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September 12, 2016

Saguenay: Cruise port, city and fjord

SAG - Parc National du Saguenay

Are you or clients of yours planning a stopover at Saguenay on an upcoming trip? Take a few moments now to familiarize yourself with the region and plan a comprehensive program of memorable offship activities. 

Let us begin with a few facts about Saguenay cruise port in the La Baie district of the greater Saguenay area.  Bagotville Wharf is situated close to the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, while the city of Saguenay, seventh largest in the province of Québec, is located some 215 kilometres north of the provincial capital at Québec.

This increasingly popular cruise port features leading edge facilities equipped with the latest in technological enhancements. The Welcome Pavilion, built in 2009, offers a comprehensive range of services for the comfort and convenience of passengers and crew. 

Most cruise ships dock directly at Bagotville Wharf. However, when two or more ships are in port at the same time, one will be at berth and the others at anchor in the bay.

Recognized time and again for the legendary, one-of-a-kind welcome, Saguenay cruise port won awards in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 for the Best Welcome in the World, all world ports combined.

Upon docking, you will quickly understand the reason for Saguenay’s ongoing success! 
Indeed, nowhere else in the world will you come upon a group of between 50 and 75 volunteers waiting on shore to greet you, singing and dancing as one would expect on major holidays.

You will therefore wish to spend a little time on the pier upon arrival to join in the dancing, log cutting contest and blueberry pie tasting. You will even have the opportunity to meet a local First Nations representative. Note that the activities and demonstrations do vary from one day to the next.
Once inside the Welcome Pavilion, you will find all manner of requisite visitor amenities: tourist information desk, café, shops featuring a variety of appealing regional products, and powerful WiFi connection. 

Must experience onshore activities include as follows:

  • La Fabuleuse: Performances of this larger-than-life extravaganza, enjoyed by over a million visitors, are scheduled to coincide with all ship stopovers at Saguenay. La Fabuleuse recounts the history of the region from 1603 to the present-day, and features breathtaking visual and sound effects. Tickets must be booked through your cruise line. Be certain to reserve yours ahead!
  • Saguenay Fjord: One of the ten longest in the world, the Saguenay Fjord is an immense glacial valley extending over a distance of 126 kilometres, boasts towering rock walls over 350 metres high and is the only inhabited fjord in North America. Visitors enjoy access to a variety of excursion packages designed to showcase the beauty and majesty of this natural wonder. 

Other packages focus on regional crafts, key tourist attractions and exhilarating outdoor activities. Consult the list of excursion packages offered by your favourite cruise lines or check out the offerings onsite.

Should you decide to strike out on your own, you will enjoy a stroll in the port village located only a short distance from the Welcome Pavilion. For an overview of the region, take a guided tour. Shuttle buses operate two different routes for visitor convenience.  

If you have a penchant for more extreme experiences, you may wish to discover the region from the air. A flyover in a helicopter or float plane  is certain to produce the desired ‘wow’ effect! All interested individuals are requested to inquire upon arrival at the Welcome Pavilion.

Enjoy your stay at Saguenay!

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