Hoisting the Sails : Saguenay Fjord

Voile Mercator


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 the ocean for extended periods of time. A tour that was both challenging, yet enriching at the same time. Following this report, other enthusiasts and adventurers were inspired by this same love for the sea. To set off and discover new horizons with the wind in your sails is the beauty of sailing.

No need to be an expert to experience this expedition: this dream activity is accessible to everyone! Visitors can hoist the sails and enjoy this recreational activity on the Saguenay Fjord.

A unique adventure offered by the local business Voile Mercator.

Learning to sail requires preparation, meaning training made available to everyone, of all skill levels over a period of several days. Mastering the ropes, hoisting the sails and taking the helm may at first seem unfamiliar, but with Voile Mercator, this new universe will quickly become your playing field. The courses allows you to become a crew member or even a skipper accompanied by the captain. The company offers several tours and training courses on the Saguenay Fjord to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and Lac Champlain. A variety of expeditions from two to twelve days for all skill levels are available. A nautical adventure that’s perfect for the entire family.


The two owners of Voile Mercator, Jacques Hébert and Jean-Michel Hébert, are true sailing aficionados and passionate about the sport.  They’ve been sharing their knowledge for almost 30 years.  Originally from the area, Jacques is a dedicated instructor to his clients and a connoisseur of the Saguenay Fjord. His team is composed of about 10 sailing instructors all having completed their first aid and CPR training.


“Holding a tiller in your hand is an incredible experience! A new horizon to the universe is yours to discover…” Jacques Hébert



Sailing is the perfect occasion to observe phenomenal sunrises and sunsets from the waters of the fjord. For those looking for extra adventure, Voile Mercator also offers nighttime sailing excursions. An incredible opportunity to sail on the only navigable fjord in North America while admiring the starry sky above. A spectacular natural presentation that will leave you in awe. For the elite levels, amateurs having obtained their Basic Crew Standard, have the option to rent a sailboat without a captain.

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A magnificent universe is yours to discover in the breathtaking landscapes of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.


Happy trails!

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