Saguenay, Canada

Introduction to Saguenay

Whilst in Saguenay – a popular place for Quebecois to visit for outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking – be sure to explore the Saguenay Fjord National Park, with a cruise along this stunning waterway or a visit to the Fjord Museum. The mouth of the fjord is home to billions of krill - attracting various whale species.

Known mostly for its electricity generation and its timber and bauxite exportation, Saguenay is fast becoming one of Canada’s most interesting and exciting tourist destinations. A popular getaway for Quebecois, Saguenay is boasts impressive hiking trails and beautiful waters that lend themselves to activities such as kayaking and ice fishing.

The city’s shallow, Krill filled river is irresistible to the native Beluga whales, so visitors are presented with one of the best whale watching opportunities in the area. There are beautiful fjords to explore, beaches, marinas, ski resorts and a whole lot more.

Saguenay and all its natural beauty is one of Canada’s true wonders.

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DISCOVER SAGUENAY NATIONAL PARK (TOUR H)

  • Discover the wonders within the Saguenay National Park at its Interpretation Centre
  • Take a leisurely stroll along one of the park's trails
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Your tour commences from the pier with a scenic drive to the Saguenay National Park, which encompasses the spectacular Saguenay Fjord, the world's southernmost fjord.

One of the best ways to understand this intricate ecosystem is by visiting the Interpretation Centre at the heart of the park. Here, during an informative presentation, you'll discover how the deep fjord was carved out of the land by powerful glaciers millions of years ago, why the Saguenay River is so dark and salty, and what wildlife thrives in the park. One of the most frequently seen marine animals in this area, is the Beluga whale, an arctic species that comes to feed on krill in the summer. The Beluga's white colour makes it easy to spot, even from a distance.

After your orientation at the Interpretation Centre, you head outside to enjoy a one-hour walk along the short Meandres des Falaises trail. It's a nice, easy walk with plenty of extraordinary sights along the way, including the Eternity River Delta.

There will be some free time to explore the centre independently or you can return to the Interpretation Center and visit the gift shop before returning to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing – including sun hat and sun glasses. This is an active tour that involves approximately 60 minutes of walking over 800 metres. There will be various natural surfaces and gradients to negotiate. Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition. Depending upon the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of approximately 200 metres from the ship to the tour vehicles. Please note the form of transport to and from the Interpretation Centre may be a local school bus.


Saguenay National Park, Canada

DISCOVER THE FJORD SECRETS (TOUR B)

  • Admire the impressive Saguenay Fjord during a relaxing boat cruise
  • Explore the charming village of L’Anse St Jean
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Saguenay National Park

 


 

Boat Tour
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Discover one of the most beautiful areas in Québec as you enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Saguenay Fjord.

Boarding your boat at the pier you embark on a cruise to discover the natural beauty of the Fjord, with huge cliffs shaped by glaciers rising more than 1,150 feet and dropping 900 feet deep into the shallow waters. Your unforgettable cruise will take you to Cape Trinity, the most impressive cliff in the fjord. Learn about the geological, biological and morphological development of the fjord as you glide by the impressive landscapes and towering cliffs of this natural wonder.

Your journey will take you along the shores of Ste Rose du Nord, the jewel of the Saguenay. One of the most beautiful villages in the province of Québec, this charming little hamlet is nestled on the shores of the Saguenay River and is surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Your cruise concludes at the charming village of L’Anse St Jean, where you will have some free time to explore independently before light lunch is served in a local restaurant. Following your free time, you board your tour coach to discover the fjord by land. During your drive, you will have photo stops at an old covered bridge that featured on the $1,000 Canadian Bill, and at the National Park observation point, before returning to the quayside and your awaiting ship

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves optional walking during the period of free time and at the photo stops. Gravelled terrain will be encountered at the National Park observation point. Depending on the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of approximately 500 metres from the ship to the tour transport. The boat, which is covered, will be boarded via a floating pier, and toilet facilities will be available onboard. Refreshments will be available to purchase onboard (at your own expense). A bottle of water may be a handy addition to your bag. This tour may operate in reverse order. It should be noted that your ship may cruise part of the fjord – this tour however will give you a different perspective from a smaller boat.


 


Industrial Hertitage, Saguenay

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE & HISTORY OF SAGUENAY (TOUR J)

  • Discover the fascinating industrial heritage of Saguenay
  • Visit the Chicoutimi Pulp Mill
  • Learn about the pulp and paper dynasty of the Price family
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 1/2 HOURS
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

The charming city of Saguenay lies at the tip of a majestic fjord, where the waters of the Saguenay and Saint Lawrence Rivers meet. With a decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the Old World, the district of Chicoutimi is located around 30 minutes from Saguenay, and we shall learn about the area’s cultural, historic and natural history on this tour

You begin with a visit to the Chicoutimi Pulp Mill, a beautiful natural stone mill that has become a museum. Rediscover the era of the Chicoutimi Pulp Company at the beginning of the last century. Through multimedia and interactivity, relive the time when these men erected true industrial cathedrals.

Continuing, you have a short drive, before stopping for a photo opportunity at the Little White House that miraculously survived the flood of 1996.

Back on your coach, you travel to Le Centre d’histoire Sir-William-Price which was established in the St. James the Apostle Anglican chapel over 25 years ago. A window into the past awaits you in this historic site.

The heritage centre is dedicated to the pulp and paper dynasty of four generations of the Price family.

Before returning to the pier, you drive by the homes of both management and workers and experience the history of Kenogami, formerly known as the ‘’Queen City of paper’’. Lean about the beginnings and the development of the company town founded by Sir William Price.

You conclude the tour with a quick drive through Arvida, the ‘’Washington of the North’’. A perfect example of a 20th-century company town. In 1926, 270 houses were built here in 135 days – each one completely different from the other. See the world’s first aluminium bridge, built to display the strength and diversity of aluminium.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately two hours of easy walking / standing. This tour is considered suitable for guests using wheelchairs or with limited mobility, however they must be able to board the coach unaided. Depending upon the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of approximately 200 metres from the ship to the tour vehicles.


Fabuleuse Cultural Show, Saguenay

LA FABULEUSE CULTURAL SHOW (TOUR E)

  • Witness the renowned La Fabuleuse Cultural Show
  • Be entertained as you re-live the important events that have marked the history of the Saguenay region

 

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
LimitationMinimum of 50 participants required
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

 

 

We invite you to come and discover this unique and indigenous production originally created in Quebec!

Come re-live the important events that have marked the history of the Saguenay region, starting with its "discovery" by Jacques Cartier. You will also witness the colonization, the Great Fire of 1870, the Flood of 1996 as well as other history-making events, with La Fabuleuse—an exhilarating, live stage show. This fantastic odyssey features the history of the Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean's Kingdom from 1603 to the present day.

Larger than life, the show brings to the stage 75-80 local volunteer actors, a host of animals and grand audio-visual techniques. More than one million visitors have enjoyed La Fabuleuse in its original French format. An English version has been produced exclusively for cruise line guests and, to make the experience even more memorable, following the show you will have the opportunity to view the backstage area before the shuttle transfers you back to the ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There are steps at the entrance and in the auditorium – however wheelchair users may use a ramped entrance if we are advised in advance. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Depending upon the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of approximately 200 metres from the ship to the tour vehicles. For reference the transfer to the show is approximately 10 minutes via a shuttle city bus.


 


Okwari Adventure, Saguenay

OKWARI ADVENTURE (TOUR I)

  • Enjoy a unique experience in the wild
  • Travel through the vast and majestic forest crossed by the Rivière à Mars, one of the best salmon rivers in the region
  • Discover an exceptional site where the observation of black bears in their natural habitat have been known to be seen
  • Take part in a Rabaska Canoe Ride
Price£80.00-£90.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Located not far from the city, on the border of the magnificent forest, you will be able to discover an exceptional site. The circuit includes several different activities, all to be enjoyed in total security. In this enchanting setting, you will take an approximate 45 minute Rabaska Canoe ride on a great lake of the area. Experienced naturalists will share their passion for nature with you as you are guided along an interpretation trail through the forest. Walk along the “Riviere a Mars” Canyon, and enjoy the exceptional views on display.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Each Rabaska Canoe holds 10 people. The walk along the interpretation trail takes approximately 25 minutes over uneven and inclined grounds. There are also approximately 40 wooden steps to encounter in the forest. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear. Life jackets will be provided.  Please bring along a waterproof jacket in case of rain. We do not recommend this tour for guests with limited mobility. Depending upon the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of approximately 200 metres from the ship to the tour vehicles. School buses may be used for the transfer.


Okwari Adventure, Saguenay

OKWARI ADVENTURE (TOUR I)

  • Enjoy a unique experience in the wild
  • Travel through the vast and majestic forest crossed by the Rivière à Mars, one of the best salmon rivers in the region
  • Discover an exceptional site where the observation of black bears in their natural habitat have been known to be seen
  • Take part in a Rabaska Canoe Ride
Price£75.00-£80.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Located not far from the city, on the border of the magnificent forest, you will be able to discover an exceptional site. The circuit includes several different activities, all to be enjoyed in total security. In this enchanting setting, you will take an approximate 45 minute Rabaska Canoe ride on a great lake of the area. Experienced naturalists will share their passion for nature with you as you are guided along an interpretation trail through the forest. Walk along the “Riviere a Mars” Canyon, and enjoy the exceptional views on display.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Each Rabaska Canoe holds 10 people. The walk along the interpretation trail takes approximately 25 minutes over uneven and inclined grounds. There are also approximately 40 wooden steps to encounter in the forest. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear. Life jackets will be provided.  Please bring along a waterproof jacket in case of rain. We do not recommend this tour for guests with limited mobility. Depending upon the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of approximately 200 metres from the ship to the tour vehicles. School buses may be used for the transfer.


Seaplane over the Fjord, Saguenay

SEAPLANE OVER THE FJORD (TOUR G)

  • Discover the beauty of the fjord from the air
  • Enjoy a memorable experience as you take to the air for a 30-minute flight by seaplane
Price£115.00 - £130.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 45 MINS (30 MIN FLYING)
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

From the pier, you will take the short walk to the six-passenger Beaver seaplane.

Once aboard, you will be treated to breath-taking views of the landscape below. Admire Cap Trinité, which reaches an elevation of 1,100 feet and boasts the huge statue of the Virgin Mary.

You can also marvel at the views of similarly high Cap Éternité positioned at the mouth of Rivière Éternité. As you come in to land admire Ah Ah Bay, where your ship is serenely anchored and awaiting your return.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Depending upon the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of approximately 200 metres from the ship to the seaplane. The pilot will decide seating arrangements - please note that not all guests may be seated next to a window, although we are assured that everyone will enjoy a good view. Please note that there is usually commentary during the flight

This tour is dependent upon safe flying conditions, and can be cancelled at the pilot’s discretion. Visibility, views and the route will depend upon favourable weather conditions.


The best of Saguenay, Canada

THE BEST OF SAGUENAY (TOUR A)

  • Discover the main sights of Saguenay
  • Explore the Fjord Museum
  • Capture the impressive frescoes of Québecois Arthur Villeneuve on film
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Discover the unique qualities of the land and people around Saguenay by visiting several unusual museums devoted to the Saguenay Fjord, soap making and paper pulping.

Departing from the pier, you will immediately be struck by the natural beauty surrounding Saguenay, which sprawls along the Saguenay River, a tributary of the mighty St. Lawrence. Its fjord, deeply chiselled in the Laurentian Mountains, is one of the world’s largest and was discovered by French explorer Jacques Cartier in the mid 1530s. Marine life thrives here, including Beluga whales, Minke whales and Greenland sharks.

Arriving at the Fjord Museum, you will discover how the waterway was formed, its importance to the province, and why the museum's strange Ha! Ha! Pyramid monument was created out of more than 3,000 traffic yield signs.

Then, it's on to the Chicoutimi Pulp Mill, a beautiful natural stone mill that has become a museum. Inside, you'll find the Arthur Villeneuve House, which the former owner, a local barber, painted with primitive scenes and figures. Interestingly, including the house in the museum caused a controversy amongst those who thought it was an eyesore, not art. 

Finally, you will take a scenic drive through Chicoutimi, where you will have the chance to see “la Maison Blanche” before making your way back to the pier.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately 50 metres of compulsory walking at the Fjord Museum and around 75 metres at Arthur Villeneuve’s Place; there are a few steps to negotiate at each stop. In total there is approximately two hours of moderate walking/standing. Depending on the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of approximately 200 metres from the ship to the tour vehicles.


ZODIAC IN THE PARK (TOUR K)

  • Get your adrenaline pumping with a cruise around the Saguenay Fjord aboard a Zodiac inflatable boat.
  • Learn about the geological development of Saguenay Fjord
  • Admire the beautiful landscapes and towering cliffs
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS
LimitationVERY LIMITED CAPACITY

Once you leave the pier, sit back and relax as you travel east through a countryside dotted with rolling hills, verdant valleys, quaint farms, and towns nestled on the shores of the Saguenay River. When you arrive at Saguenay Fjord National Park, you'll meet with your guide for a short safety briefing before stepping inside the Zodiac.

As you make your way across the water, your guide will regale you with ancient tales of this pristine place. According to an Iroquoian legend, the fjord was the way to the "Kingdom of Saguenay," a land of blond men rich with gold and furs. But you'll also learn about the geological development of the Fjord as you glide past the impressive landscapes and towering cliffs of this natural wonder.

Millions of years in the making, the Saguenay Fjord is a breathtaking reminder of earth's spectacular evolution. Carved by ancient glaciers, the fjord is Quebec's largest and the most southerly fjord in the northern hemisphere. Over 880 feet deep in some places, 65 miles long, and about two miles wide, the fjord is home to 54 species of fish including brook trout, Atlantic salmon, Greenland halibut and Arctic cod?and of course, whales. During your cruise, you may see any one of the four species of whale that frequent the fjord: the blue, fin, minke and Beluga whale just might make an appearance as you paddle.

But they're not the only creatures you may see. Peregrine falcons can be found soaring overhead or nesting on the cliffs and seals might be resting on the nearby rocks trying to catch some sun rays. The woods on each side of the fjord are filled with its own menagerie: wolves, black bears, lynx and moose can be seen making their way through the forest or the fjord's edge.

After your zodiac adventure, you'll return to the Interpretation Centre where you will have some free time to browse in the gift shop before making the transfer back to Saguenay.

Your one-hour return to the pier by school bus will go all too quickly as you share impressions of today’s Zodiac experience with your fellow adventurers.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is ONLY suitable for guests who are fit and healthy – it is a fast sightseeing tour and involves waves and bumps. There may be quite a gap between the quay and the boat, depending on the tide. Each zodiac holds 12 guests. Minimum age for participation is 6 years – children must be accompanied by an adult. All the necessary equipment will be provided, including a long sleeve life jacket. Come dressed in warm, practical clothing. Don’t forget your camera! Please note that the sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. There is approximately 200 metres of walking from the gangway to the bus on tarred, even terrain. This excursion involves walking over dirt and pebble paths.


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