The secret is out: Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is GIANT. Not only will you get a gigantic warm welcome from the locals, you will be blown away by the splendour and immensity of the landscapes that surround you. Water as far as the eye can see, majestic forests and breathtaking views are just some of the things that make residents proud to call this region home. To ensure you don’t miss out on any of this grandeur, here are six destination possibilities where you can experience a breathtaking view of the fjord.
THE MIND BENDER
The Anse-de-Tabatière trails are located in le Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay in the L’Anse-Saint-Jean region. These trails offer an unparalleled view of the area, which some consider to be the most spectacular and stunning in the region. This panoramic perspective provides a truly mind-bending view of the fjord from east to west. Use your car and then take a quick fifteen-minute walk on a trail that leads to a peaceful spot where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets! Admiring a breathtaking landscape while enjoying a picnic…what more could you ask for?
Les sentiers Eucher in the Ville de La Baie offer an unobstructed view of the fjord. Located about 30 minutes from downtown Chicoutimi, you can access the trails by car or using public transport via the Ville Saguenay tourist route. Its 4.5 km intermediate hiking trails border the fjord. Overflowing with history, you will discover the barker’s vestiges, a bark incinerator and the Centennial Cross that was erected in 1938.
If you’re looking for a superb view of the fjord, Les sentiers de la Plateforme, located in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord is the perfect place for you! First, make your way down to the dock for some delicious snack food, excellent coffee and their legendary maple ice cream. You can enjoy the stunning view on one of their many terraces while eating your tasty meal. Then, just a few minutes from the dock, on rue de la Montagne, take the beginner level trail to access the platform. It’s a showstopper at the top; we guarantee it!
THE FAMILY PLEASER
If you’re headed to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, why not make a quick stop at La Vieille Ferme? They are known for their warm welcome, delightful location and their proximity to the majestic Saguenay fjord. Head out on an adventure on the discovery trail where you can pick your own fruits and veggies and then try a delicious meal made from local products in a greenhouse! Plus, you will be very close to the Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux where you can have a great time with your family. It’s a win win!
Located about an hour’s drive from Chicoutimi, the Baie Éternité sector is one of the many parks in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean that offer a stunning view of the fjord. The Organisaction eco safari has some all-inclusive packages with a few extras that will satisfy the hiker in you! This 2-day and 1-night guided walking tour takes place on a section of the Les Caps trail between L’Anse-Saint-Jean and Baie Éternité. You will spend the night in a refuge, enjoy “discover the region” meals, be provided transportation to the departure point and experience a 360-degree view of the fjord throughout the entire journey. It’s sure to be sensational!
THE BOUNDARY BREAKER
Drive 45 minutes from Sainte-Rose-du-Nord and take a short hike in the parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay which leads to the majestic baie Sainte-Marguerite. Hop on the Le Fjord trail (6 km round trip, also bike-friendly), and you will experience the Saguenay fjord in an entirely unique way. Here, a long glorious beach awaits you. From there, keep going and in 5 minutes you will arrive at the Halte du Béluga. Who knows, you might just come face-to-face with one of these marine mammals in the heart of their famous nursery colony!
*BONUS* THE MUST-SEE IN SAGUENAY
Easily accessible by car, the quai de Petit-Saguenay remains a must-see if you want to admire the fjord in all of its splendour. At any time of the day, it’s easy to get there. Enjoy a picnic while admiring the magnificent view and/or the amazing sunsets. We just know you’ll fall in love with the îlot de roc, which is close by and adds to the undeniable charm of the site. While you’re at it, throw a line into the water; we hear the fishing is real good! (it’s in salt water too)
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