DescriptionAt the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers, Tadoussac reigned as capital of the territory allotted to Pierre Chauvin for his trade with the First Nations. A reconstruction of the Chauvin dwelling contains artifacts recovered from the area. A cross near the village church commemorates the visit of Jacques Cartier in 1535. Dominating the town's horizon is the red-roofed Hôtel Tadoussac, a popular summer resort.
Free ferry service is available between Tadoussac and Baie-Ste-Catherine; phone (418) 235-4395 or (877) 787-7483. Expeditions to watch whales that travel the St. Lawrence to the mouth of the Saguenay to feed from May to October can be arranged in Tadoussac and Les Bergeronnes, 22 kilometres (14 mi.) northeast. It is often very cold in the middle of the St. Lawrence, which is 16 kilometres (10 mi.) wide at this point, so warm clothing and dressing in layers is advisable. Although whales usually are sighted on trips, there is no guarantee they will be.
Some companies make pickups at the north end of the Saguenay at Baie-Ste-Catherine as well as at Tadoussac. Companies providing whale-watching cruises are Croisières AML, (800) 563-4643 or (800) 694-5489, and Otis Excursions Inc. (418) 235-4537 or (877) 235-4197.
Things to SeeThe Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre
Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre
Saguenay Fjord National Park
Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park