Saguenay Port Guide

Saguenay Port is located in the Quebec province and region in Canada. Saguenay city is part of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. It is a vital port along the St. Lawrence River and is able to accommodate the largest vessels that the cruise the river

The Saguenay port of call originated as a private reserve for fur trading before opening to other traders in 1838. The port is located in a vast region of lush forests; the main industry of Saguenay is logging. 

In the early nineteenth century, exports to Britain primarily focused on the timber industry and pulp mills. Later improvements to the Saguenay port enabled the port to increase trade; i.e. the arrival of the railroad system in the nineteenth century. The continued demand for paper and timber helped the port to grow in terms of size and trade. 

Currently Saguenay port is attracting cruise tourists who are interested in visiting lush natural areas. Saguenay cruise terminal aims to be the best in the region; hence the brand new reception center and wharf.

Shopping

Local handicrafts and arts abound in the area of Saguenay; woodwork and woodcarvings are among the most popular in regional shops. For those who are interested in shopping for fashion items, a visit to the area of Albanel is required; this offers shoppers a greater selection. The La Jouvet offers great second hand clothes at affordable prices. This shop is located in the basement of the L’ecoloe Fernand Saindon and sells fashionable hand me down clothes that are undamaged and look brand new. 

The Creations Rebelles des Bois offer arts and crafts all at affordable prices. Wooden jewelries and ceramics sold here are unique and created especially for visiting tourists. A Fall Market is right near the new wharf.

Things to See

Cultural sights and attractions found in the region help visitors to learn all about the history of the city. The La Pulperie de Chicoutimi offers exhibits on the arts and culture of the Saguenay region. Relics and artifacts excavated from various sites in the valley provide insights to the livelihoods of the locals in the region centuries ago. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the days of September to June. From June through September, the museum is open until 6 p.m. 

Another historical museum to visit is the Centre Historique des Soeurs du Bon Conseil. A peaceful place filled with historical artifacts, the tour starts with an exhibit of the buildings’ ancestry and construction. The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Restaurants and Bars

A mix of international and local cuisine is prevalent in the area. Seafood dishes mixed with a blend of traditional French cuisine and local flavors make it more tasty and exquisite. The Au Presbytere Resto Gite offers fine meat and pork dishes cooked to perfection. Located at 136 Rue du Quai in Sainte Rose du Nord, it offers an ambiance of nature in a modern setting. There are a wide variety of restaurant options in the area including fast food, local specialties and gourmet options.

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