From the eastern edge of Québec City, the Charlevoix region stretches two hundred kilometres along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River to Tadoussac at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord.
At its heart is a vast meteorite crater, 50 kilometres across and draped in boreal forest, now listed as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Blue whale spotting trips
Gentle valleys and tall cliffs protect impossibly pretty villages where arts and crafts thrive in a beautiful setting, along with a range of wonderful restaurants, while whale watching trips head out from Tadoussac between June and October, with the rare opportunity of sighting the mighty blue whale.
The Saguenay Fjord is one of the world’s longest inlets and stretches for over 100 kilometres inland towards Lac St. Jean, hemmed in, for much of its length, by cliffs 400 metres high. The lower half of the fjord is a marine reserve and the summer home to a colony of 1,000 beluga whales.
Lac St. Jean is a large lake in a sleepy region of dairy farms, charming villages and sandy beaches. To the south towards Québec the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve is a maze of mountains and valleys, riven by countless lakes and rivers.
Suggested Charlevoix & Saguenay - Lac St. Jean itinerary
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Places near Charlevoix & Saguenay - Lac St. Jean
- La Malbaie 8 miles away
- Québec City 83 miles away
- Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve 162 miles away
- Eastern Townships 194 miles away
- Québec 200 miles away
- New Brunswick 202 miles away
- Montréal 226 miles away
- Laurentian Mountains 238 miles away
- Mont Tremblant 238 miles away
- Saint Andrews by the Sea 239 miles away
- Caraquet 242 miles away
- Kouchibouguac National Park 254 miles away
- Saint John 260 miles away
- The Gaspé Peninsula 271 miles away
- The Bay of Fundy 275 miles away
- West Point 283 miles away
- Riverside-Albert 293 miles away
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