If you are in Tadoussac you are there for the whales...and if you are there between june and october..there is a huge big great chance that you will see them by land by sea by foot...I saw them in all their glory in every capacity..1st you should know tadoussac is a feeding ground..not a mating ground..they are there to eat..you will see the condensation coming out of their spout..you will see their tales...you will see them skim the surface...you will not see them jump out of the water like at marineland..they are not mating..they have not been trained to perform for us...they are curious if you are there they want to see you..contd on my next tip
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..
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
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!
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.
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
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.
May June 12-5
May- October 9 am to 8 pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)