July 12, 2016, we left Tadoussac. And as I reflect on the time we spent in this part of Canada, there are a few things I learned and perhaps a few things I’d do differently if we were to visit again.
Length of Stay
Three days was probably too long. The purpose of our trip to Tadoussac was to see whales, and we did. But, it was something we got done in one day. Two nights would have sufficed. Perhaps even one night would do if you plan it right. I don’t kayak and neither do my husband and parents.
As beautiful as it was, we didn’t find Tadoussac to be all that friendly. We had no problems with people, and the people at the hotel were indeed friendly, but it didn’t make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You could tell that they don’t see many different people there. And it also felt like they don’t care to see different people anyway.
Preparation and Planning
Anyone visiting Tadoussac should be prepared to spend more money than usual on food. The hotel we chose is open from May to October. So, I’m sure the restaurants in the area want to take full advantage of the travel season. And limited options, in my opinion, will force you to spend the money whether you want to or not.
Also, though I saw what I wanted, I believe I should have planned a little better to take full advantage of the time we spent there, especially when I was the one who convinced my family to stop there. Perhaps my husband and I could have learned how to kayak prior to going so that we might take a little excursion. That would also require me to have some courage that I don’t really have when it comes to these things. I have no problem admitting that I am chicken :D.
All in all, it was a good experience. But in the future, if we plan to visit the area or any other areas in Quebec again, I think it would be a good idea to brush up on my French.
I won’t forget the beauty of Tadoussac anytime soon.