The First Nation called it “the way that walks”. An extraordinary water way that opens up the continent, set in a landscape formed by glaciers, the Saint Lawrence River proposes picturesque fishing villages, urban environments, the spectacular Saguenay Fjord, mysterious islands, imposing cliffs and rustic landscapes.
Fed by the Great Lakes, this majestic river flows eastward for over 1200 km along the shores of Montréal, Trois-Rivières and Québec City. From there, the Saint Lawrence widens to form the largest and deepest estuary in the world.
In the bay of Tadoussac, salt and freshwater meet to create an ecosystem conducive to marine life. This exceptional site, where whales and other marine mammals live, is protected by the Saguenay-Saint Lawrence Marine Park.
Downstream the estuary widens to form a gigantic gulf that holds the North shore (Havre-Saint-Pierre, Sept-Îles, Baie-Comeau) and Anticosti Island, and to the south, Gaspésie and the Îles de la Madeleine.
Discovered in 1535 by French explorer Jacques Cartier, the Saint Lawrence has long been the main commercial artery for North America. With a rich and legendary history, the Saint Lawrence continues to provide today’s cruise ship passengers a veritable feast of nature and culture.
Over the past few years, several major international cruise lines have made the Saint Lawrence a preferred destination. Sailing the Saint Lawrence means reliving the odyssey of the explorers of Nouvelle-France, all the while and falling for the alluring charms of Montréal and Québec City.
But most importantly, it is a trip to the heart of the Saint Lawrence, where the vastness of its waters give it a wild and striking beauty that features grandiose tides and breathtaking sunsets...
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