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Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean

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Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is a region in Quebec, a province of Canada.

Regions

Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is divided into three regions: Saguenay, Lac-St-Jean and Chibougameau-Chapais.

  • Saguenay (also the name of the main city in the region.)
  • Lac-St-Jean
  • Chibougameau-Chapais

Cities

The largest city is Saguenay and have been merged in 2002

Other destinations

Understand

The main economic forces in the region are the forest, paper, aluminium, tourism and hydro-electricity.

St-Honoré-de-Chicoutimi, a small town north of Saguenay, has the largest Niobium (Nb) mine in North America.

Learn

Talk

Many people in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean only speak French. It's also important to note they speak French with an accent that might sound strange, even for other people from Québec. If you only speak English, you might encounter problems as you visit this area. Otherwise, most of this is true: Quebec#Talk

Expressions

It's well known around Québec that people from the area use expressions you might not have heard before. Here is a few of them (in French, naturally.)

  • Cotteur - Possibly from the English "cutter"? Concrete demarcation between asphalted and non-asphalted land.
  • Faire simple - Being silly. Arrête de faire simple de-même, Stop being silly.
  • Froque - Jacket.
  • Plaisant - Fun, nice. C'est bien plaisant, It's really nice.

Get in

You're most likely to arrive to Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean by land. If you're coming from Quebec City, you will cross the Parc des Laurentides on provincial road 175. This road is about 200 km long between Québec City and Chicoutimi and there is but one gas station (known as l'Étape) in the middle so plan ahead. It is also one of the most dangerous roads you can imagine. A high proportion of heavy trucks on a small 2 ways mountain road. Most drivers drive over the speed limit at about 120 kph (75 mph) and expect others to do so. Only extremely confident drivers are advised to take that road by themselves, as deadly face-offs around corners. And that without counting the animals!

If you come from Chibougameau-Chapais or Abitibi-Témiscamingue, you will arrive by road.

There is also a few airports in the area. None of them are international airports, but if you're coming from somewhere else in Canada, you might arrive at one of them. The main one is Bagotville in Ville de La Baie (now part of Ville Saguenay). There is also one in St-Honoré-de-Chicoutimi.

Get around

A car will be required to drive around the area. Some cities in the area have bus systems, but most of them don't.

Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean has a big territory so be ready to drive long distances.

See

  • Les Saguenéens de Chicoutimi - The local hockey team on the Ligue de Hockey Junior-Majeur du Québec. They play at Centre George-Vézina. - http://www.sagueneens.com/

Do

Here are a few things you might want to do. Please fill free to describe them or to add more activities or places to visit.

Places To Visit

Events

Things To Do

  • Beach - The Lac St-Jean offers many beautiful beaches.
  • Camping - If you like camping, there are many beautiful camping sites located directly on the Lac St-Jean.
  • Fishing - There are many lakes in the region and fishing is allowed on most of them during the appropriate season. Make sure you get the proper license and equipment.
  • Fishing on ice - During winter, you can fish on ice on the Saguenay river. The main site is at St-Fulgence.
  • Hunting - There are many ZEC (Zone d'Exploitation Contrôlée or, in English, Controlled Exploitation Area) on which hunting is allowed if you get the proper licenses.
  • Skiing - There are many ski hills in the Saguenay region. Look for Le Valinouet, Mont Fortin, Mont Bélu and many more.
  • Snowmobile - There are miles and miles of path across the region. Most of them will require a special membership card to use (I think).
  • Snowshoeing

Eat

If you visit the area, try to find a place where you can eat some Tourtière (a sort of meat pie.) The tourtière in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is a different meal that in other regions of Québec.

Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is known for its blueberries. Make sure you try a blueberry pie or some blueberry chocolate candies from Les pères trapistes.

Drink

Get out

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