- Hiking / Trekking
- Park and garden
- Place or Religious Monument
We stopped off to visit Chicoutimi before heading on to Lake Saint-Jean during our trip to Canada.
I especially enjoyed the atmosphere in Chicoutimi: one of the cosmopolitan festivals held there during the summer was taking place when we visited, namely the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde (International Rhythms of the World Festival). With dancers from various countries – Africa, Cuba, Eastern Europe, etc. – enlivening the city with their energy and colourful costumes, there really was something for everyone, and the dance shows were truly impressive.
In summer there is a plethora of activities to enjoy at Parc de la Rivière-du-Moulin, such as canoeing, kayaking, pedaloes and hiking. We went for a walk along the Sentiers des Moulins trail and picnicked by the Chute des Sables waterfall.
We also got to admire the beautiful panoramic views from the Croix de Sainte-Anne (Saint Anne's Cross), a monument located on a hill overlooking Chicoutimi-Nord.
Not long ago Saguenay was still called Chicoutimi. Several towns joined together which caused the confusion. There are about 68,000 inhabitants, but it is also the home of the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi.
A river crosses the town. It was this river which broke its banks in an unprecedented way during the Saguenay floods of 1996. The Little White House, as it has been called, became famous in Chicoutimi because during the 4 days of the tragedy, it stood tall. This century old house resisted the water which had destroyed everything in its passage. Lots of houses were carried away by the torrent and others were severely damaged. Miraculously, the LWH survived the catastrophe. Today it has been transformed into a museum which welcomes visitors from all over. The buildings which existed around it have never been rebuilt and the area has been turned into a park for the visitors.
I gave myself 3 to 4 days to explore the fjord and the region of Saguenay. I hitchhiked there from Baie Saint Paul, and the road with its lakes and forests was magnificent.
I decided to base myself in Anse Saint Jean on the south bank. The village looked very pretty, it was ideally situated for visiting the region and I had found a lovely hostel there, a bit out of the village centre and right in the middle of nature - lovely!
I did a few walks (always terrified that I would find myself face to face with a bear!) in Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park. I climbed Anse-de-Tabatière, from where you have a great view over the fjord - when I was there it was raining, but I suppose that it's much better when the sun is shining!
Then I continued my tour of the fjord passing by Ha Ha Bay! (honestly!), then the pretty village of Sainte Rose du Nord, Sacré Coeur (for Sainte Marguerite bay where I hoped to see some beluga whales, without success) and finally arrived at Tadoussac. It was a beautiful road....