Hiking Saguenay National Park

4 hours | Saguenay | S A 5 - 4 7 0
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  • Saguenay Fjord National Park
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Designed as an intermediate hike, this 2-mile, 2-hour trek through the spectacular Saguenay Fjord National Park will leave you with a lifetime of memories so be sure to bring along a camera in addition to wearing comfortable hiking shoes and dressing appropriately.

Your half-day journey begins with a scenic 1-hour drive that takes you southeast towards the small town of La Baie. Sitting at the confluence of the Ha! Ha! and Mars Rivers, La Baie was first settled in 1838. Today, its rolling green hillsides are the gateway to the magnificent Saguenay Fjord National Park. Situated along the shore of the fjord, the area was formed about 200 million years ago. 10,000 years ago, the area was covered in 1-mile thick sheets of ice, which gouged out the fjord.

The park is a spectacular sight and worthy of National Geographic's recognition as the world's second best walk and hiking trails in its "The 10 Best of Everything."

Once you arrive at the park, you'll disembark and meet your guide; after a brief introduction to the park, you'll head off for a 2-mile intermediate hike. The Park boasts about 75 miles of trails but you'll be hiking along the "point de vue du soupir," which means perspective sigh. As you make your way along, you'll no doubt ooh, aah and sigh over your jaw-dropping surroundings.

Conifers, hardwoods, the Laurentian Mountains, glacial lakes and, of course, the ice-blue fjord are welcome hosts. Looking out over the fjord, you may be surprised to learn that it's the largest in Quebec and is the most southerly fjord in the northern hemisphere. Over 880 deep in some places and 65 miles long, the fjord is home to 54 species of fish and marine mammal, including whales, which make their home here from May to October. Be on the lookout for peregrine falcons flying overhead; and you may just spot a resident wolf, black bear, lynx or moose making its way through the forest.

The hike culminates at the halfway point to the statue of Our Lady of Saguenay where you'll have remarkable views of the Fjord and surrounding mountains, lakes and valleys.


Then, you'll make your way back to the park and to the Interpretation Center for some free time to enjoy the exhibits or visit the gift shop.

When your exciting venture comes to an end, sit back and relax as you make your way back to the pier.

Special Notes:

The hike will take approximately 2 hours round trip with a rise in height of 450 feet, and is recommended for intermediate hikers. Once participants join their tour, they will be required to complete a liability waiver. School busses are used for the transfers.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Drive to the Saguenay National Park Interpretation Center by school bus.

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
01:00

Start your hike (about 1.5 mile)

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
02:00

Free Time at Interpretation Center

Time at site:
00:15

Return to the Pier

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:45