Tuesday, October 3, 2017 was our fourth day of our trip, and we had arranged to start it by taking a whale watching cruise on the Saint Lawrence River just off Tadoussac.
Breakfast at Café Boheme
For breakfast, we discovered Café Boheme, which served us a delicious meal.
After breakfast, we headed down to the water a little early to be ready for our boat trip. It was a beautiful morning, with temperatures in the 50’s, and light winds. On the way down to the dock, I took out my camera and started snapping photos.
It was beautiful out on the water also.
Very soon we started spotting Meinkes and Belugas out in the open water. Here are a few photos from the trip. These first two are both Meinke whales.
The cruise lasted about 3 hours, and afterwards we hiked around the point from the dock back to town. There we took in some of the shops and sights, before starting our drive up towards Saguenay.
Back on Land
Chapel of Tadoussac
In the center of the photo below, just up from the shore, there stands the Chapel of Tadoussac. The chapel was built by the Recollets, a Franciscan order, in 1747, to serve with their apostolate with the local Indians.
The red-roofed building that dominates the shore behind the chapel is the Hotel Tadoussac.
Anse de Roche
Along the way to Saguenay, we stopped in Anse de Roche, because we had heard that it was a charming little town along the Saguenay River.
On the way up to Saguenay, we stopped at a spot along the Saguenay River called Anse de Roche (“Rock Cove”). It had a nice little dock on the water, and a coffee shop and snack bar.
The trip up to Saguenay was nice in that it gave us a sense for the area, but we didn’t find a lot in the town, other than a nice hotel for the night.
From Anse de Roche, we moved on to Saguenay, arriving in the late afternoon. We checked into a nice hotel, but we didn’t find a lot in Saguenay for dinner.
1. Keep Your Lens Clean!
Wnen I got home and reviewed my photos from this day, it was clear that I must have allowed the camera to get splashed, because there were several several spots that showed up in the same place on the photos.
2. Saguenay Makes a Better Waypoint than Destination
Other than a paper mill, we didn’t find much there.