The Canon is a better lens, no question. Worth it? Well only the person spending the money can say that.
For me it was definitely worth it, although it wasn't a big jump in IQ and an immediate "wow".
I really liked my Tamron, so at first i was in two minds whether to keep the Canon, it was too close to the Tamron in IQ, bigger and heavier, and of course more money.
After a 2 week trip to Disney i put the Tamron up for sale. The Canon just performed better in all situations, never missed a shot and having IS meant i could go down to about 1/4 in low light (this was back in the 30D/40D days when high ISO was rubbish).
I felt IQ was still better than the Tamron but not by a lot, but the overall package was better and was nicer to use, as I had more trust in the Canon.