Saguenay Heritage Route

3.5 hours | Saguenay | S A 5 - 1 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Arvida
  • Little White House
  • Saguenay
  • Chicoutimi
Easy activity

Description

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

The spectacular scenery around Ville Saguenay may have been millions of years in the making but its not-so-distant history is just as fascinating. During this three-and-a-half-hour sightseeing tour, you'll not only experience a landscape of natural wonders but also the towns and businesses that helped make it an economic phenomenon in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are lots of wonderful photo stops so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and don't forget to bring along your camera.

After stepping aboard your vehicle, you'll be whisked away to the District of Chicoutimi. First established in 1676 as a French fur trading post, Chicoutimi would eventually be known as the world's pulp and paper capital.

Perched on the Saguenay and the Chicoutimi rivers, the name Chicoutimi means "the end of the deep water" in the native Innu language. Those prophetic words were realized in 1996 when the Chicoutimi River overflowed its banks and flooded the entire region. 56 buildings were lost but one home, safely perched atop a concrete base, survived the destruction. Now known as the Little White House, it quickly became a symbol of the city's resistance, courage and determination.

Then, you'll reboard your vehicle and continue on to the Pulp Mill of Chicoutimi for your next photo stop. Listed on the Canadian Register as a National Historic Site, the mill is located along the Chicoutimi River. Constructed between 1898 and 1923, and closed over 80 years ago, the spacious stone buildings still stand as a testament to a by-gone era when pulp was king.

Continuing on, you'll pass through the charming town of Arvida. As you travel along its winding, tree-lined streets, you may think it's a Hollywood set but Arvida was one of Canada's first pre-planned model towns. Built in 1927 for the workers of the Alcoa aluminum company, the town's unique and creative planning approach included 140 different models of single-family homes and a community of parks, schools and places of worship. Known as "the City Built in 135 Days," Arvida's historic district is listed as a National Historic Site.

Drive by the world's first aluminum bridge. The Arvida Bridge was built in 1950, the arched bridge spans 501 feet over the Saguenay gorge and is a monumental sight to behold.

You'll continue on to the Saguenay suburb of Jonquière and a 20-minute stop at the William Price Museum. Named for the businessman and politician whose successful pulp mill revived the economic fortunes of Saguenay, the museum is housed in the picturesque 100-year-old St. James the Apostle Anglican chapel.

On your return trip to the pier, you'll drive by the lovely St. Dominic church in Jonquiere. Built in 1870, its tall spires soar over the skyline while the magnificent windows showcase a mix of Gothic Revival and Romanesque architecture styles

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart for the Little White House

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:30

Stop at the Little White House

Time at site:
00:15

Depart for the pulp mill

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:10

Stop at the pulp mill

Time at site:
00:15

Drive by the Aluminum Bridge

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:35

Continue towards William Price Museum

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:15

Visit the Museum

Time at site:
00:30

Depart for patrimonial houses

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:20

Depart from Jonquiere to Pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:40