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To make sure you don’t miss anything, scroll down this list of absolute essentials. In discovery mode, an outdoor stop here, a breathtaking view there, SaguenayLac‑Saint-Jean serves up giant attractions you can take in from the edge of a cliff or gliding over the water. With our 10 must-see experiences, you’ll have the best time in our region. 

Village historique de Val-Jalbert

In the 1920s, Val-Jalbert vibrated to the rhythm of its pulp mill. Silent for a long time after the closure of its mill, the village is now more alive than ever! Come and admire the impressive Ouiatchouan Falls from the top of its glass platform. Cable car, immersive show, trolleybus trip, there is enough to spend the day there. And why not at night?
 

🔆 In summer, settle down at Camping de Val-Jalbert for the night and get away from the city. Experience the romantic charm of a hike under the stars.

❄ In winter, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and hit the trails in the Village or in the mountains for a unique winter experience.

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Véloroute des Bleuets

The Véloroute des Bleuets is the cycling destination in North America. With family or friends, that's why cycling enthusiasts have it tattooed on their hearts. Its 256 km will offer you incredible views of lake Saint-Jean. The local population warmly welcomes you to the circuit with 75 ambassadors, 4 cycling centers and the Vélomobile Desjardins. In addition, it offers a luggage shuttle and many other services to cyclists are available to plan a memorable experience. What more could you ask for to cycle in complete peace of mind?



🔆 Starting in May, ride your bike and discover the majestic lake Saint-Jean.

 

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Zoo sauvage de Saint‑Félicien

In Saint-Félicien, the Zoo sauvage offers natural habitats as immense as they are magnificent for animals from the boreal and cold regions of the world. No wonder it is among the 10 most beautiful zoos in the world! There are more than 85 species including exotic and native animals. Red pandas are among the most popular. The visit is incomplete without snacks, animal encounters, water games and the famous train ride in the Nature Trails Park.

 

🔆 In the summer, take a train ride through the famous Nature Trail Park and observe the animals in semi-freedom.

 

❄ In winter, enjoy the snowy trails and see the animals come out to play in the snow. The train is also accessible during the cold season!

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Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon

Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon offers exceptional access to lake Saint-Jean and the Péribonka River. Visitors will be charmed by the varying hues of sand along its long sandy shores. The protected territory is populated by birds, beavers and moose.

 

🔆 In summer, 45 km of hiking trails and cycle paths await you. Take advantage of the 15 km of beach in the Pointe-Taillon sector and end the day camping or in one of the ready-to-camp facilities!

❄ In winter, we love the Amicaux sector of Saint-Henri-de Taillon with its Écho chalets open year-round.

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Parc de la caverne Trou de la Fée

It is surrounded by a rock wall that this impressive spectacle begins! Carved out of the granite, a 7-meter-high amphitheater—unique in Quebec—allows you to take a seat for a captivating immersive show projected on the rock at 360 degrees. In 21 minutes, we tell the evolution of the territory and its occupation. Wait until you see the new reception pavilion and its breathtaking view of the river! A complement to the height of this nature worthy of the most beautiful landscapes of Quebec, with its trails and its legendary cave.

 

🔆 In summer, explore the canyon, hike the hiking trails and discover the rushing Métabetchouane River with its waterfalls and cascades.

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Ermitage Saint‑Antoine

Want to discover a natural sanctuary in version 2.0? The multimedia and multisensory spectacle offered by the Ermitage Saint-Antoine is worth the detour in itself. As a bonus, imagine an extraordinary site between lakes and mountains where the beautiful, the good, the true comes into play! We bring the family: hiking trails, bike loan, observation tower. Everything is there for an encounter with oneself and others. And above all, we stay for a night!

 

🔆 In summer, stop at the campground or choose to stay in a comfortable cabin.

❄ In winter, the site is open from December 22 to 29. Take advantage of the holiday season to discover the 2km winter hike lit by torchlight.

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La Fabuleuse Histoire d’un Royaume

Let us tell you in a masterly way the 500 years of history of the region. Every evening, more than 150 volunteer actors take part in legendary battles and cannon shots to tell the story of the flood, fires, family Christmases and more. Do like the 30,000 spectators a year, be there.

 

🔆 Open during the summer period only, take advantage of the summer to discover this colorful show.

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Parc national des Monts-Valin

Between peaks and valleys, 25 km of hiking trails lead to as many summits. Among them is the majestic Pic Dubuc which, at 984 meters, is the highest accessible mountain in the region!

 

🔆  In summer, rustic camping, fishing, boating and SUP (paddle board) are on the menu. The more adventurous will have the pleasure of exploring the famous Le Mirador, Le Pic-de-la-Hutte and Le Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien hiking trails. Incredible view and fun guaranteed!

❄ In winter, conquer the Valley of Ghosts; perfect playground for cross-country skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing. Fir trees crumbling under the snow await you there. You will never have seen so much snow!

Sleep in huts or cabins, summer and winter!

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Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay

On each side of the fjord, this national park offers a thousand possibilities for adventure. From one side to the other, from village to village, the hikes offer breathtaking panoramas. Whether you love beluga whale watching, the fjord landscapes in a Zodiac or the via ferrata above Baie-Éternité, thrills are guaranteed. For the night, we take place under the tent, in wild camping or ready-to-camp.



🔆 In summer, experience the via ferrata activity on the imposing walls of Baie Éternité.

 


❄ In winter, Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay becomes a well-kept secret for many outdoor enthusiasts, snowshoeers and cross-country skiers.

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Discover the distinctive experiences of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean