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Tadoussac lies within Canada’s first marine national park and enjoys a perfect marine environment where an abundance of krill attracts numerous whales, including belugas.

These ideal conditions are created by cold freshwater from the Saguenay fjord meeting the warmer, salty water of the Saint Lawrence

Tadoussac was the first trading post on the mainland of La Nouvelle France – which makes it the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in Québec, and the oldest surviving French settlement in the Americas.

As the only port on the river, it became the centre of the fur trade between the French and First Nations peoples. In the 19th century it achieved popularity as resort, and wealthy Québécois built villas to which they could escape from their increasingly industrialised cities. The area has always had an association with marine life: its original inhabitants – the Montaignais people – hunted seals here; settlers were involved in whaling from as early as 1632 and the Saint Lawrence was visited by Basque whalers.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: beluga whale, blue whale, fin whale, humpback whale, minke whale
  • Where: Québec, Canada

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Quebec’s Bears, Whales & Moose

Discover unspoilt wilderness and a variety of wildlife, on this superb self-drive trip in one of the most beautiful regions of Canada. Observe black bear, moose and beaver in the Reserve des Laurentides, before spending time in Tadoussac to view whales by Zodiac and sea kayak.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,975 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Whales of Tadoussac & Saguenay Fjord

This self-drive outdoor adventure, for families and adults alike, stays in comfortable hotels and chalets in Quebec’s Saguenay-lac-Saint-Jean region. Tadoussac and its surrounding areas are the perfect base to explore its incredibly diverse marine life, such as blue, minke and fin whale.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wilderness Quebec

This self-drive family adventure, staying in hotels, cabins and comfortable Huttopia tents with all facilities, is designed to reveal the best of outdoor Québec and its wildlife. Driving at your own pace, there’s a chance to see all the region’s iconic mammals – whales, black bear, moose and caribou.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Auberge La Galouïne

The charming Auberge La Galouïne offers a warm and comfortable stay with a friendly and familial atmosphere combining personal attention and delicious cuisine - a home away from home. It is located right in the heart of Tadoussac, which allows you to explore this small town on foot.

Tadoussac Hotel

Being the first hotel opening in Tadoussac and welcoming holiday makers almost two centuries ago (1864), Hotel Tadoussac hasn’t lost any of his authentic and atmospheric look while offering a high level of comfort. It is is now known as the most famous landmark in the bay and surroundings.