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Whale-Safari.Photo: Cap Aventure

Sea Excursions in Gaspésie in the Fall

Whether you are interested in an observation cruise, fishing or the simple pleasures of recreational boating on vast blue waters, head out to sea surrounded by the colours of fall in Gaspésie!

Whale- and seal-watching cruises

Several companies offer cruises with an interpreter guide or sea kayaking excursions on the salty waters off the coasts of Gaspésie. This is an opportunity to observe various marine species, including harbour seals. Have fun spotting these amusing marine mammals that like to bask in the sun along the shore, flip around in the water and pop up to the surface! Whale-watching excursions are also offered on sightseeing boats, ensuring your safety and keeping a proper distance from these majestic animals.

Percé. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

Les Bateliers de Percé offers cruises around Bonaventure Island, departing from Percé, until October 23, 2020. During this cruise, you will be able to observe the largest colony of northern gannets in the world. Whale-watching cruises are also available until September 15, 2020.

Croisières Julien Cloutier, also based in Percé, offers the same two experiences. Cruises around Bonaventure Island are offered until late October, while whale-watching cruises are available until October 1, 2020.

In Forillon National Park, Croisières Baie de Gaspé invites you to board the Narval III from the Grande-Grave wharf. This area is recognized as the best place in the province of Québec to see great whales! Cruises are offered until October 12, 2020.

Fishing on wharf, Grande-Grave, Forillon National Park
Fishing on wharf, Grande-Grave, Forillon National Park. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis


In Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Sea Shack Adventure invites fishing enthusiasts and outdoor lovers to participate in boat excursions on the St. Lawrence River. The captain will be happy to provide some tips on fishing for cod, striped bass or mackerel, depending on the season, as well as share the history and legends of Ruisseau-Castor and the surrounding area. Fishing gear is provided, and the activity is available until September 6, 2020.

Follow the lead of the locals and head to the region’s wharves to cast your line! Fishing from a wharf is free; it does not require the purchase of a provincial fishing licence. Consult our Wharves in Gaspésie blog post for more information. You can also download the Télépêche Harpon mobile app, which provides a host of useful information about shore fishing in Gaspésie: what species to catch, where to fish, what lures to use, recommended techniques, etc.

Excursions Exploramer
Excursion Exploramer. Photo: Éric Marchand

Recreational boating

Located in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Exploramer, a science museum focused on the marine environment of the St. Lawrence, offers sea excursions. During these outings, visitors will be introduced to the fascinating ecosystem of the St. Lawrence and can also participate in hauling in crab and whelk traps as well as collecting scientific data. Offered until October 4, 2020, this activity must be booked by phone at least 24 hours in advance. The museum (which is also open until October 4, 2020) includes aquariums and touch tanks that are home to a living collection of marine organisms from the St. Lawrence.

In Carleton-sur-Mer, Écovoile Baie-des-Chaleurs offers cruises on highly stable sailing crafts until September 13, 2020. Sail on the waters of Chaleur Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, aboard a livable sailboat or the famous yellow catamaran TaxSea!

Ready to set off on an observation cruise, fishing trip or sailing excursion surrounded by beautiful fall landscapes in Gaspésie? To be in the loop, visit and plan your trip today! #gaspesieautumn

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  1. Bill Franchini 12 November 2019 at 15 h 45 min

    Next summer We are planning to bring our trailerable sailboat to Carleton-sur-mer and cruise the bay for a couple of weeks. We are undecided between June and July, or even August. Any suggestions? Which is best for relatively calm cruising, moderate winds and good weather?

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