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Itinerary for September 17, 2016

Whale Watching in Tadoussac

Itinerary - 2017

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7:00 am  Meet us at 90 University Private, Ottawa, K1N 6N5. This is a residence building on the University of Ottawa campus [See our map below]. The Ottawa Residences Building is right in front of a big parking lot where our bus will pick us up. Here you will have a chance to gather and get to know your fellow travellers before we set out.

7:15 am The bus departs at 7:15 am sharp. Don’t be late, we will not be able to wait for you and we do not want you to miss this awesome trip.

3:00 pm Arrive to Tadoussac. We will make a couple of stops on the way to have lunch and stretch our legs. We will be staying in a cool, rustic youth hostel in Tadoussac. 

Right after arriving we will have a wonderful opportunity to get active after the long journey. We will go for a "beginner" level, yet awesome hike on the "Sentier du Fjord Saguenay". This trail is regarded as one of the most beautiful trails in the entire province of Quebec and it should be a priority on everyone's lifetime to-do list. Unforgettable moments and grandiose scenery await you along the summits of the capes. The trail is well maintained and we will cover about 3-5 km. At a leisurely pace it will be done in about 2.5 hours. 


6:30 pm After working our an appetite we will check in to the youth hostel where we will be spending the night and explore the town for the night. There are numerous food options available in town. Would you like another hike? There are two more little trails in town which offer great views of the bay, the town and the mouth of the fjord. 

Enjoy the rest of the night on your own. 


Check our "Places of Interest in Tadoussac" section below to familiarize yourself with the village and the many interesting things to do.


7:00 am- 9:15 am Breakfast is included and free of charge for you, so head to the dining area of the Hostel and have some food.  Afterwards we will check out of the Hostel and head towards the pier where the whale watching adventure begins.


9:45 am Board the Zodiac and keep your eyes open to spot any whales, dolphins, seals or any other sea mammal that lives in the area.  This is a 2.5 hours excursion. Make sure you bring warm clothes, closed shoes and ideally small gloves and a hat. It can get cold and you want to enjoy the ride. 

12:40 pm Get back to Tadoussac and have some lunch.


2:00 pm Depart for Quebec City. This ride is about 3 hours and will give you a chance to take a break and relax before we arrive to the enchanting city of Quebec. Before arriving we will pay a quick visit to The Montmorency Falls. They are quite taller than the falls at Niagara!


Once in town we will check into our wonderful Youth Hostel, at the very heart of the old town. Then we will go for an evening group walk around Quebec City and discover one of North America's oldest cities and the most European by far.

Dinner will be in town and options galore! Spend the rest of the evening discovering the city with your new friends or on your own.

Check our "Places of Interest in Quebec City" section below to familiarize yourself with the city and the many interesting things to do.


7:00 am- 9:00 am  Our hostel has breakfast included. Enjoy some breakfast and get ready to check out. 

Keep discovering Quebec City for the rest of the trip. Check our "Places of Interest in Quebec City" guide. 

3:00 pm Be back at the hostel at 3.00 pm to collect your bags and start the trip back to Ottawa

9:00 pm Arrive to 90 University in Ottawa. We will make a stop in the way to have some dinner.


What To Bring: Your camera, water bottles, good walking/ hiking shoes, some changes of clothing including warm stuff (specially for the boat excursion), your adventurous spirit and extra money for food and souvenirs!

Places of Interest in Tadoussac

Poste de Traite Chauvin

157, Bord de l'Eau
Tadoussac. Telephone: (418) 235-4657
The  Poste de Traite Chauvin is a replica of the first fur trading post built in 1599 by Pierre Chauvin de Tonnetuit.
Open from mid-May to mid-October. Reservations are required for groups


Included ( Regular price $8.50 CAD )

The Parc national du Saguenay has set up two kilometres of interpretive hiking trails in the very heart of Tadoussac. These trails give you access to Anse-à-l'Eau hill and  Islet Point, with a magnificent view of Tadoussac and the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord.

We recommend:

Sentier de la Coupe trail (30-minute hike) 1.2 km. Situated in the middle of the village, Anse-à-l'Eau hill looks down on Tadoussac and offers up a 360º view that includes the Saguenay, the St. Lawrence and the village itself. The hill is an oasis of peace where you can capture rare and beautiful vistas on film.

Sentier de la Pointe-de-l'Islet trail (20-minute hike) 0.8 km. An ideal spot for a picnic and to contemplate the sunset, Islet Point is also an excellent place to watch minke and beluga whales frolic in the waves. Frequented by scores of ships, this is where the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord reveals its treasures. It is worth noting that a portion of the trail is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. You are also invited to participate in free activities offered by park naturalists and to read the various interpretive panels that dot the trail. Discovered the majestic scenery at your own pace.

Sentier du fjord trail. This trail is regarded as one of the most beautiful trails in the entire province of Quebec! With departures from Tadoussac, Sainte-Marguerite Bay or from Cap de la Boule (Sacré-Coeur). This trail should be a priority on everyone's lifetime to-do list. Frequent viewpoints keep you in close contact with the marine environment all along the route. 

Whale Watching

Included (Regular price from $80 CAD)

Tours are an accessible form of ecotourism. They have the power to fascinate and educate. New management techniques, based on the precautionary principle, will enable this industry to make thousands of people more aware of one of the great challenges of our era: the protection of the planet's oceans.

Each cruise is unpredictable.
One shouldn’t expect to see all the same things that are shown in television documentaries. Some of these shows involve hundreds of hours, sometimes years, of shooting.
On the St. Lawrence it’s almost a sure bet that you will see a marine mammal. How many will you see? Will they be near or far? All of this depends on the animals themselves. A captain who respects the code of ethics will not actively approach marine mammals closer than 200 m.
A cruise on the St. Lawrence is a special experience no matter what happens, especially for someone with an adventurous nature!

The Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM)

$12.17 CAD

108, rue de la Cale-Sèche,
Tadoussac. Telephone: (418) 235-4701

The CIMM is a unique exhibit where visitors can learn and have fun at the same time. Dive into the fascinating and mysterious world of the whales of the St. Lawrence. Where can we see them? How do we recognize them? Naturalists from the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) will help you better appreciate your encounters with these legendary animals by sharing with you information acquired through their various research programs. The CIMM is also a conference and projection room, where documentary films are presented on a regular basis. Don't miss the exhibit, the skeleton collection and marine mammal reproduction! If you want to learn more about the whales that visit the Tadoussac area, visit our Website at

La Petite Chapelle de Tadoussac

Rue Bord de l'Eau,
Tadoussac. Telephone: (418) 235-4324

Also known as the little Indian Chapel, La Petite Chapelle was constructed in 1747. Jesuit monks celebrated the inaugural mass on June 24, 1750. Classified as an historic monument of national significance in 1965, it is now protected and lovingly cared for. It shelters numerous religious artefacts from the time of its construction. It is the oldest wooden church still in existence in Canada. To enter La Petite Chapelle is to plunge into the past. Open from June 24 to mid-October. Reservations are required for groups. A guided visit is available.

Sand dunes

The dunes sector of the Parc national du Saguenay opens out onto the Baie-du-Moulin-à-Baude, near Tadoussac. From here one can take in an exceptional view of a vast marine fresco, where the largest animals in the world come to visit. The dunes represent a portion of the heritage of the last glacial era. They are in fact two immense marine terraces. Here, the impressive scale of the phenomenon of migratory birds led to the creation of the Observatoire Ornithologique de Tadoussac (OOT).

The sand dunes are definitely one of the most beautiful corners of the village. The original village of Tadoussac—which has since disappeared—was first established in this sector. Agriculture led to deforestation and erosion led to desertification. A unique sport was invented in Tadoussac in the 1940s: sand skiing. The site of popular sand-skiing competitions up until the 1980s, the sand dunes attracted curious spectators from all over. In 1983, the Parc national du Saguenay bought the location from the Molson family to showcase it as a protected area. The dunes, an exceptionnal site to relax and contemplate the majestic St. Lawrence River.

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Places of Interest in Quebec City

Quartier de Petit Champlain


Petit Champlain is a neighbourhood in Quebec City. It is located in the district of Vieux-Québec near Place Royale. Its main street is the Rue du Petit-Champlain at the foot of Cap Diamant. It is the oldest commercial district in North America.

Ferry Cruise on the St Lawrence

$7 return

This Ferry Cruise offers spectacular views of Old Quebec City, Cap-Diamant, the Château Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace from the water. At night, the reflections in the water’s surface of the buildings lighting up the skyline add a romantic touch to the crossing.

Terrasse Dufferin and Chateau Frontenac


Have you ever wondered what is the most photographed hotel in the WORLD?! You will be able to see it with your own eyes. Chateau Frontenac is a grand, castlelike hotel overlooking the St. Lawrence River. It is surrounded by the beautiful Terrasse Dufferin where you can admire the St Lawrence river and the lower part of town.

Place Royal


Place Royale is must see charming plaza in the heart of old Quebec City. It is like stepping back in time and visiting old Europe.

Montmorency Falls

INCLUDED in our trip

The Montmorency Falls (French: Chutes Montmorency) is a large waterfall on the Montmorency River in Quebec. 
The falls, at 84 metres (276 ft) high and 46 metres (151 ft) wide, are the highest in the province of Quebec. They are 30 metres (98 ft) higher than Niagara Falls. The basin at the foot of the falls is 17 metres (56 ft) deep. The falls were given this name in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain. He named them in honour of Henri II, duc de Montmorency, who served as viceroy of New France from 1620 until 1625. 

Basilique Cathedrale Notre Dame de Quebec

$2 suggested donation

The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec ("Our Lady of Quebec City"), located at 16, rue de Buade, is the primatial church of Canada and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec, the oldest in the Americas, north of the Spanish colonies in Florida and New Mexico
Located on this site since 1647, the cathedral has twice been destroyed by fire throughout the centuries.

Observatoire de la Capital

$14 CAD

Observatoire de la Capitale is Québec City’s highest lookout point. It offers visitors breathtaking panoramas from 221 m above sea level in the heart of the city center. Come take in 400 years of Québec City history in a single glance

Aquarium du Quebec


Aquarium du Québec is a public aquarium located in the former city of Sainte-Foy in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The 16-hectare facility is home to more than 10,000 animals representing more than 300 species.

Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec


The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is a museum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada gathering approximately 25,000 works essentially produced in Quebec, or by Quebec artists, some of which date from the 18th century

La Citadel


La Citadelle, is an active military installation and official residence of both the Canadian monarch and the Governor General of Canada. The citadel is the oldest military building in Canada, and forms part of the fortifications of Quebec City, which is one of only two cities in North America still surrounded by fortifications, the other being Campeche, Mexico.

The Citadelle is a National Historic Site of Canada and forms part of the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada. The fortress is located within the Historic District of Old Québec, which was designated a World Heritage Site in 1985. The site receives some 200,000 visitors annually.

Hotel du Parlement (Parliament Buildings)


The Parliament Building (French: Hôtel du Parlement) is an eight-floor building in Quebec City and home to the Parliament of Quebec, composed of the Lieutenant-Governor and the National Assembly. The building was designed by architect Eugène-Étienne Taché and was built from 1877 to 1886. With the frontal tower, the building stands at 52 metres or 171 feet in height

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