Surrounded by verdant mountains and high plateaus, Saguenay with its breathtaking scenery, is Canada’s only navigable fjord, and its rich eco-system draws pods of visiting whales, seals and seabirds. Nestled among the flowering hills discover some of the most picturesque villages in Québec. Saquenay is the travelers portal to a host of activities including: kayaking, power boating, whale watching and hiking amid simply gorgeous surroundings.

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  • Cultural Show La Fabuleuse

    Watch an action-filled performance of the long-running La Fabuleuse, a mesmerizing show that tells the fascinating story of the founding of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area.

    A shuttle transfers you from the pier to nearby Théâtre Palais Municipal, the largest indoor theater in the province and certainly one of the most beautiful. Here, you will be treated to a riveting performance of La Fabuleuse, a show that has been continuously running for more than 25 years. It is an extravaganza. Each performance involves more than 100 local actors, 1,600 costume changes, and a host of animals. Add pyrotechnics, laser lighting, special weather effects and music, and you won't be able to take your eyes off the stage.

    During this spectacle of nonstop action, watch the history of the region unfold. You'll see how the Indians lived before and after encountering the legendary French explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain. You'll see romanticized scenes of the area's main events and everyday life in the rural province, recounting the drama of the colonists and loggers. A devastating fire, joyous wedding, and destructive flood are all part of the action. In fact, there are so many scene changes, actors, and animals coming on and off the stage that each year the performers spend 15,000 hours in rehearsal. All that hard work and dedication shows. After the usual standing ovation and curtain goes down, you will return by shuttle back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking and is mostly seated. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the shuttle and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. A light sweater or jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Transportation may take place on either a public city bus, or local school bus.

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  • Discovery of New France

    Get a unique historical perspective of the colonization of the Quebec province by visiting re-creations of several 17th century settlements, and then the Saguenay Fjord Museum.

    Departing from the pier by coach, you'll enjoy a picturesque drive to New France, a re-creation of 17th century life during the colonization of the Quebec province. The setting features meticulously restored historical buildings, costumed characters, historical figures, and fascinating demonstrations that will immerse you in the world of New France.

    During the 17th century, the First Nations tribes and the French colonists lived side by side and their cultures became interdependent. Much of this knowledge has been gleaned from archaeological excavations of the area around the New France site. More than 100,000 artifacts have been unearthed here, many of them on display. There is also a re-creation of a Huron Village, a rural farm, and Quebec City's upper and lower towns. Interacting with the characters at New France, watching folkloric Indian dances, and sampling traditional foods only adds to your understanding of life here in the 17th century.

    Afterwards, you will re-board your coach and return to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 2-hours of moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Scooters under 60 lbs. are permitted. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • The Craftman Road

    Step back in time and discover the artisans of a by-gone era!

    Take advantage of your cruise to visit the interpretation centre of the Fromagerie Boivin. While tasting some samples of cheese, you will hear the history of their family enterprise. The dairy produces about 2.3 million kilos of cheese yearly.

    You will then visit the Touverre Workshop. Glass blowing is one of the oldest forms of art, and also one of the most difficult to master. The technique was used in Egypt and Syria thousands of years ago. Nowadays in Saguenay, Guiseppe Benedetto, glass-maker and sculptor, performs this highly sophisticated technique for visitors to his workshop. The glass-maker’s goal is to develop top-of-the-line decorative objects such as whales, blueberries, fruits, lamps, perfumers, and more. His creations integrate his art with architecture. Limited-series sculptures incorporate granite, glass, aluminum, bronze, or steel—contrasts in strength and fragility.

    You’ll next visit will be at the Alpaga Bersi farm. During this visit you will learn about the characteristics of the Alpaga, you will learn about this friendly natured animal from the collection of his fiber to the finish product. Also known as the Gold of the Andes, this luxurious natural fiber has much to offer. It is light, warm, resistant, not prickly, Hypoallergenic and extremely soft. Combined with the expertise of our craftsman, you will find unique treasures that results such as sweaters, scarf, hats, mittens, etc.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair/scooters, are able to both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Cheese Factory has 1 flight of stairs to negotiate to reach the tasting area. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • The Best of Saguenay

    Discover the unique qualities of the land and people around Saguenay by visiting several unusual museums devoted to the Saguenay Fjord and pulp mill.

    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 chiseled 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 among those who thought it was an eyesore, not art. Finally, you'll visit Le Chevrier du Nord, a farm that raises angora goats for mohair clothing. It's quite the enterprise and a memorable end to your tour before driving back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing. There will be various gradients and surfaces to negotiate, including dirt/gravel paths at Mount Battie. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. There is limited accessibility at the goat farm. Scooters under 60 lbs. are permitted. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. A light sweater or jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • Saguenay Highlights

    At the tip of a majestic fjord where the waters of the Saguenay and the Saint Lawrence Rivers meet lies the charming village of Saguenay. With a decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the Old World, you will visit the district of Chicoutimi, and learn about the areas cultural, historic and natural history.

    As you begin your sightseeing tour, you’ll discover the importance of the Fjord, deeply chiselled in the Laurentians Mountains, as a natural trading route for the first Nations people of the area. In the 1600’s, France established its first fur trading post and colonization of the area soon followed. Passing the industrial area, you will see how the early 20th century brought exploitation of the river with logging, the pulp and paper industries, and aluminium production.

    Continuing to Chicoutimi, you’ll drive along its main street, rue Racine and its Old Port. A photo stop will be made at the Cultural Quarter and the Little White House that miraculously survived the Flood of 1996. A photo stop will also be made at the Pulp Mill of Chicoutimi. Founded in 1898, the mill played an important role in the development of the area. Also noted as the first French Canadian owned Pulp Company the mill produced a high-quality pulp that was exported throughout the world.

    You’ll then drive by the Ha! Ha! Pyramid in La Baie district where you will learn of the great flood of 1996 that devastated the region and proved to be one of Canada’s greatest natural disasters. Guests will have the option of returning to the ship or stay at La Baie district and discover this area on their own and returning at your leisure to the ship using the shuttle bus.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair/scooter, are able to both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • A Stroll in the Park

    Discover the wonders within the Saguenay National Park at its Interpretation Center and then take a leisurely stroll along one of the park's easiest trails.

    Your tour commences from the pier with a scenic drive to 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 Center 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 is the Beluga whale, an arctic species that comes to feed on krill in the summer. The Beluga's white color makes it easy to spot, even from a distance.

    After your orientation at the Interpretation Center, you will head outside to enjoy an unguided visit. Perhaps take a 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. Feel free to explore where you like visit the gift shop. Afterwards, travel back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes 1-hour of moderate walking that covers 1-mile. There are various natural surfaces and gradients to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition. Weather appropriate, layered clothing and sturdy, comfortable walking/hiking shoes are recommended. Transportation may take place on a local school bus.

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  • Saguenay Park Hiking

    See the staggering beauty of the Saguenay National Park up close and personal by hiking one of its most magnificent trails, a 1.5-mile route through the countryside.

    Enjoy a scenic one hour drive to Saguenay National Park, which encompasses the spectacular Saguenay Fjord. Over the past two million years, the Saguenay River has undergone four glacial stages that have carved deep valleys in the area. While the forests were logged in the 1800s and 1900s, the now-protected land has steadily begun to return to its former glory. Seeing the parkland on foot gives you a wonderful perspective of this intricate ecosystem.

    The Saguenay National Park contains 70 miles of hiking trails, and your route along the Point de Vue du Soupir trail is one of the most breathtaking. Along the way, you will gain 450 feet in altitude, providing you with incredible views of the forests and river far below. After stopping for pictures and to admire the views, you'll hike back down to the Interpretation Center to learn more about the fjord or time-permitting, browse in the gift shop before driving back to the pier.

    Please note: This is an active tour that includes approximately one hour and 45-mintues of hiking over a 1.5 mile trail. There are various natural surfaces and gradients to negotiate and the trail rises to an altitude of 450 ft. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate, layered clothing and sturdy, comfortable walking/hiking shoes are recommended. Transportation may take place on a local school bus.

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  • Kayak in Saguenay Park

    Paddle a kayak along the smooth-as-glass waters of the Saguenay Fjord, looking for whales, seals and other marine life in this unspoiled wonderland.

    Depart the pier for a one hour scenic drive to Saguenay National Park. It's the province's first park dedicated to protecting marine life, and there is plenty to see as the two daily tide cycles support a variety of animals. Arriving at the Interpretation Center, you will discover much about the area and receive instruction regarding your outing on the water. Then, board your two-person kayak and prepare to paddle along Cape Trinity.

    As you paddle through the pristine waterway, which was carved by the force of powerful glaciers centuries ago, you will marvel at the sheer cliffs and sandy beaches. It's an area of stunning natural beauty. The waters are rich in krill, making them attractive to whales that come to feed. Of course, exactly what you see will vary, although Cape Trinity is known for attracting whales, seals and a variety of marine birds.

    After more than an hour on the water, you'll return to the Interpretation Center where you will have some free time to browse in the gift shop before making the transfer back to Saguenay.

    Please note: This is an active tour that includes approximately 75-minutes of moderate kayaking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Previous kayaking experience is not required. Weather appropriate, water-resistant clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Transportation may take place on a local school bus.

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