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Saguenay, Quebec

Just after visiting Saguenay, the wonderful Saguenay River pours into the massive St. Lawrence River. Before then, however, it slices through one of the world's most southerly fjords and dense forests of towering pine trees. The nature watching here is nothing short of sublime, with outdoor spots like the Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay offering panoramic vistas and sandy river-beaches. Island-sized blue whales cruise through the waters of the mighty rivers, and flick gallons of water into the air effortlessly with a single swish of their colossal tails.

With hiking, kayaking and cycling opportunities inviting you to explore the spectacular scenery - you'll find endless ways to fall in love with this majestic outdoor escape. In fall, gorgeous colours ripple through the foliage, and in doing so, they provide one of nature's greatest performances.

While nature may be the star of the show in Saguenay, you’ll also be introduced to a welcoming destination of culture, with a distinctive French accent. Be sure to find a spot to try the ultimate comfort food, and a Quebecois speciality, poutine - which is gravy and cheese curd smothered French fries. A quick visit to the tiny white house, or the Musee de la Petite Maison Blanche - which waits in Chicoutimi - is well worth your time, and will give you the chance to see the only house to survive the devastating flash floods that washed much of the village away in 1996.

Saguenay, Quebec