From the towering mountains and abundant marine life of the stunning Saguenay Fjord to the wild rivers of the Lac Saint-Jean basin, Quebec’s Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region is an outdoor adventure and paddling paradise.

Fittingly, outsized adventures are abundant in the “Land of Giants”—you can sea kayak with whales, canoe beautiful mountain lakes, rock climb or hike atop a fjord, cycle hundreds of kilometers of bike routes or raft some of the largest whitewater rapids in eastern Canada.

Three national parks and a national marine park ensure much of the landscape and its waters remain pristine and untouched. Whether you have a few days or a few weeks, you’ll just be scratching the surface of what this remarkable area has to offer.

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Things to Do in Saguenay

Canoeing, Kayaking and Paddleboarding

The marine environments of the Saguenay Fjord and St. Lawrence River estuary entice sea kayakers and paddleboarders with dramatic vistas and the chance to paddle alongside whales. Beautiful beaches and gorgeous bays accommodate kayak campers, while whitewater kayakers and canoe trippers enjoy some of the wildest rivers you’ll find anywhere.

Places to Paddle in Saguenay

Saguenay Fjord

Excavated by mile-thick glaciers tens of thousands of years ago, the Saguenay Fjord is a mystical landscape of dark waters enclosed within dizzying, 300-meter-high cliffs. Extending 105 kilometers from below Lac Saint-Jean to its mouth at the St. Lawrence estuary, the fjord is at once a sea and a river, as cold saltwater from the St. Lawrence floods its depths while warmer freshwater from the lake and its tributaries run along the surface. When the tide comes in it carries nutrient-rich saltwater deep into the Saguenay, and whales, seals, porpoises and other marine life follow.

Sea kayaking Saguenay Fjord rewards with sightings of ice-white beluga whales, paddling at the base of skyscraper-sized cliffs and ending the day in a charming village or beautiful campsite. Two parks protect this stunning and ecologically diverse region: the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park encompasses both the waters of the fjord and the adjoining St. Lawrence estuary, while the shores of the fjord are protected by the Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay (Saguenay Fjord National Park).

Check out Kayak Saguenay: Where to Paddle, Rent, Buy & More to learn more about top paddling spots in and around the fjord.

 

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Tadoussac / St. Lawrence Estuary

Located at the great confluence of the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers, Tadoussac sea kayaking focuses on the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord and the Upper and Lower Estuary of the St. Lawrence River. The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park protects these estuaries and the extraordinary biodiversity they are home to.

Most kayakers head north from Tadoussac down the St. Lawrence into the Lower Estuary, a crucial summer feeding ground for whales, seals, fish and seabirds. Paddling along the coastline towards Anse à la Cave, you may spot plumes or hear the great misty exhalations of blue, minke, humpback or fin whales feeding just offshore.

Lac St Jean

Lac Saint-Jean’s unusually shallow depth makes for warm water and large waves—even a modest wind can whip the surface into a frenzy of whitecaps. But when the wind is light, paddlers can enjoy shorter excursions along the lakeshore or exploring the many beautiful rivers that spill into the lake.

Venture up the Ashuapmushuan River (the river’s name translates to “the place where one lies in wait for moose”) at Saint-Félicien, or paddle and camp along kilometers of white sand beach at Parc National de la Pointe-Taillon. From the national park you can paddle up the Péribonka River, or tour among the more than 30 small, rocky islands scattered around the lake’s outlet.

 

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Monts-Valin National Park

Rising to heights of nearly 1,000 meters, Parc National des Monts-Valin protects a stunning high country of ancient mountains and beautiful lakes just north of the Saguenay Fjord. Together with the vast, adjoining game preserve of ZEC Martin-Valin, the two parks offer canoe trippers a series of interconnected lakes and rivers stretching over 100 kilometers, perfect for canoe camping circuits of 2 to 7 days. Bring your fishing rod—the ZEC lakes are renowned for superb trout fishing.

 

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Mistassibi River

Three massive and powerful northern Quebec rivers— the Mistassibi, the Mistassini and the Ashuapmushuan—pour into the northwest corner of Lac St. Jean near the small town of Saint-Félicien. Each of these mighty rivers offers thrilling whitewater day runs for expert kayakers and rafting outfitters, as well as options for superb multi-day (even multi-week) wilderness canoe trips. The wild and remote upper Mistassibi, in particular, rewards experienced river trippers with 80 kilometers of mountainous landscapes, sandy beach campsites, class II–IV rapids and abundant blueberries in season.

Saguenay Canoe, Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

 

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Fjord en Kayak

Located in the picturesque village of l’Anse-Saint-Jean in the heart of the Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay, Fjord en Kayak rents recreational kayaks and SUPs for exploring within the bay at l’Anse-Saint-Jean.

Location: L’Anse-Saint-Jean
Phone: 866-725-2925 | 866-72-KAYAK
Website: www.fjordenkayak.ca/en

Boutique Hors-Circuit

Saguenay’s premier outdoors store, Boutique Hors-Circuit rents a huge variety of outdoor equipment including single and tandem sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, canoes, SUPs, watersports apparel and safety gear, camping equipment and more.

Location: Chicoutimi
Phone: 418-973-9494
Website: www.horscircuits.ca/

H2O Expédition

Based on the south shore of Lac Saint-Jean at the mouth of the Métabetchouane River, H2O Expédition rents canoes, kayaks and SUPs for paddling explorations of the lakeshore and river mouth.

Location: Desbiens
Phone: 866-697-7238
Website: www.aventure-expedition.com/activities.html

Saguenay Guided Trips

Wanapitei Canoe Expeditions

Wanapitei Canoe Expeditions lead wilderness river trips all across Canada, but their 8-day Mistassibi River canoe trip is a northern Quebec classic. Descending 120 kilometers along the river’s spectacular northwest branch, this trip is suitable for first-time whitewater paddlers and includes nearly 80 runnable rapids (mostly class I–II). Beautiful campsites, waterfalls, excellent fishing and guaranteed solitude round out this unforgettable river trip.

Location: Douro-Dummer, Ontario
Phone: 705-652-3199
Website: www.wanapiteicanoe.com/

Organisaction

Organisaction are year-round specialists in Saguenay outdoor adventures. They offer guided sea kayak trips from 2 hours to 6 days, with two main bases of operation at Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay—Baie-Éternité and Villages-Vacances Petit-Saguenay. Multi-day kayak trip options include a luxury 5-day end-to-end traverse of the entire Saguenay Fjord, combining camping and stays in cozy cottages and inns. Organisaction also lead guided, 5-day canoe trips down the wild and remote Mistassibi River, suitable for beginner to intermediate paddlers.

Locations: Baie-Éternité, Saguenay Fjord National Park
L’Anse-Saint-Étienne, Village-Vacances Petit-Saguenay
Phone: 418-579-8763
Website: www.organisaction.com/en

 

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Fjord en Kayak

Located in the lovely village of l’Anse-Saint-Jean in the heart of the Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay, Fjord en Kayak are renowned for their award-winning service, expert instruction, performance fiberglass kayaks and gourmet dining options during their multi-day expeditions. If you’re looking for a shorter voyage in the fjord, they offer guided 3-hour and 1-day trips, as well as 2-hour family trips in tandem kayaks for youth ages 3 to 13.

Location: L’Anse-Saint-Jean
Phone: 866-725-2925 | 866-72-KAYAK
Website: www.fjordenkayak.ca/en

 

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Mer et Monde Écotours

Mer et Monde specialize in guided sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding excursions within the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park along the St. Lawrence estuary. Kayak tours include 3-hour and full-day whale-watching trips in the Lower Estuary, and combo paddling and hiking day trips in Saguenay Fjord. Mer et Monde is also the only kayak outfitter offering 3-hour sunrise kayak trips in the estuary and 3-hour night tours to experience bioluminescence and listen to whale sounds with a hydrophone.

Locations: Anse à la Cave, Les Bergeronnes Tadoussac
Phone: 866-637-6663
Website: www.meretmonde.ca/en

Parc Aventure Cap Jaseux

Situated at the western reach of the Saguenay Fjord, Parc Aventure Cap Jaseux enjoys a beautiful riverside location and provides a unique adventure resort experience. Guided Saguenay kayak tours range from standard full-day and half-day options to paddling excursions at dusk, dawn and during a full moon.

Location: Saint-Fulgence
Phone: 888-674-9114
Website: www.capjaseux.com/en/

Katabatik Aventure Dans Charlevoix

Paddle the bird- and whale-filled Upper St. Lawrence Estuary portion of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park with Katabatik’s expert sea kayak guides. Explore the abundant marine life, remote beaches and amazing geomorphology of the Charlevoix coast on a half-day or full-day kayak tour.

Location: Cap-à-l’Aigle
Phone: 800-453-4850
Website: www.katabatik.ca/en

Chiens et Gîtes du Grand Nord

Chiens et Gîtes du Grand Nord organizes custom, guided canoe camping excursions on the Saguenay–Lac St Jean region’s best canoe tripping rivers, suitable for all skill levels. This is true wild camping, with trip options ranging from 2 to 25 days. River choices include the Mistassibi, Ashuapmushuan, Du Chef, Métabechouane, Moisie and more.

Location: St-David-de-Falardeau
Phone: 418-673-7717

Rafting Saguenay

In total, 45 rivers spill into Lac St Jean—all accessible within a 100-kilometer drive from the lake’s encircling network of roads. These rivers drop down to the lake over polished outcrops and boulders of Canadian Shield granite, enticing whitewater rafters and kayakers with the promise of exhilarating and accessible class III–V rapids. Picture amazing surf waves and holes, steep chutes and big-water runs that compare with the world-renowned Ottawa River (minus the crowds).

Places to Raft in Saguenay

Shipshaw River

Tumbling into the Saguenay River near Jonquière, the Shipshaw River’s Chûte-aux-Galets section features 9 kilometers of fast and furious class III–IV rapids. An agreement between rafting outfitters and dam managers ensures an ideal flow all summer.

Rivière Métabetchouane

When the Métabetchouane reaches Lac St Jean at the town of Desbiens, the river appears wide and placid. But starting upriver at Parc de la Caverne Trou-de-la-Fée, the Métabetchouane boasts a steep and continuous 7-kilometer rafting run through a breathtaking, undeveloped canyon with a dozen major rapids rated up to class IV.

 

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Mistassibi River

The Mistassibi River is renowned for gigantic, high-volume rapids; legendary, raft-flipping waves and continuous class IV–V whitewater. An intense, half-day rafting descent of the Mistassibi roller coaster includes famous rapids like Hawaii, Black Mass, Moby Dick and H2O. Add a ruggedly beautiful river valley and consistent water levels throughout the season, and the Mistassibi is one of Quebec’s top rafting destinations.

Guided Rafting Trips in Saguenay

 

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H2O Expédition

Based on the south shore of Lac St Jean, H2O Expédition offers a variety of guided whitewater experiences on many of the region’s most thrilling rivers. Enjoy rafting day trips on the Mistassibi, Métabetchouane or Shipshaw Rivers. Learn new skills and enjoy wild camping while whitewater kayaking, canoeing, catarafting or rafting the Ashuapmushuan River—guided tours are available from 2 to 7 days. The outfitter also offers guided river boarding and canyoning day trips.

Location: Desbiens
Phone: 866-697-7238
Website: www.aventure-expedition.com/activities.html

Quebec Raft

Whether you are a first-time rafter or an experienced whitewater paddler, join Quebec Raft’s skilled guides for an unforgettable rafting day trip down the mighty, class IV–V Mistassibi River. The company also offers guided Mistassibi river boarding (hydroluge) and family rafting for younger participants.

Location: St-Stanislas
Phone: 418-618-RAFT (7238)
Website: www.quebecraft.com

Club Raft

Based in Montreal, Club Raft organizes guided, multi-day whitewater rafting expeditions on many of Quebec’s most spectacular rivers. Experience 4 to 7 days rafting the North-East Mistassibi River, or spend 7 days rafting the Ashuapmushuan River. Trips include transportation to/from Montreal or Quebec City.

Location: Montreal
Phone: 438-823-2471
Website: www.clubraft.com/

Hiking Saguenay

From the heights of the Saguenay Fjord to the lofty mountain trails of Monts-Valin National Park, just about everywhere you hike in the Saguenay region rewards with magnificent views of water, sky and rugged landscapes. Choose from short, easy rambles or challenging multi-day treks where you’ll camp out on the trail. Don’t miss these top hiking trails:

Statue Trail, Saguenay Fjord National Park

Departing from Baie-Éternité, the Statue Trail climbs a series of wooden steps and platforms to a breathtaking view of the bay’s 300-meter-high cliffs. This 7.6-km round trip hike takes 3–4 hours and is rated intermediate.

Pinède Trail, Saguenay Fjord National Park

In the park’s Petit-Saguenay sector, the Pinède Trail rambles 8 km through a wonderland of lush, moss-cloaked forest. Allow 3 hours for this intermediate hike.

Le Fjord Trail, Saguenay Fjord National Park

For a longer hike, the panoramic Le Fjord Trail totals nearly 42 km and boasts spectacular lookouts over the Saguenay Fjord as it traverses from Baie-Sainte-Marguerite to Baie-de-Tadoussac. Most hikers take 4–5 days with nights spent at campsites, huts or lean-to shelters. Vehicle shuttle service available.

Les Sommets Trail, Monts-Valin National Park

Looming to heights of 984 meters, Parc National des Monts-Valin dominates the landscape to the north of the Saguenay Fjord. Fall hiking is especially scenic, when the autumn colors blaze across the rugged hills. Sample the views on the easy Les Sommets loop (5 km), or tackle a 2- to 3-day traverse of the park’s highest peaks on the Des Pics Trail (22 km), staying at mountain huts. Shuttle service and baggage transport available.

Biking Saguenay

The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region draws cyclists from around the world with its endless beauty and robust cycle-tourism network. Pedal around Lac Saint-Jean on the Véloroute des Bleuets, a 265-km circuit with incredible lake views, dedicated bike paths and cycle-friendly accommodation and services. Take to the easy, gravel trails of Pointe-Taillon National Park and try cycle camping by the beach. Or test your fat tire skills on miles of twisting singletrack at mountain bike centers across the region.

Places to Bike in Saguenay

Véloroute des Bleuets, Lac Saint-Jean

Stretching over 265 kilometers long, this easy bike touring route is accessible to everyone free of charge. The route consists of bike paths, paved shoulders and designated roadways, allowing cyclists to admire the beautiful landscapes and charming towns of the Saguenay region as they pedal around Lac Saint-Jean. Learn more

Pointe-Taillon National Park

The cycling network at Parc National de la Pointe-Taillon includes 45 km of cycling paths, many of which link to the Véloroute des Bleuets. Park bike paths run beside Lac Saint-Jean and Rivière Péribonka, connecting miles of stunning sand beach and scenic waterfront campgrounds. The park campgrounds are only accessible by bike (or on foot) and a baggage trailer for your bike is provided free for the entire length of your stay.

Mont Lac-Vert, Hébertville

This downhill ski center in the Laurentian foothills south of Lac Saint-Jean offers more than 30 km of singletrack trail network for riders of all skill levels, including a mountain bike enduro course. Learn more

Vélo St-Félicien

Novices and experts enjoy the 80-kilometer singletrack network at Saint-Félicien Mountain Bike Centre, which includes a scenic blend of forest, mountain and river landscapes. The center also offers camping on-site. Learn more

Le Panoramique | Vélo Chicoutimi

Vélo Chicoutimi coordinates the development and maintenance of two exceptional urban mountain biking sites—Le Panoramique Mountain Bike Centre in Chicoutimi and Mont-Bélu Bike Park in La Baie. Enjoy 60 km of singletrack, pump tracks and more.

Bike Rental Saguenay

Équinox Aventure

Rents hybrid bikes, cargo trailers, BOB trailer for children and other cycling equipment and accessories for tours on the Véloroute des Bluets and beyond.

Location: Alma
Phone: 418-668-7381
Website: www.equinoxaventure.ca

Vélo-Jeunesse

This cycle shop in Alma rents and sells a variety of used bikes that are refurbished through a community youth program.

Location: Alma
Phone: 418-345-8080
Website: www.velo-jeunesse.ca

Pointe-Taillon National Park

If you don’t have your own rides, the Pointe-Taillon National Park rental center can get your whole family equipped for a pedal in the park.

Location: Pointe-Taillon National Park, Lac St Jean
Phone: 418-347-5371
Website: www.sepaq.com/pq/pta/

Vélo St-Félicien

Rents mountain bikes to enjoy Saint-Félicien Mountain Bike Centre’s 80-km trail network.

Location: Saint-Félicien
Phone: 866-900-5243
Website: www.velostfelicien.com/

Fjord en Kayak

Rents hybrid bikes to explore the paths and quiet roads of L’Anse-Saint-Jean, one of the most picturesque villages in the heart of the Saguenay Fjord.

Location: L’Anse-Saint-Jean
Phone: 866-725-2925
Website: www.fjordenkayak.ca/

Fat Bike Saguenay

Mont Lac-Vert, Hébertville

This downhill ski center in the Laurentian foothills south of Lac Saint-Jean offers 25 km of groomed fat bike trails and bike rentals for riders of all skill levels. Learn more

 

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Vélo St-Félicien

Saint-Félicien Mountain Bike Centre offers 20 km of groomed fat bike trails through scenic forest, mountain and river landscapes.

Le Panoramique | Vélo Chicoutimi

Vélo Chicoutimi coordinates the development and maintenance of two exceptional urban fat biking sites—Le Panoramique Mountain Bike Centre in Chicoutimi and Mont-Bélu Bike Park in La Baie. Enjoy 35 km of groomed fat bike trails.

Whale Watching Saguenay

Where the Saguenay Fjord meets the saltwater estuary of the mighty St. Lawrence River the seafloor rises from a depth of 300 meters to just 20 meters, creating an upwelling of oxygen, zooplankton and other nutrients—an irresistible smorgasbord for fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Three types of seals and six different whale species—from the diminutive beluga to the gigantic blue whale and acrobatic humpback whale—frequent these waters from May through October, making this one of the world’s best whale watching sites.

 

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Mer et Monde Écotours

Mer et Monde specialize in guided sea kayaking excursions within the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park along the St. Lawrence estuary. Kayak tours include 3-hour and full-day whale-watching trips in the Lower Estuary. Mer et Monde is also the only kayak outfitter offering 3-hour night tours to experience bioluminescence and listen to whale sounds with a hydrophone.

Location: Anse à la Cave, Les Bergeronnes
Phone: 866-637-6663
Website: www.meretmonde.ca/en

 

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Organisaction

Daily Zodiac excursions accompanied by experienced guides depart from L’Anse Sainte-Étienne and L’Anse Sainte-Jean. Take a scenic trip along the Saguenay Fjord to the St. Lawrence Estuary to see whales and other marine mammals that make this waterway their home.

Location: L’Anse-Saint-Étienne
Phone: 418-579-8763
Website: www.organisaction.com/en

Otis Excursions

Get up close to majestic humpback and curious minke whales aboard a 12-passenger Zodiac. Whale watching excursions depart from Tadoussac at the confluence of the Saguenay River and the St. Lawrence Estuary.

Location: Tadoussac
Phone: 800-563-4643
Website: www.otisexcursions.com/en/

 

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Les Croisières AML

Departing from Tadoussac in the heart of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, choose from whale watching cruises aboard 24- and 60-passenger Zodiacs or the ultimate comfort of a spacious observation boat or catamaran. Three-hour, 2.5-hour, 2-hour and 1.5-hour twilight cruises available; whale sightings guaranteed.

Location: Tadoussac
Phone: 866-856-6668
Website: www.croisieresaml.com/en/

 


 

Where to Stay in Saguenay

Saguenay Hotels

Auberge la Fjordelaise

Located in the heart of Saguenay Fjord National Park, in the picturesque village of L’Anse-Saint-Jean, this petite inn offers nine comfortable rooms in a historic building with stunning views of the bay. Free parking, beach and restaurant on premises.

Location: L’Anse-Saint-Jean
Phone: 866-372-2560
Website: www.fjordelaise.com/english/

Auberge du Jardin

Nestled in Petit-Saguenay on the edge of the fjord, this woodsy 12-room inn is surrounded by lovely gardens overlooking the river and national park. Free parking, beach and restaurant on premises.

Location: Petit-Saguenay
Phone: 888-272-3444
Website: www.aubergedujardin.com/en/home/

 

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Hôtel Tadoussace

The spectacular cupola and red roofs of this elegant Belle Époque hotel make it a landmark in historic downtown Tadoussac. Enjoy plush, 4-star accommodations just steps to the Saguenay River and St. Lawrence estuary. Beautiful views of Tadoussac Bay from most rooms, free parking, beach, outdoor swimming pool and restaurant on premises.

Location: Tadoussac
Phone: 800-561-0718
Website: www.hoteltadoussac.com/en/

Motel Panoramique

Located just 4 km from the urban amenities of downtown Chicoutimi/Saguenay, this comfortable hotel feels worlds apart thanks to its peaceful perch right on the bank of the Saguenay River. Rooms offer river views, free parking, beach, outdoor swimming pool, and are pet-friendly.

Location: Chicoutimi
Phone: 800-463-9164
Website: www.motelpanoramique.ca/en/home.htm

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Domaine Des Dunes

Named for a vast sand dune that spills into the St. Lawrence estuary just east of Tadoussac, the unique cottages at Domaine Des Dunes are nestled in a peaceful forest setting. Choose from Instagram-worthy 2-person cottages or cozy chalets that sleep up to six. All cottages have fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, woodstove and access to the site’s treetop trail, bicycle rentals and games area.

Location: Tadoussac
Phone: 418-235-4843
Website: www.domainedesdunes.com/

Chalets Sur La Fjord

Located in the heart of Saguenay Fjord National Park, in the picturesque village of L’Anse-Saint-Jean, the 4-, 6- or 8-person cottages at Chalets Sur La Fjord are situated right by the bay with stunning views of the marine park. Cozy furnishings, fireplaces and full kitchens included.

Location: L’Anse-Saint-Jean
Phone: 800-561-8060
Website: www.chalets-sur-le-fjord.com/

La Petite Caille Waterfront Chalet

This cozy and rustic little cottage on the edge of L’Anse-Saint-Jean boasts an unbelievable waterfront location and gorgeous views of the Saguenay Fjord. Paddle right out your door into the marine park. One bedroom, full kitchen, woodstove.

Location: L’Anse-Saint-Jean
Phone: 418-931-6257
Website: www.chaletsauquebec.com/en/22762

Écho Cabin, Saguenay Fjord National Park

Five new Écho Cabins offer cozy, cottage-style accommodation within the national park at Rivière-Éternité. Each cabin features two rooms (sleeps 4) with a wall of windows, a well-equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower and a woodstove.

Location: Rivière-Éternité
Website: www.sepaq.com/en/reservation/cabin/parc-national-du-fjord-du-saguenay

 

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Camping Saguenay

Camping options near Saguenay are both plentiful and beautiful with tons of variety to suit every taste. Whether you enjoy boutique luxury camping (Saguenay boasts some out-of-this-world glamping accommodations), camping at an all-inclusive adventure resort or seeking the solitude of a backcountry beach, Saguenay camping is sure to be a highlight of your visit. Plus, many Saguenay camping areas are on or near the water, so they feature great paddling right out your tent door.

Discover the top places for Camping in Saguenay: 20 Best Places to Pitch Your Tent.

 


 

Saguenay Weather

Weather in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean varies greatly depending on which season you are planning to visit. During peak summer season (late June through early September), Saguenay enjoys warm days and pleasant nights with a mixed maritime climate that can include brilliant sunshine, thick fog or rain—sometimes all in the same day! The average daily high is around 25°C in Saguenay and Lac Saint-Jean, with temperatures often a few degrees cooler in Tadoussac and along the St. Lawrence estuary.

Spring (May–June) and fall (mid-September through October) are cooler, with highs of 10–20°C and overnight lows dipping to just above 0°C. The crisp nights of autumn bring spectacular fall colors to forest canopies around the fjord, making for breathtaking vistas. These shoulder seasons can be a great time for Saguenay tourism, as attractions will be less crowded and many places offer discounted rates during these months.

Winter (December–March) can be a magical time for Saguenay travel—for those equipped for frigid weather. In January, the coldest month in the region, the average daily high is just -9°C and overnight temperatures can drop to -20°C. Snowfall in the mountains surrounding Saguenay Fjord often arrives in the form of major winter storms, with locations like Monts-Valin National Park accumulating six meters (20 feet) of annual snowfall!

 

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Winter also brings an equally diverse array of things to do in Saguenay—including downhill and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hut-to-hut backcountry touring, ice fishing, snowmobiling and exploring the frozen lakes and bays of the fjord.

Get hourly, weekend, 7-day and 14-day weather forecasts for locations throughout the Saguenay region at The Weather Network.

Environment Canada offers 7-day and hourly forecasts for Saguenay, Tadoussac, Alma, Saint-Félicien and other locations in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.


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