Here is a region so vast that people call it "the Kingdom"! With a river so wide it could be a lake, a lake so immense it could be an inland sea, and a majestic fjord, with breathtaking panoramic views. A wide range of summer and winter activities await you: cruises, whale- and bird- watching, kayaking, rafting, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ATVing, dogsledding, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and cycling-just to name a few! The Véloroute des Bleuets, a special treat for cycling enthusiasts, is a 256-km (159-mi.) network of trails encircling Lac Saint-Jean with lookout points offering a magnificent view of the lake. The Grands Jardins de Normandin is an ensemble of pleasure gardens that immerses the visitor in the midst of an extraordinary atmosphere. These gardens have already conquered the hearts of several hundred thousand visitors who were instantly seduced by the unexpected decor and the change of scenery they bring.
Built along a stunning fjord well north of Quebec City, in one of the last settled areas below Quebec's vast northern wilds. CHICOUTIMI has grown from a tiny sawmill town, into one of the province's biggest cities. It's the commercial centre for the entire Lac St. Jean-Saguenay region. Almost entirely French-speaking, Chicoutimi's largest tourism draw is La Vielle Pulperie - five massive brick buildings along the water that reflect the town's pulp and paper forestry roots. Some consider the real draw to the area, though, is the Saguenay's wilds - rivers, lakes, mountains and forest. Downstream, along the St. Lawrence River where it begins to empty into the Gulf, is TADOUSSAC- an ancient whaling village and for decades a popular resort. Smart visitors quickly find a tour there to take them out on the waters to view the beautiful, but dwindling, population of beluga whales.
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, a colourful corner of the country!