The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region is one of a kind, and there’s never a dull moment there! Whether it’s the exceptional landscapes, majestic bodies of water or unique festivities, everything in the region exudes beauty and discovery. For vacations with family, friends, couples or solo travellers, there’s no doubt that Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is THE summer destination "par excellence"!

Visit Alma Lac-Saint-Jean for its beaches!

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Dip your toes in the warm water and relax on the 42 km of fine sand beaches of Alma Lac-Saint-Jean. Lake Saint-Jean (or Piékouagami) is known for its fresh water of exceptional quality and its shallow banks, which makes it an ideal and safe lakeside destination for families. You can access the water from one of the many public beaches or from around twenty campsites along Lake Saint-Jean!

Discover a new exhibition on painter Guy Bruneau at Ermitage Saint-Antoine

Located on a wooded estate just minutes from majestic Lake Saint-Jean, Ermitage Saint-Antoine is the destination of choice to welcome you! This oasis stands out for its warm welcome and is renowned for the exceptional natural beauty that surrounds it. Travellers will enjoy the renovated hotel rooms and water-view restaurant. Many activities are also offered on site, including an immersive multimedia show, ORIGINE, a museum, walking trails and more. Make sure you don’t miss the new exhibit showcasing never-before-seen artifacts from the Capuchin missions, complemented by an original presentation of paintings by Capuchin artist Guy Bruneau.

Concerts with a variety of genres

In addition to offering a high-quality creative venue, the CEM, a centre for musical experimentation located in the heart of Chicoutimi-Nord, presents weekly shows to suit all tastes. From improvised music to contemporary music, modern jazz, electroacoustics, performance art, experimental metal and current songs, there’s sure to be plenty of variety!

Enter the world of donkeys at Les Douceurs de Mulâne

Treat yourself to a unique experience by visiting Les Douceurs de Mulâne, a company located in Albanel where the donkey takes centre stage. Here, you’ll be charmed by this big-eared animal. Posters telling the story of donkeys will accompany you along the 1-km walking trail. An explorer at heart? Go on a rally along the trail. During this adventure, you’ll have to solve riddles to find a secret message and open a treasure chest. You’ll have a privileged connection with the donkeys by feeding and brushing them. There’s also a picnic area and a games module for you and your family to enjoy together. Visit the boutique/workshop to discover the many body care products made from donkey milk.

Immerse yourself in the ancestral art of cheese-making

The heritage appeal of the former Perron cheese factory lies in its authenticity. Having undergone no major alterations, it’s an excellent example of the cheese dairies built in rural areas of late 19th-century Quebec. Through a museum exhibition, visitors will discover the techniques and methods used to make aged cheddar. Immerse yourself in a world of authentic flavours, crafted with passion and know-how for generations, during an unforgettable tasting session showcasing the excellence of Perron cheeses and artisanal delights that will tantalize your taste buds. Be part of this unique tasting experience and let yourself be seduced by the taste of the terroir. To round off your visit in style, immerse yourself in the ancestral art of artisanal butter-making during a hands-on experience to learn the secrets of milk processing. Savour the authenticity and leave with your own butter for a touch of tradition in every bite.

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