Tadoussac Travel Guide

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Tadoussac Highlights

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     The nature and the people of Tadoussac 

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     variable weather - rain, clouds and sun can happen many times in a day 

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     Very picturesque as you follow the Saint Lawrence River a lot . 

Tadoussac Things to Do

  • Petite Chapelle du Tadoussac

    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...

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  • Whale watching

    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!...

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  • CIMM- Marine Mammal Interpretation...

    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- ClosedMay June 12-5May- October 9 am to 8 pmPricesSeniors $11Adults $12Kids free

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  • Beaver expedition

    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...

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  • the whales cont'd

    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...

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  • Nice houses

    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

    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...

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  • The beautiful little church

    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

    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...

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  • tadoussac - wales watch

    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...

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  • Sunset in Tadoussac

    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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  • promenade in Tadoussac

    Tadoussac is a small village but charming, you can visit it by walking, the lake side, the port and its bay are very nice to see.

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  • The hiking trails of Tadoussac

    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...

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  • Whales watching

    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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  • L'Anse St Jean

    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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Tadoussac Hotels

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Tadoussac Restaurants

  • Best restaurant in Tadoussac for...

    The ambience is of the simplest. The cuisine is WAY ABOVE what you might expect. The presentation owes something to the nouvelle movement, but the chef has thought out every dish, not just the main ingredient and its flavour. What accompanies it has been finely calculated to harmonise or contrast, and if sometimes at the edge of the classic...

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  • Great spot for breakfast

    The Cafe Boheme is located on the main street (rue des Pionniers) in Tadoussac and is always full of people, especially during summer. They serve nice light breakfasts (no eggs and bacon, but plenty of fruits and crepes) and light meals during the day. They also have a nice patio to eat out on a nice day, and on the second floor you can sip a cup...

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  • My favorite bistro in Tadoussac

    I just love the atmosphere at this little Bistro located on a quiet side street in the heart of the village. There's a nice patio when you can spend a few hours relaxing after a long day spent on the trails around town or on a cruise. The menu is simple but the food is good - I've tried the pizzas and salads, and both were great. It's also quite...

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Tadoussac Nightlife

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    by GentleSpirit Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    We were in Tadoussac on a Friday night. After dinner we noticed a bunch of locals coming in. Hostel staff told us they were coming for the card games and please to join in.

    These people were card sharks, no doubt about it. But everyone had fun, the room was packed everyone was real friendly and very passionate about playing.

    Their english was very limited but we had a great time.

    Dress Code: casual, come as you are

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Tadoussac Transportation

  • Getting to Tadoussac

    Right off Route 138. To get to Tadoussac you have to take the ferry from Baie St Catherine that crosses the Saguenay River. It only takes 10 minutes and doesn't cost anything.The ferry runs all year but due to weather conditions it runs on reduced schedule in winter. See the link below for schedules.Look out on the water and see if you can spot...

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  • Take the ferry across the Saguenay River

    If you're driving down to Tadoussac from Quebec City, you'll have to get across the Saguenay River aboard a ferry. The 10-minute ride between Baie-Ste-Catherine and Tadoussac is free and during the day the ferries run every 20 minutes. If you're travelling at night or early in the morning, you might want to check the schedule before leaving. The...

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  • Limousine Bus

    We were on a tour bus the second time by auto the first trip. You must use the Ferry to cross the river. There is no Bridge.

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Tadoussac Local Customs

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    No Swimming..whats the rest of it?

    by GentleSpirit Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    Not much other than French is spoken here in Tadoussac. We had enough people at the hostel that spoke French that could help us out. Many of the hostel staff spoke english well enough and the people we met at the whaling place also, but other than that it was pretty much french only.

    They were really nice about it and tried to speak slowly and simply when they saw you weren't fluent in french and they lit up when you tried to speak at least a little bit of French.

    Government statistics showed that in Tadoussac over 90% of the population spoke French as their mother tongue. This area apparently voted overwhelmingly for nationhood. by the way.

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Tadoussac Tourist Traps

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    by Marie-Claude Updated Feb 28, 2003

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    You pay about 50 to 60 $ CAN to take a boat and see the whales. It is quite expensive and you are not even sure to see whales. I saw just one flipper in all of the 2 hours of the tour.

    Unique Suggestions: Ware hot clothes. We went in August and we were cold with our winter coats. It is very windy and cold.

    Fun Alternatives: Tadoussac has a nice marine life museum.

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Tadoussac Sports & Outdoors

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    Foggy view of the Tadoussac marina 4 more images

    by ambergs7 Written Oct 31, 2007

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    The marina has good facilities, but it does get overcrowded at the peak of the season. There are mooring facilities away from the marina that are very close to the beach.

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Tadoussac Favorites

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    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 6, 2012

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    Fondest memory: We sat down to a lovely crab dinner at the hostel. I was sitting with these two German girls from Stuttgart as i remember. Neither of them had eaten crab like this before. I showed them how to crack the shell and use the little pliers to get it done.

    At first both of them were totally intimidated. One of them insisted on trying to do the whole thing with fork and knife, carefully cutting the crabs shell etc. Her friend could see that we would be there til the next week if we did it that way, so she just dove in and made a mess and had a grand time.

    Gotta try new things when you're on vacation

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