Along the St Lawrence River are many ports from which you can take whale watching trips to sight the thirteen different species of the whale family that frequent these shores.
They are encouraged to come to this part of Canada because the water is very deep, and there is plenty of shellfish and krill found in the river, which are their favourite food.
The largest mammal in the world.
the Blue whale that can grow up to ninety-five foot long takes up residence in the St Lawrence River together with the Fin whale, which is the second largest whale.
Many other species including the Humpback whale and the little, friendly, smiling arctic Beluga, recognisable for its white colour, are frequent visitors to this area.
The Beluga whale is on the endangered species list.
The whale watching cruises go out daily from the beginning of May until October from Baie-Sainte- Catherine, Tadoussac, Riviere -du- Loup, and at Trois-Pistoles to Saguenay- St Lawrence Marine Park, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada and the Forillon National Park of Canada which is located in the Gaspésie.
Wildlife enthusiasts are well educated on the whale watching tours as the tour guides offer knowledge on the various whales, their habitat and further information on other ecotourism subjects.
To look at whales performing their rituals from the shore, instead of going on whale watching trips, go to the areas where the waters are at the deepest that encourage the whales to frequent.
Go to see them at the mouth of the Saguenay fjord or see them at Cap-de-Bon-Desir.
There are special sites at the Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park and at Pointe des Monts.
Besides the whales, there are many seals lazing or performing antics on the rocks of the estuary and at the gulf of the St Lawrence River.
As winter ends, you see an amazing sight of gargantuan collections of seals coming to these waters from Greenland.
They birth and feed their babes on the pack ice before it melts.
Certainly, this sight of so many seals together is a wonderful experience to see.
Canada is another of the countries interested in maritime preservation and conservation of their whales and other cetaceans.