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St Lawrence River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

1. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. Departing from Chouinard Pier, this cruise will be a memorable experience that gives you a completely different perspective of Quebec City. During daytime crusies, the costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Or choose to join an evening cruise and experience summer on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. A DJ will provide music and at the end of the night.

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

2. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure is from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. The return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time, and also lasts about 45 minutes.

Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

3. Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

Take full advantage of summer aboard a relaxing 1 or 1.5-hour river cruise departing from the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the heart of Old Montreal. This is the perfect introduction to Montreal if you are visiting the city for the first time. Be charmed by the boat's bright and comfortable environment no matter where you sit. Get close to the waves and nature on the enclosed main deck or enjoy the sheltered, open-air upper deck. If you want to feel the wind in your hair as you admire the panoramic views then the back terrace is the place to be. The flat-bottomed boat allows for smooth sailing, cruising areas inaccessible to other boats. Get closer to the splendor of the St. Lawrence River and its coastline. Catch sight of the Clock Tower, Biosphère, Jacques Cartier Bridge, and Habitat 67. The pre-recorded audio narration will explain what you're seeing, and you can enjoy bar and snack services (at your own expense). After your cruise, you'll be dropped off at the Pier with the rest of the day to enjoy even more of Montreal.

Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

4. Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

Climb aboard the Cavalier Maxim river vessel at Montreal’s Alexandra Pier in the Old Port and set sail on a 90-minute cruise (or 60-minute cruise at 16:00) of the Saint Lawrence River. See the metropolitan area from a new perspective as you cruise out from the port, past the Olympic Stadium, Parc Bellerive, the Pont Jacques-Cartier and more. Relax on board and listen to a fascinating commentary by certified guide. They will regale you with stories of the history of Montreal, and relate anecdotes about the city and its surroundings. Take a break from city life and laze on the sunny terrace of the Cavalier Maxim, while soaking up the breathtaking panorama parading before your eyes!

Québec City: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

5. Québec City: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

Take advantage of the summer season on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. Whether you're with friends or are a couple, there are magical moments to be had on the St. Lawrence River as the city and the Château Frontenac are illuminated before your very eyes. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand on this cruise that begins at Chouinard Pier. Sail past iconic sights such as the Chateau Frontenac, Beauport, Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, Sainte Foy, and more. With live entertainment, a special atmosphere, panoramic views, and multiple bars and terraces, don't miss this cruise during summer in Quebec City.

Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

6. Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

Experience Montréal from a different perspective on a dinner cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Arrive in the Old Port of Montréal from 6:00 PM to collect your cruise ticket inside the brand new cruise terminal on Alexandria Pier.  Board the beautiful AML Cavalier Maxim vessel, with a capacity for up to 850 guests. Wander the outside decks and terraces and the indoor dining rooms. Enjoy a drink at one of the bars before the boat sets sail at 7:00 PM. Appreciate the panorama from the "floor to ceiling" all-glass dining rooms, and get breathtaking views of the harbor and St. Lawrence River as you sail. Experience the local gastronomy of dishes prepared by a talented team of chefs. Then, relax to the sounds of the live DJ after your 5-course meal. Take advantage of the outdoor patios, and dance the night away under the stars or on one of the indoor dance floors. See the Old Port of Montréal and sail past the theme park of La Ronde on the island of St. Hélène. Admire the Jacques Cartier Bridge and Biosphere, before your return to port at approximately 10:30 PM.  

Montréal: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

7. Montréal: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

Enjoy a day out at sea on the Saint Lawrence River aboard this cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course brunch, see Montreal's iconic sites such as the Old Port, Jacques Cartier Bridge, Olympique Park, and many more from a sea view. Meet your host at the Grand Quay pier in Old Montreal to board the cruise. Enjoy brunch for 1 hour before departing on a scenic 1.5 hour river cruise. The river cruise will depart at 11:30 AM. Take a seat, sit back, relax, enjoy the ride and listen to the commentary from the crew members as you drift along the river in style. Smell the sweet aroma from the kitchen as the chefs prepare your food. Taste a delicious 3-course brunch cooked from local products. Sip on complimentary coffee or tea as you savor your meal. Feeling full up? No worries, you can chill in the dining rooms or head to the open-air outdoor terraces to admire the view. See Montreal from a different perspective, and make sure you take photos of the Old Port, La Grande Roue, Jacques Cartier Bridge, and many more sites as you cruise along.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

8. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion.  After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience.  The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea.  Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your 2.5- to 3-hour excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

9. Quebec City: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

Brunch in style on a ship on the Saint Lawrence River. Come aboard and treat yourself to a charming 2.5-hour experience. The cruise sails Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. Depart Chouinard Pier, only a four-minute walk from Quebec City's Quartier Petit Champlain. Step aboard the AML Louis Jolliet and let yourself be tempted by the diverse selection of dishes concocted onboard by the chef. Brunch is served as a 3-course meal with your choice of delicious main course options (vegetarian and gluten free available). Taste local products cooked and prepared by a chef and a team in the on-board kitchen as you cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Sip on complimentary coffee or tea as you savor your meal. After brunch, set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the St Lawrence River and experience Quebec City from a different perspective. Relax on the outside terraces and admire the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Your costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the untold history of Quebec city, the river, and the surroundings.

Quebec: Fireworks Show Reserved Seat and 2 Drinks

10. Quebec: Fireworks Show Reserved Seat and 2 Drinks

Uncover the magic of the "Grands Feux Loto-Québec" fireworks event in Quebec with this reserved seat for one of the eight shows in a Adirondack chair with superb views of the action. Be close to the food trucks, bars, and live shows by local artists. Receive two tickets for soft drinks or beers.  Sit on the shores of the St. Lawrence and marvel at a world class fireworks display with rotating themes for each event that takes place over 7 weeks, on Thursday evenings with a special fireworks presented by the Ocean Group on Sunday August 7th. Explore a different theme thorugh fireworks and music. Start with the theme of 'Emotions' on July 21st with a display centered around joy, humor, fear, and love. On July 28th be transported to a world of classic soundtracks and nostalgia with the theme "Children's Heart." Continue with the theme of 'The Divas' on August 4th and rediscover the famous singers from Quebec. On August 7th, presents the theme of "Origins" with a soundtrack created in collaboration with Florent Vollant in that explores First Nation community ideals of respect, mutual aid and sharing. Step back in time with the theme of 'The 70s' on August 11th with disco-infused fireworks. Bring out your bell bottom jeans and your disco balls for a dazzling and unforgettable evening. Enjoy a cinematic and pyrotechnic tribute on August 25th with 'Popcorn Night.' Finally, end the event with the theme of 'Drag.' Immerse yourself in a nightclub atmosphere that is daring, flamboyant, dynamic and sophisticated.

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What people are saying about St Lawrence River

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,758 reviews

Very relaxing cruise with great customer service and an extremely knowledgeable bilingual guide who did an excellent job taking the guest through the history of Quebec City. I highly recommend this cruise.

Comfortable cruise across the St. Lawrence river. Choice of covered and open seating area. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks )no food) can be purchased on board. Staff are nice and helpful.

It was a nice moment, most especially for my kids, they catch fun and they asked me can we go back tomorrow.

Like everythong , bar inside, dining gift shop. Crue are very friendly

Wonderful tour for our family from teenagers to seniors!