En motoneige sur les Monts Valin © Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean/F.Tremblay

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

This region gets its name from Lac Saint-Jean and the Rivière Saguenay, which feed into the St. Lawrence. The waterside communities here enjoy a vibrant cultural life. What’s more, there is an enviable adventure tourism offering to enjoy all year long: hiking, biking, rafting, snowmobiling, dogsledding, ice fishing, skiing and more.

Location and access

Saguenay, the region’s biggest city, is 210 km from Québec City (Route 175) and 335 km from Trois-Rivières (Route 155). There’s also a rail link from Montréal.

traversée du Lac-Saint-Jean à vélo © Tourisme Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean/C.-D.Robitaille
Traîneaux à chiens © Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean/C.-D.Robitaille
village sur Glace de Roberval © Tourisme Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean/Village sur Glace Roberval
Raquette, parc national des Monts-Valin © Tourisme Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean/F.Tremblay
Aventuraid © Tourisme Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean/L. McAdam

Winter transforms Saguenay–Lac‑Saint‑Jean into a snowy paradise with a bounty of tourist activities.

One of the classics is to go snowshoeing through the Vallée des Fantômes (valley of ghosts) in the Parc national des Monts-Valin, where the snow-laden trees look like other-worldly creatures. The region also has 3,300 km (2,050 mi.) of snowmobile trails whose conditions are excellent right up to spring.

For another singularly unforgettable experience, nothing beats ice fishing on the fjord in the comfort of a cabin. And then there’s the Village sur glace de Roberval—a festive site built right on the frozen lake, complete with a skating rink! If all this isn’t enough, the region also has Nordic spas, dogsledding excursions and ski resorts to keep you enthralled and entertained.

The Vallée de Fantômes receives six metres (20 ft.) of snow per winter, and the snow season is 22 weeks long in Saguenay–Lac‑Saint‑Jean, one of the longest winters anywhere.

The Fjord du Saguenay is overflowing with delightful hidden treasures to discover at a tranquil pace.

Onboard a Zodiac or quietly in a sea kayak, wind your way along the mystical fjord, with its plunging escarpments. The breathtaking scenery and sheer immensity will awe you at every turn. With the Croisières du Fjord cruises and their shuttle boat, visitors and cyclists can discover all sorts of artisanal products in the shops, partake in a variety of activities and dine at local restaurants in the picturesque villages along the fjord’s length, where it’s even possible to spend the night.

From shore to shore and from Saguenay to Tadoussac, exploring one of the world’s longest fjords offers an endless unfolding of surprises.

The Fjord du Saguenay reaches depths of 272 metres (892 ft.) under water, soars to 457 metres (1,500 ft.) at its highest point and totals 100 km (62 mi.) in length.

What better way to immerse yourself in the boreal forest of Saguenay–Lac‑Saint‑Jean than by observing the animals that make it their home?

The Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien is one-of-a-kind when it comes to this type of experience. Over 75 species will turn a curious eye on you in this sanctuary, where the animals roam free while the humans are encaged on a train. From this vantage point you’ll be able to observe the animals in their natural habitat. At Aventuraid, you’ll see packs of semi-wild wolves and learn about their behaviours and habits. You can even sleep right next to them and listen to them howl at the moon. A host of other attractions allow you to discover this region’s wildlife in their natural environment, like the black bear, beavers, moose, seals and many more.

The Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien offers the “Land of the Caribou” package, which includes a full day of discoveries plus one night of camping in a prospector tent, surrounded by a herd of caribou!

Adventure tourism and nature are defining features of Saguenay–Lac‑Saint‑Jean, and the region boasts an impressive range of outdoor activities.

One of the best ways to fully experience this vast playground is to visit its three national parks and its marine park. The Parc national de la Pointe‑Taillon offers miles of beach on the shores of Lac Saint‑Jean and a spectacular bike path. From within the Parc national des Monts‑Valin, you can take in a view of the entire region and, in winter, visit the Vallée des Fantômes—a stand of snow-laden evergreens that look eerily like ghosts! The Parc national du Fjord‑du‑Saguenay covers both shores of the fjord, and its new via ferrata offers an intoxicating experience. For its part, the Saguenay‑St. Lawrence Marine Park gives you a unique chance to learn about the region’s awesome sea creatures.

Together, our three national parks and marine park total more than 1,800 km2 (1,118 sq. mi.) of protected area, which enables us to fully appreciate and preserve this model of nature’s generosity.

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