Saguenay's Fjords National Park Parc national du Fjord-du-
Driving time from Quebec City
Boat launch sites
You don’t have to go it alone
The Fjord-du-Saguenay is a marine park that’s more than 100km long and 2–3km wide. That’s pretty formidable, even for kayaking experts. If you’re not an experienced paddler and navigator, park authorities would recommend one of the guided tours. Some are only two or three hours long, while others can be multi-day expeditions.
Keep it short if you’re a novice
For beginners, the two-hour tour starting in the Baie-Éternité is long enough to see some wild landscapes, smell the saltwater air, feel the waves beneath your boat, and get a great upper-body workout. Whale sightings are always a possibility, as is the prospect of getting wet. In fact, your guide will probably get you to wear a wetsuit before heading out.
While you’re exploring the fjord, don’t miss the waterfall flowing down from the adjacent coast. If you have a waterproof camera on you, take a break and snap a pic. It’s a picture-perfect shot you won’t want to pass up.
Soak it all in
In the middle of the excursion, your guide will likely take you to a small bay where can stretch your legs and appreciate the marine environment from a new angle. If you take the longer seven-hour Baie-de-Tadoussac Sector tour, you’ll have a chance to hike to the top of the mountain, where you can eat your lunch while enjoying a panorama of the fjord.
Meet the locals
Watching for whales? They tend to be most active in the warm half of the year (May through October), though belugas live year-round in the fjord. Other types of whales take advantage of the fjord’s sheltered channel too, including the gigantic blue whale. When you’re up in the hills, scan the water for round, dark shapes and bring your binoculars. Whales have to come to the surface to breathe – and they blow out a tell-tale burst of water when they do.