Quebec Maritime Excursion

Maritime Cruise Tour in Quebec City (Place Royale, St.Laurence River)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the rich history of Quebec City on a 90-minute St. Laurence River cruise
  • Discover fascinating landmarks and sites from the comfort of a three-decker 1930s ferry
  • Marvel at the breathtaking 275-foot-tall Montmorency Falls, which cascades into the Saint Lawrence River
  • Immerse in local culture at Le d'Orlans, birthplace of North American Francophones
  • Secure your spot now to enjoy a guaranteed return-to-ship and satisfaction promise
Price: $50.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? A 10 minute walk from the cruise terminal, taxi ride (not included) from further piers (details will be provided when this excursion is booked).
Food/Beverage Provided Not included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. A light jacket and scarf or hat may be appreciated on the water if you plan to be on the open deck.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over paved and cobblestone surfaces to reach the boat. Guests must be able to climb steps with a railing to access the upper decks of the boat.

Quebec Maritime Excursion

This 90 minute cruise on the St. Laurence River will give you a different perspective of the city as you discover the history of Quebec City, the river and the surroundings.

Setting out from the Chouinard Pier, in the shadow of the Chateau Frontenac, you will motor along the river while your costumed guide points out sites of interest. You will pass Baie de Beauport, popular for canoeing, kayaking, and when the wind is right, sailing, kite surfing, and sailboarding.

You will continue along the river to Montmorency Falls Park where you will see its namesake, the 275 foot tall falls created where the Montmorency River drops over the cliff into the Saint Lawrence River below.

Your cruise will then turn and follow the other bank of the river passing the western end of le d'Orlans, a pastoral island which was one of the first areas to be colonized and is considered the birthplace of francophones in North America.

Next you will pass along the banks of Levis, located across the river from Quebec City. Archeological sites in this area reveal evidence of human occupation (First Nations) for about 10,000 years. In the 1700s, the British laid siege to the city from hills on the Levis side eventually taking the city during the Seven Year War. Today, it is a residential area where 97% of the residents speak French as their mother tongue.

Your cruise then comes full circle, bringing you back to the pier where you began, near Place Royale in the Lower Town.

Your boat is a three-deck 1930s ferry which was turned into an excursion vessel and refurbished in 2011. It can carry 1,000 passengers, and has bilingual guides, full dining facilities, a bar, restrooms and several outside decks.