Discover the Route du Fjord
The Saguenay Fjord has striking landscapes interspersed with capes and steep cliffs. Experience them on the marked Route du Fjord.
Explore the Route by car and learn more about the villages and attractions that line it by obtaining an audio-guide from the tourist information bureaus and the information stations in the National parks. Why not take advantage of a luxury tourist bus service with Tours aventure fjord et monde?
The Route du Fjord map and brochure :
City and villages to explore
These are the city and villages that comprise the Route du Fjord.
Saguenay, Chicoutimi district
Known for its cultural life, the Chicoutimi district is bordered by the Saguenay River and mountains. Its downtown is bustling with terrace, restaurants, shows, festivals, museums, art galleries—there is certainly no shortage of activities! Don’t miss the chance to visit the historic Bassic quarter, including La Petite Maison Blanche, which resisted the 1996 flood. Discover the city's attractions on the tourist bus .
Saguenay, La Baie district
The majestic Ha! Ha! Bay is jaw dropping. Admire the landscape from Mars park and the bicycle path. The Musée du Fjord will introduce you to the secrets of the Saguenay Fjord with its giant aquarium and 3D projection. The famous show La Fabuleuse, the story of the Kingdom of the Saguenay, in addition to dazzling you with its grandeur, will teach you about the history of the region. There is an activity for every outdoor enthusiast—hikes, beaches, fishing! Don’t miss the canyon at the Centre plein air Bec-scie.
Located between the mountains and the Fjord, this village is a member of the Association of the most beautiful villages of Quebec. The Fjord lookout from l’Anse-de-Tabatière alone is worth the trip! This small village is also home to architectural treasures such as the famous covered bridge which used to adorn the Canadian $1,000 bill in the 1990s. Make the most of the activities it offers such as exhilarating cruises, kayaking, hiking, cycling or downhill sliding or skiing at Mont-Édouard as well as ice fishing on the Fjord.
You will be transported as you cross this mountain-bound village. Stop at the Rivière Petit-Saguenay recreational heritage site to experience century-old accommodations. Enjoy exceptional facilities for salmon fishing or have a relaxing family stay at Village Vacances, a member of the VIVA network. Stop by the wharf for an exceptional lookout on the Fjord.
This village will charm you with its breathtaking landscapes. Whether you are hiking or on a cruise, you can admire the 9-metre high Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay statue that overlooks the Fjord from the heights of Cap Trinité. The permanent exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world is a must-see. Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay guarantees wonderful adventures with its interpretation centre, network of hiking trails and ice-fishing site.
Surrounded by lakes and rivers, this village is practically a resort in the summer. It’s a paradise for camping, beaching, hunting and fishing! There is also the site de la Nouvelle-France, a stunning reproduction of a history-rich past. The whole family can experience life in the time of the first trades between First Nations and Europeans in the 17th century.
Nicknamed the « pearl of the Fjord», Sainte-Rose-du-Nord bears the label of the Association of Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec. Pedestrians and amateur sailors alike will be dazzled by the magnificent scenery. Make the most of your stay by visiting the Musée de la Nature and the century-old all-wood church. Take a hike or go on a cruise on the Fjord.
Combining agricultural and forest environments, this municipality opens its territory to hunting and fishing enthusiasts as well as to nature lovers. With many packages offered year round, Ferme 5 étoiles will introduce you to the beauty of the area. Don’t miss the Beluga Interpretation Centre, where you’ll have the opportunity to observe these mammals in Sainte-Marguerite bay. Take a side trip to l’Anse-de-Roche—the lookouts on the Fjord are breathtaking!
Saint-Fulgence, located a dozen kilometres from the Chicoutimi district, offers a wide range of activities with Parc aventures Cap Jaseux, CIBRO, Chevrier du Nord and the not-to-be-missed Parc national des Monts-Valin. Furthermore, the Monts-Valin massif is a snowmobiling paradise with exceptional snow accumulation.
Vallée de la biodiversité
Between Tadoussac (km 0) and Saint-Fulgence (km 111), Route du Fjord stretches over 100 km through a magnificent valley known as Vallée de la biodiversité, or Biodiversity Valley.
This valley, where the Sainte-Marguerite River flows, is made up of many rare ecosystems that are home to species on the verge of being declared endangered or threatened such as the beluga (Sainte-Marguerite bay) and the peregrine falcon, which nests on the immense rocky escarpments. Other inhabitants of the Vallée de la biodiversité include moose, black bears, Atlantic salmon and many other fish and bird species.
Two exceptional forest ecosystems are found on the north side of the valley: a rare yellow birch/ black ash mixed hardwood grove, and an ancient forest, of white cedar and eastern white pine.
What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity designates all life forms on Earth, all the organisms that make up the living world and their characteristics, humans included. It is home to rich flora and fauna. Consult the document for more details.
Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean has a diverse ecosystems characterized by fresh, brackish, and salt waters; many lakes and rivers; plains and mountains; mixed and boreal forests. The region moreover comprises some of the most spectacular ecosystems in Quebec such as the Saguenay Fjord, and also areas protected because of their great ecological value.
Vallée de la biodiversité contains a few of these protected zones, specifically the Saguenay and Monts-Valin national parks, the Saguenay marine park, the exceptional ecosystem of an ancient forest (on the north shore of the Sainte-Marguerite River, 20 km from the village of Sacré-Coeur) and the Marcelle-Gauvreau ecological reserve.
Biological diversity by the numbers :
- 14 amphibians and reptiles
- 62 mammals
- 76 fishes
- 304 birds
- 410 aquatic invertebrates
- 1260 plants
- 1400 insects