Quebec's Whale-Watching Hub: The St. Lawrence Estuary
Fri, Jan 27, 2023
LIVE at 3:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM PT
Head northeast of Quebec City along the north shore of the mighty St. Lawrence River to where it meets the Saguenay Fjord, and you’ll find the small village of Tadoussac. Diminutive as it is, with just 800 residents, Tadoussac is well known on the worldwide whale-watching stage and is a highlight of our Whales & Nature Trails of Quebec trip. Forget the hours-long whale-watching tours you’ve taken on vacation elsewhere without a whale in sight. Off the coast of Tadoussac, you’ll often spy multiple species of marine mammals. In summer and fall, we are likely to see minke, humpback, fin and possibly even blue whales. We frequently spot belugas, too, which live in the St. Lawrence year-round. In this presentation, Expedition Leader Anthony Amsel explores what makes Tadoussac and the St. Lawrence Estuary such a special destination for whale watching, and why these gentle mammals make their way to this marine-protected area from afar. For many years, Anthony sat at the helm of all research, science and conservation activities at the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, making him the ideal person to teach us about these creatures and their fragile habitat. As part of today’s discussion, he touches on some of the measures being taken to ensure the continued protection of this marine haven.