Village located at the beginning of the Côte-Nord region in the province of Quebec, Tadoussac is known for whale watching and nature. Strategically located, the region attracts belugas and whales due to an underwater wall that traps loads of food for them. Located at the end of the Fjord of Saguenay, to access Tadoussac by car from the main road you will need to take a ferry. It is free of change and it is not too long.
Tadoussac is right next to the ferry stop. In the village, you can’t miss the hotel red roof. It is famous and well located to enjoy the area.
Nearby is the oldest wooded church in North America dating from 1747, the small chapel is also name Indian Chapel or Chapel of Tadoussac or Eglise de la Mission de Sainte-Croix-de-Tadoussac.
The Chauvin trading post is another stop and it reminds us the first economic reason of the region: the fur industry. The museum includes Amerindian artifacts as well as New France objects.
Restaurants, boutiques, ice cream shop are facing the boardwalk, beach, boats that takes passengers to see whales off shore. You might be lucky to see some from the shore or while in the Pointe-de-l’Islet trail but there is more chance to see some on boats. You can reach the trail at the end of the pier or next to the Marine Mammal museum.
We took a tour with “Tadoussac Autrement” and we really appreciate it. Small 12 passenger covered heated boat is a good option. Even if the temperature is nice when you get in the open… it can be chilly. Due to the boat size and the captain approach, it is easier to adapt the path according to what we can see. However, nature is nature and the show differs from day to day and hours to hours. We were lucky to see belugas playing and some rorquals for a while and then… nothing.
We also took some time to visit the Marine Mammal Interpretation Center. Small but informative on the habitat, the behavior, there is a large skeleton. Do not hesitate to talk to the staff they will provide you unwritten information. Plus, if you can’t complete your visit, advise the person and keep your ticket, you might be able to re-enter to complete your tour but advise them.
Summary of things to do:
- Whale Watching
- Pointe-de-l’Islet Trail
- Marine Museum
- Oldest wooded chapel
- Trading post
- The Hotel
- The beach
- Jardin de la grève
- Lunch and Ice cream