Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: an easily accessible oasis of adventure in the heart of the province of Quebec, Canada. 

The 105 km-long Saguenay Fjord, one of the longest in the world, draws travellers from the four corners of the globe to admire and experience its awe-inspiring protected dramatic landscapes. Lake Saint-Jean, a vast inland freshwater sea, boasts warm sandy beaches, rolling hills and rich agricultural lands along its shores.

Soft adventure or extreme? Tree house or urban hotel comfort? Warm summer days or crisp snowy winter visits? History, Quebecois culture, and amazing boreal inspired food? Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean has it all!

Read on and check out the videos below to pick the adventure that suits your unique style…

Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean

Adventure Highlights

Climb along the awe-inspiring cliffs of the Saguenay Fjord on the Via Ferrata
Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay / Outpost
Snowshoe in the ghostly Vallée des Fantômes through 6 m (20 ft) of powdered snow
Parc national des Monts-Valin / Steeve Deschênes
Spend an unforgettable night in a dome gazing at the stars and admiring the Saguenay Fjord
Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux / Charles-David Robitaille
Cycle around Lake Saint-Jean on the 256-km long Blueberry cycling trail
Véloroute des Bleuets
Sea-kayaking on the Saguenay Fjord is one of the best way to explore this federally protected marine park
Organisaction / Wade Gapes
Ice-fishing on the frozen fjord in a village of over 1 500 huts
Pêche Aventures Saguenay / Normand Gaudreault
Experience the race across the 32 km-wide frozen Lake Saint-Jean
Traversée du Lac Saint-Jean à vélo / Charles-David Robitaille
Explore the many hiking trails in all of our three national parks
Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay / Jean Tanguay
Discover the overnight "Land of the caribou" boreal adventure experience
Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien

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Interesting Facts

  • Saguenay−Lac-Saint-Jean boasts official government recognition as the Québec leader in the adventure travel industry because there are over 50 businesses specializing in providing adventure travel experiences in the region.
  • The total area of the region is 107 952 km², equivalent to twice the size of Nova Scotia or three times the size of Belgium.
  • 80 percent of the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region is unspoiled forest making it a huge pristine playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • The varied landscape and four distinct seasons provide the key elements to allow local tour operators to offer over 30 different outdoor sports and activities.
  • With over 15 major whitewater rivers, internationally renowned kayakers consider the destination as one of the best places in the world for river kayaking.
  • The Saguenay area is a unique destination for climbers with more than 40 rock climbing sites, some of which are only a few minutes’ drive from major cities.
  • The Saguenay Fjord is 105 km (65 miles) long and is considered to be one of the 10 longest fjords in the world.
  • The Saguenay Fjord is the southernmost navigable fjord in North America.
  • The rocky capes along the 950 million year old Saguenay Fjord reach up to 300 metres in height.
  • The Saguenay Fjord is 300 metres deep. The top third is freshwater and the bottom two thirds is saltwater.
  • The Baie Sainte Marguerite along the fjord is considered a nursery and playground for the pods of beluga whales that inhabit the fjord and Saint Lawrence River.
  • The shores and marine environment of the Saguenay Fjord are protected as both provincial and federal parks.
  • An average of 6 metres (20 ft.) of snow falls every year in Saguenay−Lac-Saint-Jean.
  • The city of Saguenay is one of the top 10 snowiest cities in the world according to MSN.
  • Lake Saint-Jean is the largest populated lake in the province of Québec, covering 1 100 km². It is 34 km wide and 45 km long.
  • The ‘’Véloroute des Bleuets’’ (Blueberry Trail) and the ‘’Véloroute du Fjord’’ make up over 700 km of family friendly and advanced level cycling trails.
  • There are 42 km of warm sandy beaches along the shores of Lake Saint-Jean.
  • 23 million kilos of wild blueberries are harvested in the region every year.
  • The nickname for people living in the region is ‘’ bleuets ’’, the French word for blueberry.
  • The word ‘Saguenay’ , pronounced ‘Sag-uh-nay’, is an Innu word meaning ‘from where the waters flow’.

Saguenay Stories

Rafting On Lake Saint-Jean's Powerful Feeder Rivers
Cycle Along The Picturesque Saguenay Fjord Route
Bask in the warm waters of one of our Nordic spas
History comes to life at Val-Jalbert, an authentic 1920s ghost town
Discover Lake Saint-Jean, One Of The Largest Lakes In Québec
Hop From Shore To Shore Along the Saguenay Fjord With the Marine Shuttle

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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: An Adventure Oasis
A Walk On The Wild Side
Treehouses, Domes, Treetops and Fun
Exploring the Saguenay Fjord With OrganisAction
Media Agree: Unforgettable Adventure Found Here
A Canadian Signature Experience on the Saguenay Fjord

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Plan A Trip

The adventure travel operators listed below are members of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and are committed to values that drive a necessary movement to change travel so that it benefits the businesses, the people and the environment of the places we travel. Connect with any of them to start planning your trip.

TDA Global Cycling
ROW Adventures
Butterfield and Robinson
Great Canadian Trails
Backroads
Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures