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Whale Tales: Adventures in Québec With Your Grandchild

Program No. 5455RJ
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.

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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.
  • Run, jump, roll and slide down sand dunes descending 200 feet to the shore.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12.
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Please call the toll free line at 1-866-745-1690 during regular business hours or for non-urgent matters (Mon - Fri 8:30 - 4:30 EST). The mobile phone #1-613-331-5777 is for after hours and weekends for emergency use only. The phone is carried by a staff member.
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Benny Beattie was born in Montreal, Québec. He holds a BA and MA from Concordia University, a teaching diploma from McGill University, and a License from the University of Montreal. Benny lived in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1960-1964 where he studied, traveled, and worked in a refugee camp in Lager Wagna, Austria. He taught history and French at Lindsay Place High School in Pointe Claire, Québec, from 1965 to 1997. He has written two books, “Tadoussac – The Sands of Summer” and “A Visitors Guide to Tadoussac.”
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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.
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.
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.
Quebec Province Map
by RouteMaster
The Canadian cartographers' map of the province at a scale of 1:750,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
by Robert Bothwell
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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