AML - Whale cruise, Photo Credit Marc Loiselle
Distance : 300 km (187 mi.)
Fjords in North America? Why, of course – we have them right here in Québec! And you can explore the breathtaking beauty of their landscapes, seascapes and mountains along the Fjord Route, beginning at Baie-Sainte-Catherine. As you meander along their majestic way, you’ll see wide-open spaces, picturesque villages and local artisans.
A. Baie-Sainte-Catherine. Whale watchers have been flocking for over 20 years to Baie-Sainte-Catherine to board the boats for a better view of the beautiful sea mammals that inhabit the waters of the St. Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord. Pointed toward the ocean, this quaint village has a population of only 260! To get closer to these giants of the sea, AML Cruises offers a fabulous “rendez-vous” aboard its comfortable Zodiacs or ships.
B. Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre.Located in Baie-Sainte-Catherine, here you can witness a spectacular view of Tadoussac and the river mouth of the Saguenay. This is one of the best places to observe white whales, and visitors can chat with the interpreter-guides on the terrace.
L’Anse-St-Jean is tucked into a natural bay on the Saguenay Fjord. It is also included among the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec. Visitors who want to experience a complete immersion and discover all the beauty of the fjord from the inside should take a cruise with les Croisières du Fjord departing from L’Anse-St-Jean.
C. Learn about Birds. The Centre d’interprétation des battures et de la réhabilitation des oiseaux is the only bird sanctuary and aquatic bird habitat in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. The centre’s mission is to protect the environment and nurse injured birds of prey back to health. They also educate the public about these birds – crested owls, eagles, snowy owls, falcons, hawks and Northern goshawks – and explain how they care for them.
La Baie District, Photo credit Michel Julien
D. La Baie District. The city of Saguenay is the seventh largest city in Québec, with a population of about 145,000 and an area of 1,165 km2 – twice as large as the Island of Montréal. Located in the heart of Québec at the head of the majestic Saguenay Fjord and next to the Massif des Monts-Valin, the La Baie District serves as the region’s maritime terminal.
Musée du Fjord. Find out about science in an easy, entertaining and interactive way. The winner of eleven excellence awards, this museum reveals the fantastic universe of the Saguenay Fjord, the Baie des Ha! Ha! and their fabulous ecosystems. Seek adventure at l’Îlet mystérieux, play scientist or look for treasures on the banks of the bay.