Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park

Camp among fjords to see whales

Camp

Beginner-friendly

Overnight

Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay is a panorama of wild extremes and one of only a handful of fjords in the world that’s over 100km long. Camping here is pretty incredible, not only because of the landscapes that surround you, but because of the opportunities to see pods of beluga whales from the shore.

Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park

Saguenay's Fjords National Park Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay

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Driving time from Quebec City

Less than 3 hours

Campsites

Over 150

Trails to explore

15

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An incredible landscape for a relaxing adventure

Be aware of your environment

When you think of a fjord, you probably picture someplace in Scandinavia. Understandable. In fact, Fjord-du-Saguenay is the real oddity, since it’s one of the southernmost large-scale fjords in the world. When you visit Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay, know that it can be chilly even in summer. Cold winds blow off the estuary, so protect yourself with long pants and sleeves. It’ll help keep the bugs at bay too.

Escape the crowds

Most people who camp at the fjord head to the Baie-Éternité sector, which has access to all the main attractions, but another good spot to check is further east toward the St. Lawrence estuary at Baie-Sainte-Marguerite. Its main campground only accommodates 50 sites, and Pointe-du-Moulin is close by, which is only accessible by walking or cycling and has 10 rustic campsites. You could also consider booking Pointe-du-Moulin’s Huttopia tent for an über-comfortable abode in a remote setting.

See the white whales

The main reason you’ll want to be in the Baie-Sainte-Marguerite sector is because of the belugas. These glossy whales arrive in the bay throughout the summertime as part of their migration, and you can see their pale  shapes, and the water spouts that puff up when they breathe, as you relax on the sun-baked rocks. The nearby La Halte du Béluga is a lookout point specifically for watching these swimming giants gather – bring your binoculars to get a closer look.

Want to take your wildlife sighting to the next level? Sea kayaking is a popular pastime at the park (guided trips are available), but make sure you respect the whales’ space while paddling the Baie-Sainte-Marguerite sector. A minimum distance of 400m is mandatory at all times.

An epic expedition

You’ll also be in the neighbourhood of the Sentier Le Fjord trail, a fantastic trek that spans from the Baie-Sainte-Marguerite sector all the way to the Baie-de-Tadoussac near the mouth of the river. This is a multifaceted trail that can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be, depending on the place you start, the path you take and how long you want to walk for. Since you’re camping, try doing different sections of Sentier Le Fjord on different days.

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