Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Official Blog

BlogueSaguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is brimming with a variety tourist attractions throughout its vast territory. To help when planning your next vacation, our team of bloggers will keep you informed of the latest news, featured destinations and about the people who will make your stay a complete success. You’ll also find out more about our tourism industry, the facilities and our best kept secret locations. We offer a wealth of information from an experienced team to bring you the best that our region has to offer.

Your Anima Lumina Evening

During the evenings since July 2016, Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien in Lac-Saint-Jean transforms into a spectacular outdoor scene infused with sound and light along the Anima Lumina trail.  One evening, a young boy who could communicate with animals, followed the moon into the night and along his trail (and yours), he spoke with many different species that crossed his path. You’re at forefront of exclusive encounters in which nature comes to life in a unique and incredible fashion. Surrounded by the shadows and howls of the creatures of the night with multimedia presentations animating the many colours of the boreal forest. Moonlight illuminates the path within a mysterious and magical atmosphere.  Anima Lumina is for everyone of all ages, a perfect activity for families, nature enthusiasts and those with poetry in their hearts.

A large-scale productionAnima Lumina

This unique project is the fruit of the clever work by Moment Factory, a Québec-based company with an impressive international reputation. They’ve produced a remarkable number of large-scale multimedia creations. However, because the creatures are in their natural nocturnal habitats during the Anima shows, this presentation does not feature the different varieties of animals at the zoo for regulatory reasons. Just like us, they must also sleep and rest to be ready for the next day.

It takes a team of 40 qualified individuals to carry out such a production. With help, they carried out the installation of large-scale multimedia equipment in the zoo: 70 speakers, 200 floodlights, eight projection screens and nearly 20,000 feet of wiring. The development of this illuminated trail represents a colossal workload.

Without a doubt, Anima Lumina is an extraordinary experience that will be sure to please all senses. And that’s not all! Another city in Québec is also cloaked in the magic created by Factory Moment. It’s now possible to experience a third and all new nocturnal path named Nova Lumina in Chandler, Gaspésie. In addition to Foresta Lumina with continued success of their illuminated Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook in the Eastern Townships since 2014.

Preparing for your Anima evening

Here are a few tips to make the best of your experience in the great outdoors:

  • The trails is 1.5 km in length, with several flights of stairs and many benches for perfect views of the show. The trail offers easy walking conditions but we do suggest bringing along proper footwear for walking and hiking;
  • The visit lasts for about an hour depending on how fast you walk and your personal interests for fully enjoying the immersive experience. However, you can stay in Anima for as long as you like. A tripod may be useful if you expect to take pictures since the exhibitions are lengthy;
  • It’s essential to bring a change of warm clothes because the evenings can be chilly, a raincoat for the unexpected and insect repellant to keep away the bugs. You can bring a lunch and water with you, but refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase at the end of the presentation;
  • Individuals with reduced mobility can still enjoy the course, but may not be able to gain access certain areas. For this reason, the Zoo Sauvage has Anima Lumina - Roxanne St-Pierrebeen working with Kéroul for a long time whose mandate is to provide accessible tourist facilities;
  • For families with young children, considering that Anima takes place during the night, it may be beneficial for the children to sleep during the day if possible. Staff members are clearly identified and present along the entire length of the trail for guiding you along the woodland path and ensuring everyone stays safe. However, it’s not recommended to travel the trail with a stroller: infant carriers and backpacks are preferable.

Last but not least, keep in mind that this visitor experience is unique and unparalleled. Open your eyes wide and let yourself be lulled by this luminous history in the heart of the boreal forest.

Enjoy your visit!

Exploring the one and only Bas-Saguenay

L'Anse-Saint-Jean along the Saguenay Fjord

L’Anse-Saint-Jean along the Saguenay Fjord

Along the way to Charlevoix and the Côte-Nord, overflowing with beauty from the Saguenay Fjord that meanders throughout the region, Bas-Saguenay is a perfect outdoor playground for nature enthusiasts.

To maximize this unique tourist potential, five villages in Bas-Saguenay have joined forces: Ferland-et-Boilleau, L’Anse-Saint-Jean, Rivière-Éternité, Petit-Saguenay and Saint-Félix-d’Otis. Plans are already underway to further improve organizing activities and promoting attractions.

Thus on June 2015, the Bas-Saguenay tourism industry travelled to L’Anse-Saint-Jean to celebrate the joint launch of the summer tourist season. Each village that belongs to this new amalgamation can now offer even more to the visitors during the summer months.

The best that Grand Lac Ha! Ha! in Ferland-et-Boilleau has to offer

The village of Ferland-et-Boilleau was established by horse and buggy between Saguenay and Charlevoix, in a sector with steep mountains and enclosed lakes. Grand Lac Ha! Ha! is a truly spectacular attraction and can be observed starting from the paths in Parc de la Digue or from the campsites at Camping Camp d’Accueil, which was recently renovated by the municipality.

In search of heritage in L’Anse-Saint-Jean

This year, L’Anse-Saint-Jean will be inaugurating an all new heritage trail. It will begin at the Saint-Jean-Baptist church, celebrating its 125 years of existence. The trail continues along to the presbytery, the old cemetery and to the famous covered bridge along rue Fabourg. Visitors can now use the new tourist shuttle service and the electric bikes available at the municipal wharf.

The Fjord from a different perspective in Rivière-Éternité

Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay now offers a new gravity defying activity. Via Ferrata, an athletic route that combines hiking and climbing, which was installed last summer and offers exceptional panoramic vistas of Baie Éternité and the Saguenay Fjord.

The perfect family vacation in Petit-Saguenay

This year, Village-Vacances Petit-Saguenay is getting a makeover by completely renovating the main lodge. Perfect for families with fun and entertaining live presentations. Hikers can explore one of the 3 newly added interpretive trails that grant access to the paths along Salmon River or the banks of the fjord.

The archaeological site of Saint-Félix-d’Otis

Site de la Nouvelle-France  in Saint-Félix-d'Otis

Site de la Nouvelle-France in Saint-Félix-d’Otis

L’Anse-à-la-Croix was visited for almost 5000 years by aboriginals. This story is told by a new archaeological trail that grants access to spectacular views of the Saguenay Fjord and unveils interesting historical facts about the region. To better accommodate their visitors, Site de la Nouvelle-France will be updated and many buildings renovated.

Written by Philôme La France, Director of Development for the municipality of Petit-Saguenay.

5 Ways to Discover Val-Jalbert

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Visiting the historical village of Val-Jalbert is a trip back to the days when people in the company town worked hard to produce electricity. By bringing the old ghosts from the 1920s back to the future, the village is today more alive than ever.

1. Discovery trail with GPS
Kids can’t get enough of this fun, interactive treasure hunt.

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2.Waterfall higher than Niagara
Visit the remains of the old power plant and admire the new hydroelectricity interpretation centre. A glass lookout point by the falls is a feast for the senses.

3. Immersive multimedia show
Treat yourself to a magical 20-minute performance in the old mill. While workers from days gone by tell their stories, 360° projections light up hundred-year-old artifacts. Rain and snow only add to the ghostly atmosphere.

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4. The mayor and the townsfolk
Every day, meet larger-than-life figures outside the convent and inside the old post office and general store. Sitting proudly behind the wheel of his 1928 Dodge, Mr. Mayor never says no to a photo opp.

5. The 100% village experience
How about spending the night? Pull up a seat at Restaurant du Moulin, where chef Carl Murray serves up a fine dining experience, terroir style. Then, when evening comes, explore the village with a flashlight before heading to bed. Village accommodation is as
contemporary as it is unusual, whether you’re above the general store or in one of the rustic-chic period homes. Breakfast is included.