CRUISE SAGUENAY RIVER (Quebec)
Dissecting an ice-age fjord, the most southerly in the northern hemisphere, the mighty Saguenay River rolls through banks of dense forest scenery, before finally unloading into the grand St. Lawrence River. A vivid display of fall hues flashes through the trees each year, while the full range of greens is present in its forests of evergreen pines. All combined, it makes for one of the most scenic and spectacular river stretches in North America.
Slicing through no fewer than three National Parks, the river guides you on a scenic, spectacular journey through tree-coated landscapes, alive with varied flora and fauna. Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay has some of the most beautiful views, where you can stumble across sand beaches, and soak up the tranquillity of the ford's expanse. Acquaint yourself with the views from the perspective of a sea kayak, or explore hiking trails by foot, as you encounter the fjord's dramatic sights, like the sudden precipitous fall of Cap Trinité's cliff edge.
The Saguenay River's wildlife is diverse and spectacular - from the enormous Atlantic salmon that draw hungry anglers to its banks, to the moose that patrol its shores. Black bears and sleek wolves also roam, deep within the forests, while harbour seals stretch out lazily on rocks at the fjord's banks.
Following a journey of 430 miles, the cool river flow mingles with the brinier, warmer waters of the St. Lawrence, creating a febrile atmosphere for krill to thrive in. The feast attracts some of the area's most celebrated visitors – pods of colossal whales, including the world's most massive - the blue whale. With belugas and minke whales also joining the natural banquet, you can witness the majesty of the giants of the ocean at play, breaching the fjord waters and gulping in gasps of fresh air.