As I told you on the previous post, our next stage in our journey through Canada took us to Saguenay-Saint Laurent Marine Park surroundings, which cover a large terrestrial and marine region between Saguenay River’s fjord and Saint Laurent estuary.
The travel between Quebec City and Tadoussac (the “nerve center” of the region) includes crossing the fjord on a free ferry that completes the journey in only 10 minutes.
This entire zone is known for the fjord landscapes and the ease of watching different kind of whales in the estuary and the fjord. There are plenty of companies engaged in organizing excursions for whale watching, and there are a lot of activities to be done: trekking, scuba diving, sea kayak, zodiacs, ships, bird watching, bears, whales, wolves…
Tadoussac is a very small and very clean village (it’s in one of the most beautiful bays in the world). It’s worth visiting, as long as the weather is good, and walking by the promenade that surrounds a little peninsula at the right of the bay, where you can see beluga whales eating and playing. If the weather is foggy the landscape turns breath-taking, as you hear the ships foghorns.
We ran away from the mass tourism areas and decided to stay a bit further at Les Escoumins, a mariner village located 30 minutes from Tadoussac, right at the edge of a cliff where we also saw some whales from time to time.
This area is full of whales, because the North Atlantic streams causes unusual amounts of krill and plankton to accumulate in the estuary and the fjord, and that attracts a lot of species of cetaceans. The species we saw the most were beluga and humpback whales. They aren’t the largest and they don’t jump nor show the tail out of the water, but I can assure you that they’re really amazing.
This was the part of the journey when we had the worst weather, and we couldn’t seize our stay as much as we wanted. But we managed to go on a zodiac ride to see the whales as close as possible, and we also drove by car around the fjord’s cliffs and Tadoussac.
I’ll talk in the next post about the Zodiac trip, but in the meantime I’ll show you some photos from this area:
Address: 182, Rue de l’Église,Tadoussac, QC
GPS Coordinates: 48.142961, -69.715128
More information: Saguenay Saint-Lawrence Marine Park
Address: 197 Rue des Pionniers Tadoussac, QC
GPS Coordinates: 48.1441173,-69.7191178
More information: Tadoussac