Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, In the Kingdom...

Yannick LeClerc

his vast region is named after the Rivière Saguenay and the great lake, Lac Saint-Jean, which it links to the St. Lawrence. The river winds through a majestic fjord whose breathtaking rocky walls hold their own special fascination. Many of the 275,000 local residents live in riverside towns that are also home to a lively cultural scene. 

If you like the idea of seeing animals roam free in their natural habitat, the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien, open year-round, offers up a range of activities based on interacting with the resident wildlife. Add a dash of history to your stay by stopping by the Village historique de Val-Jalbert, an old paper mill that, for 25 years, thrived around a pulp mill built at the foot of a waterfall. The Montagnais people of Lac Saint-Jean share their stories, history and cultural heritage with you at the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh. In Saguenay, the historical spectacle entitled La Nouvelle Fabuleuse (fabulous story of a kingdom) highlights the region’s colourful past in truly dazzling style. A peaceful haven await those in search of relaxation: the Ermitage Saint-Antoine, a tranquil hermitage in Lac-Bouchette. Roll along at your own pace around Lac Saint-Jean on the Véloroute des Bleuets (blueberry cycle path), where you can enjoy 250 km (155 mi.) of delectable vistas of the boundless waters. The route takes you through the Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon, home to beavers and moose and the perfect spot for a little swimming, kayaking or canoeing.

The region also boasts several other national parks: the Parc national des Monts-Valin is noteworthy for its 900-m (3,000-ft.) peaks, its magnificent views, and its many rivers and lakes; while the Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay puts the accent squarely on the spectacular beauty of the Saguenay Fjord. The waters of the fjord are part of the Saguenay-Saint-Lawrence Marine Park, a vast marine conservation area for beluga and other species of whale. The Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux offers original ways to explore the fjord: by sea kayak, sailboat, via ferrata or along an aerial ropes course through the forest!  

From July 10 to?August 23, 2014

La Fabuleuse Histoire d'un Royaume

Théâtre du Palais municipal, 1831, 6e Avenue, La Baie
Québec, Canada, G7B 1S1
418 698-3333 Billetterie
1 888 873-3333 Billetterie (Canada)

This "fabulous" French-language play returns to the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. La Fabuleuse, the Story of the Kingdom of the Saguenay, an abridged English version of this must-see classic, will also be performed.


Auberge des battures

6295, boulevard de la
Grande Baie Sud, Saguenay, arrondissement La Baie.
Québec - G7B 3P6
T. 418-544-8234
T. 1 800 668 8234

The Auberge des Battures is a four-star country-style hotel with 32 rooms. It offers an incredible panoramic view over the Baie des Ha!Ha! and a fine gourmet cuisine highlighting local produce.A first-class hotel for nature lovers who appreciate a stay in superior comfort and exceptional service, no matter if the occasion is a meeting, a vacation or a romantic getaway. Discover the different packages available for exploring the Saguenay Lac-St-Jean region: cruises, shows, ocean kayaking, wildlife observations, dog sleding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling... Every season there is something for you to discover!.

Centre de villégiature au pied d’Édouard

56, de Vébron
Tél. 1 877 472-3232

On Havre-aux-Maisons island, La Butte Ronde B&B has only five rooms just at the base of a mound named la Butte Ronde. A former school, this B&B is surrounded by amazing landscapes. Climb the hill and enjoy a spectacular view of the islands. Sea, hills, beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, Entry Island as a backdrop... what more could you want?


Le Village de Val Jalbert

T. 418-275-3132
T. 1 800-675-3132

To travel to Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean is also to travel back in time… to Val-Jalbert’s historic village! Founded in 1901 to provide for the workers of the Ouiatchouan pulp company, this model village became prosperous in the 1920’s but had to be closed in 1942 due to lack of work. It then became a ghost town until it was reopened in the 1970’s as a tourist attraction. Today, Val-Jalbert offers to visitors a trip to the 1920’s. At the paper mill, at the general store or the at the post office, a host of colorful characters will tell you stories of their lives in the village. The forty historic buildings showcase various ancient objects and works of art. One can also ride the cable car to the top of the mighty, 236 feet tall Ouiatchouan waterfall, or participate in the many activities available to the visitors. At Val-Jalbert’s historic village, there’s something for everybody. A must-see!


1, rue de la Canourgue, L’Anse-Saint-Jean.
Tél. 1 877 472-3232

Édouard-les-Bains is northern type spa surrounded by nature. After a day at the ski slopes or simply to relax with friends or family, Édouard-les-Bains is the perfect spot to do so, a dream come true... Sitting on a hilltop, Édouard-les-Bains is located in the small and picturesque village of l'Anse-Saint-Jean in the very beautiful Saguenay Fiord area and with mount Edouard in the background, a mountain named after Édouard Moreau, a man with aboriginal ancestry. In 2007, owners of Au Pied d'Édouard's resort, true nature lovers, found Édouard-les-Bains on top of Mount Édouard which is ranked 6th among ski centers in Québec with it's 450 meters downhill ski slope. Threes and the valley below, that's the very relaxing scenery to discover. Can you picture the view now ?