Get ready for a surprise-filled stay at Parc national du Saguenay ("Saguenay National Park").
The magnificent yet little-known
landscapes are sure to make a lasting impression on you. You will discover the disproportionate
scale of time and space in a land where nature has made use of its colossal forces to carve out
the Saguenay Fjord.
The park is divided into three widespread and different areas: Baie-Éternité (Eternity Bay) with
its huge rock faces standing 350 metres tall, Baie-du-Moulin-à-Baude (Baude Windmill Bay) situated near to Tadoussac
has breathtaking views and Baie-Sainte-Marguerite (Saint Marguerite Bay) has whale watching all summer long.
Take a trip in a kayak and follow the tides of one of the longest fjords on the planet.
Park website http://www.sepaq.com/pq/sag/en/
Perched on a 283.6 sq. km of capes, the Saguenay National Park stretches over the shorelines of the
phenomenal fjord, thus safeguarding charming entryways to its proud riverside municipalities.
Here are three sketches being played out in this glacial valley.
The Saguenay National Park is where nestles one of Quebec's most invaluable jewels. The uniqueness of
the Saguenay fjord, its rash and natural beauty, its cultural and historical singularities call out
From marine environments to the alpine tundra, you will be astounded by the enchantment,
uniqueness and the vastness of the show. While following your host, the fjord, let yourself drift
in this perilous work played out by the untamed and naked capes, the bays' chaste sandbars and the
myths hiding in its deep coves.
The Saguenay Fjord (106 km long) has all the characteristics of the most beautiful fjords on Earth
with its overhanging capes up to 350 m high and depths reaching 270 m in some areas. Moreover,
underneath the bottom of the river, a trench nearly 900 meters deep and filled with sediments sits on
top of the bedrock.
The park's hiking trails stretch out for 120 km. Intimately rub shoulders with nearly all of Quebec's
What's a "fjord"?
Day 1. Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré
(4 July 2010 Sunday)
fjord (fyôrd) - A long, narrow, deep inlet from the sea between steep slopes of a mountainous coast.
Fjords usually occur where ocean water flows into valleys formed near the coast by glaciers.
Shape: a fjord is a valley shaped by the passage of one or many glaciers which dug deep into its bed
giving it the shape of a glacial trough, a "U" shaped valley with an abrupt and imposing rock face.
Contact with the sea: fjords communicate with the sea at one extremity and receive an input of fresh
water from the other, mixing together sea and fresh waters.
The presence of a rocky ridge at its mouth: fjords generally have a rocky ridge at their mouth or
a transverse glacial rock bar made out of more resistant moraine rocks and debris that were dragged
by the glaciers. The Saguenay's rocky ridge advances up to 4 kilometres in front of its mouth and
reveals the presence of a 278-meter trench a little upriver from Tadoussac.
Water stratification: fjords are characterised by a very marked water stratification.
On the surface, a rapid change, according to depth, occurs in the salinity, temperature and in
the density of the water. This phenomenon creates a layer called the "thermo halocline" following
the superimposition of the relatively warm fresh water from the incoming drainage basin onto a body
of very cold and salted water at the bottom.
A fjord is a glacier valley with tides in it. The Saguenay fjord is distinct because of the sea life
and the length of it. It is 100 km long from Chicoutimi to Tadoussac. Immense glaciers engraved the
landscape of this beautiful region, creating single abrupt cliffs landscape, plateaus and sharp-edged peaks.
The Saguenay fjord has an average width of 2 kilometers and a depth of 270 meters. At the mouth of the
Saguenay River, in Tadoussac, the river is "blocked" by a glacial bolt, permitting only a thin layer
of water of approximately 20 meters through. The top level waters of the Saguenay, relatively warm
and fresh, slip literally on a very salty and very cold sheet of bottom water. This exceptional
ecosystem permits the juxtaposition of an arctic marine animal-life with other species that live
in a more moderate environment.
5am-3pm depart Norfolk, MA for Ste-Anne-De-Beaupré, Québec
- 456 miles and 8 ½ hours driving time
3pm-5pm Basilique de Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré
Way of the Cross (behind the Basilique)
The present-day Basilica was built to replace the first Basilica that was destroyed by fire on March 29, 1922.
The construction began on July 6, 1923 and there are still parts that have not yet been finalized even today.
Like many churches, it was constructed in the form of a Latin cross. It is Neo-Romanesque in style,
respecting the Roman style of architecture but using more modern techniques. It rests on solid rock.
The Basilica's central vault is completely covered with a series of mosaic dedicated to Saint Anne.
Her life is portrayed in the vault of the central nave and of the two transepts.
An ensemble of 240 stained-glass windows adorn the Basilica. They represent Christ, his apostles and disciples,
as well as prophets and patriarchs who announced His coming. They also tell us of the history of devotion
to Saint Anne here in the province of Quebec and as it spread throughout North America.
5pm-9pm continue driving to L'Anse-St-Jean, Québec -
135 miles and 3 hours 10 minutes driving time
The Way of the Cross is located on the hillside. Fourteen Stations evoke different episodes
of the Passion of Christ. The Way of the Cross is an ancient devotion, inspired by the Gospel
narratives and therefore one that has never fallen into disuse. In the calm, cool shade of the maple
trees that run alongside the path, visitors are invited to live a sort of pilgrimage to rediscover
God’s love for them and to find meaning in the various trials and sufferings of daily life.
Each scene contains on average five bronzed cast-iron statues that were prepared in the workshops
of Vaucouleurs in France. This Way of the Cross was built over a period of 32 years, from 1913 to 1945.
9pm hotel check-in Les Gîtes du Fjord at L'Anse-Saint-Jean, Québec
About Saguenay Fjord
Sheltered in a cove on the Saguenay River, in the heart of the quaint village of L'Anse-Saint-Jean.
Les Gîtes du Fjord have offered you a choice location with a magnificent view.
2-room cottage (2 floors, 6 persons). Complete kitchen, room with queen bed,
Room with 1 double bed or 2 twin beds, Hide-a-bed, Sofas, TV/Cable
computer outlet, fireplace, Sliding glass door and balcony.
Chalet 2 rooms with fireplace (max 6 persons).
At 354 Saint-Jean-baptiste, L'Anse-Saint-Jean, Québec, G0V 1J0
Phone (800) 561-8060 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saguenay fjord allows the waters from the Atlantic Ocean and of the
Gulf of Saint-Lawrence to flow into the heart of the Saguenay Kingdom. It drains the water of a
catchment basin that covers 88,000 km2 and is 550 kilometres long. This arm of the sea originates
at the centre of Quebec and in the northern forest east of Canada. It is unique in the world by
its geographic location, the fantastic history and the distribution of the population that settled
along the entire length of its shores.
Four billions years ago during the geological formation of the Canadian Shield, the Saguenay fjord
was formed following successive glaciations that dug deeply into its natural bed.
Invaded by the sea, the fjords including the Saguenay, were connected to it at one end and received
fresh water at the other end, thereby producing a blend of fresh and sea waters.
Interesting water stratification, sedimentation, salinity and temperature phenomena may be observed,
in addition to extremely contrasted bathymetry.
Day 2. Saguenay Fjord en Kayak
(5 July 2010 Monday)
9am-4pm Fjord en Kayak 1-Day Sea-kayak Tour
Member of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec network. Tucked at the feet of impressing mountains,
L'Anse Saint-Jean proposes a beautiful window on the Saguenay Fjord. Come into the
village and discover the picturesque architecture of the ancestral houses and the covered bridge.
Enjoy the many activities offered: cruises and sea kayaking on the fjord, horse riding, hiking in
the Saguenay National Park, salmon and sea trout fishing, bicycle riding on trails. On the belvedere
at L'Anse-de-Tabatière, you will be dazzled by panoramic view on the Saguenay river;
the 500m trail begins at the lookout's car park.
The only village on the Saguenay when it was founded in 1838, L'Anse-Saint-Jean is famous for its
Pont du Faubourg, the covered bridge that was featured on the back of the now-retired
$1000 note and which managed to survive the flood of 1996, though the rest of the village
was badly affected. The town's other claim to fame is that, on January 21, 1997, it became a
monarchy following a local referendum. The new ruler, King Denys I, an artist and professor,
also known as "l'Illustre Inconnu" (the Illustrious Unknown), didn't reign for long,
though. In the face of local political wrangling he lost much of his popularity and consequently
abdicated in 2000.
5pm-5:30pm drive to Baie-Éternité - 19 miles and 26 minutes driving time
Fjord en Kayak's mission is to make the joy of sea kayaking and the marvels of the
Saguenay Fjord available to everyone, in comfort and in total safety.
We set ourselves apart by our constant concern for your safety, our instructional program,
the hign training of our guides, the gourmet meals we offer, the superior quality of our fiberglass kayaks,
exclusive family packages, small groups.
1-day Sea-kayak tour. Departure from L’Anse-Saint-Jean. Set off on a sea kayak expedition from L’Anse-Saint-Jean.
Follow the waterways of adventure down the legendary Saguenay Fjord, renowned as one of the world’s most awesome.
All in an area where two large parks, the Parc du Saguenay and the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park,
join to protect the pristine natural setting.
The tour includes Sea kayak basics and safety training. We navigate
around l’îlet Saint-Jean, nesting grounds of the amusing spotted sandpiper. Then we continue on
through the fjord and its many coves. And here the splendor of the fjord opens up before us with a
glorious view of the majestic Capes Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité. This enchanting vision will
leave you with a lasting impression of this magnificent coastline.
On the summer hotter days, we take a swim at L’Anse de Tabatière. So bring along your bathing suit!
During your outing, you may catch sight of a seal, because the seals love to follow kayaks.
Expeditions feature a full array of safety equipment, including marine radios. Sea kayaks are
maintained and replaced on a regular basis to keep our fleet in like-new condition at all times.
Paddle jacquets and pants are provided at no extra cost. It does also include water shoes
We lend you a 5-liter dry bag for your camera.
What to bring: shorts, t-shirt, Sun glasses with a rope!, hat for the day, Sun screen lotion,
bugs spray, dry clothes for your way home, water bottles.
You must arrive at the boutique 30 minutes prior to your departure time. There, you
meet with your guide who lends you all the required nautical equipement for the kayak tour.
Once all the members of your group have arrived (maximum of 8 persons), the 15-minute basic
training session begins. Following that introduction, you take your kayak to the water.
Finally, your guide checks to ensure everyone's comfort and kayak stability before leaving
for a nice adventure on the Saguenay.
What distance do we cover during a tour?
For the 1-day sea-kayak tours, we always paddle facing the wind upon
leaving, then with the wind at our back upon returning. Also, L'Anse-Saint-Jean has a
few small coves that are well protected from the wind. These allow for a safer and easier trip.
We paddle between 15 and 25 km a day during the one-day sea kayak expedition, depending on
the group's strength and the wind.
Is the water cold?
In L'Anse-Saint-Jean, the water temperature rises up to between 15-20 Celcius from the end of June until the
Labour Day weekend. During hot summer days, the water is sufficiently comfortable to swim in. The closer
we get to Saguenay Fjord Delta, the colder the water gets. The arctic currents that reach the Fjord at
Tadoussac bring the water temperature to 4 Celcius year round. Fjord en kayak requires that water-proof
clothing be worn when you book an excursion in this area.
What does Fjord en kayak do if it rains? We provide paddle jackets and pants for adults and children
of all ages. If it begins to rain while you are in the sea kayak cockpit, you will wear a paddle jacket
in addition to the flotation device, a cap hat and some gloves if required. We guarantee your comfort,
so that you may enjoy a wonderful experience in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.
Should I choose a single kayak, or a double kayak with my friend?
For short tours, we suggest a single kayak to people who are in fairly good physical condition,
autonomous and who love to learn new sports. We suggest a double kayak to beginner paddlers who
are a bit less confident and in less good physical condition.
For long excursions, the effort required may be somewhat exhausting, and so
the double kayak is probably a better idea in order to take advantage of the stroke rate of
the two paddlers. You can choose a solo kayak when you have already some experience kayaking the sea.
Can a sea kayak capsize? You would be surprised how stable a sea kayak can be. During the briefing
session that we provide for all our tours, your guide teaches you the basic skills so that you
may enjoy the best possible kayak stability.
A single kayak will capsize more often then a double kayak. People often try to test the limits
just for the experience. The guide then recovers the person within 5 minutes. You will not
get stuck in the cockpit; it takes about 5 seconds to get out. Our guides practice recovery
techniques every week during their first 3 seasons with us.
The double kayak is much more stable. We only had to recover a tandem less than 10 times,
since the opening of Fjord en Kayak in 1996 . It takes 10 seconds to recover the two persons and keep going.
At 359 Rue St-Jean-Baptiste, L'Anse-Saint-Jean Québec G0V 1J0
Phone (866) 725-2925 email email@example.com
Departure 9am. Rate $105 (plus taxes).
1-day sea-kayak excursion is not available every day.
Press Article by Claudine Hébert, DESTINATION KAYAK, Magazine Affaire Plus, Juillet 2008, P. 49.
As anybody who’s been sea kayaking will tell you, it’s the only way to fully experience all the
majesty and excitement of Quebec’s legendary Saguenay fjord. From the moment you dip your
paddle into the water at the L’Anse-Saint-Jean departure point, the Saguenay begins to work
its magic on you. The adventure grows even more exciting as you approach the monumental natural
setting at the mouth to the fjord... a uniquely amazing combination of plateaux, mountain
escarpments and 400-metre cliffs carved out at the height of the last Ice Age.
All summer long, Fjord en Kayak offers sea kayaking experiences ranging from half-day outdoor
excursions to major 5-day wilderness adventures.
5:30pm-8pm Baie-Éternité ("Eternity Bay")
8pm til late Petit-Saguenay
Plan an entire day around your visit to the fjord, including a visit to Baie-Éternité,
whose unmatched beauty is seemingly guarded by Caps Éternité (350 m) and Trinité (330 m).
Baie Éternité has the Parc du Saguenay Information Centre
(admission $3.50). The park's information centre is open daily 9am–9pm (March to September).
At 91 Notre-Dame Rivière-Éternité (Québec) G0V 1P0.
From the main information centre, a couple of short hikes and a long one are laid out through this sector of the park.
The best short hike is the Statue Hike, an easy four-hour (7km) round trip up the massive bluff of Cap Trinité,
which flanks the deep-blue water of the Baie Éternité. The summit is topped by a huge statue known as
Notre-Dame du Saguenay ("Our Lady of the Saguenay"), erected in 1881 by Charles-Napoléon
Robitaille after he was saved from drowning in the river. A travelling salesman had it
erected to thank the Virgin Mary for saving him from the freezing waters of the Saguenay River.
Day 3. Site de la Nouvelle-France
(6 July 2010 Tuesday)
The Saguenay Fjord is a rugged land, so there are few places where you can admire it from the road.
Fortunately, you can drive right up to the wharf in Petit-Saguenay, where the view will simply
take your breath away: an unhindered 27-kilometre long vista of the fjord!
The wharf, located at the mouth of the enchanting Petit-Saguenay River, has been entirely revamped
to accommodate travelers wishing to relax and admire the view. There is ample parking,
as well as restrooms, a picnic area and a pergola where you can sit and quietly contemplate the view.
Take the time to read the interpretive panels: they tell the history of the forestry industry
in the lower Saguenay in the 19th century.
8am-9am drive to Saint-Félix-d'Otis - 29 miles and 40 minutes.
9am-1pm Site de la Nouvelle-France ("Site of New France")
1pm-2pm drive to La Baie - 20 miles and 30 minutes driving time
Treat yourself to a journey to New France in the company of colonists! Meet colorful historical
figures who will guide you on a tour of our four reenactments of 17th century Québec City.
Commented tour, equestrian show, archaeology and animations.
Guided Tour 9:30am $15 duration 1.5 hours.
From a Huron village and the Cent Associés farm to Québec City's High and Low Towns, you will be
instantly transported to life in the 17th Century and the beginning of colonization through
the guided tour highlighted with colorful historical figures. In these amazing settings
you will be completely immersed in the world of New France.
During the guided tour of the Site de la Nouvelle-France, an archaeologist will talk
about the work being done. Currently, more than 100,000 artifacts have been discovered,
making the site one of the oldest and most productive of the area.
This site has become, over the years, the historical reconstitution site par
excellence of 17th Century Quebec City and its residents.
Terra, Horses of the new World 11am-12noon $19 Tuesday-Sunday $19 Duration 1 hour.
An equestrian show recounting the history of the Canadian horse. Witness the moving
relationship between man and horse... the equestrian arts at their finest with the
professional troupe La Luna Caballera! A captivating show that combines history with
the fascinating world of horses!
Witness the special bond between man and horse in New France. Discover how horses became
indispensable allies on this harsh new continent. Let yourself to be guided through a
series of scenes where horses are the main attraction in acrobatic, trick riding, liberty and dressage performance.
The equestrian troupe La Luna Caballera pursues its interest in the historical and
symbolic link between horses and humans, using the New France period as the background
for its story. How were horses and humans from the "Old Continent" transformed by their
contact with the climate, geography, and First Nations of the New World? How did they
approach one another in their search for pride and freedom? This is the main theme in
this new adventure, the vehicle which the horses and artists will use to take you places
you've never been before.
Reserve your seats early, only 200 places available by performance!
At 370 Chemin Vieux, Saint-Félix-D'otis, QC G0V
2pm-6pm Musée du Fjord at La Baie
Pyramide des Ha! Ha!
The Musée du Fjord is an entertaining, dynamic environment where the secrets of the
Saguenay Fjord and its inhabitants are unveiled.
Explore the fascinating Baie des Ha! Ha! and Saguenay Fjord ecosystem! Microfjord
will show you the microscopic flora and fauna living in these fresh and salt waters,
on a giant screen! And see the exceptional, ever-changing landscapes around the bay from
the Bell Observatory. Once you have seen Science Fjord, never again will you look
upon the waters of the bay and fjord in the same manner! it offers visitors of all ages a truly unique experience.
Through sights and sounds, the Jarnigoine exhibition tells an amusing, stirring, astonishing,
and unique story – that of the Saguenéens who put their shoulders to the wheel and created what is called
the Pays du Fjord. The residents of La Baie, also called Baieriverains, are people of the word; they can
tell their own story like no one can! They have a thing called jarnigoine (friendly, talkative disposition),
everyone will tell you! They share their history with pride, a splash of colour, and maybe a touch of exaggeration.
Open every day 9am-6pm C$10.
3346, boulevard de la Grande-Baie Sud
Ville de Saguenay, arrondissement de La Baie, Québec, Canada G7B 1G2
6pm-6:30pm drive to Chicoutimi - 30 miles and 40 minutes hours of driving.
Erected by a group of citizens as a memorial to the 1996 floods, the Pyramide des Ha! Ha! is today
a first-rate tourist attraction. Made up of 3,000 “Yield” signs (the French play on words cédez (yield)
for s’aider, meaning to help each other) mounted on an aluminium structure, it yields a great view of the
bay from its 21-metre observation point. The pyramid is also used as a stage for shows and concerts, and
educational activities. The Musée du Fjord manages the guided tours
and interpretative activities on the site.
Open in summer only. $3. Located close to the Musée du Fjord.
Following the 1996 flood, a group of citizens built this reflecting pyramid conceived by artist
Jean-Jules Soucy and composed of aluminium yield signs.
7pm til late Chicoutimi and the City of Saguenay
8pm-9:30pm drive back to L'anse-Saint-Jean - 53 miles and 1 hour 20 minutes driving time
The former city of Chicoutimi was merged with other cities to create the new large city of Saguenay.
Chicoutimi has therefore became a district of this large city.
The city of Saguenay was born from the merging of several municipalities, the largest of
which are Jonquière, Chicoutimi and La Baie. The new city of Saguenay has become the urban
heart of the region. It is home to the famous large-scale shows, as well as numerous interesting
museums and great attractions, for the joy of visitors.
The name of the Chicoutimi district comes from the Montagnais “Shkoutimeou”, which means
“the end of the deep waters”. It is the most populated district of the new city, but also
its administrative centre. Chicoutimi enjoys a great geographical location, at the junction
of the Chicoutimi and Saguenay rivers. You will find here the famous little white house, a
house that is miraculously still standing after the 1996 flood. Take advantage of your stay
in the area to walk along the quay or to visit the remnants of the pulp and paper factory.
La Pulperie de Chicoutimi - This historical site and museum is lodged within the old mill
of the Compagnie de pulpe de Chicoutimi. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the
history and significance this mill has had on the development of the city and the region of
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean during the last century. At 300 Dubuc, Chicoutimi, QC G7J 4M1
Day 4. Fleuve Saint-Laurent ("Saint Lawrence River")
(7 July 2010 Wednesday)
1:30pm Whale-watching Safari aboard Famille Dufour
The main tourist centre of the region is Tadoussac. It lies at a pretty spot at the
neck of the Saguenay Fjord and its confluence with the St Lawrence. Many come here just
to catch a boat to head out to the whales.
One of Canada's oldest villages, Tadoussac is beautifully situated beneath the rounded hills
that gave the place its name; the Algonquian word tatoushak means "breasts". Basque whalers
were the first Europeans to live here and by the time Samuel de Champlain arrived in 1603
Tadoussac was a thriving trading post. The mid-nineteenth century saw Tadoussac evolve
into a popular summer resort for the anglophone bourgeoisie: the first hotel opened in
1846 and by the 1860s steamer-loads of rich anglophones were arriving every summer to
escape the heat of the city.
Nowadays it's the best place in Québec, for whale-watching.
Late June is a good time to be here, when traditional Québecois folk singers,
jazz pianists and rock guitarists all play a part in the popular Festival de la Chanson.
The waterfront rue de Bord-de-l'Eau is dominated by the red roof and green lawns of the
Hôtel Tadoussac, a landmark since 1864 and the focus of the historic quarter. Across the
road is the oldest wooden church in Canada, the tiny Chapelle de Tadoussac.
Tadoussac, a small village surrounded by hills conjures up: wooded, rocky coasts: the majesty of
the St Lawrence River, the Saguenay Fjord ( the only one in North America), the huge dunes,
a lovely lake in the village, charming old houses, and many activities will help you enjoy your stay.
The charming beauty of the Bay of Tadoussac made it, in 1998, a member of the Select Club of the
World's Thirty Most Beautiful Bays. This made Tadoussac North America’s first official member of the Club.
Tadoussac became the first Canadian municipality to celebrate its 400th anniversary.
When we think about Tadoussac, pictures of cruises and whales come to mind, followed by scents of
the marine Park, bird songs, and flights of birds of prey. The escarpments are astonishing.
Baie-du-Moulin-à-Baude ("Baude Windmill Bay")
Photographers, turn on your cameras! Ecologists, en route for your observation posts!
A fascinating live biology lesson given by a bilingual naturalist guide (French-English).
Whale-watching cruise aboard the single-hull boat Famille Dufour I (capacity: 500 passengers).
Cruise lasts approximately 3 hours.
Naturalists all agree that whales love sea spray and waves. For the roughly 2½ hours
you will spend on the St. Lawrence River, you will notice astonishment and amazement from your
fellow passengers as you watch giant marine mammals cavort in the water. Maybe you will be
fortunate enough to be sprayed by a surfacing whale? Our whale-watching cruises are more than
an expedition out on the seaway to look at big animals swimming around. You are sure to discover
a lot about the St. Lawrence River and its mammals and cetaceans.
Cruise commentary provided by our experienced bilingual naturalists. (French-English).
Be sure to dress warmly, the air can be surprisingly cool on the St. Lawrence, even in the summer months!
Departures from Tadoussac 9:30am and 1:30pm. $62.
The mouth of the Saguenay River is one of the world's best places to watch whales,
including the Blue Whale - the world's largest mammal.
The warm waters of the Saguenay Fjord merge with the cold water of the St. Lawrence River,
creating a krill-rich feeding ground that draws marine mammals and birds. It's one of the best,
easily-assessable whale-watching areas in the world.
Day 5. Val-Jalbert
(8 July 2010 Thursday)
Overlooking the St. Lawrence Estuary, the Baie du Moulin à Baude sector offers
an exceptional panorama of the river where the passing of the last glacier led to the creation
of two marine terraces known in the region as “The Dunes”.
Baie-du-Moulin-à-Baude has the La Maison-des-Dunes Interpretation Centre (Open daily 9am–5pm)
at 750 Chemin du Moulin à Baude, Saguenay Parc, Tadoussac, QC G0T 2A0
which explains how the coastal landscape was formed and the human occupation, gives visitors the opportunity
of observing one of the most beautiful landscapes in the park. A major crossroads
for the migration of birds of prey, you can go bird-watching at the top of the dunes
where three lookouts facilitate the observation of sparrowhawks, falcons and passerines.
Take part in an interpretation activity during a seaside hike on the Pointe-de-l’Islet trail
and discover the hidden life of the shoreline. Also at Pointe-de-l’Islet, a talk will help you
appreciate the beauty of the riverside plant communities along the St. Lawrence.
6:30am-9am drive to Chambord, QC - 108 miles and 2½ hours driving time
Lac St-Jean ("Lake Saint John")
9am-12noon Village historique de Val-Jalbert
Lac St-Jean, a former glacial basin, is the source of the Saguenay River that flows out through
the scenic cliff-lined Saguenay Fiord to the northern shore of the St Lawrence. The fertile plains
and forests around the lake are part of the Canadian Shield, and its mountain setting gives
Lac St-Jean some of the most beautiful scenery in the Province of Québec.
In August large quantities of blueberries are harvested here and the district is
also well-known for its cheese.
The Lac-Saint-Jean area is a plain dominated by a lake so vast you can only see the opposite
shore on a clear day. With its 210 km of shoreline, endless beaches and major attractions,
it is definitely a must-see destination. It is surrounded by the Véloroute des Bleuets,
a 256-km cycling network accessible to all. It offers a new way to discover the region's
beautiful and spectacular natural sites - a delight for nature lovers.
12noon-1pm drive to Saint-Félicien, QC - 24 miles and 40 minutes driving time
In 1901, the industrialist Damas Jalbert built a sawmill and paper and cardboard factory, together with a
village to accommodate the workforce which was 1,000 strong. By 1927 the factory had closed
down and the settlement became a ghost town. Part of the factory and the machinery survive
and can be seen. A number of buildings including the school, butcher's shop and grocer's shop,
have recently been restored and there is also an interesting little museum documenting
the history of the project.
Dominated by the majestic beauty of the 72-metre high Chute Ouiatchouan, the
Village historique de Val-Jalbert takes you back to both the good times and the
tragic closure of a model, working village created in 1901 around a pulp factory.
Classified a historic monument, this vast, 182-hectare wooded domain on the banks
of the Rivière Ouiatchouan, offers many points of interest. The historic village itself
consists of many restored buildings, such as the convent, the general store, the post office,
the pulp mill, etc. Also on the domain are the famous rue Labreque, lined by the workers'
abandoned houses, a walking trail and a cable car that climbs to the observation decks
of the Ouiatchouan and Maligne Falls.
You can visit the village on foot or aboard the "Balade" (an old streetcar). In high season,
you'll see many theatrical productions, spotlighting typical characters from the old village,
complete with an authentic historical backdrop. Throughout the summer season, you can also observe
many buildings of patrimonial interest, collections of antique objects, the reconstitution of
a logger's camp and a herbarium. The Chute Ouiatchouan, which means "river of clear waters" in
Innu, tops off the visit. No one can remain indifferent to this rushing downpour, which seems
to spurt out of the forest and roar down to the old pulp and paper mill, 72 metres (236 feet) below.
People from the Lac-St-Jean region like to point out that the Chute Ouiatchouan is higher than
Chute Niagara! Upstream, you can also observe another waterfall, also issuing from the tumultuous
Rivière Ouiatchouan: the Chute Maligne. A cable car travels up to the first waterfalls. Apart from these
beautiful cascades, you will also have a panoramic view of Lac Saint-Jean, a real interior sea,
whose far banks can be seen in very clear weather. A hiking trail leads you to the Chute Maligne.
Take a little trip to Chambord in the Lac-Saint-Jean region and as if by magic, you will suddenly
be swept into heart of the 1920s in the mono-industrial town of Val-Jalbert. From the convent to
the post office, from the gossips at the general store and the pulp mill, take a glimpse at the
daily lives of working class families of the era. You will live through their confusion when
the announcement came that their village was closing in 1927. From high up in the cable car,
you will be overcome with emotion before the power of the Chute Ouiatchouan. In the silence
of the campground at night or in one of the site's rooms, you'll wonder if the marvellous
waterfall that fuelled the mill, now keeps the old village alive...
The Convent - Come and observe a classroom and recite your lessons with the
Notre-Dame-du-Bon Conseil nuns, just like the children who lived in Val-Jalbert in 1921.
Without question, the highlight of your visit to Val-Jalbert is the cable car climb to the
summit of Chute Ouiatchouan and, higher still, to the observation deck of the Chute Maligne
and an incredible view of Lac Saint-Jean.
Chute Ouiatchouan - Take a deep breath: the extraordinary beauty and power of the
Chute Ouiatchouan (72 metres, or 236 feet), will make your heart race. From the observation deck
where the cable car stops, contemplate the horizon of Lac Saint-Jean, a lake so vast, it seems like a sea.
The General Store - Quite a bit of chit-chat goes on in the big general store,
what with all the news and all the gossip.
The House-Museum - Discover or rediscover a multitude of old objects that were part of
daily life in the 1920s, most of which were found on the site.
Chute Maligne - From the cable car's arrival point, uphill of the Chute Ouitchouan,
a wooded trail leads to an observation deck. The Chute Maligne is a 49-metre high waterfall (160 feet).
Day Pass C$22 Cable car C$4. Open 9:30am to 6pm.
At 95 Saint-Georges Street Chambord (Québec) G0W 1G0 Phone 1 888 675-3132
1pm-6pm Zoo de Saint-Félicien
6pm-9pm drive back to L'anse-Saint-Jean - 129 miles and 3 hours driving time
Explore the magnificent boréalie nature!
The Zoo sauvage of St-Félicien invites you to come live an unforgettable experience among the the Boréalie species.
Come witness the proximity of almost 1000 live animals in natural wide open spaces. You are located in a zoo
with an extremely different concept from what you would expect. Get on board our caged train to discover all
the splendor of the Nature Park Trails. Continue the adventure by walking along our pedestrian section accessible
to the entire family. Meet our nature guides on site and follow the zoo keepers for the animal feeding.
The Welcome Center will surprise you with the presentation of its two very interactive films. For nature enthusiasts,
the “Walking Adventure in the Land of the Caribou” package, offers a one and half day guided expedition by
reservation only. For the children, the Zoo sauvage offers the “Boreal summer camp” and the kids section
in the Mini farm. New for the summer 2009, the arrival of the Amur tigers in the Asian section.
The Boréalie encompasses the land where the average temperature of the coldest month is
lower than -3 degrees Celsius. It corresponds to the Northern part of the globe where the ground freezes
more than three months out of the year. The Boréalie spreads out from Canada to Alaska; from the North of
Russia to certain Nordic areas of some countries of Europe and Asia, Japan in particular.
In 1995, the Zoo sauvage parted with its collection of exotic animals in order to devote itself to
Northern North-American wildlife. Since then, the Zoo sauvage has continued its evolution and is now
fully devoted to the Boréalie, therefore specializing in the Northern part of the globe.
Multisensory Movie Duration 10 minutes. Motion picture projection with special effects that
will make you experience the rhythm of the seasons and acquaint you with the Boréalie.
The Multisensory Movie is included in the Zoo Sauvage entry price and is scheduled every 15th and 45th
minute of the hour.
Animal Feeding Come meet the Zoo Sauvage caretakers and the nature guides during animal feedings.
This must see activity will allow you to learn more about the behavior of our animal species.
Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the show of some of our greatest stars such
as the Polar Bear and the Japanese Macaque. Following feeding, you will have the opportunity to talk
with our nature guides who will happily answer your questions.
Don’t miss out on this learning opportunity and take note of the Animal Feeding Schedule or ask one
of our guides when you arrive at the Zoo Sauvage.
At 2230, boulevard du Jardin St-Félicien Québec G8K 2P8
Open everyday 9am-6pm Admission $34. Phone 800 667-5687
Day 6. Cap Jaseux
(9 July 2010 Friday)
8am-10am drive to Cap Jaseux - 67 miles and 1 hour 45 minutes driving time
10am-2pm Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux
2pm-2:30pm drive to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord - 25 miles and 35 minutes driving time
Since 2002, Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux is unique in its ability for innovation with its
Land-Sea-Sky-River experiences, as well as its indespensable Aerial Ropes Course, vast array
of outdoor and ecotourism activities : Kayak excursions, sailing, hiking, river rafting and now
« Via ferrata overlooking the Saguenay! The adventure experience extends to Tree Houses,
8 meters above the ground, a unique commercial concept and a first in North America; everything to fulfill every big child.
Via Ferrata is Italian for ”Iron Way” and is a climbing route with permanently fixed cables
for protection and metal ladder rungs to ease your movement over rock. The Via Ferrata is a new
North American activity. You climb a vertical rock face overlooking the Fjord. The rock face is
geared to your progression. It is a unique, fun and secure adventure. You are guaranteed to experience
intense moments. Two new sections have been in use since 2006. Our team of professional guides
is waiting for you. Participants 8 years and up must measure at least 1m50 , arms extended,
from fingertips to toes and weigh a minimum of 45kg (100lbs). The “functioning” and equipment
are similar to the aerial ropes course hikes, but you will be moving from one rock face to another
instead of from tree to tree. You are accompanied by our certified and highly passionate guides.
Unique in North America, the Via Ferrata invites you to jump from rock to rock, hooked to the capes
of the fjord! The most courageous ones who will dare look down will embrace a magnificent view of the fjord.
We recommend athletic clothing and shoes (shoes must be firm). Avoid wearing sandals,
jewellery and sunglasses. Long hair must be tied back. Available everyday at the height of the
tourist season and on week-ends during the off-season. Reservation is necessary. Duration is 3 hours.
Activities will take place in whatever the weather, unless extreme weather conditions prohibit activities
(ex: electrical storms, violent winds).
Are there flies? There are certain periods where there are more flies than others. Mosquitoes
are especially abundant at the beginning of the season. You can keep them away by buying Mosquito
spray at the Park’s entrance store.
$35 + tax. 1-888-674-9114. A 25% non-reimbursable deposit of the total amount guarantees your reservation.
From Sainte-Rose-du-Nord village, take Highway 172 West and drive for about 20 km and watch the signs
for “PARC AVENTURES DU CAP JASEUX, l’expérience TERRE-MER-AIR” . Turn left onto Pointe aux Pins Road
and the park is 3 km down this road!
253 Saguenay Street, Saint-Fulgence, Québec G0V 1S0
Baie-Sainte-Marguerite ("Saint Marguerite Bay")
A Picturesque Village in the Mountain. The village of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord is nestled in the fjord capes,
in the heart of a valley. The village is made of three main coves, which are the High Cove, the Théophile Cove
and the Women's Descent Cove. The first families started to settle here only in the middle of the 19th century.
During the 1929 crash, about thirty families chose to come to the village to join the ones already established.
The first road to link the village to Chicoutimi was built in 1937. Before that date, the village was a
self-sufficient community, and the villagers lived mainly from agriculture. Over the years, the forest
industry took over and nowadays, visitors can discover a picturesque village by the fjord, far from all
the hustle and bustle of the city. The houses seem to cling to the cliffs and in the valley. Numerous
activities can be done in the village, like sea kayaking, cruises, ice fishing in winter, or simply let
yourself be charmed by the panoramas offered from the viewpoints.
Also considered as one of the most beautiful villages of Quebec, Sainte-Rose-du-Nord conceals the
Musée de la nature where you can see an impressing collection of tree mushrooms, strange sculptures,
Quebec’s butterflies, Canada’s lynx, tree curls and witch’s brooms. You will also have the chance to see
and touch two 3.5 meter long sharks, which were captured under the ice in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord.
This museum features specimens of regional flora and fauna. You will see two Greenland sharks from the fjord
and some 100 preserved specimens (not hunted) displayed in an entirely rebuilt setting: natural green plants,
mushrooms, tree gnarls, rocks and butterflies. Discover the unparalleled beauties of nature at this unique site.
Day 7. Festival d'été de Québec (Québec Summer Festival)
(10 July 2010 Saturday)
7am-11am hotel check-out / drive to Montmorency Falls
- 151 miles and 3½ hours of driving time
Baie-Sainte-Marguerite has the Beluga Interpretation Centre,
with a rich history linked to the industrial colonization, has
recovered its tranquillity and is a perfect site for an authentic meeting with the beluga.
From the lookout, the guide naturalists will share the secrets of the beluga’s way of life
and the importance of protecting the environment in which it lives.
Baie Sainte-Marguerite has figured prominently in the history of the Saguenay’s industrial
colonisation. Now, after a bustling past, it has regained its serenity. Today, it is
inarguably one of the best spots to experience an authentic encounter with the St. Lawrence belugas.
These white whales can sometimes be seen frolicking for hours at the surface of the water.
Since they are an endangered species, it is a true privilege and a moving experience to
be able to watch them so clearly from shore.
At the lookout, guide-naturalists will share with you the secrets of the Beluga’s behaviour
and explain the importance of protecting its habitat. There is also an interactive exhibit
at the Le Béluga Interpretation Centre that provides information on the beluga’s habitat
and the evolving relationship between the St Lawrence beluga and humans over the centuries.
At the centre, you can also take part in an interpretive talk, organised activities or a
guided tour featuring the region’s history.
11am-2pm At Montmorency Falls
2:30pm-3pm drive to Ville-de-Québec ("Québec City") - estimated distance 22 miles and 35 minutes driving time
Measuring 83 meters high - 90 feet higher than Niagara Falls - the Montmorency Falls are an amazing
attraction for all ages. Take the short 15 minutes trip to see this natural wonder. The Montmorency Falls
are located in front of the Island of Orleans and were named by Samuel de Champlain for his patron,
the duke of Montmorency. Though higher than Niagara, they are far narrower.
The waterfall is surrounded by the provincial Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, where you can stop to take in
the view and perhaps have a picnic lunch. The park and falls are accessible year-round. In winter,
the plunging waters are particularly impressive: The freezing spray sent up by the falls builds a
mountain of white ice at the base called the pain de sucre (sugarloaf), which sometimes grows as high as 98 feet!
On summer nights the falls are illuminated, and toward the end of July and into August, there is an international
fireworks competition overhead, Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec. You’ll note that the yellow cast of the waterfall
results from the high iron content of the riverbed.
3pm hotel check-in Champlain Hôtel (formerly Hôtellerie Fleur de Lys)
private parking ($) restricted and with reservation only
Cappuccino and espresso coffee (complimentary 24 hours)
Wireless high speed Internet
air conditioning, iPod, AM/FM radio with alarm clock
Television and DVD Player
a small refrigerator
breakfast is graciously provided to all our guests
The Deluxe rooms are furnished with two (2) Queen size beds and every room has a workspace
with a table and a cozy chair. $229/night.
At 115 Rue Sainte-Ann Quebec QC G1R 3X6
between Rue Ste-Angele and St-Stanislas
Phones (800) 567 2106 and (418) 694 0106
The beautiful and unique Québec City boasts a rich heritage as a French settlement and trading hub.
This French-speaking city is located along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River and is the capital
of the Canadian province of Québec. Vieux Québec (Old Québec), the only fortified city on the continent
north of Mexico whose walls are still intact, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
With the Castle Frontenac dominating the skyline of Québec, one can’t help but feel the magic of this fascinating city.
Irresistible Québec Ctiy! Cobblestone streets, epicurean delights, terraces, the romantic Château Frontenac
on Cap Diamant overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River and the Lower Town Place-Royale...
Québec City has a personality, an attitude, a lifestyle... A whole array of emotional experiences awaits
you inside its historical walls and beyond! Never will it cease to amaze visitors and locals alike.
This fortified city, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, provides a memorable walking experience.
From Upper Town to Lower Town, all is about enchantment-old stone houses, museums, quaint shops, street
musicians and artists, and over 250 restaurants... To learn more about our historical heritage take a
guided tour or visit one of the many interpretation centres.
One of the city’s most unique features is the 4.6km (2.9-mile) rampart encircling the Old Town,
making it the only walled city north of Mexico. It is possible for one to walk along the top of
the fortifications, which offer sweeping views of the city and the St Lawrence River.
Near the Citadel, at Porte St-Louis (one of the four surviving city gates) is the Center d’interprétation
des Fortifications-de-Québec, which includes displays on the city’s history. It is the departure point for
90-minute guided tours (from June to mid-October) by costumed Parks Canada staff and is also the best
place for self-guided walkers to set off from.
Facing the Château Frontenac, this pleasantly landscaped promenade and boardwalk offers the
city's best view of the Saint Lawrence River and Old Quebec. Full of vendors, street performers
and scores of visitors in the summer, the boardwalk is also an excellent starting point for
touring the rest of the city. Those in search of some exercise can descend the staircase to
the Lower Town—others ride the precipitous funicular railway. The spectacular Promenade des Gouverneurs
leaves the Terrace to the south, runs beneath the Citadel, and emerges at the Plains of Abraham.
Festival d'été de Québec (Québec Summer Festival)
Perched atop Cap Diamant, the immense, striking Château Frontenac appears to look down defiantly
upon the St. Lawrence River below. Erected over a series of seven stages beginning in 1892,
the building brings to mind the château-style hotels built by Canadian railroad companies
toward the end of the 19th century. Recognized worldwide for its charm, the Château is
also becoming known for the quality of its cuisine.
Day 8. In and Around Ville-de-Québec ("Québec City")
(11 July 2010 Sunday)
For the past 42 years, the Québec City Summer Festival, the first of its kind in North America,
has put on hundreds of exciting and varied shows and concerts for the entire 11 days of the festival,
making it Canada’s biggest outdoor artistic event. With more than 300 shows in 11 days,
the excitement that builds in the heart of Québec City is contagious. It’s a must!
With its unique formula, Canada’s biggest outdoor artistic event gives festivalgoers admission to
all the outdoor shows and concerts for a single price. Out on the street and on the indoor and
outdoor stages, performers get the crowds of 1.7 million ecstatic fans up in a veritable celebration
of music. Rock, song, pop, electro, jazz, reggae, folk, hip-hop, funk, blues, classical music!
Québec City’s Summer Festival is all this and more!
Please note that the 43rd Quebec City Summer Festival will take place from July 8 - 18, 2010.
The Quebec Summer Festival presents a rich programme of music, street entertainment and cultural events
in venues throughout the centre of town. Of more than 400 separate shows, some are entirely free
– notably the street entertainers who perform nightly along la rue Jean Coutu. For the main programme,
a varied international cast of artists joins the mainly French-speaking Canadian line-up of rock, folk,
jazz, singer-songwriter, world music and circus acts. Access to most venues is by festival pass and
the largest of them is Scene Bell, in the amphitheatre on the Plains of Abraham, holding up to 40,000.
Headline concerts at indoor venues are generally ticketed separately. The Quebec City Summer Festival
programme aims to have something for everyone, regardless of age or tastes in music, and there is
an entire section geared towards children and families.
Hydro-Québec Pass This is the deal… 11 days of shows for $45.
The Hydro-Québec flashing badge is unique to Québec City’s Summer Festival. It’s your ticket to all
the Festival’s outdoor shows and a lot of the indoor shows, too.
You can get your Hydro-Québec badge at the regular $45 price at the 37 Metro supermarkets
in the greater Quebec City.
La Citadelle of Québec is the most important fortification built in Canada under British rules.
It was designed according to a defence system developed by a French military engineer named
Vauban and built under the supervision of Lieutenant-colonel Elias Walker Durnford. The
construction of the outer walls began in 1820 and it took 30 years to finish its construction.
La Citadelle is in the shape of a four-pointed polygon, with each point forming a bastion and
covers 37 acres. It contains two buildings constructed by the French and numerous others very well preserved.
This national historical site, also known as the Gibraltar of America, is the best place to begin
a trip into the military past and present of Québec City. Our one-hour guided tour will provide you
information about the American attacks, the construction of the fortress and its buildings. The visit
of the Royal 22e Régiment Museum located in an old French powder magazine (1750) and a former military
prison (1842) is included in the tour.
La Citadelle is an active military garrison and cannot be visited individually. Guided tours of 60
minutes are therefore offered in French or English. We can also provide written documentation in
five other languages: German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. We offer a special visit for
groups interested in learning travel.
Changing of the Guard takes place daily (June to September) at 10 am
at the Citadelle. La Citadelle of Québec is an official Residence for the Governor General of Canada
since 1872. Open daily 9am-6pm. Admission $10.
Samuel de Champlain (Québec’s founder) built his first home at Place Royale in 1608. In 1686,
a bust of King Louis XIV was erected, and the site was given the name it still carries today.
Two years later, Champlain’s house was torn down and Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires was built in its place.
The site has remained a landmark throughout the province’s evolution. As the first permanent
settlement in New France, Place Royale hummed with the hustle and bustle of rich merchants
under the French Regime. In 1690, the French used onsite cannons to defeat English Admiral Phipps’ fleet.
Following the 1760 Conquest, Place Royale returned to its commercial roots. Today, it is surrounded
by businesses, restaurants, and interpretation centers that bring its rich history to life.
Aquarium du Québec
A standout amongst Québec’s political heritage buildings, Hôtel du Parlement (built in 1886)
is one of North America’s oldest parliamentary institutions. The building’s fascinating
Second Empire–style architecture is a testament to the province’s political history,
and it houses an impressive collection of works. The multimedia display entitled
Le Québec, ses députés, ses regions (Québec, its MNAs, and its regions)
explains the inner workings of the National Assembly, which is where the province’s 125 members sit.
The Québec Parliament building, a product of architect Eugène-Étienne Taché and built between
1877 and 1886, was designed with four wings set in a square around an interior court. These
structures are the seat of the National Assembly of the 125 provincial representatives.
During your visit, experienced guides will provide you historical details and information
on the Québec National Assembly. 30-minute guided tours are offered in English and French and,
with an advance reservation, in Spanish and Italian. Please note that tours may be restricted
during the legislative session. Its address is 1045, Rue des Parlementaires.
Day 9. Drive Back Home
(12 July 2010 Monday)
Travel into the ecosystems of the St. Lawrence River and Canadian waters, and discover northern
plant and animal life. Observe 10,000 freshwater and saltwater fish specimens, reptiles, amphibians,
invertebrates and marine mammals as Atlantic and Pacific walruses and polar bears.
Enter the Underwater World at Aquarium du Québec!
Visit the ecosystems of the different marine environments and discover their plant and animal
life. Close to 10,000 specimens of fresh water and salt water fish, reptiles, amphibians,
invertebrates and marine mammals animate the Aquarium’s basins. Come and applaud the polar
bears, the enormous Pacific and Atlantic walrus and the very sociable seals!
From the Boreal to the Arctic…
Travel into the ecosystems of the St. Lawrence River and Canadian waters and discover
northern plant and animal life. This 16-hectare site is the only one of its kind in Québec.
As you make this amazing journey all the way to the North Pole, you'll have the chance to
observe 10,000 fresh- and salt-water fish specimens, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates,
as well as marine mammals, such as Atlantic and Pacific walruses, seals and polar bears.
In beautiful setting overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the bridges, come and observe
harbour seals and spend a magic moment in their company. An entertaining, enriching
and dazzling presentation!
Open daily 10am-5pm. $16.
8am-6pm hotel check-out / drive back home to Norfolk MA - 436 miles and 8½ hours driving time
6pm Home Sweet Home