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Nature and culture

Take a cruise on the majestic Saint Lawrence and discover all the promises it has ever vowed to keep.

A unique waterway

Gulf, estuary, fjord, majestic islands and distinctive shores. An unsurpassed visual experience.

Notre Dame du Saguenay Statue  (crédit : MTOQ, Paul Hurteau & Claude Parent)

Notre Dame du Saguenay Statue (crédit : MTOQ, Paul Hurteau & Claude Parent)

A complex ecosystem

Nourishing waters in abundance and rich marine life; 13 species of marine mammals, colonies of birds, Atlantic salmon and other fish and shellfish.

Whales watching  (crédit : ACSL, Marc Loiselle )

Whales watching (crédit : ACSL, Marc Loiselle )

Landscapes formed by glaciers

The effects of glaciation on the soil and vegetation; mountains and cultivated valleys.

Forillon National Park of Canada (crédit : Michel Julien, ATRG)

Forillon National Park of Canada (crédit : Michel Julien, ATRG)

Numerous parks

Forillon National Park of Canada, Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park, Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada, Anticosti Island National Park, Saguenay National Park, the Fjord and the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. UNESCO world heritage sites: the historic borough of Old Québec, the Manicouagan/Uapishka territory and the lac Saint-Pierre.

Mingan Archipelago National Park  (crédit : Parcs Canada, E. Le Bel)

Mingan Archipelago National Park (crédit : Parcs Canada, E. Le Bel)

An historic journey

The discovery of Canada by Jacques Cartier and Champlain; a history of colonization, immigration and industrialization; a seaway punctuated with heritage lighthouses proudly erected on the capes and cliffs.

Étang-du-Nord lighthouse, Îles de la Madeleine  (crédit : Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine, Michel Bonato)

Étang-du-Nord lighthouse, Îles de la Madeleine (crédit : Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine, Michel Bonato)

Remarkable cities

Centres of architecture, history, industry and culture. Québec, the only fortified city in North America, celebrated 400 years of history in 2008; Montréal, city of culture and gastronomical excellence, is renowned for its many festivals and singular way of life; Trois-Rivières, Cultural Capital of Canada marking its 375th anniversary in 2009 while Gaspé, also in 2009, commemorate 475 years of French history and presence in North America.

Horse-drawn carriage in Old Québec (crédit : Office du tourisme de Québec, Yves Tessier)

Horse-drawn carriage in Old Québec (crédit : Office du tourisme de Québec, Yves Tessier)

The francophone culture

A unique human experience in North America; festive traditions, a warm welcome, the French language on a daily basis. A cultural mosaic where First Nations and descendants of the first French, Irish, Basque and English immigrants cohabit with new arrivals from around the world.

Québec flag (crédit : MTOQ, JP Huard)

Québec flag (crédit : MTOQ, JP Huard)

A First Nations presence

A culture and lifestyle still very present in outlying regions, diverse First Nation communities such as the Huron, Micmac and Innu peoples.

Amerindian in a Innu camp (credit : Adéline Basile)

Amerindian in a Innu camp (credit : Adéline Basile)

Ecotourism

Numerous nature outings are available to all: excursions at sea, wildlife observation, interpretation activities, kayak, fishing, walking, and cycling.

Sea kayaking, Percé Rock National Park (crédit : Michel Julien, ATRG )

Sea kayaking, Percé Rock National Park (crédit : Michel Julien, ATRG )

Captivating excursions

Manic-5 hydroelectric complex, Anticosti Island, salmon fishing, flying over the Saguenay Fjord in a seaplane.

Hydroelectric dam Manic-5 (crédit : Hydro-Québec)

Hydroelectric dam Manic-5 (crédit : Hydro-Québec)

A tradition of hospitality

A warm welcome, impeccable service and diversified activities at port.

Boat and Notre Dame du Saguenay Statue (crédit : Promotion Saguenay, Alain Dumas)

Boat and Notre Dame du Saguenay Statue (crédit : Promotion Saguenay, Alain Dumas)

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