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Guided Walking : North America

Quebec: Quebec City & the Saguenay Fjord

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 2-6 Miles Daily

Quebec: Quebec City & the Saguenay Fjord

A Francophile’s dream, Quebec mixes the rugged pines and plunging fjords of northern Canada with the old-world sophistication of Europe’s walled cities. Our itinerary, a delightful mélange of natural beauty and urban chic, takes you along the banks of the St. Lawrence River to explore the region’s highlights, from the grandiose gorges of the Charlevoix to charming villages nestled in rolling farmland. Here, plunging granite fjords yield views of sapphire waterways teeming with marine life like grey seals and breaching whales. Birch forests fill serene glacial valleys, where moose forage beside lazy rivers. Walking in this remarkable region, you’ll have the potential to spot caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf, red fox, black bear, and river otter. Enjoy the architectural and cultural riches of Quebec City on a guided walk through its narrow, shop-lined streets and French-influenced cobblestone squares. Savor meals showcasing the best of Québecois cuisine: a touch of France, a dash of frontier, and the distinctive bounty of this natural wonderland.


Tour Highlights:
  • In Baie-Saint-Paul, wander a quaint village and artists colony full of picturesque wooden houses and galleries with your guides, learning about the town’s impressive history—dating back to the 1600s.
  • Aboard a Zodiac boat, witness minke, beluga, and blue whales breaching during an unforgettable whale watch on the St. Lawrence River.
  • Listen as your guides describe the Grands-Jardins National Park which showcases the beauty of the boreal forest and tundra.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,398 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

River walk along the Malbaie

After a brief orientation in Quebec City, journey north to the Parc National des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, where you’ll walk the misty base of one of Canada’s greatest gorges, following the Malbaie River. After lunch, head north to the town of Tadoussac, a lovely village located at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 2

Sentier Le Fjord to Saint-Louis Lookout

After a hearty breakfast, explore the Saguenay Fjord and St. Lawrence Estuary. Strolling along the rim of the fjord, you’ll pause at the Beluga Halt overlook to spot whales before continuing to the spectacular St. Louis viewpoint, where raptors soar on thermals.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 3

Zodiac whale watch

Aboard a Zodiac boat, enjoy up-close encounters with minke, beluga, or blue whales during an unforgettable whale watch on the St. Lawrence River, your experience enriched by commentary from an expert naturalist. In the afternoon, stroll along nearby dunes—actually marine terraces from the last Ice Age—and scan for eagles and peregrine falcons.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 4

Transfer to Quebec City

Departing Tadoussac, stop by the historic village of Baie-Saint-Paul, a charming artists’ colony full of beautiful wooden houses, boutiques, and galleries, before heading on to Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area. Here you’ll have the opportunity to spot migrating birds and enjoy views of Orleans Island. Finally, continue south to Quebec City, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Day 5

Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier

Just over an hour from Quebec City, Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier offers a landscape of mountainous plateaus cut by steep-sided glacial valleys. Walk beside a river through forests of yellow birch and sugar maple, before heading back to your accommodations to freshen up for an exquisite farewell dinner in the heart of the city.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Day 6

Quebec City walking tour

Discover the hidden charms and impressive history of Quebec City during a guided exploration of its cobbled “Lower Town,” outdoor cafés, beautiful architecture, and the Plains of Abraham, where the Battle of Quebec was fought.

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Day 1

Quebec City

After a brief orientation meeting, discover the hidden charms and impressive history of Quebec City during a guided exploration of its cobbled “Lower Town,” outdoor cafés, beautiful architecture, and the Plains of Abraham, where the Battle of Quebec was fought. In the afternoon, transfer to the town of Tadoussac, a lovely village at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 2

Sentier Le Fjord to Saint-Louis Lookout

Explore the Saguenay Fjord and St. Lawrence Estuary, keeping an eye out for peregrine falcons above and beluga whales below as you make your way to the Baie Sainte Marguerite and the Beluga Halt overlook. After, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the charming center of Tadoussac, an easy stroll from the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 3

Zodiac whale watch & Dunes walk

Aboard a Zodiac boat, enjoy up-close encounters with minke, beluga, or blue whales during an unforgettable whale watch on the St. Lawrence River, in the company of an expert naturalist. In the afternoon, stroll along nearby dunes—actually marine terraces from the last Ice Age. Later, board Le Train Léger for a spectacular ride along the Saint Lawrence River to your hotel in Baie-Saint Paul.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Germain Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul

With views of the St. Lawrence River and a working sheep farm, the Hotel Le Germain Charlevoix is a refreshingly modern rural escape near the artsy town of Baie-Saint-Paul. Rooms boast an award-winning contemporary design, with splashy details like vaulted ceilings, claw-foot bathtubs, and unique light fixtures. Amenities include a full spa, heated outdoor pool, pastry shop, fitness center, and two elegant restaurants.

Day 4

Mont du Lac des Cygnes

In Grands-Jardins National Park, follow well-maintained trails to Mont du Lac des Cygnes, where you enjoy panoramic views of the Charlevoix Crater and the Taiga forest. This unique environment, home to black bear, moose, caribou, and grey wolves earned the region a rating as a World Biosphere Reserve.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Day 5

Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier

In the steep-sided glacial valley of Jacques-Cartier, you are immersed in forests of yellow birch, sugar maple, and black spruce. There are a variety of trails to choose from, all of which have lovely views of the valley. This evening, enjoy a farewell meal at an exceptional restaurant in Quebec City offering warm hospitality and exquisite French cuisine.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Day 6

Québec City–Lévis Ferry; Walking food tour

After a delicious breakfast, you may choose to board the Québec City–Lévis ferry and enjoy a brief walk up the stairs to a splendid viewpoint in this south shore city founded in 1861. Later, you enjoy an off-the-beaten-path walking food tour with a local guide–savoring tastings along the way. After a final lunch you bid farewell to your newfound friends and begin your journey home.

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Dates & Prices

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2016 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Sep 12 - Sep 17 $3,398 $848
Sep 19 - Sep 24 $3,398 $848

Tour Only

2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jul 17 - Jul 22 $3,398 $848
Aug 7 - Aug 12 $3,398 $848
Sep 11 - Sep 16 $3,398 $848
Sep 25 - Sep 30 $3,398 $848

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You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
Jul 1 - Sep 30$4,048$3,398$848

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Christopher Atkins
Christopher Atkins

With a deep knowledge of local history and significant outdoors experience, Christopher Atkins is the ideal guide to lead you through Québec’s distinctive landscapes. A Montreal native, he works as a high school history teacher during the cooler months and has been known to coach at a local hockey school too. Fluent in two languages (he grew up speaking French), he is also a proficient Spanish speaker. In his free time, Chris enjoys a number of active sports, ranging from basketball to paragliding and including, of course, hockey! He has traveled extensively around the world, from the Arctic Circle to the Andes, and is a certified open-water diver as well.

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Darren Shore

Darren Shore understands the joy of new landscapes, new people, new knowledge, and most importantly, as they say in Québec, the joy of life-la joie de vivre. Born in Montreal, Darren has traveled to 66 countries and trekked in the mountains, jungles, glaciers, and deserts of 5 continents. When not guiding, you can find him hiking, snowshoeing, speaking one of the four languages he knows (so far), or playing traditional Québécois music on his viola.

Benjamin-Garant-Pruneau
Benjamin Garant-Pruneau’s

Benjamin Garant-Pruneau’s taste for adventure began at an early age while hiking, canoeing, and biking around his native Quebec. Most at home in the mountains, his career as a guide has taken him all over the world: walking the Gaspesian hills, hiking Vermont’s state parks, climbing the Peruvian Andes, and trekking through the French and Swiss Alps. When he isn’t busy leading groups or exploring his home province, you’ll likely find him studying or playing drums on stage. Benjamin is passionate about helping others is currently pursuing a degree in pyscho-education, seeking to empower those struggling with mental health issues, addiction, or other difficulties through adventure travel.

Simon-Leroux
Simon Leroux

After years working for Cirque du Soleil, Simon Leroux swapped the view from his desk for a much larger office: the great outdoors. His career as an adventure guide took him all over North America, leading sea kayaking and hiking excursions. When not touring through the Rocky Mountains, or navigating his native Quebec’s wintery wonderland, you’ll find him eating large amounts of food (by far one of the biggest advantages of working outdoors!) or, otherwise, acting in short films. A passion for sharing his North American roots, Simon’s energy is contagious, transforming any trip into an unforgettable adventure.

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Joanie Lefevbre

Like many in her field Joanie Lefevbre has a love for the outdoors that began as a child, traveling her native Quebec’s extraordinary landscapes. Throughout the years her guiding career brought her all over the world, climbing, hiking, skiing, and biking her way across the globe. Her educational background in the humanities and her passion for new cultural experiences continually drive her positive attitude and outgoing personality. Joanie’s love for the open air is so strong that even when she isn’t guiding, you’ll likely find her off exploring in one of the many North American mountain ranges!

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François-Xavier Bleau

François-Xavier Bleau’s taste for adventure began at a young age, building forts and exploring his native Quebec with his younger brother. Today, with more than fifteen years of experience as a guide, François-Xavier has traveled from North to South America, to Europe, Africa, and as far as the Himalayas, has guided in the Canadian Rockies, trekked through Nepal, climbed Alaska’s Mount Denali, and seen the top of the enigmatic Mount Kilimanjaro. When he isn’t busy trekking across the globe, you’ll find him reading and brushing up on his Canadian history, or spending time with his family.

Walking Tour Guide Genevieve Gobeil
Geneviève Gobeil

Born and raised in Quebec, Geneviève Gobeil speaks French, English, and Spanish, holds a degree in Communications, and has years of experience in adventure travel. Her love for the outdoors and contagious energy coupled with her typical Quebecois friendly disposition makes her an ideal guide. Whether touring by bike – her favorite mode of transportation – or climbing to the top of a snow-covered peak, Geneviève has covered the globe, often traveling with her children. During the winter months she also runs her own life coaching company and teaches seminars, but, mostly, you’ll just find her skiing!

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Renée-Claude Bastien

Renée-Claude Bastien has been guiding professionally for the past 12 years not only in her native Québec, but also in such far off places as Alaska, Nepal, and Argentina. Renée is inspired by nature and is endlessly curious about the history and the culture of places she visits. Creating memorable experiences is a skill she has mastered over the years and she is always thrilled to share her local knowledge and infectious energy with our guests.

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