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Revision as of 13:48, 28 June 2007
Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean  is a region in Quebec, a province of Canada.
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.
St-Honoré-de-Chicoutimi, a small town north of Saguenay, has the largest Niobium (Nb) mine in North America.
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.)
- 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.
- À cause used instead of pourquoi - Why. À cause tu parles de-même?, Why do you talk like this?
- Durex- Scotchtape
- Robeur- From the english ruber, but meaning tires. M'a faire poser mes robeurs d'hiver bientot
- Panel- Designates a mini van, or van in general. Viens-tu dans mon panel?
- Colon- Having no style
- Top- Cigarettes. Faut que j'm'achète un paquet de tops
- Conne- Stupid, for a women. Ah... Te bien Cônne!
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 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.
- 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/
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
- 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.
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.