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Quebec’s picturesque Saguenay region is one of unique heritage and rugged beauty. Travel through the Laurentians, along the rocky, lichen-covered Canadian Shield. When the air picks up salt you’ll see the pines divide and the earth plummet down the sheer rock face of the Rivière Saguenay fjord.

Formed during the last Ice Age, the fjord empties into the Gulf at Tadoussac, France’s first trading post in Canada, and our place of rest for two nights. We’ll stay in the landmark Hotel Tadoussac on one of Canada’s most beautiful bays. We’ll enjoy a cruise of the St. Lawrence to spot the largest animals on earth and see the statue of Notre Dame du Saguenay.

A guided trolley tour of the once ultra-modern Val-Jalbert, a restored lumber village, gives us an up-close look at life as it was in the 1920s. A glass platform helps us admire the 236ft high Ouiatchouan Falls.

Your leisurely homeward route includes a visit to the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica and a relaxing lunch with a view of Montmorency Falls, named the “monstrous steep” by John Keats.

Wrap up your vacation with a two night stay in historic Quebec City, the cradle of North America’s French culture, and one of its most beautiful cities. Your hotel is just outside the gates of the city’s quaint Old Town, the perfect location to explore old-world architecture, charming boutiques, cobblestone streets, and exquisite eats during your free time here.

Whale Watching

This is where whales play! The warm fresh water of the Saguenay River meets the cold salt water of the St. Lawrence, pulling in massive amounts of krill, a favorite menu item of whales. Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans are drawn to the cold krill-filled waters of the St. Lawrence.

During a 3-hour cruise, you’ll have the chance to spot the telltale tuft of water exploding above the horizon as whales surface to breathe. Bring your telephoto lens, a fleece, and a friend, and be prepared to catch a whale waving goodbye with its signature Y-shaped flukes (tail). During your free time in Tadoussac, you can also learn more about whales at the nearby Marine Mammal Interpretive Centre, where you’ll find 40-foot skeletons, sound recordings, and life-size sculptures. Fresh air, stunning scenery, a lovely port, and the giants of the sea make this vacation a chart-topper!

Read our blog “The Magic of Whale Watching.”

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Val-Jalbert: village visit, guided trolley tour and lunch
  • Saguenay Fjord river cruise
  • Whale watching on the St. Lawrence River
  • Free afternoon in Tadoussac
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica
  • Montmorency Falls: lunch and cable car ride
  • Centrally located hotel in Quebec City
  • Orientation tour and free time in Quebec City
  • Tour of a traditional Sugar Shack and lunch

Call Interlude Tours today to book your Saguenay Region Guided Vacation! (317) 913-0387