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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