Photographie For over 100 years, cruise ships—the “white boats,” as they were still known in the 1960s—travelled the St. Lawrence from the Great Lakes to Charlevoix and the Saguenay fjord. To make the trip from Toronto, travellers had to change boats before crossing the famous Lachine Rapids, upstream from Montréal.
Cruises and boat tours
Croisière, fjord du Saguenay (baie Éternité)

To see Québec in a whole new light, cruise along the main waterway—the St. Lawrence River, which stretches over 1,100 km (680 mi.) from east to west across Québec—or along some of the province's most picturesque lakes and rivers. Enjoy a front-row seat for observing marine mammals, birds and island plant life, and discover the magnificent natural and urban landscapes of Québec.

 Must-see attractions

Cruises by the numbers
Bateau de croisière et Montréal vus du Parc de la Cité-du-Havre

Over 75 businesses and 200 cruises of all kinds on some 15 lakes and water bodies. Choose the length and formula that suits you: dinner or theme cruises, nature watching, fireworks evenings or packages that include accommodations. There are a variety of craft as well: from canoes to amphibious buses and inflatables to passenger ships.

Unique excursions
Traversier N.M.CTMA Vacancier (Montréal-Cap-aux-Meules)

The CTMA Vacancier links Montréal to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The return trip takes seven days and includes stops in Québec City, Havre-Saint-Pierre on the Côte-Nord (depending on the cruise chosen) and Chandler in the Gaspésie. The Relais Nordik , a supply ship equipped with a few cabins, steams from Rimouski to Sept-Îles, Anticosti, Havre-Saint-Pierre and the Basse-Côte-Nord, taking you to places inaccessible by road.

Crossings made easy

The Société des traversiers du Québec offers many crossings on the St. Lawrence and to certain islands, including Île aux Grues (Chaudière-Appalaches) and Île aux Coudres (Charlevoix). Picturesque and relaxing trips are in store!

Discovery destination

Photographie. In the heart of the Lac Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve, visit an extraordinary world reminiscent of Louisiana’s bayous: a labyrinth of verdant channels, abundant wildlife, curious cottages on piles… Points of departure: Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola (Lanaudière), Sorel-Tracy and Sainte-Anne-de Sorel (Montérégie).


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