Saguenay--Lac-Saint-Jean is located northeast of the Mauricie and west of the Côte-Nord. It has a population of about 280,000 inhabitants. The region is named after Lac-Saint-Jean, a 1000-km2 lake that allows fishing and recreotouristic activities. Saguenay--Lac-Saint-Jean benefits from 11 lakes and 15 rivers, including the Saguenay River, which flows into the St. Lawrence River. Saguenay, the most densely populated city, follows the river of the same name. A true demographic hub, it is teeming with attractions and a vast array of activities.
Nature lovers will be more than happy in Saguenay--Lac-Saint-Jean that counts on a great number of parks, beaches, trails, and even a wildlife reserve and a zoo. From the animals of Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien, to the beach of Plage de la Pointe Scott in Roberval, the trails of Sentier Les Murailles in L'Anse-Saint-Jean and Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay in Rivière-Éternité, there is something for everyone. As for downhill skiers looking for slopes in the region, they will find eight ski resorts. Most of them are only a few kilometers away from the municipalities of Alma and Saguenay.
A vast array of museums, theme parks and interpretation centres convey the cultural heritage of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. From the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh to the Village historique de Val-Jalbert in Chambord, the Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc old mill and the Musée de la Petite Maison Blanche et du déluge in Saguenay, culture aficionados will be entertained. Moreover, several festivals take place throughout the year, such as the Festival du bleuet de Dolbeau-Mistassini, a famous event among blueberry lovers.
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