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Tadoussac Dunes

A walking tour of the dunes located near Tadoussac, Quebec
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  The mouth of the Saguenay fjord is one of the most scenic and interesting areas in Quebec, well worth a visit. Not to be missed is the... more »

Tips:  Good hiking shoes and some water are recommended. The trail can be rough in spots and some clambering on rocks can enhance the route. ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Tadoussac, Quebec, Canada

To get to the parking lot at the top of the dunes, follow the main street in Tadoussac eastwards out of town to the very end. Parking is located on the left. As you enter the trails, there is a honour toll station. Fill out a card and drop your money in the slot. The trails begin to the left. Begin first by crossing a small bridge. Note the dam on... More

2. Scenic outlook viewing the St Lawrence River and the dunes.

From this point one can look back at the dunes and see that they are in fact not really dunes, but a sand delta created by a river flowing under the ice during glacial times. Note there are several levels indicated changing water levels during the time the dunes were created.

3. The Dunes

Return back down the trail to the lookout and once across the bridge, turn left to take the trail down to the beach below the dunes. There is another outlook part way down which is worth while visiting as it crosses the gorge created by the river. Afterwards, return to the trail and continue down to the beach.

4. Climbing the dunes...

When the tide is low, there is lots to explore on the tidal flat below the dunes. High tide can cut the beach off completely, so choosing when to go can be important. At high tide, it is advisable to return back up the trail used to descend. At lower tide levels, take advantage of the nice sandy beach! There is usually a path climbing diagonally... More