North America's Best Whale-Watching Spots

Follow Ishmael’s footsteps: go whale watching, from the banks of Cape Cod to the tropical shores of Hawaii.

Tadoussac, Quebec

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“Elle souffle!” (the French equivalent of “thar she blows!”) is the call heard at the mouth of the mighty St. Lawrence, where the icy Labrador current meets freshwater flowing from the Saguenay Fjord to create a rich summer feeding ground for whales. The diversity is unparalleled—more than a dozen whale species, including giant blue, fin, and humpbacks—flock here at the height of the season. Plus, there’s a resident population of 1,200 stark white belugas.

Season: May to October.

Check Out: The Centre for Interpretation of Marine Mammals is Tadoussac’s oceanic museum, run by the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals.

North America's Best Whale-Watching Spots

Tadoussac, Quebec

“Elle souffle!” (the French equivalent of “thar she blows!”) is the call heard at the mouth of the mighty St. Lawrence, where the icy Labrador current meets freshwater flowing from the Saguenay Fjord to create a rich summer feeding ground for whales. The diversity is unparalleled—more than a dozen whale species, including giant blue, fin, and humpbacks—flock here at the height of the season. Plus, there’s a resident population of 1,200 stark white belugas.

Season: May to October.

Check Out: The Centre for Interpretation of Marine Mammals is Tadoussac’s oceanic museum, run by the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals.

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