If you haven't yet taken advantage of Quebec's thriving whale population, then maybe it's time!
Located in the Gulf of St Lawrence region, the Quebec whale watching route is a picturesque coastal road stretching for more than 1250 kilometers along the Cote-Nord, from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon.
The name kind of gives away it's main attraction....
It’s widely recognized as one of the best whale watching regions in Canada, and even the world! We're not talking about long expensive boat tours either. A huge variety of whale species are frequently seen from the land!
The southern end of the Gulf of St Lawrence funnels down into the St Lawrence River, and a number of whale species can be seen right up to Saguenay Fjord!
Combine this with a trusted Canada based RV company and what do you get?
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An RV provides absolute freedom to roam and soak up the maritime rich culture, explore breathtaking landscapes and of course observe the best whale watching routes in Canada, where you can view the large marine residents.
Next, we discuss everything you need to know to plan your Quebec whale watching RV adventure!
The start of the Quebec Whale Watching Route, is the Tadoussac Whale Watching Route, which is only 215 kilometres and three hours drive north east of Quebec City. The best time to do the Tadoussac Whale Watching Route is during the months of September and October.
RVezy has a huge range of RV options on offer in the Quebec City region which could be picked up and commandeered directly to the coast. That means quick direct access to some Tadoussac whale watching action!
The real question is how much time you have to spend? You could spend a few days, right up to a few months RV camping, relaxing and whale watching! Basically, you have a chance of spotting whales no matter how many days you're there.
If you were hoping to see whales in Quebec City, you will have to travel a couple of miles to areas such as the Gulf of St Lawrence. In total, there are 13 different species of whales frequenting the Gulf of St Lawrence, some of which enter the St Lawrence River itself!
However, whale watching in St Lawrence River has become increasingly well known over the years mainly due to it's world renowned Beluga whale watching opportunities!
There's not many other places in the world, if any, where you can do some Beluga whale watching from the comfort of your RV!
Whale watching season is generally May to October. However it can vary a little, and whales are sometimes even spotted in Winter! It just depends if lady luck is on your side.
The winter months do get pretty cold, which means many other travel and safety factors to think about, so for the best experience we recommend sticking to the traditional RV summer season.
However if you do find yourself on the Quebec whale watching route in winter, check out our recent article about winter RV tips!
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When is the best time to see the most popular whale species?
The Whales Online facebook page provides up-to-date whale sightings in the area (although it’s only available in French).
The Whales Online website also offers a heap of great whale watching tips!
The range of whale watching options include:
This decision depends on your unique situation, for example:
Check out the RVezy range to start planning your whale watching adventure!
RV Weather Considerations
The weather during the summer Quebec whale watching season is relatively mild for this part of the world, with the lowest temperatures along the route (around the 0 degree Celsius mark). Any RV will do the job here.
However, on either side of the summer period, the temperature on the northern half of the route can fall below 0 degrees Celsius so a winterized RV may be a better option.
During winter months, your going to want some serious RV winter capabilities along the entire route.
Check out quebecmaritime.com for some great whale route itinerary ideas.
However, the beauty of this kind of trip is the freedom to roam where ever you like! Stay a little longer here, dart of a little early there, it’s up to you!
Follow the whispers of whale sightings or just relax in a handful of the most beautiful coastal locations!
For more unique places to visit in Quebec along the way check out our recent post 'Unique places to visit in Quebec'.
We hope you have some great whale watching opportunities while touring through RVezy!
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