May 20, 2009
Saguenay: Tale of a northern kingdom!
Lucky you, if your next cruise takes you to Saguenay! Major investments have been made to ensure that this new port of call provides cruise passengers with international calibre greeting facilities.
On September 29th 2008, the first cruise ship—the MS Eurodam—successfully accosted at the new dock facility and, in so doing, made history at Saguenay. And beginning in September 2009, the new welcome pavilion for international cruise passengers will be ceremoniously inaugurated. The welcome pavilion, which entailed investment of the order of $5.2 million, will include a tourism information kiosk, craft shops where cruise passengers will be able to purchase souvenirs, a coffee shop, a VIP lounge with a breathtaking view of the Saguenay fjord, as well as a number of other services including telephones and WiFi access. Passengers will even be able to rent bicycles or pleasure boats on site. The combination of services and activities is certain to prove popular during the upcoming cruise season in Québec! Interested in learning more about project progress prior to your arrival at Saguenay? Click here for an image by image presentation of construction work on the new welcome pavilion.
From the moment you arrive, you will delight in the majesty of the regional countryscape. At Saguenay, where nature is only moments from the city centre, the choice is yours: an urban stroll or a walk in the neighbouring wilderness. Discover the immensity of this seemingly untouchable region at Saguenay National Park or Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park. One of North America's singular attractions, the 126-kilometre glacier valley of the Saguenay fjord merits an impressive three stars in the prestigious Michelin Guide. By sea kayak, zodiac or sailing vessel, or from the air by sea plane or helicopter, Saguenay is steeped in adventure!
If you would prefer a more urban-style getaway, the all new Saguenay tourist bus will take you to tourist sites and attractions across the city. Two interlinked routes operate continuously between La Baie, Chicoutimi and Jonquière from Wednesday through to Sunday, allowing visitors to discover the region and its many attractions at their leisure based on personal interests.
While in the region, be certain to sample some of the local gastronomic fare, especially the blueberries. Whether freshly picked or transformed into jam, you will appreciate their singular flavour! In cafés and bistros across the city, you will be greeted warmly by the people of this region affectionately known as the Kingdom of the Saguenay!
Enjoy your stay in our midst!