Welcome to old Europe just north of Maine and Vermont – the heart of French-speaking North America – Quebec.  With a rich heritage and strong cultural ties to France, Quebec’s culture complements her grand natural wonders.  Free-flowing rivers, glaciated valleys, National Parks and majestic mountains are all part of the landscape.  Our lodge-based Quebec kayak and walking tour has you gliding through the mythic waters of Quebec’s rugged Saguenay Fjord while also exploring on foot. 

The word “fjord” often brings thoughts of Scandinavia or Norway and indeed, the Saguenay Fjord is a little known place. The largest fjord in eastern Canada, it has been carved by ancient glaciers and stretches more than 62 miles.  This unique ecosystem is a place where high cliffs and wildlife meet the mixing of the waters of the Saguenay River and St. Lawrence Seaway. You set off as explorers once did, discovering the awe-inspiring valley, experiencing the rich cultural history, and kayaking the cobalt blue blend of fresh and sea waters in search of beluga whales.

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The natural beauty and richly-layered history of Canada are ours to discover. As an added bonus, exploring Quebec is like being in France without the transatlantic flight!  Quebec’s labyrinth of lakes, rivers, and waterways provide opportunity to see her natural wonders from a unique perspective—up-close-and-personal. Our trip beings in Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage site positioned above the St. Lawrence seaway and filled with old-world charm.  After a brief city tour, we travel north to embark on a kayaking and walking journey where stunning scenery and wildlife abound. We explore the Fjord of Saguenay to Tadoussac, which was once an important trade route for Canada’s aboriginal people. During the French colonization of the Americas, this was also a major route for fur trade. As you paddle this path of historical significance, marvel in gliding beneath towering 1,000 ft. tall rock walls and among mesmerizing beluga whales.

ROW Sea Kayak Adventures has orchestrated this fantastic and exclusive exploration via kayak, foot, and zodiac along the fjord. Highlights include Quebec City (a UNESCO World Heritage site), museums chronicling the rich history of the region’s past, and the quaint village of Tadoussac, the oldest French settlement in the Americas and France’s first trading post on the mainland of New France.

Our expert local guides delight in sharing the area’s myths and legends, including tales of sea monsters making waves that often come up in the fjord out of nowhere. You experience a blend of nature, scenery, and history like none other.

We are proud that our Quebec kayak trip along the Saguenay Fjord has a significant and beneficial economic impact to the local area. This unique and exclusive tour offers the best of local cuisine and clutre along with exploration via kayak, foot, and zodiac along the Saguenay Fjord. We stay in local ownedhotels/chalets/inns, eat in local restaurants, hire local guides and buy all our trip provisions and food locally. Our trips also offer an excellent opportunity for our guests to interact with locals, providing an authentic cultural element.

Supporting Documents

Quebec Trip Guide - Lodge Based

Quebec Packing Guide - Lodge Based

Quebec "Know Before You Go"

Images & Videos

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Itinerary

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Day 0

Note: Below is our lodge-based kayaking tour. We have two superb itineraries in Québec. One is the lodge-based kayaking tour (below) and the other is a camping-based kayaking tour. Both tours are 8 Day Tours exploring the beauty of the Saguenay Fjord.  Please contact us for information on either of these itineraries.

Day 0: Optional early arrival day in Québec City

ACCOMMODATION : Recommended (book on your own): Auberge aux deux Lion

Day 1

Arrive in Quebec City: Journey to the Saguenay

At 1:00-1:30pm, we gather for a meet-and-greet at your hotel lobby before setting off on your journey to the Saguenay region. The drive is just over two hours on the newly completed highway from Québec City which meanders through the strikingly beautiful Réserve faunique des Laurentides (Laurentides Wildlife Reserve).

On arrival you have a chance to stretch your legs while exploring some of the natural and cultural history of the region and visiting the Fjord Museum. Spend the night in the charming Auberge des Battures, which overlooks the fjord. For dinner, try some of the local cuisine. Sample fare would include tourtiere (meat pie), pea soup, baked beans, pig’s knuckle ragout and the essential Quebec dessert – maple syrup pie!

ACCOMMODATION : Auberge des Battures
MEALS INCLUDED : Dinner

Day 2

Kayak in Riviere Eternite Bay 

Today, we explore the fjord at sea level. Fuel up with breakfast at the Auberge before hopping in the van for a 30 minute ride the small village of Rivière-Éternité ("Eternity River"). The tiny town owes its name to the river that runs through the majestic cape and overhangs of the Saguenay Fjord.

Your kayak awaits you in Saguenay National Park. Upon arrival, our guides brief you on paddling techniques and general safety rules. After that, you're ready for your first fjord expedition beneath the huge rock faces of Eternity Bay. Paddle past these mesmerizing 350-meter-tall cliffs and out into the heart of the fjord. The route is about 8 miles, and you stop for a long lunch break with some tasty local treats at Ermine Bay.  After coming back to Eternity Bay, your final destination will be a charming cottage, where you spend another delightful evening savoring the serenity of the quiet Anse St-Jean.

Paddle Distance: 8 Miles

ACCOMMODATION : Auberge La Fjordelaise, Auberge des Cévennes
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Discover the backcountry of l'Anse-Saint Jean, Hiking and Nordic Spa

Awake to coffee and a nourishing breakfast prepare by your guide with local meals and fresh fruits. You have an early start on a stunning hike in the backcountry heading to the Emmuraillé Lake. The hike is about 3 miles in between cliffs and along the beautiful creeks The reward is stunning, panoramic views of this massive geological wonder and the flora and fauna that live here.

After a leisurely lunch at a chalet bordering the lake, we venture back to the main road. A short van ride takes you to a Nordic spa for some bath leisure time accompanied by a wonderful mountain view. If you prefer you’ll have the chance to go hicking in the afternoon instead of the spa.  In the evening, unwind with a delectable dinner and marvel at the beautiful bay, mountains, and capes that surround you.

Hiking Distance: 6 Miles

ACCOMMODATION : Auberge du Fjordelaise, Auberge des Cévennes
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

L’anse St-Jean - Kayaking

After breakfast, we set off for on kayak paddle through the fjord. You will have the chance to see the immensity of the Fjord. Seals may accompany you on this circular journey through these bays. With luck, you encounter minke whales while having lunch on the rocks! 

By the end of the day, we return to the cottage and enjoy a moment relaxing.  Before the dinner you will have the chance to catch the sunset at the Anse-à-Tabatière. In the evening, after another tasty meal, pull up a chair around the fire and enjoy the undimmed stars.

Paddling Distance: 8 Miles

ACCOMMODATION : Chalet au Village Vacances Petit-Saguenay
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Petit Saguenay: Kayaking & Hiking 

After breakfast, we set off on a brief drive to the beautiful beach of Ste-Etienne, from which we set off on a hike along the fjord with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and stunning scenery up-close. After, return to the beach where we relax with lunch. This afternoon, you have the choice to do a final kayak ride with the chance to spot belugas or you may choose to relax and enjoy the beach.Top the evening off with a delicious dinner before bed.

Paddling Distance: 4 Miles
Hiking Distance: 3 miles

ACCOMMODATION : Auberge au deux Pignons
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Saint-Étienne to Tadoussac: Whale Watching 

Enjoy the sunrise from your chalet and a tasty breakfast before boarding a zodiac at the pier. Today will be all about whales. As the towering cliffs melt into the enormity of the St. Lawrence river, you have entered the realm of the beluga.

You spend the entire day exploring the fjord and its great seaway, where you might even encounter the large fin or ancient blue whales. Lunch will be on the water if you can peel your eyes from the waves. The end of the day finds you at the charming auberge in Tadoussac. Founded in 1660, Tadoussac is the oldest surviving French settlement in the Americas. It thrived in the seventeenth century as France’s first trading post on the mainland of New France. Upon arrival in Tadoussac, take a stroll in the village and marvel at the Old Chapel, the oldest wooden church in Canada and the USA. We dine in Tadoussac and enjoy our picturesque surroundings.

ACCOMMODATION : Les Pionniers
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Île d'orléans, Quebec City 

After a final breakfast in the glorious Saguenay region, it's time to make your way back to Québec City. There, your adventure continues with a visit to the Île d'Orléans (Island of Orleans). This small island is surrounded by the St. Lawrence river and overlooks Québec City. However, in contrast to that thriving historic metropolis, Île d'Orléans features quaint, pastoral landscapes with an agrarian theme. The chief economy of the island are its many berry goods, maple products, and wineries. You may get to taste them all with an afternoon of sightseeing and culinary temptation!

This evening, we rejoin for a farewell dinner full of memories and stories. Then, take a short ride back to your tour hotel in Québec City for your last night in charming Québec.

ACCOMMODATION : Auberge Aux Deux Lions
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Departure, Quebec City

Depending on the time of your flight, enjoy breakfast with your friends in adventure before heading back home or on to your next travels.

Dates & Rates

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Jul 12, 2020 to Jun 19, 2020 $3,695£0€0$0$0$3,695£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Aug 16, 2020 to Aug 23, 2020 $3,695£0€0$0$0$3,695£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Aug 23, 2020 to Aug 30, 2020 $3,695£0€0$0$0$3,695£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW

Supplementary Information

Tier Pricing:

  • 4-9 guests: $4,195
  • 10-12 guests: $3,695

Single Supplement: If you are a solo traveler and wish to have your own accommodations throughout the tour (or if we are unable to pair you up with another solo traveler), an additional single supplement of $400 USD is required.

As an alternative way to explore Quebec and the Saguenay Fjord, e offer a Kayaking and Camping option as well. 

Included: 

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Most meals as described in itinerary
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Access to the park
  • Professional bilingual guides
  • Luggage transportation
  • Kayak equipment including fiberglass kayaks, paddles, PFD’s
     

Not Included: 

  • Airfare to and from Quebec
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Hotel before and after the tour
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TIERED PRICING EXPLAINED: Our trips are budgeted for full or near full sign-ups which enables us to offer trips at the lowest possible price. Because of numerous fixed costs, it is more expensive to operate a trip for a small group. Therefore, on some of our trips, in order to avoid having to cancel a trip, we have a “tier-pricing” system to avoid canceling a trip with a low number of sign ups. We have found that most people also prefer this alternative to having a trip cancelled. Thus, you will note on our trip prices there may be different price for 4-9, versus 10-12, etc.

We may initially invoice you at the higher tier price, and refund the difference depending on the final group size. Trip costs quoted are based on foreign exchange rates current at the time of this printing. We reserve the right to raise the trip fee if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control.

ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.

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FAQ & More

What's included in the tour price?

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Most meals as described in itinerary
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Access to the park
  • Professional bilingual guides
  • Luggage transportation
  • Kayak equipment including fiberglass kayaks, paddles, PFD’s
  • Personal expenses and gratuities are not included.

What is the best time of year for this trip?

Whales are present year round, but are in the highest concentrations near the end of the summer and early Autumn. We offer this trip at times that are best for viewing whales, as well as avoiding the peak tourism season.

I’ve never tried kayaking. Can I still go on this trip?

Of course! Beginners are welcome on this trip. Your guides will give you an introduction to paddling and you’ll have plenty of chance to practice. We take plenty of paddle breaks to observe the biodiversity and learn about the area from our knowledgeable guide. That said, we do recommend that you get some paddling in before your trip as kayaking uses muscles you may not know you have. Getting a little experience and building some strength will help your enjoyment of the trip.

Can I paddle a single kayak?

Due to the greater stability of tandem kayaks and the cold water temperatures in the Fjord, we only offer double kayaks on this trip.

How difficult are the hikes?

At least one hike will take place along the Fjord itself, which means that it entails quite a bit of elevation change. The trails are well-groomed with clear paths, but it can be slippery and have steep portions. We do recommend physical preparation to make the most out of your outdoor experience.

Will I have to speak French?

An English-speaking guide will accompany you throughout the trip in its entirety, so you will not need to learn French prior to your trip. However, you may pick up a couple of phrases while you’re there!

What is the food like?

Quebec’s cuisine can be described as a French and Irish fusion. Some of the most notable dishes in-clude tourtieres (meat pies), baked beans, poutine (French fries with cheese curds and gravy), and maple desserts. The Saguenay Lake-Saint Jean region is famous for its cheese, wine, and salmon.

What if I have specific dietary needs?

Please indicate any allergies, dietary requirements, or medical conditions of which you’d like us to be aware on your trip application forms. We can accommodate many dietary needs on this trip.

What kind of clothing do I need?

We will provide a complete packing list for your trip. We suggest you bring, synthetic clothing for kayaking, windproof and waterproof clothing, and evening attire for meals in town and lounging at the inns. Don’t forget a camera, water bottle, and head-lamp, as well!

Do you arrange international air?

We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we refer you to if you’d like.

How far in advance should I book?

There are a lot of arrangements to be made for a custom trip like this adventure and so it is helpful with our planning if you book three to eight months in advance. However, if you can’t plan that far ahead, then it’s usually not a problem to book up to about a month or two in advance. If you find yourself looking for last minute space just call us and check!

Can you recommend a reading list my upcoming Quebec tour?

Yes, we recommend the following books for your upcoming tour:

- Jacques Cartier: Exploring the St. Lawrence River by Jennifer Lackey
- Attack on Montreal : Battles of the War of 1812 by Pierre Berton
- The St. Lawrence River: History, Highway and Habitat by Janice Hamilton
- Exploring Old Quebec: Walking Tours of the Historic City by Maude Bonenfant

What do I need to know about currency in Quebec?

All currency while on the trip is in Canadian dollars.

Credit Cards
Be sure to notify your bank(s) of the dates of your travel and your destinations, so their fraud programs won’t freeze your account when a foreign transaction is made. Credit cards are widely accepted in Quebec City.

Suggestions:
 Avoid carrying a lot of cash.
 Do not take your cash out in public (mostly in tourist areas).
 In case you need to carry a lot of cash, take it in different pockets or share pockets with your friends.
 If you need to make a payment of a high amount, avoid doing so in cash, use credit cards or traveler's checks. Communication Cell Phones- Contact your service provider for the best options for taking your cell phone overseas.

What are some general travel tips for this trip?

General Travel Information:

Useful Numbers: Sea Kayak Adventures office number: 1.800.616.1943. In case of emergency, please call Rachel at 208.651.6219, or Andy, at 541-848-8850.
Canada Country Code: +1 / Quebec City Code: 418

Fax: Faxes can be sent from telecommunications offices located throughout the city. Also, most hotels provide fax services.

Internet: Public Internet access is available in many places. Internet Cafés are increasingly common, and many hotels have internet access as well.

Customs: It is not permitted to enter the country with plants, vegetables, fruits and perishable food. Past felony convictions may disqualify individuals from entry into foreign countries. Guests are advised that a D.W.I. (Driving While Intoxicated) or D.U.I. (Driving Under the Influence) may be considered a felony in other countries, including Canada. It is the client’s sole responsibility to ensure the immigration eligibility of all traveling party members for any foreign countries included in this itinerary. In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State recommend that U.S. travelers leaving the country research the entry documents required for their destination country prior to departure. The entrance requirements for specific countries can be found at travel.state.gov.

Public Restrooms: If you are walking around the city when nature calls, you can go to any bar or restaurant.

What should we tip our guides?

Guidelines for Gratuities:

Tipping is a very personal matter and the decision to tip and how much to give is entirely yours. The following guidelines should however be of help: -It is customary to tip service people such as waiters, laundry washers, bartenders, hotel help and anyone who goes out of their way to help (usually US $1 each).

 In Québec, tipping is appropriate etiquette in restaurants, bars, taxis and hair salons. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill before taxes. For quick tip calculations, Québecers normally add up both taxes (GST and QST), the sum of which equals approximately 13%.

 When traveling with the group, all tips at meals that are part of the itinerary are covered as well as any tips for taxi or bus drivers.

 For guides we recommend between $13 - $18 per person per day. Cash Machines or ATM's- There are plenty of cash machines around the city. Simply look for the companies’ logos on bank windows and in cash machine booths. Money Exchange- US dollars are sometimes accepted in tourist areas, but the rate of exchange will likely be poor. If you plan to make purchases in cash, we recommend exchanging money at a bank.

What can I do in Quebec City before and/or after my tour?

Below are a few recommendations of things to do in Quebec City before or after your kayaking tour:

Maps:
The Airport has great free maps of the city at the information desk, which you will pass on your way out of customs and on the way to the taxi stand. Grab a few of these as they are very helpful in navigation on your own should you choose to walk.

Jazz and Hotel:
If Jazz is top on your list you might look at The Hotel Clarendon as a great spot to stop for a drink and listen to jazz, or as a hotel to spend your extra nights at. It is centrally located and within close walking distance of everything in Vieux-Quebec. It is rumored to have one of the best Jazz bars of the area in the lobby. http://www.hotelclarendon.com/jazz-bar-en.html

Vieux-Québec:
Vieux-Quebec or Old Quebec is a simply stunning sector of the City and one that you can spend at least a day exploring. It's comprised of an upper and lower section and is designated as a UNESCO heritage site. You can take guided tours of this part of the city or simply explore it on your own.

“Don’t Miss” in Vieux-Quebec:

 Visit Château Frontenac while in Old Quebec
 Visit or tour the Plains of Abraham
 Grab some fresh squeezed lemonade or gelato from the many street vendors. Tons of wonderful restaurants are scattered through this area as well, so be sure to plan on a few meals down here!

Open Air Market: (Where Saint Paul and Quai Saint Andre streets meet along the docks in the harbor)
This is a fabulous open air market that is bustling on the weekends hosting many local vendors and artisans from around the area. It's a great place to pick up some souvenirs, sample the local food, or just take in the sites and sounds of Quebec City!

Musee de la Civilisation:
A great museum to check out while in Quebec City is Musee de la Civilization. You can check out their schedule, ticket fees, etc here

Terrasse Dufferin:
This is a walking terrace in front of Chateau Frontenac where you often find street performers sharing their talent with spectators passing by. The terrace overlooks the Saint Lawrence river with gorgeous views (especially at night).

Please let us know if you have any questions, we are happy to help!

What hotel should I stay at in Quebec City before or after my tour?

Hotels in Quebec City:

If you are arriving in Quebec City prior to (or staying beyond) our tour dates, we recommend staying at the Hotel Le Concorde. This is our Quebec City tour hotel for your trip. It is conveniently located for meeting the group, as well as extending your stay on either side of our tour. However, there are many hotel options in Quebec, some of which are located closer to Old Quebec and many of the main tourist attractions. You may elect to stay somewhere closer to Old Quebec if you are planning to extend your stay before or after the tour. Please note: hotels before and after your tour begins are not included in your trip cost and will need to be arranged on your own.

Is there a single supplement fee for solo travelers?

Our tour costs are based on double occupancy on any included hotel nights. Solo travelers who would like their own single hotel room can pay a single supplement (see "Dates & Rates" above for the single supplement price for this tour), or can be matched up with another solo traveler of the same gender if one is available and willing to share. If we are unable to pair you with another solo traveler, we must apply the single supplement charge to cover our hotel costs.

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