Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean has something for everyone!
Destinations to explore, May 15, 2023 2023-05-15
Veloroute des Bleuets © Canopée Média

Summer in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is the perfect time to switch into discovery mode! Whether you want to be active, eat well or explore, you’ll find everything you need to have a good time in the region, and you can expect the quality of the experience to be just like the territory itself: huge! Whether you love forests, blueberries, or everything in between, here are a few suggestions for a vacation that rhymes with nature, culture and adventure!

Accommodations at Ermitage Saint-Antoine
Accommodations at Ermitage Saint-Antoine. Photo credit: David Verreault

Bathe in nature at Ermitage Saint-Antoine

Ermitage Saint-Antoine is a magnificent natural retreat where you can take a deep breath of fresh air. Explore the walking trails that crisscross the wooded terrain, rent a boat to cruise Lake Ouiatchouan, climb the observation tower for a panoramic view, or relax on the beach. Here, any opportunity to soak up the beautiful surroundings is good. Looking for an interactive activity? Don’t miss Origine, an immersive multimedia experience that will spark thoughts on humanity’s relationship to nature, animals and technology. After a busy day, why not spend the night in this enchanting setting? Between hotel rooms, cottages and campsites, the options abound for a well-deserved restful night!

Connect with local culture at Musée Louis-Hémon

A must-see in the region, Musée Louis-Hémon is a space that fosters creation and sharing that will stimulate your passion for literature and history. The museum is a tribute to French author Louis Hémon, who was inspired by his stay in Péribonka in 1912 to write his masterpiece, Maria Chapdelaine. Discover this novel’s universe through the museum’s exhibits, which also highlight French orality, reading and writing as well as the land of Maria Chapdelaine. Don’t miss the brand-new virtual tour of the Maison Samuel-Bédard, where the writer stayed for six months while in the Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Espace Péribonka, where Musée Louis-Hémon is located
Espace Péribonka, where Musée Louis-Hémon is located. Photo credit: Carole Tremblay
Véloroute des Bleuets
Véloroute des Bleuets. Photo credit: Canopée Média

Pedal towards adventure on the Véloroute des Bleuets

Lac-Saint-Jean is the perfect cycling destination with its Véloroute des Bleuets, a 256-kilometre bike route that crosses 15 towns and the Ilnu community of Mashteuiatsh. Whether you are a beginner, an experienced cyclist or are riding with the whole family, everyone will love this circuit that circles the magnificent Lake Saint-Jean. Along the way, stop for a gourmet treat, meet the friendly locals and visit the region’s artisans. A host of services are offered to cyclists, including marine shuttles, charging stations for electric-assist bicycles and a luggage shuttle to make the cycling experience even more enjoyable!

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