Board the ship in the port of Montréal and get ready for departure at 3 p.m. The ship sails past Old Montréal, Trois-Rivières and eventually Québec City, which you should see around midnight.
The ship sails along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, past Tadoussac. Go out on the deck and you will likely see whales! The ship then heads towards the south shore, giving you a good view of the coastline of Gaspésie. Admire the wind turbines in Cap-Chat, the rugged hills of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the Chic-Choc Mountains, the cliffs in Forillon National Park and Gaspé Bay.
You will arrive in the Îles de la Madeleine on Sunday* and can enjoy three days of exploring this archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There are many things to do on the Islands: you can sample regional flavours, discover local artists, visit museums, enjoy sea excursions and outdoor activities (sea kayaking, kitesurfing, etc.), go hiking and more!
The ship leaves the Îles de la Madeleine on Tuesday evening, at 8 p.m.
*The ship usually arrives on the Islands at around 9:30 a.m., but, due to speed restriction measures for the protection of the right whales, the arrival could be delayed until the afternoon.
Extend your stay by heading back on the next boat the following week! If you decide to do this, you will need to book accommodations for 9 nights on the Islands.
On the way back to Montréal, the ship sails by Percé, where you can admire Bonaventure Island and legendary Percé Rock. At 9 a.m., the ship stops at the port of Gaspé for a few hours. From there, you can go on a guided tour ($) that will take you to Percé, Gaspé or Forillon National Park, to discover the wonders of this region. The ship leaves Gaspé at 4 p.m.
The ship crosses the St. Lawrence again, heading towards the north shore and Tadoussac. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spot marine mammals: many species are found in the waters of the St. Lawrence here. You can then admire the region of Charlevoix as well as Île d’Orléans and the Montmorency Falls, not to mention Québec City and the Château Frontenac.
Your cruise ends in the port of Montréal on Friday morning at 6 a.m. You will leave with wonderful memories!