Enjoy the great outdoors
Into the great outdoors we go! Family vacations in Saguenay offer endless fun in a vast outdoor playground. A wide variety of outdoor activities are offered and change with the seasons. Here are a few suggestions!
Port area (Old Port)
Families should not miss the port area! Get some fresh air while enjoying its water features, open spaces and facilities. It’s also the perfect spot for a picnic, to eat an ice cream or get a snack at the restaurant while admiring the Saguenay River. A ton of activities and shows of all types are held year round.
49, rue Lafontaine, Saguenay (arr. de Chicoutimi),
Imagine an actual forest right in the heart of the city! It has a network of marked trails for mountain biking and hiking for all levels (beginner, intermediate or advanced). The park also offers a range of activities, such as boating (canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals available), stream fishing, science-oriented activities and many others. During winter, you can practice skating, snowshoeing and nordic skking
1577, rue des Roitelets, Saguenay (arr. de Chicoutimi)
An outstanding game and recreation area, this park located on the shores of the Rivière-aux-Sables is great for hiking, owing to its spectacular aluminum bridge accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. Browse the public market and discover regional products to bring on your picnic! Recharge your batteries in this magnificent park and make the most of the season! Children will even enjoy a park of their very own where they can amuse themselves for hours on play structures and with water games.
You can also rent or bring your own boat—pedal boats, canoes—or take a gondola ride on the Rivière-aux-Sables. A boat ramp is available for electric-powered boat and canoe only.
2230 rue de la Rivière-aux-Sables, Jonquière
T 418.698.3000 #4154 | 418.546.2181
Rivière-à-Mars Fish Ladder and Salmon Observation Site
In the heart of town, you can see salmon in their natural habitat and even watch them up close thanks to the observation site that has been set up below the river’s water level. An enriching experience for the whole family!
3232, chemin Saint-Louis, La Baie
Discover an exceptional site where qualified guides will accompany you as you safely observe black bears in their natural habitat. Packages are available; among them the full-day experience which includes a ride in a rabaska canoe, visit of an aboriginal settlement, a short hike on a path along the Mars river and a meal in a Scandinavian round wood chalet.
7400, chemin des Chutes, La Baie
Site de la Nouvelle-France
Travel back in time at Site de la Nouvelle-France! On your visit, you will experience 17th century life. Built on an ancient movie set, in a stunning natural setting, you will encounter characters that will tell you the way of life of its inhabitants.Do not miss the equestrian show!
370, du Vieux Chemin, Saint-Félix-d'Otis
T. 418.544.8027 | 1.866.666.8027
La Vieille Ferme
Have a lovely visit* at La Vieille Ferme! In this bucolic area of Pointe-aux-Pins, the owners grow medicinal plants, have an orchard (apples, pears and plums) and raise a flock of sheep. Choose products from Au P’tit Marché, their artisanal butcher shop and delicatessen, and enjoy a picnic overlooking the Fjord!
* Guided tours of the sheep-pens and gardens available with reservations.
163, chemin de la Pointe-aux-Pins, Saint-Fulgence
Family Vacation Site Ferme 5 Étoiles
The Deschênes’ family farm is a great place to take a vacation! Covering 700 acres of untouched woodland, this immense estate is home to more than 32 species of wild and domesticated animals. It also offers hiking trails with shuttle service, farm tours and animal care, a playground, ATV rental, a sugar shack in the spring, snowmobile trails and dog-sledding. Inquire about their packages and the range of activities available.
465, route 172 Nord, Sacré-Coeur
T 418.236.4833 | 1.877.236.4551
Looking over the Saguenay Fjord, the Village-Vacances Petit-Saguenay is a one-of-a-kind holiday destination! You can enjoy a quiet stay in little chalets or take a camping trip. The activity planning team will make sure that your children have an unforgettable vacation. The site includes a magnificent beach, a pool and hiking trails—a family paradise!
99, Chemin Saint-Étienne, Petit-Saguenay
T 418.272.3193 | 1.877.420.3193