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Ville de Saguenay (City of Saguenay) is the result of a merger that included three large towns – Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie – that straddle the Upper Saguenay River and Lac St-Jean. Once known only for its industries (aluminum and paper plants powered by the river), the new city is now a major force on the tourism and cultural landscape. Surrounded by some of the province’s most spectacular scenery, Saguenay built a new cruise terminal in Ha! Ha! Bay (its actual name) to accommodate the 60-plus ships that make their way each year up the ancient Saguenay Fjord – and, at 165 kilometers (102 miles), one of the world’s longest. A strong ...

Ville de Saguenay (City of Saguenay) is the result of a merger that included three large towns – Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie – that straddle the Upper Saguenay River and Lac St-Jean. Once known only for its industries (aluminum and paper plants powered by the river), the new city is now a major force on the tourism and cultural landscape. Surrounded by some of the province’s most spectacular scenery, Saguenay built a new cruise terminal in Ha! Ha! Bay (its actual name) to accommodate the 60-plus ships that make their way each year up the ancient Saguenay Fjord – and, at 165 kilometers (102 miles), one of the world’s longest. A strong contingent of artists call Saguenay home, and live theater, concerts, exhibitions and festivities are a constant on the city’s calendar. To understand the significance of Saguenay’s industrial past, visit the Pulp Mill Museum of Chicoutimi, which is also a hub for a wide range of cultural activities. Virtually year round, visitors are won over by the city’s alluring charm.

Joanna Ebbutt
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Joanna Ebbutt is the author or editor of three Insight Guides to Toronto and Canada, and coauthor of Off the Beaten Track: Western Canada. She has been writing about travel for three decades, including chasing the aurora borealis in Northern Ontario.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located 287 miles from Montreal in the province of Quebec
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

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    Summer, fall, winter