Whale Watching in Tadoussac, Quebec!
Tadoussac is a picturesque village on the Saguenay River and the St. Lawrence River. It’s an ideal location on the Saguenay Fjord with the cold, fresh water of the Saguenay and the warmer, salty water of the St. Lawrence brings in a mixture of fresh and saltwater, making it a really rich area for marine life. The rivers support an abundance of krill, making the area very attractive to wales. Whale watching in Tadoussac, Quebec is in a league of its own, as it is supposedly one of the very few places in the world that you can spot whales from the land.
AML Cruises is your best source for seeing the whales.
The best time of year for whale watching in Tadoussac is late June to early September, though the whales travel through the area May through November. Tadoussac is less touristy in the fall, but you’re still able to see the whales. We went in October and we saw at least 30 different whales and the fall colors were just stunning.
There are 13 different species of mammals that congregate in the waters here, including Beluga, blue, Humpback and Minke whales. The Beluga and the Blue whales are supposedly the ones that stay around longest into November; however, we only saw Humpback and the tinier Minke whale.
AML Cruises offer a variety of options to see these whales in the most beautiful whale watching site in the world;
- A 3 hour Grand Fleuve whale watching tour. (note: this is the one we took)
- A 2.5 hour Zodiac whale watching tour – they can cover more of the water area to get closer to the whales (must be 8 years old)
- A 3 hour Zephyr tour on a catamaran specifically designed for whale watching. (only available end of June – September)
Whale exhibitions are the main reason to go to Tadoussac, though the small town of 800 people is worth seeing in itself. The Tadoussac Hotel sits along the waters edge and with its iconic red roof, its like a living painting. The history of this little town is rich and goes back further than 1535 when Jacques Cartier landed there to find the Innu people hunting seals. Tadoussac was the only Seaport on the St. Lawrence for 30 years and for a tiny place to hold such a big part of history makes it really special to see and experience for yourself.
For places to stay in and around Tadoussac we recommend
Hotel Tadoussac, because it’s gorgeous and historic.
The family-friendly Ferme 5 Etoiles, which is a working farm and a zoo of rescued and abandoned Canadian animals. We stayed here and really had a wonderful experience as you get to wake up and feed the animals and collect the eggs with the staff. And it’s just a mere 15-minute drive from the waterfront of Tadoussac.
AML Cruises offers day trips from Quebec City.
For more to do in Quebec City, Check out our top list of family-friendly activities and where to stay, here.
AML Cruises also has whale watching tours out of Charlevoix.
And if you stay the night in Charlevoix rather than Tadoussac, you must stay here at the Fairmont!
AML Cruises also offer a variety of cruises in Montreal.
For more to do in Montreal check here for our top list of family-friendly activities and where to stay.
Our experience was in partnership with AML Cruises and Quebec Maritime but all thoughts are our own and completely honest.