean Study (Côte-Nord - Duplessis)
  • Whale watching on the St. Lawrence (Côte-Nord - Manicouagan)
  • Marine mammals observation (Côte-Nord - Manicouagan)
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