Discover Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

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SAGUENAY—LAC-SAINT-JEAN — Nestled between the bustle of the city centers and the wilderness of the Great North, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is your destination of choice for the perfect vacation! The colossal Lac Saint-Jean and the magnificent Saguenay Fjord ensures that your stay will be one to remember. Whether you're visiting the region with family, as a couple or as a solo adventure, the possibilities are endless in both summer and winter.

Whether biking along our scenic roads through our warm friendly villages or kayaking down our wonderful rivers, all roads lead to Lac Saint-Jean where an exciting adventure awaits you. Fond of great cuisine, festive cultural or simply like to relax, Lac Saint-Jean has all and more to provide an ‘out of this world’ experience. By visiting the many diverse sites and attractions that surround our inland sea, you will come to appreciate the magnitude of Lac-Saint-Jean along with the famous ‘Blueberry welcome, a name affectionately given to the people of Lac-Saint-Jean. Your visit will be a blend of human kindness and friendly encounters making it an unforgettable experience.

Do as others have done before you and you will realize to what extent ‘you can leave the lake, but the lake will never leave you'. And don’t miss The Véloroute des Bleuets, with over 250 km (155 mi.) of delectable vistas over Lac Saint-Jean. The bike path crosses the Parc national de la Pointe- Taillon, home to moose and beavers and a prime spot for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. The Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien, where the animals roam free and the visitors are in cages. The Village historique de Val-Jalbert, a ghost town, which prospered for a quarter century around a pulp and paper mill built at the base of a waterfall. The Montagnais people of Lac-Saint-Jean will introduce you to their history and culture at the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh.

 
 

July 21 - 29, 2018

Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean  
Roberval
 
Major open water swimming festival with international competitions, four amateur events ranging from 1 to 10 km (0.6 to 6 mi.) and free or affordable festivities including outdoor shows, fireworks and the famous Supper in the Streets bringing together 10,000 guests around a table over a kilometre (0.6 miles) long!
 
 

July 14 - 16, 2018  

Pow wow Grand rassemblement des Premières Nations 
Site Uashassihth, Mashteuiatsh, QC G0W 2H0 
 
Don't miss THE Ilnu cultural event! Everyone is invited to attend the activities presented during one of the largest and most magnificent First Nations gatherings in Québec. Powwow dances, shows, traditional sports competitions, time-honoured meals, handicraft exhibit and more. POW-WOW : It’s a celebration for people of all ages that include Aboriginal music, dancing, regalia, food and handicrafts. Originally, the Aboriginals would meet and take this opportunity to settle disputes, forge new alliances, and trade. Family and religion were also central components of the powwows of yore.
 
 

August 2 - 6, 2018 

Festival du Bleuet de Dolbeau-Mistassini  
Dolbeau-Mistassini
 
A popular blueberry-themed festival. Live entertainment, professional shows, visits to blueberry farms, inflatable games, tasting of the largest blueberry pie in the world and a fashion show in the evening.
 
 

August 2 - 12, 2018

Festival International des Rythmes du Monde
Chicoutimi
 
The Festival International des Rythmes du Monde is the largest multiethnic event in Quebec featuring more than 950 artists, musicians and dancers from more than 15 countries. Free music, dance, and percussion shows in downtown Chicoutimi. Eight-time winner of the Grands prix du tourisme regional for major international events.
 

Lodging

Village de Val jalbert                
95, rue Saint-Georges, Chambor, QC G0W 1G0  
T. 418 275-3132 / 1 888 675-3132 
 
 
Whether you are staying in comfortable accommodation or camping for nature lovers or for a day trip, the Historic Village of Val-Jalbert offers different rates of accommodation and services to better serve you! Several period buildings have been converted into very beautiful bedrooms. The authentic materials of the period houses and the general store have been perfectly integrated in the refined style of the rooms.Very comfortable and spacious, they are skilfully decorated with antiques and photographs from the village of Val-Jalbert when the pulp mill was active in the 1920s. The campsite is located at the entrance to the historic village of Val-Jalbert, along the Ouiatchouan river. It has 190 sites in a deciduous and coniferous wooded area. An economical formula, halfway between the motel and the campsite, will charm the groups who want to spend a few days in the open air without compromising their comfort.
 
 

Activities

Fjord en kayak
359, rue St-Jean-Baptiste, L'Anse-Saint-Jean 
QC G0V 1J0  T. 4181 272-3024 / 1 866-725-2925 
 
Since 1996, from mid-May to mid-October, Fjord Kayak offers sea kayaking trips on the Saguenay Fjord. For lovers of breathtaking natural beauty, Fjord Kayak offers a variety of kayaking tours and expeditions: guided, family, or adventure tours. Fjord Kayak also offers a paddle board and bike rental service. Twice National GOLD Laureate (2002 and 2010) at the Quebec Tourism Awards, member of the select club of the Canadian Tourism Commission's Signature Experiences Collection, and winner of the 2012 Aventure Ecotourisme Québec (Quality Products and Services category), Fjord Kayaking offers an experience like no other.
 
 
Touriosme Sagunay Lac Saint Jean
Photo :  Touriosme Sagunay Lac Saint Jean

Attractions

Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon 
835, Rang 3 Ouest, Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, 
QC G0W 2X0  T. 418-272-3024 / 1 866 725-2925
 
It's hard to resist the charms of Pointe-Taillon, a spot that is synonymous with rest and relaxation. This large, flat peninsula inspires tranquility. Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon is a large peninsula, composed mainly of fine sand streaked with scarlet minerals. The large, flat peninsula inspires tranquility. The park also has an immense sandy shore where visitors can walk for miles without ever seeing the end. You can also admire the sunset from a sea kayak or swim at the supervised beach, in the calm and exceptionally warm waters of the renowned Saint-Jean Lake. Visitors can also enjoy a 45-kilometre (28-mile) long bike trail, bike and boat rentals, discovery activities and primitive campground sites, accessible on foot or by bike on the water’s edge ans ready-to-Camp Formula.
 
 
Parc national du fjord-du-saguenay
359, rue St-Jean-Baptiste, L'Anse-Saint-Jean 
QC G0V 1J0  T. 418 272-3024 / 1 866-725-2925
 
Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay...The scenery is so awe-inspiring! In this magnificent spot, nature used its colossal strength to create a fjord. There are so many things to see and do here in winter and summer alike. For example, you can head to Baie de Tadoussac to admire the extraordinary panorama of the boundless sea, but also to see hundreds of migrating birds. The scale of this migration gave birth to the Observatoire d'oiseaux de Tadoussac (OOT) This link will open in a new window.. In this park, you will also discover Baie Éternité and Baie Sainte-Marguerite, as vast as they are different...
 
 
Village de Val Jalbert
95, rue Saint-George, Chambord, QC G0W 1G0
T. 418 275-3132 / 1 800-675-3132   
 
Since 1984, the restaurant Le Saint-Patrice offers a fine regional and Italian cuisine that highlights local products. Also, great varieties of fondues. Fine dining inspired by the classic steak houses, prepared using regional specialty products. Table d'hôte, children's menu, healthy and vegetarian dishes, gluten-free menu. Specialties: seafood, fresh and smoked fish, AAA beef, lamb, game, salads, a variety of fondues, cheeses from Québec, homemade desserts. 
 

Zoo sauvage de saint-félicien
2230, boulevard du Jardin, C.P. 90 Saint-Félicien, QC G8K 2P8  
T. 418 679-0543 / 1 800 667-LOUP (5687) 
 
New things await to make your summer unforgettable! Do you enjoy nature and wide open spaces? You’ll simply love your next visit to the Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien. In this grandiose natural setting, you’ll experience a whole range of emotions. During the day, the Zoo showcases 75 animal species native to the Borealie and colder regions of the world in their natural habitats. Cages you say? What are you talking about? It feels like you’re actually with them in their natural environment. It’s fascinating. And the habitat for polar bears and arctic foxes is huuuuuuge, as well as unique and completely wild. The animals are happy and the visit spellbinding. Did you know it’s also the only Zoo in Canada featuring geladas? A primate with eerily human-like mimicry. Wow! As a taste of things to come, there’s a multisensory movie, walking trails, screened train journey where animals live in semi-freedom, nursery, small veterinary clinic, small farm, water games, wooden beach, healthy restaurant and much more. In the evening, enjoy Moment Factory’s Anima Lumina experience, a magical illuminated night walk where, as darkness falls, you can watch nature unveil its most fascinating secrets. A naturally grandiose destination… to make this summer unforgettable.