5455
Quebec

Whale Tales: Adventures in Québec With Your Grandchild

See feeding whales, visit giant sand dunes, embark on a marine safari and hear the story of local First Nations people as you explore the St. Lawrence River region with your grandchild.
Rating (5)
Program No. 5455RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,949 / ADULT
1,299 / CHILD

At a Glance

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 grandchild. 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.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walks up to one mile; boarding and disembarking boats.

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.
  • Get up close to marine life at the aquarium and in wading pools where divers will pull up sea urchins, sea stars, crabs and other critters for you to see, touch and learn about.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out "Whale Tales: Adventures in Québec With Your Family" (#23130)!
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Whalewatcher, A Global Guide to Watching Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Wild
by Trevor Day
A photo guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide, with featured spreads on 40 commonly encountered species.
Negotiating a River, Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway
by Daniel Macfarlane
This political and environmental history looks at the defining episodes of the St. Lawrence Seaway megaproject, from the complex diplomatic negotiations between the US and Canada to its lasting impact on transnational relations.
Moon Quebec City
by Sacha Jackson
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights) but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Quebec City.
Why I Hate Canadians
by Will Ferguson
This is the tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek.
The St. Lawrence, River Route to the Great Lakes
by Lynn Peppas
Sixth in a series of illustrated primers on riverways around the word for ages 9-12, this is also a nice introduction for the family.
The Broken Blade
by William Durbin
When an accident befalls his father, 13-year-old Pierre signs on to work as a fur trader in remote northern Quebec. This novel conjures the rough life of the traders and the early days of French Canada.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
by Robert Bothwell
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
Quebec Province Map
by RouteMaster
The Canadian cartographers' map of the province at a scale of 1:750,000.
Maria Chapdelaine, A Tale of French Canada
by Louis Hemon
A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Maria endures the hardships of isolation and climate and must choose between three suitors.
The Whale
by Philip Hoare
A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores.
The St. Lawrence
by Henry Beston
In this original survey of the St. Lawrence, renowned naturalist Henry Beston not only includes the history of the river, but also its land and its people. Originally published in 1942, illustrated with sketches.
Wolfe at Quebec, The Man Who Won the French and Indian War
by Christopher Hibbert
Hibbert brings the campaigns, life at Louisborg and dramatic capture of Quebec in 1759 to life in this tale of the neurotic, complex British general.
Whale (Eyewitness Books)
by Frank Greenaway
With 900 detailed illustrations, this slim book is a highly visual guide to cetaceans that will appeal to kids ages 9 to 12.
Guide to the Offshore Wildlife of the Northern Atlantic
by Michael H. Tove
An oversize field guide to the seabirds, ocean mammals and turtles found off Atlantic shores north of the Tropic of Cancer featuring 39 excellent color plates and extensive descriptive information.
Historical Atlas of Canada, Canada's History Illustrated With Original Maps
by Derek Hayes
Covering over 1,000 years of Canadian history (from above) this historical atlas includes previously unpublished maps, charts and illustrations, newly discovered in archives and libraries from around the world.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
The St. Lawrence River
by Tim McNeese
An examination of the St. Lawrence river as a corridor for exploration, cultural exchange, trade and economic development; for kids ages 12 to 17.
Three Weeks in Quebec City: The Meeting That Made Canada
by Christopher Moore
A riveting history of the earliest drafting of a Canadian national constitution during the Quebec Conference of 1864.
Canada, Images of the Land
by J. Kraulis
From the country's expansive prairies and forests to its magnificent coastline, the over 200 images in this oversized photo book capture the sublime and staggeringly diverse landscape of Canada.
Michelin Green Guide Quebec
by Michelin Travel Publications
A thorough introduction to the region in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions.
A People's History of Quebec
by Robin Philbot, Jacques Lacoursiere
This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes a helpful timeline.





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