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Tadoussac is a dream vacation destination for many people. If you’re wondering why this small village in Côte-Nord is so popular, read on! These five good reasons to visit Tadoussac will give you a glimpse of what awaits you there.
1. See the whales
Near the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, the waters of the St. Lawrence are a particularly rich feeding ground for marine mammals, making this area a great location to observe a variety of cetaceans from minke whales to blue whales. You can often spot these giants of the sea from the shore, but to see them up close, it’s worth going on a sea excursion in a Zodiac or sightseeing boat. A sea kayaking excursion is also bound to lead to thrilling encounters! To find out more about the whales, visit the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) in Tadoussac.
2. Discover one of the most beautiful bays in the world
Did you know that Tadoussac Bay is a member of the select Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club? Go for a stroll along the boardwalk and you’ll soon see why! You’ll fall under the spell of the village as you take in the view of the sea, the marina, the sailboats… Be sure to walk to the end of the wharf where you can admire the immensity of the St. Lawrence and the mouth of the majestic Saguenay Fjord.
3. Set foot in one of North America’s oldest villages
Founded in 1600, the village of Tadoussac was the first French settlement in North America, a site that was visited by several of the great explorers including Jacques Cartier, Pierre de Chauvin de Tonnetuit and Samuel de Champlain. Given its ideal geographical location, Tadoussac served as a fishing post as well as a hub for the fur trade between the Europeans and the Innu. Today, you can immerse yourself in the village’s rich history by visiting sites such as the Little Indian Chapel (the oldest wooden church in North America) and the Chauvin Trading Post.
4. Admire the Saguenay Fjord
Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay was shaped by the passage of colossal glaciers. Hike along the top of the park’s cliffs and admire the fjord, which was created 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. In addition to hiking, you can cycle in the park in the Baie-Sainte-Marguerite sector. Water activities are also available including sea kayaking, which is a great way to discover the fjord’s marine environment and experience the park’s scenery from another angle.
5. Eat well and enjoy a good night’s sleep
Many good restaurants and comfortable lodging establishments await you in Tadoussac. Go for a stroll through the village and you will come across charming cafés and friendly restaurants where you can discover the flavours of the region. For example, La Galouïne Inn and Restaurant offers regional cuisine featuring grilled dishes, game meat and seafood, as well as cosy rooms. Auberge La Sainte-Paix is a B&B that offers quiet rooms and sunny lounge areas. Tadoussac’s most famous hotel is undoubtedly Hôtel Tadoussac, a landmark resort with a red roof that often appears in travel magazines (and was used in the film The Hotel New Hampshire). On the other hand, if you’re rather stay in a campground or cottage (or even a teepee!), Domaine des Dunes is located in an enchanting setting and also offers treetop trekking. Wherever you decide to stay, you are guaranteed a warm welcome!
Has this blog post inspired you to visit Tadoussac during your next vacation? I’ll bet that once you get here, you won’t want to leave! But keep in mind that a host of adventures await you along the Whale Route as well…!