The Saguenay Fjord between Baie-Sainte-Catherine and Tadoussac

Tadoussac is a village in Quebec, Canada which is situated on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, at its meeting point with the Saguenay River Fjord.


Tadoussac, which started as a trading post, is the oldest still existing French settlement in the western hemisphere. Explorer Jacques Cartier visited the area in 1535, followed by Pierre de Chauvin in 1599 and Samuel de Champlain in 1603. The first official fur trade post in Canada was established in 1600; the village (which celebrated its 400th birthday in 2000) boasts of many homes more than a century old.

A small village hidden in a mountain valley, Tadoussac occupies a privileged position at the maritime crossroads of the Saguenay fjord and the majestic St. Lawrence river, with sand dunes and a small lake in the heart of the village.

Get in

By car

Quebec Route 138 crosses the Saguenay River from Saint-Siméon by ferry. This is the usual means of entry into the area from Quebec City and points westward. From Tadoussac, Route 138 continues downriver beyond Sept-Iles.

There is also ferry service across the St. Lawrence from Saint-Siméon to Rivière-du-Loup.

A highway (172 from Tadoussac or 170 from Saint-Siméon) follows the fjords of the Saguenay river westward to Chicoutimi-Jonquière (note that there are no services and no cell towers on this road).

By bus

Espacebus/Intercar offers a 7h bus from Montreal leaving at 6AM (once a day) when combined with Orleans Express (switch at Abraham-Martin)

By boat

Tadoussac is at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers and accessible seasonally by boat.

Get around

Tadoussac Beach

You can walk from and to anywhere in town.


Depending on season, you can see whales (may-sept), beluga (year-round) and other animals. Most tours stop in winter season. The area is well known for its whale watching opportunities on the St. Lawrence River, and there are a number of different companies that offer excursions to see the whales. It is one of the best sites south of the Arctic to see beluga whales. Fin whales, minke whales and harbor porpoises are particularly common, and humpback whales and blue whales are also sometimes seen.



A pretty house and church


There are restaurants at various hotels in the area.



The local Tourism Office

Go next

Routes through Tadoussac

Quebec City Baie-Saint-Paul  W  E  Baie-Comeau Sept-Îles
Alma Chicoutimi-Nord  W  E  ENDS

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