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  • Tourisme Saguenay Lac Saint Jean
  • Tourisme Saguenay Lac Saint Jean
  • Tourisme Saguenay Lac Saint Jean

SAGUENAY—LAC-SAINT-JEAN — Whether you choose to go around Lake Saint-Jean, take the road to the fjord or afford city life, this region deserves to be discovered at its own pace. An adventure, a fascinating landscape or a gourmet table awaits you at every turn. A destination of choice, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region offers immense possibilities! 

Its 107,000 square kilometer territory makes Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean the 3rd largest region in Quebec. It is divided into five regional county municipalities and has 49 charming municipalities and an Innu community. The vast territory of the region is characterized by three major sectors.

The Saguenay Fjord, starting at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and reaching the city of Saguenay, marvels with its steep terrain and the richness of its nature, which offer visitors a host of outdoor activities. This area has three national parks (Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park, Saguenay Fjord National Park and Monts-Valin National Park) that work to preserve wildlife and organize outdoor activities. In the heart of the region, there is Saguenay, which includes the boroughs of La Baie, Chicoutimi and Jonquière for a total of 148,900 inhabitants.

Festivals of all kinds, gourmet terraces, casual cafes, original museums, major shopping centers, in short an urban area that makes it all the colors. With 42 kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches, the third and last large area is a true oasis of zenitude: Lac-Saint-Jean! This sector also has its share of pleasures: nautical adventure, bike ride along the lake, visit a wild zoo and agri-food discoveries. A blow of heart assured!



July 19 - 27, 2019

65e Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean    

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 25 – 27, 2019

Festival des bières d’Alma    
A multitude of microbreweries are present to make you benefit from their know-how. Come taste the wealth of hops brewed at home!  

July 31 - August 4  2019 

Festival du Bleuet de 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 1 - 10, 2019

Festival International des Rythmes du Monde
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.


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.


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. 


1 877 668-3611 Sans frais
The friendly town of Alma is known for its fine sand beaches, excellent cycling facilities and busy calendar of events, activities and shows. It’s also the starting point for the fabled Véloroute des Bleuets bike path, where outdoor enthusiasts can pedal off on an exciting voyage of discovery amidst the region’s valleys and rivers. In town, there’s a wealth of historic and gourmet discoveries to be made through Alma’s numerous attractions, boutiques and restaurants. For business, pleasure or both, Alma’s combination of leisure living, new experiences and terroir products make it a destination to discover.
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
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 long bike trail, 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
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. In this park, you will also discover Baie Éternité and Baie Sainte-Marguerite, as vast as they are different...
Théâtre de La Rubrique
4160 rue du Vieux-Pont, Jonquière,
QC G8A 2G9 / 418. 542-5521 
The Théâtre de la Rubrique gives the people of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean direct access to diverse cultures in many forms, artistic works and professional-quality creative processes, and offers a platform for national and international dissemination for Quebec artists and creators of theater and puppetry arts, attracting an audience that is curious and open to current trends in our dramaturgy. 
Village de Val Jalbert
95, rue Saint-George, Chambord, QC G0W 1G0
T. 418 275-3132 / 1 800-675-3132   
Traveling in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean also means traveling back in time ... to the historic village of Val-Jalbert! Relive the heyday of an authentic ultramodern company village where locals enjoyed electricity and running water a quarter of a century before the rest of the province. Founded in 1901 by the Ouiatchouan Plupe Company, this model village enjoyed great prosperity during the 1920s, the golden age of the pulp industry in the region. In 1927, after the announcement of the closure of the plant, Val-Jalbert is abandoned by its inhabitants and the site becomes a ghost town. Resurrected as a cultural and heritage tourist attraction, Val-Jalbert now offers visitors a trip into the past. At the factory, at the general store or at the post office, villagers dressed in period costumes recount their daily life with eloquence and revive the community life of this small but prosperous village. The forty or so original buildings of the village, rich in history, house several exhibitions of ancient objects and various works. Visitors can also take the cable car and admire the powerful Ouiatchouan Falls from its 72 meters, participate in various recreational activities such as georally, an interactive treasure hunt. In the historic village of Val-Jalbert, where you and your family will experience an authentic and spectacular experience.   
Tourisme Saguenay Lac Saint Jean
Zoo de sauvage de Saint-Félicien | Tourisme Saguenay Lac Saint Jean
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) 

Do you like open spaces and nature? You will love your visit to the Wild Zoo of St-Félicien. Of great nature, the destination will make you live a whole range of emotions. During the day, the Zoo presents its 90 species of Boréalie animals and cold regions of the world in their natural habitats. Cages? But what are you talking about? It feels like you're in nature with them. It's fascinating. For example, the habitat of polar bears and arctic foxes is immmmmense. It's unique and 100% wild. The animals are happy and the visit of the most captivating. Do you know that this is also the only Zoo in Canada where two white cubs were born to two different females in the same year? They are the stars of this summer! They are so charming! Speaking of charming, you will fall in love with our new 2019 boarders, the red pandas! Come meet them! To inspire you: multi-sensory film, pedestrian walk, wagon train ride where animals are semi-free, nursery, mini veterinary clinic, small farm, water games, wooden beach, health restaurant and more. In the evening, experience Moment Factory's Anima Lumina experience, a fun and bright night-time experience that allows the night of the night to reveal its fantastic secrets. A naturally grandiose destination… to make this summer unforgettable.



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