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Whale Tales: Adventures in Québec With Your Family

Search for feeding whales with your family on seafaring safaris as you learn all about these gentle giants and the other marine life who share the waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary.
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Program No. 23130RJ
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7 days
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Quebec

Whale Tales: Adventures in Québec With Your Family

Search for feeding whales with your family on seafaring safaris as you learn all about these gentle giants and the other marine life who share the waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary.
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Program No. 23130 RJ
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The humpback, beluga, minke and blue whales that swim through the cool waters of Québec may be some of the largest creatures on the planet, but did you know these gentle giants spend their days snacking on two-inch crustaceans called krill? Learn these whale tales and more as you study whalelore in Québec with your family. Along the shores of charming French Canadian rural towns, observe whale species in their feeding grounds on marine safaris and from the shore. Run and play on the sand dunes on the St. Lawrence River, cool down in the spray of a gigantic water fall and make your own pottery just like aboriginal people did thousands of years ago.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Search for whales on two whale-watching safaris in one of the largest marine protected areas in Canada.
  • Learn all about these fascinating creatures at the Whale Museum and Beluga Interpretation Center.
  • Run, jump, roll and slide down sand dunes descending 200 feet to the shore.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. For a comparable adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, check out "Whale Tales: Adventures in Québec With Your Grandchild" (#5455)!
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Arrival and Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Quebec City, Quebec
D
Hôtel Manoir Victoria

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel in Quebec City at 6:00 p.m.

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Quebec Aquarium, Depart for Tadoussac
Tadoussac, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Tadoussac

Activity note: Driving approx. 4 hours total for the day; about 1.5 hours to Baie-Saint-Paul in the morning and 2.5 hours to Tadoussac in the afternoon. A combination of walking and standing for approx. 1.5 hours during the aquarium visit.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will learn about the environmental history of the St. Lawrence River and the impact humans have had on the ecological health of the river. We will then dive into the sea at the Quebec City Aquarium. Come and meet the 10,000 marine animals that inhabit the Aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and sea mammals. Among them, polar bear, walruses, and seals will provide you with unique moments. Watch them when they're feeding or being trained. A fascinating experience for young and old alike! This huge site (16 hectares) has superbly laid out areas indoors and outdoors.

Lunch: Depart for Tadoussac with a stop for lunch in Baie St. Paul.

Afternoon: Arrive in Tadoussac late afternoon and check in to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Optional evening activity.

DAY
3
Whale Watching & Museum
Tadoussac, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Tadoussac

Activity note: Walking 1.5 miles over 2 hours with periods of standing. Whale watching will be aboard the Grand Fleuve or the Zephyr, which offer its passengers the best view of the world’s most fascinating creatures…the WHALES! With glassed-in panoramic decks, terraces and observation platforms, these boats provide unparalleled visibility and passionate naturalist-guides. Boating approximately forty miles over three hours on board a whale watching boat.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We embark on a whale watching safari to see Fin, Minke and Beluga whales, perhaps Humpback and Blue whales. The Estuary of the St. Lawrence forms a kingdom for whales. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. Since the beginning of the 1980's, the St. Lawrence has also become an incomparable destination for those wishing to attempt an encounter with whales.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Visit CIMM Museum (Centre for Interpretation of Marine Mammals). There you'll discover the fascinating and mysterious world of the St-Lawrence whales with our museum specialists. Where can one see them? How to recognize them? The Museum’s exhibitions, skeleton collection and reconstitution's of sea-mammals, films and slide-shows are not to be missed. Listen to the underwater sounds of the Saguenay River; see spectacular images and reproductions of whales, and more. Walk to the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord behind the wharf with your group leader and then enjoy some free time to relax or swim in the hotel pool before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Optional evening activity.

DAY
4
Cap de Bon Désir, Marine Centre, Archéo Topo
Tadoussac, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Tadoussac

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles; approx. 4 hours with periods of standing. Driving about 40 miles; approx. 1 hour.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will hear the story of a lighthouse keeper and his family who lived at the lighthouse. Before heading to the shore, we will learn how to differentiate between whales you might see there. Cap-de-Bon-Désir is an excellent place from which to admire the St. Lawrence Estuary and the many species of marine mammals, including minke, common and blue whales, belugas and many species of seals and seabirds.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: At the Marine Environment Discovery Centre learn about the marine environment, tides, currents, fish and animals. This is also a wonderful spot to whale watch from the shore. Our final stop is Archéo Topo at Bergeronnes, grandchildren will make pottery just as the aboriginal peoples did thousands of years ago. There is an interesting collection of local stuffed animals, birds and fish.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: This evening take part in a fun quiz on whales.

DAY
5
Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Sand Dunes, Whale Safari
Tadoussac, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Tadoussac

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile; approx. 1 hour. The whale watching is aboard the Grand Fleuve or the Zephyr, which offer its passengers the best view of the world’s most fascinating creatures…the WHALES! With glassed-in panoramic decks, terraces and observation platforms, these boats provide unparalleled visibility and passionate naturalist-guides. Boating approximately forty miles over three hours on board a whale watching boat. Climbing up and down giant sand dunes.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We begin with a power point presentation of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Originally established to protect the local declining beluga population, we will learn about the total picture and responsibilities of this huge marine park. Next we travel to the sand dunes where we can run, jump, roll, slide and summersault down the sand dunes descending 200 feet to the shore. This is a highlight for the grandchildren.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Embark on a second whale watching safari to see Fin, Minke and Beluga whales, perhaps Humpback and Blue whales. The Estuary of the St. Lawrence forms a kingdom for whales. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. Since the beginning of the 1980's, the St. Lawrence has also become an incomparable destination for those wishing to attempt an encounter with whales. The onboard museum will also give you more insight on these magnificent creatures of the sea.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Point-Noire, Montmorency, Farewell Dinner
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Hôtel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Driving about 140 miles; approx. 3.5 hours throughout the day. Walking approximately 1.5 miles over 3 hours with periods of standing.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach for Quebec City. We stop at Pointe-Noire for an impressive panoramic view of the Saguenay fjord and the St. Lawrence Estuary. From its strategic geographic location, you will be able to observe whales and other marine mammals, as well as other oceanic phenomena indigenous to the confluence of the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Visit Montmorency Falls which towers 83 meters above the St. Lawrence River. The view from the bridge over the top of the falls is unforgettable.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Quebec City.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Program Concludes, Departures
Quebec City, Quebec
B

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Departures from the hotel after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 noon. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.






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