Getting on/off a boat; enclosed and open decks.
At the hotel.
We’ll embark on a whale watching safari to look out for fin, minke, and beluga whales in St. Lawrence Estuary. A sort of haven kingdom for whales, the estuary has been an extremely popular destination since the 1980’s for those hoping to encounter these gentle giants. If we’re lucky, we may even see a humpback, or even a blue whale. Expert naturalists will provide insightful commentary while aboard this comfortable boat with multiple covered and uncovered panoramic decks, terraces, and an observation platform. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. We'll then return to the hotel.
At the hotel.
Next, we’ll go to the CIMM Museum (Centre for Interpretation of Marine Mammals) for a field trip led by on-site specialists. We’ll learn about the fascinating and mysterious world of the St. Lawrence whales including where can one expect to spot them and when as well as how to accurately identify the species. The museum’s exhibitions include a skeleton collection, reconstitutions of sea-mammals, films, slide-shows, stunning photographs, and a cache of underwater sounds of the Saguenay River that one can listen to. The Group Leader will then lead an elective walk to the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord behind the wharf. Our student assistant and a lifeguard will be happy to supervise any children who wish to remain at the hotel and enjoy the pool.
At Le Bateau restaurant, a local favorite, in Tadoussac.
We’ll then relax and enjoy an award-winning Canadian animated short film.