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An organized experience in the great outdoors

Zodiac

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

OrganisAction

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.

Hoisting the Sails

 

Voile Mercator

At the turn of the nineties, I remember an adventurous family that had sailed around the world via the Atlantic Ocean during nine months. When the story was reported on TVA, I watched in wonder as the images were presented before my eyes and to my surprise, I learned that a family could explore the ocean for extended periods of time. A tour that was both challenging, yet enriching at the same time. Following this report, other enthusiasts and adventurers were inspired by this same love for the sea. To set off and discover new horizons with the wind in your sails is the beauty of sailing.

 

No need to be an expert to experience this expedition: this dream activity is accessible to everyone! Visitors can hoist the sails and enjoy this recreational activity on the Saguenay Fjord. A unique adventure offered by the local business Voile Mercator.

 

Learning to sail requires preparation, meaning training made available to everyone, of all skill levels over a period of several days. Mastering the ropes, hoisting the sails and taking the helm may at first seem unfamiliar, but with Voile Mercator, this new universe will quickly become your playing field. The courses allows you to become a crew member or even a skipper accompanied by the captain. The company offers several tours and training courses on the Saguenay Fjord to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and Lac Champlain. A variety of expeditions from two to twelve days for all skill levels are available. A nautical adventure that’s perfect for the entire family.

 

The two owners of Voile Mercator, Jacques Hébert and Jean-Michel Hébert, are true sailing aficionados and passionate about the sport.  They’ve been sharing their knowledge for almost 30 years.  Originally from the area, Jacques is a dedicated instructor to his clients and a connoisseur of the Saguenay Fjord. His team is composed of about 10 sailing instructors all having completed their first aid and CPR training.

 

“Holding a tiller in your hand is an incredible experience! A new horizon to the universe is yours to discover…” Jacques Hébert

 

 

Sailing is the perfect occasion to observe phenomenal sunrises and sunsets from the waters of the fjord. For those looking for extra adventure, Voile Mercator also offers nighttime sailing excursions. An incredible opportunity to sail on the only navigable fjord in North America while admiring the starry sky above. A spectacular natural presentation that will leave you in awe. For the elite levels, amateurs having obtained their Basic Crew Standard, have the option to rent a sailboat without a captain.

Voile Mercator

A magnificent universe is yours to discover in the breathtaking landscapes of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

 

Happy trails!

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!

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