June 1, 2015
Discovering the Saint Lawrence as a family
As the days become progressively warmer and the official start of summer fast approaches, the time is ripe for summer holiday planning. One concept certain to meet with the approval of all age groups - grandparents and grandchildren included - would be a cruise on the Saint Lawrence. Québec's nine ports of call indeed feature an incredible diversity of activities.
Whatever the nature of passenger interests ? culture, history, outdoor adventure or family focused pleasures, Destination Saint Lawrence guarantees satisfaction for all! Check out our suggestions for family discovery tours:
Trois-Rivières : World renowned Cirque du Soleil will be setting up in the amphitheatre at Trois Rivières for three summers running and staging an all new production on the theme of music. Treat you and your family to the magic of an unforgettable evening performance!
Montréal : Montréal will be celebrating the 375th anniversary of the city's founding on May 17th 2017. In anticipation of planned festivities, some twenty Cité Mémoire multimedia tableaux will be unveiled on May 17th 2016. However, beginning June 25th 2015, the techno-historical circuit showcasing some 60 points of interest will be downloadable from both App Store and Google Play in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Mandarin. Seize the opportunity to discover Montréal at your own pace and trace development from the time of founding through to the present day.
Havre-Saint-Pierre : Off the coast in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, not far from our port of call at Havre Saint-Pierre, lies Anticosti, an island paradise overflowing with countryscapes of unimaginable beauty, towering canyon walls, colossal cliffs and open water as far as one can see. The island is like nothing else you will experience in Québec. The entire family will be captivated!
Baie-Comeau: Did you know that marine mammal excursions are available directly from the Port of Baie-Comeau? In pneumatic boats commonly referred to as zodiacs, you will set out along the coast which to this day bears telltale remnants of the last ice age. En route, you will come upon a shipwreck or two and behold a variety of wildlife from seals and birds of prey, to guillemots and whales.
Québec: Throughout the summer, the provincial capital is brimming with all manner of activities. The roster of events includes festivals, world renowned exhibitions, discovery activities, sporting events... a seemingly endless choice of no fewer than 56 inspiring summer activities. Your call!
Saguenay: Prepare to travel back to the beginning of the 20th century... to the time of Québec's first pulp and paper mills. From 1901 to 1927, Val-Jalbert beat joyously to the rhythm of the plant built by Damase Jalbert. The village was called 'Ouiatchouan' in honour of the waterfall of the same name which fed the pulp mill. Today, the village draws visitors from far and wide, and provides an intriguing insight into life in the region just over a century ago. Children and grownups alike will revel in discovering this fascinating chapter of the province's history.
Gaspé: An excursion out to Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock Provincial Park is an absolute must for all visitors calling in at Gaspé. After a short boat ride from shore, passengers will be invited to discover this island sanctuary at their leisure and to venture along one of the footpaths to take in the impressive colony of northern gannets which call the island home. Visitors of all ages will be spellbound as they observe these elegant birds and their young.
Sept-Îles: The Old Trading Post at Sept-Îles is now an interpretive centre which depicts life back in the time of the 19th century fur trade and provides visitors with an insightful experience shaped by early Inuit and Euro-Canadian cultural encounters. This immersive, adventure-filled return to the days of yore is certain to amaze the entire family.
Magdalen Islands: Here ? and there can be no doubt whatsoever ? every member of the family will delight in exploring the vast stretches of fine, sandy beaches. Little tots will enjoy building the biggest sand castles ever. Teens will revel in the appeal of a natural jogging venue second to none. Parents will be anxious to take time out to sit back, relax and allow themselves to be lulled by the sound of the waves. Fun and relaxation for all guaranteed!
To discover even more activities, log on to the Cruise the Saint Lawrence website.