Destinations to explore, January 29, 2024 2024-01-29
Ice fishing cabins on the Saguenay Fjord © Canopée

Rich with wide-open spaces, gourmet products and cultural activities, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region is a vast and magnificent realm to discover. Here are three ideas of things to do to suit your style!

Interior of a red-accented hotel room with two queen-size beds
Room with queen-size beds at Hotel Universel

For families: a vacation at a fully equipped hotel

Spend some quality family time in the heart of the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region with a stay at Hotel Universel, an oasis of comfort in downtown Alma. Enjoy the newly renovated rooms as well as access to a large indoor pool and hot tub, a bar and even an adjacent movie theatre. The hotel also offers a wide range of services, from the Pacini restaurant with its authentic Italian cuisine to the beauty centre for relaxation. Ideally located close to many tourist attractions, the hotel offers a complete experience for families seeking comfort and nearby things to do.

For foodies: a stop to pick up locally made products and microbrews

Nestled between the fjord and the mountains, Auberge Le Camp de Base is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves fine food, as it serves mouth-watering cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The establishment stands out for its high-quality, artisan-smoked products. Hot-smoked organic chicken wings, house-smoked salmon mousse or perfectly decadent charcoal-smoked pulled pork… so many delicious items to choose from! Don’t forget to pair your smoked dish or vegetarian meal with a cold beer from one of the region’s microbreweries!

Group of friends making a toast around a table
The restaurant at Auberge Le Camp de Base. Photo credit: Yannick Limary

For sporty types: a day of fatbiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing

Located in the heart of the Chicoutimi borough, the Centre de vélo de montagne Le Panoramique (mountain biking centre) covers almost 9 square kilometres of wooded terrain and boasts over 35 kilometres of marked, groomed and maintained trails, in summer and winter alike. You can enjoy fatbiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. With its mountainous relief and mixed terrain of granite rock, black soil and clay, the Centre offers trails for all levels, from beginner to intermediate and expert. This mountain biking paradise offers exceptional views of the majestic Saguenay region.

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