Lake Saint-Jean, a true interior sea

“Lake Saint-Jean is a true paradise; it is the best-ever in-ground swimming pool” Lyrics of the song “Lac-Saint-Jeanpignon magik” by Ouanani. Dimensions 45 km long (northwest/southeast) 34 km wide (northeast/southwest) 1,100 km2 in surface (about twice the island of Montreal) 11.3 m average depth (63 m maximum) Notable flora The blueberry. The blueberry bush reproduces more…

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.

An organized experience in the great outdoors

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…

Hoisting the Sails

  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…

Portrait of the region

This is a small portrait of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Why are we called «The Giants» or «The Blueberries»? And how can we describe the demographic sector? Who are the Giants ? Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean has 277,786 Giants living in its region. The Giants, The Blueberries, and the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jeannois: inhabitants of the region have their fair share of nicknames. “The…

A little bit of History

Lumber History: Colonization and commercialization of wood 1842 – 1890 A new vocation for the region In 1842, the Hudson Bay Company saw the need to open up its territories to forestry in order to answer to lumber needs in England. Following that decision, William Price was mandated by the London Government to harvest and…

History: Specialization and economic diversification 1930 until today

Here’s an introduction to the economic industry of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Which industrial sectors are overlooking our economy in the regions? And what pride do we attach to it? Regional flag When the city of Chicoutimi celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 11, 1938, the Saguenay region adopted a flag. After all, Chicoutimi seemed to be destined to…

History: Events that marked the history of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

Here’s a list of events that marked our history. Sometimes they’re sad, sometimes they’re happy.  Either way, each one of them has defined who we are now.  The great fire of 1870 For a distance of more than 160 km (99 miles) and over a surface area of 3900 km2 (nearly one million acres) Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean…

History: The power of a people

As they say, “unity is strength”. Here’s the story of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean’s people who, by uniting, have come together and sealed their bonds. First Nations When they arrived, Europeans named the native people they found here “Montagnais”, because the region is surrounded by mountains. In their own language, the Montagnais call themselves Ilnu (singular) or Ilnuatsh…

History: The fur trade 1535 – 1842

The term “Royaume” Upon discovering the region, Jacques Cartier tried as best he could to understand what the native people were telling him. When he returned to Europe, he told then King François I that the lands he discovered were governed by royal authority, and were therefore a hierarchical society they must strive to conquer….

Geography: Le Fjord, one of a kind

A fjord is created in a glacially carved valley that is filled by rising sea water levels. The Saguenay fjord results from this phenomenon. It has a history of its own which explains his training and peculiarities. Have you ever wonder about its origins, its uniqueness and its magnificent geography? Here are the answers to your…