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…

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…

Regional expressions

The following french expressions are an integral part of our everyday language. They are often so imbedded that we have trouble replacing them with the proper words! À cause Can mean “why” and “because”, sometimes shortened to « a co’ ». Cotteur Kerb. R’gard  From the verb “regarder”, to look. Être d’adon To be agreeable…

Words of native origin

Words of native origin The following is a list of words of native origin. You will find in parentheses what each word refers to in everyday life (town, river, etc.), followed by the translation. Ashuapmushuan  Where one waits for a moose. Babiche Strips of rawhide, sinew, or gut used for sewing, lacing, or fastening: making…