Tadoussac is a pretty little village that guards the entrance to the Saguenay River. Surrounded by nature reserves, the rugged beauty of Tadoussac is sure to inspire any nature-lover who stumbles upon it.
I visited Tadoussac over the span of 24 hours – 1 afternoon, overnight, and the next morning. It is always possible to stay longer, but if you’d like to see the village’s best in 1 day, here are my suggestions:
1) Explore the CIMM (Centre d’interprétation des mammifères marins (1 hour)
The CIMM is Tadoussac’s greatest attraction next to the nature itself. It is run by the Groupe de recherche et d’éducation sur les mammifères marins (GREMM). GREMM naturalists enhance your knowledge about all species of whales while you gaze up into the skeletons of whales swimming above your head. There are hands on activities like comparing your hearing and breathing to a whale’s, discovering their evolution from land animals (really!) and listening to their entrancing songs. You can also watch a short film on whale conservation, “Meetings with Whales of the St. Lawrence”, and find out which whales are nearby right now! Outside there is also a whale-singing course, which is always in full attendance. This is a great first-stop before going whale-watching yourself!
2) Go Whale Watching (2-3 hours)
There are numerous boat excursions out into the St. Lawrence to go whale-watching. Many local shops have brochures inside, and the tourism office has many organizations listed. Choose whichever one you like best, and head out to see what luck you have!