Cheerful and charming

Blueberries. Yes, that’s right: Blueberries. Ask anyone in Quebec where to find the best blueberries in the world, and he or she will tell you without hesitation: “Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean!”

The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region comprises 49 municipalities mostly divided among four regional county municipalities (RCMs): the Lac-Saint-Jean-Est RCM, the Domaine-du-Roy RCM, the Saguenay Fjord RCM, and the Maria-Chapdelaine RCM. It also includes a native community of Innu (formerly called the Montagnais) in Mashteuiatsh, the region’s native reserve.

Nestled among four regions, the Nord-du-Québec, the North Shore, the National Capital and the Mauricie, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region has something they could all envy. The region is in fact graced with its long border along the river and includes Lac Saint-Jean and the Saguenay fjord. The fjord, more particularly in autumn, offers early risers a magnificent spectacle of a rising mist blanketing the deep, placid waters.

Because the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is farther north than most inhabited areas of the province, its climate is cooler and therefore characterized by its own brand of agriculture. But there are more than just Saguenay blueberries making the reputation of this area of the world. The Mont-Valin national park, the Saguenay Fjord national park and the Saguenay/St. Lawrence marine park are major tourist attractions, not to mention rivers, lakes and the jovial nature of the region’s inhabitants.

The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is a vast area of diverse tourist activities.
Annual activities organized by the regional administration include bike trips around Lac St-Jean, wild animal watching at the St-Félicien zoo, and dogsledding, snowshoeing and ice fishing just about anywhere! Known worldwide for its 3,300 kilometres of signposted trails, the region is a natural playground for snowmobilers. Another highly recommended activity is snowshoeing on Mont-Valin. Snow-flocked trees create a ghost village of white fir and spruce—a postcard picture around every turn.

When it comes to the joy of living, however, the Saguenay-Jeannois are reputed to be the happiest people in Quebec. Naturally generous and welcoming, they open their arms to all newcomers. This forested corner of the province was once the exclusive domain of the coureurs des bois. It was only during the 19th century that settling really took off, resulting in the current population of some 276,000.
The French language takes some quirky turns in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. The region is well-known for some unique expressions that give the locals an eccentric flavour. Their reputation is legend in the entire French-speaking world, much to their pride and delight. There’s no disputing the fact that the Saguenay-Jeannois are hard-working, simple and generous folk.

Renowned for its exceptional natural panoramas, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean has everything an interested real estate investor might need. Throughout the region’s towns or countryside, any person seeking to settle here will soon be living in symbiosis with the surrounding elements.