Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is divided into three regions: Saguenay, Lac-St-Jean and Chibougameau-Chapais.
The largest city is Saguenay and have been merged in 2002
The main economic forces in the region are the forest, paper, aluminium, tourism and hydro-electricity.
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
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.)
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.
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.
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
Things To Do
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 chocolate covered blueberries (available in August only) from Les pères trappistes.