Tadoussac is a largely undiscovered jewel in North American birding. It is one of the best places to view visible migration in the world, often involving flights of thousands of birds – finches, shorebirds, seaducks and raptors. Its northern setting makes it an excellent place to view movements of boreal finches and northern raptors, as well as seaducks such as Black, Surf and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and Common Eiders, gulls such as Glaucous, Iceland and Black-legged Kittiwake as well as Northern Gannets on the mighty St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence also hosts a resident population of Beluga whales, the southernmost in the world – which are easily visible just by walking down to the river from our hotel!

Top Birds

Northern Goshawk; Golden Eagle; Rough-legged Hawk; Bohemian Waxwing; Pine Grosbeak; Common Redpoll; Two-barred & Red Crossbills; Black-backed & American Three-toed Woodpeckers; Iceland Gull; Northern Gannet; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Spruce & Ruffed Grouse; Evening Grosbeak; Boreal Chickadee; Black, Surf & White-winged Scoters; Northern Saw-whet & Boreal Owls (rare, may be seen while banding) and large numbers of birds visibly migrating.

Top Mammals

Beluga & Minke Whales; Harbour Seal & Harp Seals; American Black Bear; American Marten.

Habitats Covered

boreal forest, park land, marshes, meadows, river, dunes

Expected Climate

usually pleasant, daily highs of 10°C (50°F) but below freezing at night with the possibility of snow and rain.

Max Group Size

7 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

relaxed, days are getting shorter at this time of year. Each day at Tadoussac begins at the hotel with breakfast followed by a short drive to a nearby birding location (weather dependent). We usually start at the Tadoussac dunes to watch the morning flight and then move onwards to either a seawatching or boreal forest site.

Accommodation

good

Ease of Birding

mostly very easy

Other Attractions

opportunities abound for exploring the beautiful little coastal town of Tadoussac, admiring the scenery of the beautiful Saguenay Fjord or watching the playful Beluga Whales at the mouth of the Saguenay river – only a short walk from the hotel!

Photographic Opportunities

good to excellent

What our clients say about us

Amanda Guercio
MN, Canada 2023

Lev and Amanda were fantastic as ever and handled a medical situation to the satisfaction of all. In addition to being fun, needless to say, they are superb birding and nature guidesmammals and plants included.

Amanda Guercio
MR, Canada 2022

Booking, registration, organisation of the tour were all very professional, well done Rockjumper. The highlights of the tour were the magnificent observations of the Hawk Owl and the Great grey owl, one great grey could even be observed when it was hunting. For my taste we spent too much time in the cars but I admit that this is largely due to the nature of this tour. Lev and Amanda were very good guides, both having a vast knowledge of the visited habitats and animals. I very much appreciated the very competent explanations and answers to my questions.

Amanda Guercio
DA, Canada 2022

Excellent tour for seeing birds of the boreal forest. Lev and Amanda were excellent in helping us get great views of the warblers. Accommodation was excellent. the choice of venues was well balanced so that it was easy to stay focused and alert for birding.

Lev Frid
YB, Canada 2022

Lev and Amanda were exceptional guides. Very knowledgeable.

Lev Frid
MR, Canada 2022

Booking, registration, organisation of the tour were all very professional, well done Rockjumper. The highlights of the tour were the magnificent observations of the Hawk Owl and the Great grey owl, one great grey could even be observed when it was hunting. For my taste we spent too much time in the cars but I admit that this is largely due to the nature of this tour. Lev and Amanda were very good guides, both having a vast knowledge of the visited habitats and animals. I very much appreciated the very competent explanations and answers to my questions.

Canada - Quebec: Mega Migration and Belugas of Tadoussac (Small Group) 2026

01 Oct 2026 - 08 Oct 2026 (8 days)

CAD5,000 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Lev Frid

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): CAD5,000 * USD3,636 * GBP2,856 * EUR3,396 * AUD5,494

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