© Our wild abandon/Go-Van Via ferrata du Fjord du Saguenay

On the road to Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean

The Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean region seemed like the perfect place for two Vancouver photographers to discover the great outdoors of Québec. That's what prompted Julien Roussin-Côté of the Go-Van blog to invite Kyla Trethewey and Jillian Mann of the Our Wild Abandon blog to “Bleuet” (Blueberry) Country, the nickname given to the people of the region.

Larger-than-life

After travelling the roads for the past four years in their vintage trailer, they now come to the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in search of new experiences. In two recreational vehicles, the trio explored a larger-than-life region known for its national parks, fjord and historical and cultural heritage. They found all that... and much more! 

Kayaking on the Saguenay Fjord, via ferrata at Parc Jaseux Adventure Park, paddling on Lac Saint-Jean, sailing, hiking, cycling on the Véloroute des Bleuets: there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors and the vast natural territory that Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean has to offer! And discovering the flora and fauna on land and at sea... On board the train that takes you on a visit through the Saint-Félicien zoo, the two photographers took numerous pictures of the local and exotic animals roaming free around them. In the evening, the famous zoo also hosts the Anima Lumina light path designed by the famous Montréal firm Moment Factory. A unique sensory experience that turns the zoo into an immersive and multimedia journey revealing the most beautiful secrets of its forest. The Village historique de Val-Jalbert is another must that our travellers have had the opportunity to discover, with its buildings dating from the early 19th century. Just like the charming coastal village of L'Anse-Saint-Jean, which is part of the Association des plus beaux villages du Québec.

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© Our Wild Abandon/Go-Van Zoo de Saint-Félicien

Through their encounters with passionate people, they understood that pride goes hand in hand with hospitality in Saglac, one of the many regional expressions. They spoke with young entrepreneurs who had returned to their native region to carry out structuring projects. Like the young brewer from Saint-Félicien who grows the cereals used to make his artisanal beers. It is with pride that he works on the family farm that has seen five generations before him. Like all Saguenéens, he enjoys talking about his region and sharing its secrets. That's how Kyla, Jillian and Julien discovered some hidden treasures...

© Go-Van

Visiting the Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean region

With its three national parks and majestic fjord, the region is a true paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Maritime cruises on the Saguenay, water sports, mountain activities and cycling on two magnificent bike routes are just a few of the many possibilities to explore the omnipresent nature. As for museums, historic buildings and shows, including La Fabuleuse Histoire d'un Royaume, they highlight its rich heritage. So many essential to discover during a stay in a recreational vehicle, camping, in bed and breakfasts, inns or hotels in the heart of a region as colourful as its inhabitants!