Tadoussac

Tadoussac (French pronunciation: [tadusak]) is a village in Quebec, Canada, at the confluence of the Saguenay and Saint Lawrence rivers. The indigenous Innu called the place Totouskak (plural for totouswk or totochak) meaning "bosom", probably in reference to the two round and sandy hills located on the west side of the village. According to other interpretations, it could also mean "place of lobsters", or "place where the ice is broken" (from the Innu shashuko). Although located in Innu territory, the post was also frequented by the Mi'kmaq people in the second half of the 16th century, who called it Gtatosag ("among the rocks"). Alternate spellings of Tadoussac over the centuries included Tadousac (17th and 18th centuries), Tadoussak, and Thadoyzeau (1550).[1] Tadoussac was first visited by Europeans in 1535 and was established in 1599 when the first trading post in Canada was formed there, in addition to a permanent settlement being placed in the same area that the Grand Hotel is located today.[4][5]

Tadoussac
Location within La Haute-Côte-Nord RCM.
Tadoussac
Location in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°09′N 69°43′W[1]
CountryCanada
ProvinceQuebec
RegionCôte-Nord
RCMLa Haute-Côte-Nord
Settled1599
ConstitutedOctober 10, 1899
Government
  MayorCharles Breton
  Federal ridingMontmorency—Charlevoix
—Haute-Côte-Nord
  Prov. ridingRené-Lévesque
Area
  Total194.10 km2 (74.94 sq mi)
  Land53.96 km2 (20.83 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[3]
  Total799
  Density14.8/km2 (38/sq mi)
  Pop 2011-2016
1.7%
  Dwellings
380
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways Route 138
Route 172
Websitewww.tadoussac.com