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Welcome to our Guide to Tadoussac

Last modified on 2023-05-09. This page is dedicated to nature lovers and wildlife photographers who are looking to plan their visit to Tadoussac. Our aim is to provide you with comprehensive information about the park's wildlife and help you make the most out of your trip.

Tadoussac is a small touristic village located on the Northern shore of Saint Lawrence River about 200km North-East from Quebec City. The location is best known for being a starting point of whale-watching tours in the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park. The city features a small marine biology museum in the port.

How to Get Here

To visit Tadoussac, traveling by train or bus from Montreal to Quebec City which takes about 4 hours. No need for transfer. From Quebec City to Tadoussac, I take a bus. Another 4.5 hours trip. Train and buses terminal in Quebec City are side by side.

Photography Tips

There are different spots we highly recommend to visit for photography. At the port, on the left side, there is a long sand beach where shorebirds are looking for crustaceans and other food. With some patience you can get some very nice close up shots. Don't forget to watch for the incoming tide though or you may get wet. On the right side of the port you have a small hill with trees and a rocky beach. The trees are habitats for small birds the rocky beach are visited by shorebirds. Big rocks allow you to stay covered while waiting for a good photo opportunity.

North from Tadoussac, there is another long stretch of sandy beach with surrounding forests. This place can be reached by foot but it is a walk along the road and not that interesting.

What to See Here

Exceptional good place for bird watching during bird migration in spring and in summer a popular place for whale watching. Additionally, it’s a small town within the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Parkwith plenty of natural habitats around.

Recent Photos of Species

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
Brant (Branta bernicla)
Groundhog (Marmota manox)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)
Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)

Species and Seasonality

American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) 1 0 0 0
Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) 1 0 0 0
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 1 0 0 0
Black-and-White Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1 0 0 0
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1 0 0 0
Brant (Branta bernicla) 1 0 0 0
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 1 0 0 0
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) 1 0 0 0
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1 0 0 0
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) 1 0 0 0
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 0 0 0
Crackling Locust (Trimerotropis verruculata) 0 1 0 0
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 0 2 0 0
Groundhog (Marmota monax) 1 0 0 0
Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) 1 0 0 0
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 1 0 0 0
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) 1 0 0 0
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 1 1 0 0
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1 0 0 0
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) 1 0 0 0
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 1 0 0 0
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1 0 0 0
North-American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) 1 0 0 0
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 0 0 0
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 1 0 0 0
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1 0 0 0
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1 0 0 0
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 1 0 0 0
Swainsons Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1 0 0 0
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1 0 0 0
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1 0 0 0

Number of times a species has been observed, identified and recorded while visiting this park. A species is reported only once per visit to a park. Visit the page Park Visit Journals and learn how we record observations in the field.

Landscape Photos Taken in Tadoussac

Bay of Tadoussac

Moody weather on our day of departure from this spectacular place to watch birds and whales.


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 18mm; Exposure 1/60; Aperture f5.0; Iso 125;

Chapel of Tadoussac

The red roof of this chapel is landmark of Tadoussac. Usually roofs of churches in Quebec are silver. Not this one.


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 25mm; Exposure 1/320; Aperture f5.0; Iso 80;

Bay of Tadoussac

A single boat on the sea seen from the beach in Tadoussac. A common subject, I use to photography again and again over the years.


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 20mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.0; Iso 80;

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Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to Tadoussac.

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