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.

An organized experience in the great outdoors

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Zodiac

Open your eyes wide and admire the surrounding landscapes and numerous waterways for an initiation to boundless outdoor activities. Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is renowned for two bodies of water: Lac Saint-Jean and the majestic 100 km long fjord.

Even though I’ve lived in the city for quite some time, the welcoming and serene region is the perfect place to call home. Nature offers a return to the source, to a place of simplicity and purity. I have the unique opportunity of re-discovering Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean everyday and sharing the many attractions through my entries.

 

Nature enthusiasts will be delighted with the local company specializing in adventure travel in the Kingdom of Saguenay. OrganisAction – Le Québec Hors-Circuits operates year-round offering an exclusive introduction to the region’s natural wonders. Organisaction is the perfect solution for those wanting to experience extraordinary outdoor adventures. They offer many options for vacation adventures: navigating the fjord’s waters in a kayak, exploring the mountains of the Canadian Shield and discovering the many rivers of Lac-Saint-Jean by canoe. The company has several local base camps, which enables them to offer different adventures at the same time.

 

Adventure travel via kayak

Kayaking excursions on the Saguenay Fjord are available for explorers and adventure seekers. Two to four-day tours accompanied by experienced guides are available.  Youth who are over 115 cm tall can also join the adventure with a booster seat. The perfect occasion for a family-friendly experience. Expeditions over several days require the participants be in good physical condition. An initiation to kayaking on the fjord with marked excursions in Baie Éternité is also available. The area is peaceful and sheltered from the strong winds during high tides.

 

Mathieu Bergeron, Director of Operations, and his team are proud to offer such high quality services from the OrganisAction guides who all accredited by Adventure Écotourisme Québec. An additional guarantee of safety that ensures everyone experiences a first-class stay during their visit.

 

Discover the region year-round

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During winter, no matter if it’s on the Monts-Valin or along the Route du Fjord, OrganisAction also offers snowmobiling enthusiasts several organized excursions for discovering the region’s white gold. And for those want to be a musher for a day, organized expeditions in the backcountry of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean are also available.

 

P.S.: OrganisAction is a welcoming host for those who want to discover our region. The organization offers on-site luggage and equipment transportation to ensure a hassle-free and pleasant adventure when visiting the area.

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.

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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.

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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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