The Grand Boreal Safari


Here is a program that will enable you to visit both Montreal and Quebec City as well as to discover the fabulous fauna and flora of « la belle province »! You’ll indeed have the best seats to observe, while being accompanied by naturalist guides, the cariboos, the moose, the whales, the bears, etc… while take fully advantage of the Canadian wide open spaces.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Montreal

    Montreal Pick-up your vehicle and rendez-vous in the thrilling and appealing city of Montreal. Second French speaking city in the world after Paris, Montreal combines old world influences with North American modernity in a very unique way.

    Accommodation : Hotel

  • Day 2 Saint-Paulin

    Saint-Paulin It’s now time to leave the big city behind and to head towards the fabulous wilderness of the Mauricie region, the land of the raftmen and the lumberjacks! You’ll then stay in a magnificent inn. (B)

    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 3 Saint-Félicien

    Saint-Félicien Today you’ll drive along the St-Maurice River panoramic road, which runs through the heart of the Laurentian Mountains up to Lac-St-Jean, Quebec's inland sea. With its 210 Km of shores and its many sandy beaches, the lake is an ideal place for nautical activities or for a lovely cruise. Take also the time to meet with its attaching inhabitants known as “les bleuets”. After a night at the hotel, you will be invited for an amazing visit at the famous Saint-Félicien Wildlife Zoo where you will be in position to safely observe wild animals in their natural habitats. You’ll actually have the opportunity to camp in an area frequented by the cariboos. (L, D day 4)

    Accommodation : Hotel

  • Day 4 Saint-Félicien

    One more day to discover the region.

    Accommodation : Tent

  • Day 5 Tadoussac

    Tadoussac You’ll now drive along the largest inland fjord in the world before reaching the North Shore region, the whale kingdom! (B, L)

    Accommodation : Hotel

  • Day 6 Les Bergeronnes

    Les Bergeronnes Onboard a fast zodiac boat, you’ll then have the priviliege to observe the sea mammals from very close during a whale watch cruise. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Tadoussac Sea Mammals Interpretation Centre. A must see on the whale route. You will continue the day going to the canadian campground where you will install your stuffs to be more at ease. These tents are very spacious. All campgrounds are already ready to welcome you and these are just located side of St Lawrence. Enjoy of landscape that nature offers to you like beautiful sunsets. It is the perfect area to relax and to be connected with nature. The next day, you could get up with whales. (B)

    Accommodation : Tent

  • Day 7 Baie-Comeau

    Baie-Comeau Continue on along the majestic St. Lawrence River up to Baie-Comeau.

    Accommodation : Hotel

  • Day 8 Matane

    Matane A ferry will now take you to the Gaspé Peninsula where the largest concentration of moose in Quebec is to be found. This beast, whose weight can reach more than 800 kg, is certainly one of the most impressive to watch. Accompanied by a naturalist guide you’ll explore mud flats, moose yards, lakes and peat bogs frequented by moose.

    Accommodation : Cabin

  • Day 9 Matane

    Continuation of the visit

    Accommodation : Cabin

  • Day 10 Saint-Gabriel-de-Rimouski

    Saint-Gabriel-de-Rimouski On your way to Saint-Gabriel-de-Rimouski-, you will have the opportunity to make a visit to the Bic National Park which proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands, and mountains. You’ll then stay in a magnificent country inn renowned for the beauty of its vicinities. Go watch the beaver and enjoy a wonderful diner on the Domaine Valga. (D)

    Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 11 Laurentians Wildlife Reserve

    Laurentians Wildlife Reserve Continue on to the « Portes-de-l’Enfer » section of the Laurentians Wildlife Reserve where, accompanied by a naturalist guide, you’ll observe the black bear in its natural habitat. (B, D)

    Accommodation : Cabin

  • Day 12 Quebec

    Quebec Rich in culture, history and beauty, the Quebec City has the appearance and the atmosphere of an old-world town. Indeed, its old section has kept its historic character and a “Vieille France” charm. Moreover, the surrounding areas offer delightful landscapes. (B, L day 12)

    Accommodation : Hotel

  • Day 13 Quebec

    Quebec One more day to enjoy and discover the city.

    Accommodation : Hotel

  • Day 14 Return flight

    Return flight Drive to Montreal and drop-off your vehicle at the airport.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Notes

The cost includes:


· Ferry between Côte-Nord and Gaspésie (day 9)
· Service of a naturalist guide, sleeping bag and a snack (day 3 and 4)
· Whale watching cruise in zodiac (3h) (day 6)
· Visit of the SMIC (day 6)
· Activities in the program with a naturalist guide, the equipment needed for the activities in the program, complete kitchen equipment, bed linen (day 8 and 9)
· Guided beaver watching (day 10)
· Shuttles between activity sites, services of a naturalist-guide, conference on wolf, bear and the Laurentians Wildlife Reserve, day of activity in the heart of  nature (rabaska, canoe, visit of a trapper camp, wildlife interpretation, black-bear watching), life jackets, paddles, boots, raincoat and mosquito-proof jacket, bed linen, access rights, entrance fees to the Wildlife Reserve (day 11 and 12)
· 13 nights accommodation
· 11 meals (see abbreviations)
· Applicable taxes

The cost does not include:


· The personalized roadbook (OPTION: 70$ cdn)
· Air travel
· Car rental (see www.iglobe-trotter.com)
· Personal expenses
· Drinks (excluding coffee and tea with meals included)

Practical info

Sarah

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Sarah

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  • Holder of a tourism licence
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Destination
Quebec
Activity
Self-drive Summer
Duration
14 days
Code
AUT-06
Price
From C$1,880
Level
2/5
Comfort
3/5

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