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!

Paddling on the fjord

The Saguenay Fjord has never ceased to amaze me with its changing landscapes, variety of colours and overall immensity.

Fjord en Kayak

Originally from the region, I thrive for activities that are adrenaline infused and instill a sense of freedom. A way for me to escape while staying connected with nature.

Exploring new horizons in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

I invite you to join me on a sea kayaking adventure on the Saguenay Fjord. No previous paddling experience is required to live the experience. A little motivation and coordination for steering when kayaking is all that’s required. The marine activity may require some physical exertion, but I assure you that it’s not overly demanding.

There’s nothing like the feeling of becoming one with your watercraft. The imposing surrounding landscapes instill a sense of wonder and awe. The rock walls tower from 300 to even 400 meters from high above at capes Trinité and Éternité. Gliding along the waters surrounded by a pristine natural environment, you’ll discover a new appreciation for the great outdoors. The fjord, a peaceful place where our spirit can roam free.

Paddling in good company

Fjord en Kayak was created 20 years ago and is an environmentally responsible company accredited by Aventure Écotourisme Québec (AEQ), which is to say, it employs techniques in respect to the environment and local communities. Visitors will live an unforgettable experience since every section of the course is simply magnificent. The owners, Louis Dubord and Sylvie Major, are enthusiasts of the region and sea kayaking. They have a keen attention to detail and are always looking forward to share their love of Saguenay with visitors.

Their mission: To make sea kayaking on the fjord and the regional natural wonders both accessible and safe for everyone.   The company offers a variety of expeditions such as short family-friendly excursions and two to four-day adventures in the Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay and Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. Children as young as three can also safely join in the fun. The experienced guides ensure that your experience is nothing less than incredible. The excursions that are generally in carried out in groups, lead us to witness the fjord’s hidden facets and landscapes, which in my opinion, will remain eternally etched in our memory. To reach this magnificent site, take Route 170 du Fjord toward l’Anse-Saint-Jean. Pass through the Parc national du Fjord–du-Saguenay, in Rivière-Éternité and follow the directions for returning close to the shore.

JC Fortin

JC Fortin

Bring your beachwear and bottled water for making the most out of this trip. Your adventure in the Kingdom of Saguenay awaits!

 

P.S. Visit our official website for more information on this nautical attraction and available package deals.

Enjoy your expedition and have fun!

Top 9 Winter Activities in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region

Because winter is in our blood! In Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, a little cold and snow doesn’t slow us down one bit. Here, the Nordic way of life is part of our genetic code. This explains our fun-loving lifestyle where we celebrate all things winter. From dogsledding to snowmobiling, Nordic skiing to ice fishing—from leisurely to extreme—all good reasons to head for the great outdoors.

Raquette, Parc national des Monts-Valin03 (c) Fabrice Tremblay

1. Snowshoeing

Snowshoes and head lamps at the ready, it’s time for the coolest of hikes! Every winter, Parc national des Monts‑Valin organizes a series of torchlight hikes through the powder at Vallée des Fantômes (Ghost Valley). This magical, ghostly hike really is out of this world!

2. Snowmobiling

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is nirvana for snowmobilers, with over 3,300 km of marked trails and the prospect of safely snowmobiling your way across a winter blanket of whiter than white. The Circuit des sommets trail is a must, a dazzling foray across the Monts-Valin mountain range, featuring no fewer than five mountains and no end of picture-perfect scenery.

3. Cross-country skiing

A snowball’s throw from the far north, Parc national des Monts-Valin boasts over 5.5 metres of snowfall year in, year out. No wonder fans of the great outdoors head here in droves, snowshoes and skis at the ready. But a compass always comes in handy too in this ghostly valley where conditions can change in the blink of an eye.

4. Bundling up

Stay warm thanks to the nimble fingers of local artisans like Alpaha Bersi who make boots and mittens out of fur. Or opt for knitted fibres and all-natural tuques, cozy woolen garments and other delights. It’s a shopping spree that will warm more than just your heart!

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5. Ici fishing

Thousands of anglers descend on Lac Saint-Jean every year in search of a catch that will set the end of their lines aquiver. Winter is time to head for a cabin out on the ice or to snowmobile your way across the frozen lake with a guide in search of the best spot. From lake to larder… how about that for a cool concept.

6. Ice skating

Every winter, Roberval makes itself right at home on the frozen lake just in front of it. Between the icefishing cabins of its village on ice, people come to stretch their legs on a giant rink, their jumps and twirls adding to the magical atmosphere.

7. Sliding sports

Downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, telemarking… we know a thing or two about winter sports. But ever heard of Hok skis? A cross between cross country skis and snowshoes, you can give them a try at Parc national des Monts-Valin. The new sport is a whole new way to have fun off piste!

8. Snow bathing

Alternating between hot and cold is said to eliminate toxins, leaving skin firmer and more
elastic. A visit to one of our Nordic spas is sure to send temperatures rising, with hammams, steam baths, massages, body treatments and some well-earned R&R in yurts… all right in the heartof nature.

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9. Dogsledding

Dogsledding is a big part of winter fun here. Play with the animals, hook up the sled and marvel at the lead dogs as they strike out towards the forest for unforgettable, snow-filled memories.

 

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