THE FABULOUS KINGDOM
One of the great contributors in the field of aluminum in America, Saguenay is a city in Québec, Canada, which belongs to the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. The city settled during the 1940s and was finally established on February 18, 2002. Divided into three boroughs, the city consists of Chicoutimi territory, Jonquiere territory, and La Baie territory. French is widely used in the city, followed by English-speaking citizens, while few people use Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese languages.
Saguenay offers lots of tourist attractions, wonderful scenery, and outdoor adventures. It is probably one of the best places to celebrate winter with family and friends. During this season, this city becomes a perfect spot for alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sleighing, and more. The city also has warm beaches to relax, swim, and sun bathe during the months of June-August. Any time of the year, you can visit their most popular attractions, museums, and art galleries.
You should know that the whole region is very industrialized. There is also very strong support city and the whole region for the separation of Québec province from English-dominated Canada.
HOW IT BEGAN
The region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean has long been known for its blue-collar sensibilities. The region is dominated by two major waterways, the Lac-Saint Jean and the Saguenay River. The city of Saguenay is part of this region and was first settled in the 1940s. The city became the largest in the region in 2002 with the merger of the cities of Jonquiere, Chicoutimi, and several smaller towns. Saguenay is now a very industrialized city and has since promoted itself as the “Fabulous Kingdom”.
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╣the Little White House in Chicoutimi district. This museum is one of the most visited places in the city. The city’s symbol of solidarity, a waterfall and a theme park is built there in memory of the 1996 flood incident. When you visit the place, you’d be able to learn about its history before, and after the flood came.
╣Village de la Securite. With miniature cars to ride on, your kids will surely love exploring this small village. So if you are with your family, this place is the right pick.
╣Shipshaw’s Aluminum Bridge. It is the world’s first bridge made of aluminum alloy. It is located near Shipshaw’s power plant in On du Pont Road. Because Saguenay is one of the makers of the best aluminum, the bridge serves as a huge symbol to honor the expertise is built in the city.
╣a Pyramide des Ha! Ha! in Parc des Ha! Ha! in La Baie district. When you visit the place, try to find out why people say the aluminum pyramid’s reflection is strange. It is another attraction built to commemorate the terrible incident in 1996.
╣Parc de la Rivière-aux-Sables. It is definitely the place for all ages. It is a large playground for kids and is also an ideal place for adults to cycle, hike, and run. Gondola tours and boat rentals are offered because the park is located near the shore of Rivière-aux-Sables.
╣Center historique des Soeurs du Bon Conseil. If you want to know more about the city’s history, culture, and arts, you should visit this place. With tour guides to assist you, the artifacts in this place will take you to a different world – the early times of Saguenay. Enjoy capturing pictures of the beautiful views of Chicoutimi district and Saguenay River in this historical attraction.
╣Saguenay’s popular ski spots. Enjoy the snow, fresh air, exciting activities, and beautiful scenery of the Saguenay fjord, the Valin Mountains, and the Bec-Scie’s rock walls if you are into snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, or camping.
╣Center de Ski Mont-Belu. Located in La Baie district, this ski spot has nine 175 meters slope in which some are open for night skiing. For early season sliding, such as snowboarding and alpine skiing, the city of Saguenay offers many ideal spots for this fun activity.
╣Les Chiens et Gite du Grand Nord. Do you plan to go for a snowmobile ride or dog sleighing with friends or family? With certified professionals to guide you along the way, your visit to this place will surely be exciting and unforgettable. The place offers equipment rentals for a perfect winter fun.
╣Saguenay’s ice rinks. You can go to Patinoire exterieure terasse de la Purperie, Patinoire extérieure Saint-Joachim, and Patinoire extérieure Murdock and skate on their pavilion or roulette rinks.
╣Saguenay’s beaches. Beautiful, sandy beaches to spend summer vacation in this city include the Plage sur les rives de la baie des Ha! Ha!, Plage de La Baie de Tadoussac, Village-Vacances de Petit-Saguenay, and Center Touristique du Lac Kénogami. Enjoy the fresh air, warm water, and beautiful scenery all around these beaches. These places are also an excellent sail boarding, snorkeling, and boating site. Here’s a tip for everyone: as you go near the Lake Saint-Jean, water gets warmer. Enjoy fishing with your family in Saguenay’s outfitters. One of their best-known outfitters is the Pourvoirie du Fantôme Noir which also offers black bear hunting activity. You can also go fishing in Pourvoirie le Refuge, Pourvoirie Monts-Valin, Pourvoirie and Cap au Leste Inc. Most of these outfitters offer lodging, equipment rentals, and other outdoor activities like hunting.
╣sites for salmon fishing and sea trout fishing. Some of the best places to visit are ZEC Rivière-à-Mars, ZEC Rivière Sainte-Marguerite, and ZEC Rivière Saint-Jean Saguenay. These fishing sites also offer equipment and boat rentals. They have cottages and campgrounds for those who want to camp and spend the night.
TOURISTS SHOULD KNOW
Whether you are with your family or friends, you’ll find the best place to spend the night in Saguenay. You can choose to stay in a 4star hotel, in a country inn, or in a B&B (bed and breakfast). For people who want to experience camping, campgrounds are also available in the city.
Some of the finest hotels in this place are Au fil des Saisons, Au Gîte de la Rivière aux Sables, and Au gîte du Barrage. These hotels serve breakfast, have recreational facilities, and multilingual staffs to provide the best comfort and place for tourists. They have parking lots and internet connections.
If the group plans to stay on a campground, you can check in at Camping de L’Anse. With 78 sites of which 67% is for travelers, a lot of outdoor activities can be done here. The campground has a swimming pool, a playground, and a small golf course. You can also enjoy fishing, cycling, and running around the area. The Camping Dan-En-Terre and the Camping Plage St-Jude also offer great facilities and services. They also have multilingual staffs and certified professionals to assist you during your stay.