Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is divided into three regions: Saguenay, Lac-St-Jean and Chibougamau-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 speak only French; it is the region with the smallest proportion of English speakers in Quebec. It is also important to note they speak French with a very thick accent that might sound strange if you never heard it before, even for other people from Québec. If you speak only English, you might encounter problems as you visit this area. Otherwise, most of this is true: Quebec#Talk.
It is 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).
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 a great paronamic view of the deep Quebec Forest. If you come from Chibougamau-Chapais or Abitibi-Témiscamingue, you will arrive by road.
There are 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.
Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is renowned for its party-loving population. They take great pride in drinking "grosse bière" (litterally "big beer", meaning most of them drink bottles of beer of around 700 mL in bars), arrive early and leave late. The title of main street of drinking is usually given to rue Saint-Dominique, in Jonquière, where you will find 6 or 7 bars on a less than a kilometre stretch.