Whale-Watching Cruise in Forillon National Park

Whale-Watching Cruise in Forillon National Park

Whale-Watching Cruise in Forillon National Park
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brandcat58
Peterborough, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What an amazing experience from start to finish. Our tour guide was very pleasant and explained boat safety and many facts about the magnificent mammals. The ride out to the Gulf Stream was exhilarating with anticipation and then “there she blows at 3 o’clock” and everyone turns to look in the direction of the spray waiting for a glimpse. Then, it happens. The head appears, then the back and then the dive and the beautiful view of the tail splashing followed by many awes of the passengers at their first glance of magnificent sea creatures. We saw about 6 whales on our journey and when one was spotted the captain did not hesitate to speed in that direction so the passengers could get a closer view. After about 2 hours it was time to head back to shore but on the return trip we were treated to a couple of viewings of harbour seals basking in the sun in coves along the shore. The whole trip was worth every dollar to fulfill a life time dream of seeing these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Thank you so much for a once in a life time experience.
Written August 18, 2023
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Sylvie J
Laval, Canada36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Took the early trip out in the morning (8am) hoping that would give us better opportunity with calmer sea.
Saw seals pop up here and there. ''Apparently'' a whale showed itself (dorsal fin) a fraction of a second, far, far away. Of course, you need to be looking at that exact spot at the moment, then again.
They bring you to 2 spots where seals hang out by the shore.
Anyway, had better moments watching the seals near the harbour.
They should name this SEAL WATCHING CRUISE with a price $$$ 180./couple (not whale watching).
Written August 12, 2022
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ccardieri
Kitchener, Canada260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
We did this whale watching cruise today and it much better than expected!
We saw probably 20 or more whales and seals from different species! The guide was awesome, explained everything about whales both in French and English.
It may not be like that all the time, but from our experience today, I highly recommend it!
Written July 4, 2022
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LeeOttawa1
Montreal, Quebec20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a fantastic time on our whale watching cruise earlier this week. We saw numerous humpback whales, many seals and a few porpoises. Once they located the first whale, it was consistent and almost non-stop action. It was a calm and clear day and that helped. We stayed warm and dry and found our guide to be knowledgeable and friendly. It should be on your “must do” list when visiting this region.
Written August 22, 2021
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Jess25789
Hamilton, Canada64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I was really excited for this tour but left a little disappointed.
We saw tons of dolphins at first, but then the boat moved away to look for whales. We spent an hour on the water looking and didn't see a single whale. I wish we could have just stayed by the dolphins and enjoyed them. We did get to see some seals at the end which was nice. I know it's not the company's fault the whales weren't out and about that day we went. But it was still disappointing, especially since the tour isn't cheap.
Written August 25, 2020
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Louise H
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
I was very unhappy with this company. My husband and I were scheduled for a tour on August 2 ,2020. When we got to to dock all covid signs were posted properly regarding social distancing but when I saw the boat filled to capacity shoulder to shoulder and knees to knees. I did not feel safe getting on board and therefore declined. They advised it was my choice. Now when I went in to get my money back they claimed they could not refund me. 160.00 may not be a whole lot but it’s the principal. The company tells me they were not able to social distance therefore the masks. I am sorry but I don’t find that to be a reasonable excuse. I believe in these unprecedented times consideration would be given to customers who did not feel safe to give them their money back. This business did not suffer from two people not getting on as two other people walked on at last minute to make it a completely full boat. I sent emails out to owner with same end result. No money back. I am very disappointed with this company
Written August 18, 2020
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JamesKMTan
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia21,737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
We just went for this 2.5 hour whale watching tour as part of the photography tour with SalvaFauna.

We were given a raincoat. The trip was very interesting. We saw a few humpback finwhales, seals and seagulls. Priscilla, the guide was knowledgeable. You got to bring warm clothes as it is quite cold. Worth going. We saw some interesting rock formations of the Forillon National park.
Written September 7, 2019
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Kat
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Excellent bilingual service. Amazing once in a lifetime experience. We saw 5 whales, and it was a real thrill being out in the St Laurence in the big waves. The staff was very friendly and everything was well organized. Highly recommended!
Written August 26, 2019
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myfalkner
Pickering, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I went on the whale watching tour with my two young boys. The guide was very knowledgeable. We saw so many whales - it was absolutely stunning and amazing!
Written August 9, 2019
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Laura L. Moreau
Montreal, Canada62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
What an experience! During high season in August, the boat was fully booked for our 2h30-long tour. I'd recommend reserving at least 2-3 days in advance! It's well worth the seemingly high cost though!

The bilingual guide, Priscilla, was very knowledgeable, and eager to get info to questions she didn't know the answers. (For example, a common seal can stay under water up to 20-25 minutes before gasping for air.)

On the day we took the tour, we only witnessed seals and Humpback whales, but dozens of them! We literally cried of joy at the sight of 3 whales, just a few minutes appart each other, breaching out of the water (jump) to let us see their white belly.

What I also loved was the fact that people from a lot of different countries were in the boat for the tour. I love when a local business is able to reach to different cultures and show the beauty of our pretty province. 😄

Some tips:
- do bring a long-sleeve shirt or sweater, it does become quite cold once in the middle of the water!
- the cruise is located within the Forillon Park, which means you have to pay the entrance fees. (Around $8 CAD at the time of our visit.)
- why not plan a short hike in one of Forillon Park' s trails, as you'll pay for the park entrance anyway. 🙂
- plan also some more time to visit the antique houses, located right up the path from the tour's parking. (Hyman & Sons general store, Dolbel-Roberts house, etc)
- binocular rental is a nice-to-have ($10), even if it's one pair for your whole group.
- be aware there isn't a lot of room on the boat for large backpacks and bags.
Written August 8, 2019
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