The whale route

All along the St. Lawrence, departures are offered daily in pursuit of offshore encounters with whales. Back on land, several sites are renowned for quality marine mammal-watching. In particular, from Tadoussac to Natashquan, those travelling the Whale Route can discover some of the very best spots for observing marine mammals from shore.

Baie Sainte-Marguerite

Baie Sainte-Marguerite (Saguenay Fjord National Park) This history-rich site located in the Saguenay Fjord National Park offers something for everyone: visitors’ centre, hiking trails, observati...

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Baie-Comeau

Baie-Comeau – Jardin des Glaciers This park offers several elevated viewpoints at the edge of the sea from which fantastic observations can be enjoyed. In addition to being very well equipped, t...

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Baie-Trinité

Baie-Trinité – Pointe-des-Monts: Whale Route Top Pick Pointe-des-Monts Pointe-des-Monts, located within the municipality of Baie-Trinité, sits on an outcrop jutting 11 km out into the St. La...

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Colombier, Betsiamites and Ragueneau

Betsiamites These municipalities along Route 138 offer several viewpoints of the St. Lawrence as well as noteworthy attractions, though for whale-watching a spotting scope is indispensable given the p...

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Forestville

Forestville – Bike Path This 13 km long bike path begins in the village of Portneuf-sur-Mer and runs along the St. Lawrence until it reaches Forestville. Minke whales keep you company along thi...

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Franquelin

Franquelin – Vieux-Quai trail (also known as Sentier de la Baleine, or “whale trail”) This foot path is ideal for hiking enthusiasts. You will walk alongside a bay opening into the S...

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Godbout

Godbout – Rest Stops Rest stop The village of Godbout offers a multitude of spots to observe marine mammals and enjoy gorgeous beaches. Here you can observe several species of cetaceans near and...

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Les Bergeronnes

Les Bergeronnes – Cap-de-Bon-Désir Whale Route Top Pick This Parks Canada site welcomes nearly 40,000 visitors every summer. Cap de Bon-Désir meets all expectations with the interpretive activitie...

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Les Escoumins

Les Escoumins – Quai des Pilotes and Quai des Escoumins (ferry) These wharves are prime spots for observing marine mammals. The diversity is remarkable and the landscape, striking. Minke whales ...

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Longue-Rive

Longue-Rive – Sentier Sault-au-Mouton This enchanting trail is well worth a detour. Here you will have the chance to see (especially if you’re carrying binoculars or a spotting scope) mink...

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Pointe-aux-Outardes and Pointe-Lebel

Pointe-aux-Outardes These municipalities along Route 138 offer several viewpoints of the St. Lawrence as well as noteworthy attractions, though for whale-watching a spotting scope is indispensable giv...

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Portneuf-sur-Mer

Portneuf-sur-Mer – Banc de sable-Coup de cœur de la Route des Baleines The Portneuf sand bar looks like it came straight out of the prettiest of the Caribbean islands! At 4.5 kilometres long, y...

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Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur- Anse-de-Roche L’Anse-de-Roche is a window carved into the Saguenay Mountains known for its dramatic sunsets. At this small leisure port, visitors can discover not only the Saguenay in ...

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Tadoussac

CIMM The CIMM The Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) is a must-see centre of discovery. You will dive into the fascinating world of these giants and will meet specialists who will help make yo...

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