Saint Lawrence

Québec City


The Port of Québec is the largest cruise port in the Province of Québec with just over 117,000 passengers accounting for 6% of total cruise passenger traffic in Canada. The Port of Québec is a port-of-call along the Saint Lawrence as well as a homeport with embarks and debarks, and accounts for 65% of the passenger traffic in the province. The Port of Québec is the first cruise ship destination on the St. Lawrence. With its unique offer and high-quality facilities, Québec has carved itself a place among the world’s top cruise ship destinations. For 2015, the port is expecting 124 cruise calls.

Cruise Season

May to November . Link To Port Schedule.

Time In Destination

Passengers embark or disembark; as part of an itinerary, cruise lines also stop in Québec City for up to 15 hours. Opportunities exist for shore excursions and pre / post packages.

Average Onshore Spending

$126 person (This rate also includes hotel nights for pre / post packages plus activities, attractions and transportation)

Snapshot Of Existing Shore Excursions

Pre / post packages

  • Pre / post packages including a wide selection of hotels in the downtown core of and activities in Québec City

Activities / Attractions

  • Sightseeing tours (various durations) including some of the main sites in Québec City such as the Plains of Abraham, Château Frontenac Hotel, Place Royale, Notre-Dame des Victoires
  • A Stroll through Old Québec & Wine Tasting
  • Tour of Québec City and country-side; includes sugar shack, Montmorency Falls, Albert Gilles Copper Museum
  • Beaupre Coast, St-Anne Canyon and Winery
  • Grand Exploration of Québec
  • Countryside of Québec
  • Historic & Modern Québec / Montmorency Falls

Opportunities For Indigenous Experiences

Some of the shore excursions offered by the cruise lines include free time in the town of Wendake, approximately 15 minutes from Québec City and home of the Huronne-Wendat Nation. This could be developed further to include more of a structured package or itinerary for shore excursions or pre / post packages. Here, guests can enjoy an integrated cultural experience by staying at a First Nations-owned hotel, or B&B; experiencing cultural activities throughout the town, or exploring the outdoors with a First Nations guide.

For pre / post packages, it is essential to work with Receptive Tour Operators to have experiences included.

For shore excursions, providers might want to consider working with already established tour companies to get experiences included as part of their tours.

Industry partners that can help develop experiences for cruise lines in your region

Québec Aboriginal Tourism

Eric Duchesneau – Project Officer