Location: Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Fortifications of Québec, Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux and Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Sites
Distance: 545 km round trip from Québec

Immerse yourself in the history of Québec and explore whale country on this 7-day trip. Visit a fortified city, follow in the footsteps of thousands of immigrants who passed through the Grosse-Île quarantine station and discover one of the best places in the world to whale watch in the Tadoussac area.

Day 1

Location: Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, Québec, Québec

Start off by exploring the historic district of Old Québec! Hear fascinating tales as you walk along the Fortifications of Québec ramparts with a Parks Canada guide. Discover the lesser known streetscapes and heritage of the Old Town only accessible on this guided tour.

Location: Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site, Québec

In the afternoon, explore the remains of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux. Take in the powerful history of a site where decisions were once made that affected all of North America, and experience life in a château. Enjoy the river view as you cross Dufferin Terrace. Don’t forget to take a family photo near a cannon with the famous Château Frontenac in the background!

Day 2

Location: Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site, Berthier-sur-Mer
Distance: 70 km from Québec

Head to Berthier-sur-Mer! Take a boat ride to explore Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial. Follow in the footsteps of four million immigrants who made the long voyage across the Atlantic and live their arrival experience with Nurse Sarah Wade’s Medical Examination.

As you continue your journey, arrive at Rivière-du-Loup by day’s end. Follow the road along the river and discover some of Québec’s most charming towns. There are so many great places for tourists, including some serving excellent local cuisine.

Day 3

Location: Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Baie-Sainte-Catherine
Distance: 180 km from Berthier-sur-Mer (ferry from Rivière-du-Loup to Saint-Siméon)

All aboard! It’s time to cross the majestic St. Lawrence River. Be on the lookout for beluga whales and other marine mammals. Your first stop is Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre, the ideal spot for a picnic and for observing beluga whales in the Saguenay Fjord. In the afternoon, visit the exhibit and take part in a geocaching activity.

Day 4

Location: Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Tadoussac
Distance: 10 km from Baie-Sainte-Catherine

Slip on your windbreaker and hop aboard a whale watching cruise. You’re gazing at the horizon when you hear a loud splash! A whale! The excitement is at its peak. You’ll never forget the wonder in the eyes of those by your side. Spend the afternoon strolling through Tadoussac or playing on the beach.

Day 5

Location: Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Les Escoumins
Distance: 40 km from Tadoussac

Immerse yourself in the heart of the St. Lawrence as you make your way to the Marine Environment Discovery Centre. There are plenty of activities presented throughout the week: Live from Beneath the St. Lawrence River, Estuary Punch, The Sharks of the St. Lawrence. Which one will you choose? Follow The Whale Route and go hiking in Sainte-Marguerite Bay. Equipped with your backpacks or your bicycles, a 3-km trek will lead you to the lookout. Be patient, you might see some beluga whales.

Day 6

Location: Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Bergeronnes
Distance: 20 km from Les Escoumins

Play low-tide hide-and-seek at the Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre. In the company of an interpretive guide, look for crustaceans, molluscs and algae! Join the “30 Feet into Neptune’s World” activity, feel the rough skin of a starfish and see a real live crab up close.

Photo: Christiane Arsenault

Day 7

Head home via the riverside highway, one of the most scenic drives in Québec along the majestic St. Lawrence. Enjoy magnificent seascapes, mountain scenery and views of steep cliffs, riverside coves, imposing country houses and pretty villages along this winding route. Watch for the many lookout points with breathtaking views.

As you cross through the beautiful Charlevoix Region, make a stop in the picturesque town of Baie-Saint-Paul.

Distance: Return to Québec City, 215 km