Tadoussac Bay is a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club. The site of Canada’s first trading post (built in 1600), Tadoussac is also recognized by the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Québec (in French only). The many attractions and friendly accommodations in the area make Tadoussac a great place to stay. Visit the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM), which provides an excellent introduction to the fascinating world of the whales and is the perfect complement or alternative to a whale-watching cruise.
The Tadoussac sector is also at the heart of the Saguenay – St. Lawrence Marine Park. Visit the park’s interpretation sites to learn more about the region’s maritime environment.
Two such sites are the Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre, which is a great place to observe whales from the shore, and the Marine Environment Discovery Centre, where you can interact with diving naturalists as they explore the underwater world.
Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay also offers several interpretive and outdoor activities. One of the major attractions of Northeastern North America, this park’s hiking trails are filled with stunning views of the Saguenay Fjord.
Take Route 172 to the Ferme 5 Étoiles holiday resort in Sacré-Coeur (20 minutes north of Tadoussac). The farm offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including the opportunity to observe the many animals in its wild animal refuge: moose, wolves, cougars, bison, deer, etc.
Sea kayaking enthusiasts may want to head to L’Anse-Saint-Jean (a 2h15 drive from Tadoussac via Route 170) and paddle down the Saguenay Fjord back to Tadoussac with Fjord en Kayak.