All Aboard: Heading North to the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien

All Aboard: Heading North to the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien

Attractions, at the Heart of Your Vacation!, September 23, 2015 2015-09-23
Saint-Félicien Zoo
Saint-Félicien Zoo
Located in the magnificent region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Saint-Félicien Zoo is a one-of-a-kind. Specializing in boreal species, this zoo and its innovative set-up allow for a privileged contact with animals from the northern regions. talked to Christine Gagnon, director of conservation and education, who told us about this zoo not quite like the others! Tell us about the Saint-Félicien Zoo.

Christine Gagnon: It is rated by as one of the 10 most beautiful zoos in the world. Our niche is boreal species and our vast habitats distinguish us from other zoos. In fact, we have a good reputation in Europe and almost one third of our visitors are European. Visitors step aboard a caged train that takes them through the Nature Trail Park as they discover fabulous natural landscapes, recreated biomes and historical sites. This is a favourite activity at our zoo and it lets visitors see the fauna and flora up close. The pedestrian area includes magnificent lookouts over the habitats. Visitors are invited to discover the animals within authentic environments. Are there any exotic animals?

CG -Yes of course! The pedestrian area is divided into 6 regions: the Arctic, Asia, Mongolia, the Mixed Forest, the Little Farm and the Mountain. There are Japanese macaques, red-crowned cranes, Amur tigers and many other species that live in Nordic territories.

Lauraine Gagnon and Philippe Lazzaroni (sponsor), photo credit Cosmos Image.
Lauraine Gagnon and Philippe Lazzaroni (sponsor) Do you have immersive activities?

CG - Yes! All summer long we have special activities like the photo safari or behind-the-scenes tours. These activities let visitors discover the zoo from a different perspective and meet with the zoo experts. Sometimes they can even watch them in action. But our number one activity is the adventure into the Land of the Caribou. A seasoned guide takes visitors on an expedition for a unique look at nature and an intimate meeting with caribou and other species for over 24 hours. This fabulous adventure includes hiking, canoeing, a night in a prospector tent with a caribou herd, a meal cooked on the fire and wildlife observation.


The Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien won the Prix Coup d’Éclat! in the category Best website and strategy awarded by the Société des Attractions Touristiques du Québec in 2014.

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