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St. Lawrence River

St. Lawrence River

Quebec, Canada

The Basics

Because of its sheer size, the St. Lawrence River is hard to miss. For the same reason, however, most visitors to Canada get to see only a tiny portion of it. If you’re going to Quebec (be it Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, or Gaspe), southeastern Ontario (be it Kingston or Thousand Islands), or northeastern New York state in the US, odds are high you will encounter the waterway at some point during your trip. Take a cycling tour along the scenic riverbanks or get out on the water with paddleboat rentals; Jet Ski, kayak, and canoe tours; narrated river cruises; and whale-watching excursions. Helicopter tours over Ontario’s Thousand Islands region reveal the river’s immensity and the vast number of rugged islets that comprise the archipelago, while tours from Quebec City to Ile d’Orleans, an agricultural river island known for its fresh produce, often also stop at the scenic Montmorency Falls, which spill into the St. Lawrence River.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Montreal

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Shabih_K, Aug 2021
Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River
Benoit Poulin was excellent. Perfect guide!! Would recommend to all!! Great place Had a lot of fun!!
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Quebec city rocks
JVEspin, Jul 2018
Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River
We enjoyed the bike ride immensely, our tour guide was fantastic,, did an excellent job narrating all the great history of Quebec city a Lovely tour I would recomend
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Very interesting! I did not realize...
Amberlea S A, Oct 2017
Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River
Very interesting! I did not realize how much history the St Lawrence River has. It was very interesting to learn a lot of it.
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Relaxing tour along the St Lawrence...
Rita D, Sep 2016
Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River
Relaxing tour along the St Lawrence river perfect for a family with young children. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour was definitely worthwhile and I highly recommend it.
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Great bike tour, the guide was...
Dawn A, Jun 2017
Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River
Great bike tour, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and nice. He went at whatever pace was good for the group, he checked on us often to be sure it was not to difficult for anyone. It was great to get some exercise while also seeing the sights and learning some history. Definietely would book this tour again! You will not be disappointed if you do too.
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Wonderful tour. Our tour guide...
Elaine E, Aug 2017
Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River
Wonderful tour. Our tour guide Benoit was very knowledgeable and friendly. Very lovely riding along the beautiful St. Lawrence seaway.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear warm layers. It gets very cold here during winter and parts of the river regularly freeze. Even in summer, it can be cold out on the water.

  • The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is among the best whale-watching spots in Canada.

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How to Get There

Ride Montreal’s orange metro line to Square-Victoria-OACI or Champ-de-Mars stations; the Old Port, which runs parallel to the St. Lawrence River, is fewer than 10 minutes on foot from there. In Quebec City, the riverfront is accessible on foot from Old Quebec.

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When to Get There

The warm summer months are prime time to explore the St. Lawrence River, as winter is bitterly cold, with temperatures often far below freezing. May to November make up the best period for whale watching.

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Where to Find the Best Views of the St. Lawrence River

For river views in Quebec City, stroll the elevated Terrasse Dufferin boardwalk, which winds along a high cliff behind the famous Fairmont Chateau Frontenac hotel. The boardwalk leads to Battlefields Park and affords bird’s-eye views of the river and the cruise ships pulling into port. In Montreal, the best river vistas can be seen from the Old Port (Vieux Port).

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