Tadoussac Things to Do

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    Petite Chapelle du Tadoussac

    by GentleSpirit Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    See the little chapel on the right side of the photo. That is the oldest wooden church in Canada. Built 1747 by the Jesuits.

    The primary reason for a settlement at Tadoussac was purely commercial, at least in the beginning. However, because of trade and the contact with the First Nations peoples, Tadoussac also became the center of missionary activities to the natives of Saguenay and Lac Saint Jean.

    Open 9 am to 9 pm, mid June to mid-October

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    Whale watching

    by GentleSpirit Updated Oct 23, 2012

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    They take you down to the wharf and get you suited up in a heavy jacket and basically a set of coveralls. You go out on a boat called a zodiac. The trip takes about 2-3 hours. It was somewhat late in the afternoon but we did get to see some whales, some beluga which are smaller and a few times the larger whales.

    I will say it was chilly on the boat! Taking an extra sweater and gloves will help you a lot!

    Here you will find a good website about the whales in the St Lawrence Saguenay Park
    some even have personal profiles.
    http://www.baleinesendirect.net/eng/pag.php?PagRef=Wzn&WznVolId=-1

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    CIMM- Marine Mammal Interpretation Center

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 23, 2012

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    The CIMM is a nice way to get a good understanding of the whales, their reproductive cycles, why they are attracted and flourish in this area and their lives in general. The little museum offers videos, plenty of good exhibits about whales.

    October-May- Closed
    May June 12-5
    May- October 9 am to 8 pm

    Prices
    Seniors $11
    Adults $12
    Kids free

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    • Museum Visits

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    Beaver expedition

    by GentleSpirit Updated Oct 23, 2012

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    The hostel offered a truly interesting little expedition. We were told that we had gotten to the hostel a bit late in the day so really, the hiking would have to be short as night would fall and it would get cold (they were right on both counts). The hostel offers a little expedition out to see where the beavers have settled. You do a little hike (not very far really) though they do advertise that they can do it in canoes too.

    Anyway, you are taken to the stream, the guide shows you the telltale signs of the beaver's presence and explains how quickly they can fell a tree (or a forest for that matter!) It was near nightfall, so we were all secretly hoping that we would get to see a real live beaver, and we did! There were at least two or three that we saw. You sure get a new appreciation of the vast environmental impact these critters can have, but it was really neat to see the beavers in their natural environment and gain a little better understanding of them.

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    the whales cont'd

    by shashasharon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I camped along the seaway in Grandes Bergeronnes..I saw whales day and night..we took a kayaking excursion from our campsite..to tell you how that feels to see these beautiful mammals in all their glory..close so close you could touch them..you think they are going to tip the kayak over..I was shaking..I had tears in my eyes...I could barely see them I was so blown over...it is an experience in my life I will never forget..I think about those lovely creatures all the time...if you are in Quebec in the summer do it...you will not regret it..I cannot recommend a kayaking company..they are everywhere..they are naturalist..they love the whales..they are not there to make easy money...they are there to share their love of and knowledge of kayaking and the whales..

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    Nice houses

    by mim95 Written Aug 30, 2007

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    Beautiful houses in Tadoussac

    Tadoussac is in the association of the most beautiful villages in Quebec. One of the criteria is the maintenance of the buildings in town and the heritage and quality of these structures. All the houses are well-maintained with a manicured front lawn. Each one is unique with its own character.

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    Boardwalk over Tadoussac Bay

    by mim95 Written Aug 30, 2007

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    The boardwalk that begins in front of the hotel has an excellent view of the beach below and the marina, as well as watching wildlife too. There are benches along the walkway. We saw a couple of seals in the bay area at high tide. The water level can change as much as 5 meters between high and low tides.

    There are kayak shops on the beach. You can also picnic here as there are 2 picnic tables just above the beach. A convenient store is located next to Cafe Boheme up on the hill on Rue des Pionniers, if you need to buy q quick lunch.

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    The beautiful little church

    by mim95 Written Aug 30, 2007

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    the beautiful church of Tadoussac

    The eye-catching chapel is the oldest wooden church in North America. It was built in 1747. It is a small museum now, with exhibits showing the artifacts from that era. There is an admission charge to enter the small chapal.

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    Whalewatching from ashore

    by mim95 Written Aug 30, 2007

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    a minke whale spotted from ashore
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    Many people came here to watch the whales. Other than taking a cruise on a zodiac or a larger boat, you can also watch them from Point de l'Inset, which is located at the mouth of the Saguenay River. You can bring a lunch or snack and sit on the rocks to enjoy the whales swimming in this area. We were able to see a minke whale here.

    The point is located about half way along the Pointe de l'islet trail, which is actually part of the Parc du Saguenay. The trail is very easy to walk, which is mostly boardwalk, except for the rocky shores of the Point itself. But the rocks are very large and not slippery to walk on. The whole trail shouldn't take more than 30 minutes return, not counting the time you'll spend at the Point.

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    tadoussac - wales watch

    by eternel2002 Updated Dec 19, 2006

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    wale but the vision is very limited
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    Tadoussac is one of the popular destination to watch whale and admire the nature, cruises and small boats are available dailly at the port of the village to go visit the sagueny fijor and watch the wales, the tour takes between 3-4 hours, we were not very lucky because the weather was cloudy and wales was a bit shy to expose themselves to strangers ;)

    You can buy tickets for wale watching tour from your hotel, almost all hotels do that since visitors come there mostly to watch wales.

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    Sunset in Tadoussac

    by eternel2002 Written Dec 19, 2006

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    Nice sunset in Tadoussac bay
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    Take a walk on tadoussac bay, from the village, passing by the tadoussac hotel until the marina where you can go to the top of the mount and see nice view of the area.
    Also enjoy to see the sunset if you have a chance. it's very nice :)

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    The hiking trails of Tadoussac

    by Jefie Written Aug 28, 2006

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    Sentier de la Pointe de l'Islet, Tadoussac, Quebec
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    Of course most people who go to Tadoussac want to go on a whale-watching cruise, but if being out on the water is not your thing, or if you can't afford such a cruise, there's a nice alternative in Tadoussac: the hiking trails! There are five great hiking trails in Tadoussac, ranging from the short but beautiful "Sentier de la colline de l'Anse à l'Eau", a 30 minute walk up a hill that offers a splendid panoramic view of the Saguenay, the St. Lawrence River and the village of Tadoussac, to the "Sentier du Fjord", a 42 km trail along the magnificient Saguenay fjord (3 days, shelters are provided, reservations required 1-877-252-5229). The "Sentier de la Pointe de l'Islet" is another short but fun hike that starts at the wharf. It's the best trail to go on if you want to see whales - when I was there last June, I saw at least a dozen white whales (belugas) popping out of the water. Beautiful!

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    Whales watching

    by etrehumain Written Nov 23, 2005

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    This activity is totally incredible, you have to do it once in your life: it's whale watching. There is two possibilities to see them: on a cruise ship or on a zodiac. If you're looking for a memorable experience, choose the zodiac. I've done it twice and each time it was totally amazing.

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    • Whale Watching
    • Cruise

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    L'Anse St Jean

    by cfuentesm Written Oct 11, 2005

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    L'Anse St Jean region
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    A nice route to return from the Charlevoix Region to Quebec City is to take the route towards L'Anse St Jean, and when you arrive at La Baie, take the highway down towards the city. It takes longer but it's worth it. Just follow the Ha Ha river.

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    the whales !!!!

    by shashasharon Written Oct 24, 2003

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    I also took a 3hr cruise..so thing 1 and thing 2 could see the whales at sea...the first 15 minutes everyone is running all over the boat..there are whales at 10 o clock...bang bang bang bang bang bang bang...the whole boat runs to 10 o'clock..there are whales at 3 o'clock..bang bang bang bang bnag bang bang...the whole boat runs to 3 o'clock...30 minutes into the cruise I am sitting in the bar car..saying look..the waters moving..Jack and Thei are climbing over the tables..inder the tables..and there is no way out...if that is the way you want to see the whales good go for it..didn't work for me..go to Cap de Bon Desir..sit on a rock and look..go to Grandes Bergeronnes..sit on the rocks and wait..park your car on the side of the road...they will come..the cruises are great they provide a lot of information about the whales..but there is a whale museum in tadoussac and you could always check that out !!! the boat was not for me..may work for you..but see the whales do see the whales

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