The Saguenay Fjord Route is an outstanding landscape of sea, mountains and rising cliffs protected by three National Parks. Its exceptional natural beauty can be discovered by land, sea or air. With a decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the Old World, the banks of the Saguenay Fjord are lined with charming villages surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
The picturesque town of Saguenay is actually the union of a number of cities and townships and serves as the gateway to the majestic Saguenay Fjord, an area rich in history and culture.
Saguenay Fjord National Park
Carved by ancient glaciers, the fjord ranks as the most southerly fjord in the northern hemisphere. Four species of whales and 54 species of fish call this 65-mile-long, two-mile-wide fjord their home.
The Glass Blowing Workshop
The art of traditional glass blowing will be demonstrated by an artist glassmaker in his workshop
Le Chevrier du Nord Goat Farm
Area artisans create mohair garments in the traditional manner using wool from their own angora goats. Watch how mohair is processed from raw wool to hand-made fabric using 19th-century production methods and time-honored skills.
Once a fur trading post, Chicoutimi would later gain fame as a prosperous pulp and paper manufacturing town. Evidence of its treasured past can be seen at the old Pulp Mill, a National Historic Site.
Known as "the City Built in 135 Days," Arvida was one of Canada's first pre-planned model towns. Built in 1927, the town's unique downtown area is now listed as a National Historic Site.
Not only is La Baie renowned as the entryway to the magnificent Saguenay Fjord National Park but among the area's rolling, green hillsides sits Les Bergeries du Ford farm, noted for its award-winning cheese.
Little White House
When the Chicoutimi River overflowed its banks and flooded the region in 1996, this humble home survived the devastation and raised the hopes of many. Preserved as a historical park, an adjacent museum commemorates the flood.
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Chicoutimi City Sights
2.25 hours | Saguenay | SA5-120S A 5 - 1 2 0
Little White House
Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing tour of Chicoutimi. Discover its cultural and natural history while soaking up the beautiful sights and stopping for lots of photos. See the Little White House, a testament to the resilience of Quebeckers; and the Pulp Mill, one of the area's most successful pulp and paper mills.
Tap into your inner explorer and discover awe-inspiring Saguenay National Park at your leisure. Pick up maps at the Interpretative Center and take off on your own. Watch the wildlife, take a hike, and marvel at the fjord's breathtaking beauty. Later, find the perfect souvenir at the center's gift boutique.
Watch the history of Saguenay come to life with the La Fabuleuse stage show. See Jacques Cartier discover the Saguenay River, learn how Samuel Champlain colonized the area, witness the Great Fire of 1870 and the Flood of 1996. Over 100 local actors, animals and special effects make history fun.
Lace up your hiking shoes and prepare for adventure when you explore the breathtaking beauty of Saguenay Fjord National Park. Nature enthusiasts and photographers alike will thrill at the panoramic views of the fjord, surrounding mountains, rivers and valleys while hiking to the Cape Trinity Lookout.
Take a step back in time to the days of old Quebec with a tour of Nouvelle France, a living history museum that brings the 17th century to life. See meticulously restored buildings, meet period-dressed characters, visit a native village, and walk the recreated streets of Quebec City
Put on your comfortable shoes, grab your camera and keep your eyes open because this guided walk in the spectacular Saguenay Fjord National Park is an experience you'll treasure. During your leisurely walk through the woods you learn about the fjord and its characteristics.
Acquaint yourself with Saguenay's attractions on this comprehensive tour that takes you from the Pulp Mill of Chicoutimi, past the 20th century company town of Arvida and the inviting area of Jonquiere. Along the way, you'll have plenty of time to photograph landmarks and explore.
Local Connections: The Craftsman Road: Meet the Makers
3.5 hours | Saguenay | SA5-110S A 5 - 1 1 0
The Glass Blowing Workshop
Discover the artistry of Ville Saguenay's local craftspeople at work on this delightfully varied half-day adventure. Visit the interpretation center of the Boivin Cheese Factory and taste some creamy creations. Marvel at stunning blown glass sculptures at Touverre Glassblowing Workshop and visit Alpaga Bersi farm to meet these fascinating animals.
Enjoy a leisurely tour to some of Saguenay's most popular attractions. Discover the importance of the Saguenay Fjord with a visit to the Fjord Museum. Marvel at the impressive frescoes at the home of artist Arthur Villeneuve. Then, learn how goats produce mohair.
Local Connections: Saguenay Microbrewery & Vineyard Experience with the Winemakers
3.75 hours | Saguenay | SA5-300S A 5 - 3 0 0
Raise a glass to your good fortune on this tipsy tour that celebrates Saguenay's burgeoning beer and wine industries and the culinary portrait of the region. Visit Domaine Le Cageot, a foodie and oenophile paradise devoted to agritourism, and La Voie Maltée, a local microbrewery, for a factory tour and tasting.
Take off on an exhilarating kayaking adventure across the placid waters of the mesmerizing Saguenay Fjord. As you paddle, keep your eyes open for peregrine falcons flying overhead, seals perched on the surrounding rocks and whales cruising through the icy, cobalt blue waters.
Get a front-row seat aboard a Zodiac inflatable boat and discover the sights and sounds of the breathtaking Saguenay Fjord. Marvel at the magnificent seascape and dramatic cliffs while keeping a look out for the various species of whales that frequent these waters.
Experience life as it was in the 1920s in the picturesque ghost town of Val-Jalbert, a village built at the height of the nearby pulp mill's success. Stroll along the shaded streets admiring the charming buildings and engage with period actors who will bring Val-Jalbert to life as they explain what life was like nearly a hundred years ago. You will also enjoy a tasty lunch.
The Saguenay Fjord National Forest ranks number two on National Geographic's "The 10 Best of Everything (3rd Edition): Walks and Hiking Tours." Discover the stark and dramatic beauty for yourself with a cruise around its pristine waters aboard a 59-foot tour boat. Then, go ashore and explore on your own.