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St. Lawrence River

The historic and beautifully scenic St. Lawrence River flows 743 miles across North America, from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Famous as being one of the world’s longest rivers. The mighty river is still fairly young, having only formed some 10,000 years ago when the immense glaciers began thawing, exposing a giant notch in the Earth’s crust.

If you visit Québec, Canada (Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, or Gaspe); South-Eastern Ontario, Canada (Kingston or Thousand Islands); or North-Eastern New York, USA; you will encounter the majestic waterway.

The St. Lawrence River can be divided into three sections. Situated upstream lies the Great Lakes region; a beautiful network of broad lakes all interconnected by an intricate system of narrow river-like flows. The centre section of the St. Lawrence River is home to a normal watercourse you would expect to see from many other river flows, yet holding breath-taking views and wildlife along its banks. The latter section, from the Île d’Orléans to the Cabot Strait, between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, sits the St. Lawrence estuary and the oval-shaped marine region known as the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The shorelines of the St. Lawrence River host some breath-taking landscapes. Enjoy cycling along the scenic riverbanks, or why not get out on the water with paddleboat rentals; Jet Ski, kayak, and canoe tours. Choose from a number of different styled cruises, from an intriguing narrated river cruise, to a whale-watching excursion! If you want to add a special touch to your trip, take on a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour to reveal the river’s immensity.

Ways to Enjoy St. Lawrence River:

Québec - Lévis Ferry

If you are short on time and cant fit in a river cruise, don’t miss out! Hop on the Québec - Lévis Ferry across the St. Lawrence River and take in the spectacular view upon the mighty river. Winter crossings on this ferry service are especially spectacular as you glide through colliding chunks of ice.

River Cruise

Find yourself spoilt for choice as many excursions on a range of vessels types leave from the Old Port of Québec. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Château Frontenac, the Chute Montmorency, Île d’Orléans and the Côte-de-Beaupré; all whilst indulging in a delicious brunch, dinner or a show while on board.

Let the St. Lawrence River’s waters navigate you to the Grosse Île historical site, or the whales in Tadoussac and in the Saguenay’s fjord.

Baie de Beauport

For the watersport adventure seekers, don’t miss a visit to Baie de Beauport. Home to a huge range of waters activities on the St. Lawrence River. enjoy windsurfing, sailing catamarans, kayaking, stand-up paddling and kite surfing and much more! When you want some time to relax, bask in the sun alongside the river.

Things to Know:

  • Wear warm layers. It can reach very cold temperatures throughout the winter months, with parts of the river freezing over. Also, in the summer out on the water can occasionally be cold.
  • The Saguenay - St. Lawrence Marine Park is renowned as being one of the best whale-watching spots in North America.

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