Quebec Whale Route

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  • Road trip
  • $ Budget
  • $$ Mid Range
  • Bicycle route
  • Great for families
  • One way
  • Wildlife


Whales are the subjects of countless stories and legends. Their massive size and unique life cycles have fascinated people for centuries, and along the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and its estuary is a nine hundred-kilometre travel route dedicated to watching and studying these huge mammals. Cycling portions of the Quebec Whale Route, kayaking, collecting data on whales at the Mingan Cetacean Centre in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, or surveying the water for the mammals will keep many visitors occupied as they travel the route between Tadoussac and Natashquan in Quebec’s southern regions. The route is quite easy and pleasant, a good place to spend a few days or even a week.

Tadoussac, at the beginning of the journey, sits on the banks of the Sanguenay Fiord, which drains water from an area of 88,000 square kilometres. The nearby Saguenay-Saint-Lawrence Marine Park has opportunities for various water sports, as well as several lookout points for whale-watching. Facilities for visitors with physical disabilities are also available. The unusual rock shapes in the Mingan Archipelago are worth taking time to see, as are the gorges and caverns of the Île d’Anticosti. Many outlook spots dot the entire route, but one of the best places is Cap-de-Bon-Désir in Bergeronnes. Travelling to an island or taking a boat tour into the gulf is another good option.

From whale-watching to sports to boat tours, the Quebec Whale Route has activities and sights for everyone.

  • Highway driving
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Hiking routes along the main journey
  • Reservations recommended for boat based whale tours
  • Whale visits are seasonal


Day Destinations Drive time Kilometres
1 Tadoussac to Baie-Comeau 2 hr 20 min 200 km
2 Baie-Comeau to Sept-Iles 2 hr 40 min 229 km
3 Sept-Iles to Natashquan 4 hr 20 min 370 km
Total 9 hr 20 min 799 km