Tadoussac

CIMM

Le CIMM

  • The CIMM

The Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) is a must-see centre of discovery. You will dive into the fascinating world of these giants and will meet specialists who will help make your stay an unforgettable adventure. The CIMM offers a stunning viewpoint of the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. One can’t help but to while away the time on the nearby boulders, from where feeding minke whales, belugas, and seals can regularly be spotted.

What they’re saying: “An extraordinary and highly enriching visit; the film is amazing and the exhibit had my daughter’s attention for nearly an hour! The naturalist even pointed out to us a whale swimming in close proximity to the CIMM. We didn’t want to leave!”

Getting there: Route 138 East. Enter the village of Tadoussac, Rue des Pionniers. Proceed approximately 500 metres to the Desjardins credit union, then turn right onto Rue Bord de l’Eau. Go 575 metres, then turn right before the marina onto Rue de la Cale Sèche. The CIMM is on the left, about 100 metres from the road.

To discover the CIMM:

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Promenade and Wharf Area

This promenade overlooking Tadoussac Bay – one of the prettiest bays in the world – is the ideal place to take a break. Take a seat on one of the benches and scan the waters: minke whales often come here to feed. Standing at the end of the wharf, in addition to enjoying a view of the St. Lawrence and the mouth of the Saguenay, you might see minke whales, belugas and seals, which will give you a taste of the offshore excursions that take to the waters from this very spot.

What they’re saying: “We felt like we were at a drive-in movie theatre: sitting there, facing the bay, with whales constantly surfacing… We never imagined we’d witness such a show.”

Getting there: Route 138 East. Enter the village of Tadoussac, Rue des Pionniers. Proceed approximately 500 metres to the Desjardins credit union, then turn right onto Rue Bord de l’Eau. The promenade starts at the bottom of the hill, in front of the Hotel Tadoussac and to the right of the chapel. At the end of the promenade, continue straight. After the marina, you will reach the wharf.

Pointe Rouge

Plage de Pointe-Rouge

  • Pointe-Rouge beach

Following the beach path that runs along Tadoussac Bay, you will reach this point of pink granite that seems to be ablaze in the sun. Once you get there, you will discover a peaceful spot like no other, where minke whales have elected to come and feed.

What they’re saying: “Sheltered from the wind, I watched minke whales at Pointe Rouge like I haven’t done anywhere else… They’re so close you’re almost afraid they’ll get stranded!”

Getting there: Route 138 East. Enter the village of Tadoussac, Rue des Pionniers. Proceed approximately 500 metres to the Desjardins credit union, then turn right onto Rue Bord de l’Eau. By foot, take the large set of steps down to the beach from the start of the promenade, near the chapel (foot access only). Bear left onto the beach. Pointe Rouge lies approximately 1 km ahead.

Tadoussac – Pointe de l’Islet

This rocky outcrop in the mouth of the Saguenay is not to be missed, whether it be for marine mammal-watching, picnicking or sunset gazing. Minke whales and seals are often just a few metres from the rocks. During their dives, take the time to scan the surrounding landscape: fjord, ferries, seabirds, lighthouse, currents… the scene is ripe for a moment of contemplation.

What they’re saying: “In my opinion, this is the best place to observe minke whales in Tadoussac if you want to stay on dry land. In spring, minke whales are seen feeding frenetically just off the rocks! I was even told that in 2003, three fin whales passed in front of the point before swimming up the Saguenay. Imagine…”

Getting there: Route 138 East. Enter the village of Tadoussac, Rue des Pionniers. Proceed approximately 500 metres, then turn right onto Rue Bord de l’Eau, between the Desjardins credit union and the church. At the end of this road, before the wharf, take the wooden steps on your right. The trail is marked.