Sitting on the natural junction where the River Saguenay unloads into the massive Saint Lawrence, a visit to strategically located Tadoussac leaves you fantastically placed to explore some of Quebec's finest history, wildlife and scenery.
Sail a little further up the Saguenay, and you’ll be confronted by the glorious Saguenay Fjord, as you cruise through verdant hills of dense forestry, and steep cliffs. View more
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Experience the pristine natural beauty, seascapes and landscapes of Saguenay-Saint-Laurence Marine Park on-foot during this panoramic, half-day hiking excursion.
Tadoussac, Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Anse à l'Eau Hill, L'Anse de la Barge Bay, Whales
Depart the pier with your naturalist park warden for the short walk to the beginning of the hiking trail at the Saguenay-Saint-Laurence Marine Park. Ascend Anse à l'Eau Hill, which overlooks the village. Continue your hike along the Le Fjord Trail to the deep, peaceful bay of L'Anse de la Barge, which offers spectacular panorama vistas of the sea and coast. In fall, as whales slowly migrate to their wintering grounds, you may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of them from the rocky notches.
Sea Terraces, Migratory Birds, Tadoussac Bird Observatory, Merging of the Fjord and River
Next, proceed toward the sea terraces, which are home to hundreds of migratory birds and over 15,000 birds of prey. The scale of the phenomenon of this migration gave birth to the Tadoussac Bird Observatory. Learn about the history of the sector and migration of birds and whales (depending on the season), and see where the waters of the fjord and river meet. Upon returning to the beginning of the park's hiking trail, commence the short walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.4 miles (about 5.5 kilometres), at times over uneven and natural surfaces and hills. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, and bottled water from the ship. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover the spectacular natural beauty and history of Tadoussac during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Tadoussac, Archéo Topo Archaeological Site, Museum
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 35-minute drive to Archéo Topo. The north shore of Quebec is home to several excavated archaeological sites. Archaeologists have developed a thorough understand of the history of the various populations that have lived here over the past 8,000 years, including different Amer-Indian tribes such as the Basques, French, English, Norwegian, Newfoundlanders, and Jersey Islanders. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour with an archaeologist as they share their discoveries. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the onsite museum.
Cap Bon Désir, Marine Park, Whale-Watching
Next, re-board your coach and head to Cap Bon Désir, located in the Marine Park. Accompanied by a local naturalist, explore this marine protected area and its diverse ecosystem, which spans over 463 square miles (about 1,200 square kilometres). With-or-without binoculars, marvel at your surrounds and look for mammals that swim nearby. Some free time is also made available to explore Cap Bon Désir at your leisure. (Depending on temperature, the Escoumins site may be used as an observation point. Escoumins site has welcome centre in case of strong winds and rain.)
Saguenay National Park, Tadoussac Sand Dunes, Bird Observatory
Your final stop is at the Tadoussac Sand Dunes. Located in Saguenay National Park, the Tadoussac Sand dunes are two immense marine terraces created over 10,000 years ago. Upon arrival, a photo stop is made at the Sand Dune Belvedere. From this vantage point, you may be lucky enough to observe whales visiting this area during fall season. This exceptional site is also home to vast numbers of migratory birds, which led to the creation of the Tadoussac Bird Observatory, a research laboratory studying bird population fluctuations. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles-1.24 miles (about 1.5 kilometres-two kilometres), at times over uneven, rocky, and sandy surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and stairs to access the belvederes. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, and bottled water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this tour. This tour operates on a Yellow School Bus.
Embrace the scenic splendour and rich history of Tadoussac on-foot during a picturesque, half-day excursion through this lovely bayfront village.
Tadoussac Walking Tour, Marine Mammals Interpretation Centre, Whales
Depart the pier for your guided walking tour of Tadoussac. Founded in 1600 as a vital trading post, Tadoussac is the oldest surviving French settlement in Canada. Your first stop is at the Marine Mammals Interpretation Centre, one of the leading marine mammal research and education centres in the world. View blue whales, humpback whales or belugas, learn about them from skilled naturalists and scientists, and discover why they are so plentiful in this region. Leaving the Marine Mammals Interpretation Centre, walk to Les Jardins de la Grève, a must-see for everyone wanting to discover the unique flora of the Côte-Nord.
La Petite Chapelle, Chauvin Trading Post
Next, relive more than 400 years of history during visits to La Petite Chapelle and the Chauvin Trading Post. Also known as the 'Indian Chapel', Le Petite Chapelle dates from 1747. It is the oldest surviving wooden church in North America, and a National Historic Monument. Highlights include numerous religious artefacts dating from the time of the church's construction. The Chauvin Trading Post was the first fur-trading post in Canada, and features a replica of trading post built in 1599 by Pierre Chauvin de Tonnetuit.
Hotel Tadoussac, Refreshments, Villas, Boardwalk
Following your visit, proceed for a relaxing refreshment stop at the Hotel Tadoussac, and admire the villas of wealthy summer residents in Languedoc Park. Afterward, take a stroll along Tadoussac Bay on the Boardwalk. From here, you can return directly to the pier on-foot, or remain in the bustling city centre for shopping and exploration, then return to the ship on your own.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, and bottled water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the largest animals on the planet in their natural habitat during this unforgettable, half-day whale-watching excursion on the Saint-Laurence River.
Tadoussac, Saint-Laurence River, Whale-Watching
Depart the pier for the short walk to your awaiting boat. After being greeted by the captain and receiving your safety instructions, embark the boat and set sail for your panoramic, approximately three-hour whale-watching adventure on the Saint-Laurence River.
Blue, Fin, Minke, Humpback, and Beluga Whales, Harbour Porpoises, Dolphins
Between May and October each year, the largest animals on the planet come to feed in this region of the Saint-Lawrence River. Thirteen species of cetaceans can be found in these salty waters, including blue whales, fin, minke and impressive humpbacks. In addition to these sea giants, you might catch a glimpse of harbour porpoises, dolphins and even belugas, the small, endangered white whales, in their natural habitat. At the conclusion of your whale-watching adventure, return to the pier, disembark the boat and commence the short walk back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 100 yards (about 91 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to embark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking or boat shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, whale and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary. The boat is not exclusive to Silversea guests. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this tour.