A protected marine area with exceptional biodiversity, the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is home to over 2200 species, from microscopic algae to blue whales.
Some of the best whale watching in the world can be found in Quebec’s Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, created in 1998 to showcase the spectacular scenery and marine wildlife of the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord. Its frigid waters are even a great place to dive into!For More Information
We had set off that morning from the pretty little village of Tadoussac, eight of us onboard a compact and comfortable Zodiac.
“We are meant to observe – not disturb,” lectured Dube, as we set a slow pace out of the Saguenay fjord, carefully meandering through a pod of beluga whales. These are not the first belugas I had observed in the park.
The previous day, having driven northeast three hours from Quebec City along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, the highway was interrupted by a ferry waiting to shuttle vehicles across the fjord to Tadoussac.
Our crossing was delayed, allowing a dozen beluga whales to pass, their smooth white bodies clearly visible bobbing in the leaden grey waters like ice caps. The endangered beluga is this park’s most famous resident.
Entire article was written by James Ross and can be read in Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Fall and Winter issue.