Saguenay in Summary
A vast territory
Renowned as one of the most beautiful regions in Québec, Saguenay includes 14 municipalities stretching from Larouche to Tadoussac, through the City of Saguenay and the entire Saguenay Fjord territory.
The City - The Fjord ▴
Saguenay, The City
Saguenay is the 7th largest city in Québec with a population of 146,000 over a territory of 1,165 sq. km and is twice the size of the Island of Montréal. As a result of the municipal amalgamation in 2002, it includes the districts of Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie, in addition to the sectors of Laterrière, Shipshaw, Lac-Kénogami and Canton Tremblay.
Saguenay offers high-quality reception facilities, a dynamic cultural and urban pulse in addition to a host of activities no matter the season. Snow conditions during the winter are nothing but exceptional.
Saguenay, The Fjord
The Saguenay Fjord is one of the ten longest fjords in the world with a massive 126 km long glacial valley and rocky cliffs over 350 m high. It's the only inhabited fjord in North America and has villages that are classified as among the Most Beautiful Villages in Québec. It's ranked by the Michelin Guide as one of the must-see attractions worldwide alongside the Eiffel Tower and pyramids in Egypt. The Saguenay Fjord is worth the trip in itself!
The 14 municipalities ▴
A member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec, L’Anse-Saint-Jean is nestled between the mountains and the Fjord. Let yourself be transported by the beauty of the Fjord at l’Anse-de-Tabatière. Marvel at the village’s architectural treasures, including the famous covered bridge pictured on the $1,000 bill in the 90s. Enjoy activities such as taking a cruise, kayaking, hiking, biking, sliding or downhill skiing at Mont-Édouard and ice fishing on the Fjord.
This mountain-bound village will give you an entirely new perspective. Stop by the recreational heritage site and experience the century-old accommodations. Take advantage of exceptional salmon fishing or enjoy a relaxing family stay at Village Vacances, a member of the VIVA network.
This village will charm you with its diversity and larger-than-life allure. Whether you are hiking or on a cruise, admire the 9-metre-high Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay statue that overlooks the Fjord from the heights of Cap Trinité. Parc national du Saguenay guarantees beautiful adventures with its interpretation centre, network of hiking trails and via ferrata.
Thanks to its breathtaking scenery, abundant nature and the Lac des Ha! Ha!, Ferland-et-Boilleau is an ideal place to camp, hunt, fish and hike or just to enjoy a country-style stay in places such as Domaine du Lac Ha ! Ha !
Surrounded by lakes and rivers, this village is practically a resort in the summer. It’s a paradise for camping, hunting and fishing! You can also visit the New France site, an excellent reproduction of our rich history. The whole family can experience life in the times of the first interactions between Aboriginals and Europeans in the 17th century.
One of the most beautiful villages in Québec and known as the "pearl of the fjord." The attractions include a museum, heritage church, hiking trails and an artisan market.
A mix of agricultural and forested environments, this municipality welcomes hunting and fishing enthusiasts as well as nature lovers. Discover the beauty of the area with the many packages available year round at Ferme 5 étoiles. Enjoy the beluga interpretation centre, where you’ll have the opportunity to observe this marine mammal in Baie Sainte-Marguerite. Take a side-trip to l’Anse-de-Roche—the views of the Fjord will take your breath away!
Located near the mouth of the Saguenay River, Baie Sainte-Catherine is the departure point for many whale and fjord observation cruises. Relax on its sandy beaches along the St. Lawrence River.
Saint-Fulgence, located a dozen kilometres from the Chicoutimi district, offers a wide variety of activities with Parc aventures Cap Jaseux. Stop at Battures, an excellent stopover for waterfowl. The Parc national des Monts-Valin and the Monts-Valin massif are perfect for snowmobiling, snowshoeing and dog sledding.
Renowned for its aviation school, Saint-Honoré is a high-flying municipality. In season, pick blueberries or ride horses at its equestrian training centre. In early summer, the St-Honoré dans l’vent festival will amaze and delight you!
At the foot of the majestic Monts-Valin, Saint-David-de-Falardeau is the gateway to a vast hunting, fishing and adventure territory. Winter sports enthusiasts will be thrilled with Valinouët, in the Monts-Valin massif, and can stay in a cozy cabin or shelter after a well-deserved rest at l’Éternel Spa.
Located at the junction of Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean, crisscrossed by lakes and streams, Saint-Ambroise has many varied landscapes. Explore its territory and breathe in the atmosphere of market-garden farms and immense potato fields against the backdrop of the Monts-Valin. Don’t miss the international Francophone song competition Festival de la chanson de Saint-Ambroise.
Discover an authentic small rural municipality that owes its existence to the exploitation and development of its natural resources. Bégin offers many activities in lush natural surroundings. Explore the hiking or quad trails, hunt in the forest or fish in the many lakes and streams.
Experience a different way of living in Larouche, located halfway between Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean. Nearby Lac Kénogami attracts many amateur sailors and offers facilities for swimming or camping. Don’t forget to visit the church to get better acquainted with our religious heritage. Stop by Restaurant Margot for an excellent meal.
Located on the shores of the Saguenay River, Saint-Charles-de-Bourget has managed to retain its agricultural identity. Stop by the wharf to practise your favourite nautical activities on the river. Bird-watching enthusiasts can observe more than 130 species of birds at Marais du Lac Duclos.