One of the places to visit in Canada for adventure is Quebec’s Saguenay – Lac. St. Jean area. I’ve never been but from everything I hear and read, it’s chock a block full of wonderful things to do – and adventures that belong in my book.
Have you heard of the Blueberry Route (Véloroute des Bluets)?
It’s part of Quebec’s fabulous Green Route – a cycling network linking some of the most beautiful regions of Quebec. I’ve cycled the Green Route through the Eastern Townships and on the Iles de la Madeleine.
But this one will be new to me. It’s a 256 kilometre cycling route that takes you around Lac St. Jean through 15 small communities where you can find B&B’s, motels and camping spots. We’ll rent bikes in Alma and then take three days to complete the route.
But if I had more time this is what I’d do in the Saguenay area
I’d cycle the Horst de Kenogami – a 72 kilometre extension linking Lac St. Jean to the Saguenay River in Jonquière. From there I’d hop on the Maritime Shuttle. It’s like a water bus. You can move between villages on the Saguenay River with your bike – and they have guaranteed departure times in the summer. On the advice of a very helpful woman at Tourism Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean I’d get off in L’Anse Saint-Jean.
Then I’d switch gears and get into a kayak for three days.
There are a couple of kayak companies that run tours in the Saguenay Fjord – which just happens to be one of Canada’s National Parks.
Fjord-en-Kayak offers a three day tour which takes you down to Tadoussac at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River – where with luck you’ll see beluga whales. They return by boat to L’Anse Saint-Jean. Organisaction also offers a variety of kayaking trips plus the option of moving your car around.
It’s also possible to kayak in the St. Lawrence River. If you want to see whales then this is the trip to take. Check out Mer et Monde for more information.
I haven’t even touched on the hiking possibilities which are plentiful. Or the fact that if you aren’t a cyclist, you can still drive the Blueberry Route and visit one of the numerous locally owned cheese factories.
I’m very much looking forward to exploring this area – and eating squeaky cheese curds followed by slices of blueberry pie. It’s a good thing I’ll be active.
How about you – have you ever visited the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area of Quebec? What would you recommend doing?
Photo Credit: All courtesy of Tourism Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean unless otherwise noted.