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Introduction

Petite Chapelle de Tadoussac

Petite Chapelle de Tadoussac

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Tadoussac is a village on the St Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada and is the oldest surviving French settlement in the Americas, having been settled in 1600. It is located where the St Lawrence river meets the Saguenay River, providing an ideal environment for marine life. It is a great place to go whale watching in particular. You can catch a glimpse of minke, humpback and beluga whales as well as a lot of seals.

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Sights and Activities

  • Whale Watching
  • Saguenay Fjord
  • Saguenay Park
  • Saguenay - St-Lawrence Marine Park
  • Hotel Tadoussac is a prominent feature of the town. It dates back to the 1940s, when it replaced an original hotel that burned down.
  • Petite Chappelle de Tadoussac was built in 1747 and is designated as a Heritage Site of national importance. It is the oldest still existing log-built church in Canada. Open daily from 9am-9pm from mid-June to mid-October. Rue Bord de l'Eau.
  • CIMM (Le Centre d'Interprétation des mammifères Marins) is an interpretation center where you can learn about the whales near Tadoussac. 108, rue de la Cale-Sèche. Ph: (418) 235-4701
  • Chauvin Trading Post is a reconstruction of the original trading post that was built in 1600 when the town was established as a fur trading port. 157 Bord de l'Eau. Ph: (418) 235-4657
  • La Maison des Dunes (The Dune House) in Saguenay Park is a Heritage building housing an interpretation center for the park. In fall, the house becomes a bird observatory. Open daily from 9am-5pm between June and mid-October. Route du Moulin Baude. Ph: (418) 235-4238

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Events and Festivals

  • Festival de la Chanson (Song Festival) is held each year in the second week-end of June.

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Weather

Tadoussac has a typical continental climate with cold winters and relatively warm summers. Summerseason is the best time for activities thought the season is short. June and September are good months, without the crowds.

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Getting Around

By Car

Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Tadoussac - La Maison Majorique165 Bord-De-D'eauhotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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