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Saguenay, Quebec, Canada

Saguenay is a city in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada, on the Saguenay River, about 200 kilometers (120 mi) north of Quebec City by the overland route. It is about 126 kilometers (78 mi) upriver and northwest of Tadoussac, located at the confluence with the St. Lawrence River. It was formed in 2002 by merging the cities of Chicoutimi and Jonquière and annexing smaller jurisdictions. Chicoutimi was founded by the French in 1676.

The city of Saguenay constitutes a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE); its geographical code is 941. Together with the regional county municipality of Le Fjord-du-Saguenay, it forms the census division (CD) of Le Saguenay-et-son-Fjord (94). The mayor of Saguenay is Jean Tremblay, who served as mayor of Chicoutimi before the... Read more

Saguenay, Quebec, Canada

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Saguenay is a city in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada, on the Saguenay River, about 200 kilometers (120 mi) north of Quebec City by the overland route. It is about 126 kilometers (78 mi) upriver and northwest of Tadoussac, located at the confluence with the St. Lawrence River. It was formed in 2002 by merging the cities of Chicoutimi and Jonquière and annexing smaller jurisdictions. Chicoutimi was founded by the French in 1676.

The city of Saguenay constitutes a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE); its geographical code is 941. Together with the regional county municipality of Le Fjord-du-Saguenay, it forms the census division (CD) of Le Saguenay-et-son-Fjord (94). The mayor of Saguenay is Jean Tremblay, who served as mayor of Chicoutimi before the merger. Prior to its use as the name of the city, the term "the Saguenay" or (less commonly) "Saguenay Valley" had already been used for the whole Saguenay River region (see Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean). Saguenay is the seat of the judicial district of Chicoutimi.

The city is divided into three boroughs: Chicoutimi (which includes the former city of Chicoutimi, as well as Laterrière and Tremblay township), Jonquière (which includes the former city of Jonquière, Lac-Kénogami, and Shipshaw) and La Baie (which corresponds to the former city of La Baie).

Saguenay was formed on February 18, 2002 by amalgamating the cities of Chicoutimi, Jonquière, La Baie and Laterrière, along with the municipalities of Lac-Kénogami and Shipshaw and part of the township of Tremblay.

The main economic forces in the region are the forest, paper, aluminum, tourism, and hydro-electricity.
St-Honoré-de-Chicoutimi, a small town north of Saguenay, has the largest Niobium (Nb) mine in North America.

Geography

Saguenay is located in a depression in the Canadian shield called the Saguenay Graben, which has a somewhat more temperate climate than the surrounding region. This has encouraged agriculture and human settlement to take place. The relatively small and concentrated Lac St-Jean area where the city is located can be described as an isolated "oasis" in the middle of the vast remote wilderness of Northern Quebec. Few roads connect with the area from the south and east, and only one road connects from the northwest. No roads go north from the area into the wilderness; the last roads to the north end just a short distance from the city, and still within the Lac St-Jean area. There are no human settlements due north of Saguenay all the way to the Canadian Arctic islands, except for a few isolated Cree and Inuit villages. However, the remote, paved Route 167/113 heads northwest to the interior town of Chibougamau, providing access to Western Quebec and Hudson Bay. No services are available for the 230 km (143 mi) to Chibougamau from the Lac St-Jean area.

Two notable natural disasters have occurred within the current municipal boundaries of Saguenay: the Saint-Jean-Vianney landslide of May 4, 1971, and the Saguenay Flood of 1996. The 1988 Saguenay earthquake, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake on November 25, 1988, had its epicenter 35 km south of Chicoutimi and was felt within the city.

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Saguenay, Quebec, Canada: Port Information


Only one cruise ship can dock at the port (the port is located in La Baie near Chicoutimi). 
Other cruise ships anchor offshore, and passengers are transported ashore by the tender boats. 
The terminal is modern and has all the facilities you need.

Get around Saguenay, Quebec, Canada


A car will be required to drive around the area. Some cities in the area have bus systems, but most of them don't.

What to see in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada


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What to do in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada


  • Beach - The Lac St-Jean offers many beautiful beaches.
  • Camping - There are many beautiful camping sites located directly on the Lac St-Jean.
  • Fishing - There are many lakes in the region and fishing is allowed on most of them during the appropriate season. Make sure you get the proper license and equipment.
  • Fishing on ice - During winter, you can fish on ice on the Saguenay river. The main site is at St-Fulgence.
  • Hunting - There are many ZEC (Zone d'Exploitation Contrôlée or, in English, Controlled Exploitation Area) on which hunting is allowed if you get the proper licenses.
  • Skiing - There are many ski hills in the Saguenay region. Look for Le Valinouet, Mont Édouard, Mont Lac-Vert, Mont Fortin, Mont Bélu and many more.
  • Snowmobile - There are miles and miles of path across the region. Most of them will require a special membership card to use.
  • Snowshoeing

What to eat and drink in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada


Eat

If you visit the area, try to find a place where you can eat some Tourtière (a sort of meat pie.) The tourtière in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is a different meal that in other regions of Québec.
Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is known for its blueberries. Make sure you try a blueberry pie or some chocolate covered blueberries (available in August only) from Les pères trappistes.

Drink

Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is renowned for its party-loving population. They take great pride in drinking "grosse bière" (literally "big beer", meaning most of them drink bottles of beer of around 700 mL in bars), arrive early and leave late. The title of the main street of drinking is usually given to rue Saint-Dominique, in Jonquière, where you will find 6 or 7 bars on a less than a kilometer stretch.

Shopping in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada


The city offers lots of great places to shop in. There are several shopping centers, lovely souvenir & gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, etc. Well, you won't leave this port without a present for you and your nearest and dearest. 

Safety in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada


Quebec is generally a safe place. Visitors should use common sense when traveling, as they would anywhere else, and keep cars locked so that they do not fall prey to theft.

Language spoken in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada


Many people in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean speak only French; it is the region with the smallest proportion of English speakers in Quebec. It is also important to note they speak French with a very thick accent that might sound strange if you never heard it before, even for other people from Québec. If you speak only English, you might encounter problems as you visit this area. 

It is well known around Québec that people from the area use expressions you might not have heard before. Here is a few of them (in French):
  • Cotteur - Possibly a simplification of the French word "accotement", equivalent in English to "curb", a concrete demarcation between asphalted and non-asphalted land.
  • Faire simple - Being silly. Arrête de faire simple de-même, Stop being silly.
  • Froque - Jacket.
  • Plaisant - Fun, nice. C'est bien plaisant, It's really nice. (* In Metropolitan French, plaisanter means to joke)
  • À cause used instead of pourquoi - Why. À cause tu parles de-même?, Why do you talk like this?
  • Durex- Scotchtape
  • Robeur- From the English "rubber," but meaning tyres. M'a faire poser mes robeurs d'hiver bientot
  • Panel- Designates a mini van, or van in general. Viens-tu dans mon panel?
  • Colon- Having no style
  • Top- Cigarettes. Faut que j'm'achète un paquet de tops
  • Sauce - Company. Veux-tu etre ma sauce ?, Do you want to accompany me?

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