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Address: 498 Rue De La Mer, Grandes-Bergeronnes, Quebec G0T 1G0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 418-233-2266
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located in the estuary of the St. Lawrence River, Essipit Innu lands...

Located in the estuary of the St. Lawrence River, Essipit Innu lands provide some of the best places in the world to watch whales. Many species of whale, including the humpback whale, the blue whale and the beluga, are attracted by the abundance of food in the deep waters of the St. Lawrence River. Whales can be seen from the shoreline as they surface to breathe. A specially-built observation tower provides a spectacular view of the river. Croisieres Essipit provides more adventurous whale watchers with excursions Zodiac boats to observe the whales up close. Our whale-watching cruise captains take great pleasure in recounting captivating details on the lives of these impressive marine mammals. Their extensive knowledge of marine animals and ancient Innu beliefs will take you into another world!

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We feel that we received excellent service from everyone we had contact with. Our French is very limited but this was never a problem, we were thankful that all staff appeared... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 28, 2016
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

We feel that we received excellent service from everyone we had contact with. Our French is very limited but this was never a problem, we were thankful that all staff appeared happy to communicate with us in English although this was not an expectation of ours. The trip was wonderful, the clothing supplied was warm, although cold the sun was... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Although our departure was delayed due to accessibility issues linked to tides and shifting sand bars, the staff was very professional and accommodating. All in all a wonderful experience much better than the more commercial outfits in neighboring Tadoussac.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

In terms of whale sighting itself, we saw very little and the weather was terrible the day we went. I understand that this is not the company's fault but just our bad luck. We were disappointed though by service from some of the staff. The lady I spoke with to make a booking on the phone was very nice as... More 

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Thank OpieOP
Essipit I, Responsable relations publiques at Essipit Cruise, responded to this review

Hello! We are sorry that your experience with us did not meet your expectations . We will pay particular attention to the service offered to our English speaking customers and make changes if possible. Thank you for your comments and we will submit to our team. Have a good day! Jeannine Villeneuve More 

Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

My husband and I and our daughter spent 2 hours on the Zodiac which seats up to 24 (but there were only 12 people on our boat). It was fun, exciting and safe even though the boat was very small. There are 2 choices - large boat with a 600 capacity or small with 24 capacity. We chose small because... More 

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Essipit I, Responsable relations publiques at Essipit Cruise, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your comment , it is very appreciated. We feel closer to a small zodiac but the approaches rules and regulations for whale watching are the same. We are very happy that your trip was enjoyable. We hope to see you next year. Jeannine Villeneuve More 

Oakville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

We just returned from a whale watching zodiac tour. Once we paid for the tour we got handed a jacket, rubber overalls, hat and gloves. The equipment was fantastic, kept us warm throughout the excursion. What made the tour slightly disappointing was that at no time did the tour operator speak any English. We basically followed french speaking people to... More 

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Essipit I, Responsable relations publiques at Essipit Cruise, responded to this review

Hello! Sorry that your whale watching cruise partially met your expectations . We will try to see to improve our service to English-speaking clients . Thank you for your comments and hope to see you again. Jeannine Villeneuve More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

I don't understand why anyone would complain that they didn't see whales on a tour like this. It's not like they are caged, waiting for curious humans. They are in their natural habitat and will come out if they feel like it. Weather, time of year, mood of the whale... everything is beyond Essipit's control. And personally, I prefer it... More 

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1 Thank Natalie D
Essipit I, Responsable relations publiques at Essipit Cruise, responded to this review

Wow, your comment is very popular because it is not our entire staff is doing in English for interpération whales and we are very happy that your cruise even more memorable . Hughes is a driver and a guide lovers experience the whales and we are very enthousiate your fishing trip was filled with beautiful observations . Again thank you... More 

Cornwll, Uk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Woke to a pea-souper and were allowed to change from the 9.30 to any of the later trips. Gilldelil was fantastic and entertained us with info on whales...but the trip outshone our wildest expectations (with the fantastic Silvan at the wheel) we saw 50 grey seals playing amongst a pair of Minke whales; then on to Casper the humpback whale... More 

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Essipit I, Responsable relations publiques at Essipit Cruise, responded to this review

Thank you Peter W for your comments, they are much appreciated. You had the chance to make beautiful observations with our captain Sylvain. We will share your kind words with our entire team. Thank you again and hope to see you for a next getaway at sea ! Jeannine Villeneuve More 

Sanibel
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Has been on Essipit zodiac 4 years ago--saw 4 species of whales and enjoyed whole experience, so we went back. Took 9 am boat in fog and saw nothing. Okay, not their fault, so we returned next day in nice weather and bought tickets for another zodiac trip. Instead we were put on a big 30 person boat (they say... More 

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Essipit I, Responsable relations publiques at Essipit Cruise, responded to this review

Hello! Sorry that your whale watching cruise did not meet your expectations . The weather element , the number of animals and animal what we will observe is unfortunately beyond our control . We hope to see you again when the temperature will be more enjoyable . Have a good day! Jeannine Villeneuve More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

Choose someone else other than Essipit! Key considerations, the other boat operators run 3hr trips, WHICH YOU WANT INSTEAD OF Essipit's scheme, as whale sighting periods during your cruise can vary. Essipit boards you at the set time if not later once everyone is outfitted (or if you are awaiting late arrivals). Boarding later does not extend the cruise time.... More 

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Thank P C
Essipit I, Responsable relations publiques at Essipit Cruise, responded to this review

Mr. Patrick, First of all, let me offer our apologies following your offshore cruise with us. We are embarassed by the situation you have pointed out to us and please be assured we will take note of yours comments to improve our services to customers. However, it seems important to mention that each offshore sea cruise is an adventure aimed... More 

Canada
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Breathtaking experience! We showed up on the pier and the last 2 seats were available.....and we were happy that the prices were cheaper than AML in Tadoussac. Thirty minutes before the sailing all of us (48 pax in 4 boats) got dressed and headed towards the gangway. We were asked to wear shoes and socks, pants and a sweater. A... More 

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Essipit I, Responsable relations publiques at Essipit Cruise, responded to this review

It is with great pleasure that you welcome your comments ! It is indeed true to say that our prices are very competitive while offering sea experience for whale watching " unforgettable " ! Marine Park where we navigate is a great place for whales and we respect the regulations for a healthy coexistence between animals and us! Thank you... More 

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