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Saguenay-Lac St Jean

A deeply forested, craggy cleft tears into the heart of this province: the Saguenay Fjord. Overlooking its deep blue waters are windblown, lichen-and-pine-studded cliffs that stretch some 500m high. Formed during the last Ice Age, the fjord is the most southerly one in the northern hemisphere. As deep as 270m in some places, the riverbed rises to a depth of only 20m at the fjord's mouth near Tadoussac.

This makes the relatively warm, fresh waters of the Saguenay jet out atop the frigid, salt waters of the St Lawrence, leading to massive volumes of krill, which in turn attract the region's visitor highlight: whales. The marine life, and the entire waterway, now enjoy protected status.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Saguenay-Lac St Jean.