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Lac-Saint-Jean

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Lac-Saint-Jean is a large rural area composed of multiple small villages surrounding the lake of the same name. The lake and villages are located to the west of Chicoutimi-Jonquière (and the Saguenay River) in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec in Canada.

Understand[edit]

A geographically-isolated region, Lac-Saint-Jean is mostly francophone and known for its blueberries (the locals are known as "les bleuets"). Much of the area is agricultural land; weather permitting, blueberries are ready for harvest in mid-August.

Get in[edit]

By automobile, take Route 155 from Trois-Rivières to Chambord or Route 175 from Québec City (exit onto Route 169). From Chicoutimi-Jonquière, head west on Route 170 (south shore) or Route 172 (north shore).

By air, it is possible (but expensive) to fly into Bagotville (near Chicoutimi), then head west by road.

There is intercity bus service westward from Chicoutimi-Jonquière through the region to Chibougamau-Chapais.

  • Intercar, 55, rue Racine Est, Chicoutimi, +1 418-543-1403. Bus from Chicoutimi-Jonquière west via Lac-Saint-Jean (Dolbeau, St. Felicien, Alma, Roberval) to Chibougamau. Connections at Chicoutimi for Quebec City and Tadoussac.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

The region as a ring around the lake is followed by Route 169, a circle route which branches off Route 175 (the main road from Quebec City to Chicoutimi) to enter the region at Hébertville. In counterclockwise order, the route goes through Alma, Péribonka, Mistassini, Saint-Félicien, Roberval, Val-Jalbert, Chambord, Métabetchouan and back to Hébertville and Saint-Gédeon. The full circle is 200km (100mi) in circumference.

By boat[edit]

There are marinas at various points on the lake, including Roberval and Alma. These are inherently seasonal on this cold, fresh-water lake.

  • Club Nautique Roberval, 854 rue Arthur, Roberval, +1 418-765-0115. Marina with docking for 135 boats (including 10-12 visitors), Internet, dairy bar (Crèmerie La vache Copine), restaurant (L'Ancre à l'eau, +1 418-275-9990), cycling, travel info, boat launch ramp, pumpout, power and potable water on dock, showers, toilets, fuel.

By snowmobile[edit]

The Trans-Québec trail [dead link] system covers the eastern portion of the region from Roberval through Alma to Mistassini; there are also local and regional trails which fill the remaining gaps. Snowmobile repair is available from dealers (Arctic Cat, Skidoo, Polaris) in Alma.

By bicycle[edit]

See[edit]

  • Autodrome St-Félicien, 2365 Boul. Du Jardin, St-Félicien, +1 418-679-5690, fax: +1 418-679-0913. Stock car racing.
  • Moulin des Pionniers, 4205, chemin des Pionniers, La Doré, +1 418-256-8242, toll-free: +1-866-272-8242, fax: +1 418-256-3539. mid June-mid Sep. Working pioneer saw mill and museum. Restaurant, hiking trail, dormitory camp. $16/person.
  • [dead link]Native Museum of Mashteuiatsh, 1787, rue Amishk, Pointe-Bleue (Mashteuiatsh), +1 418-275-4842, toll-free: +1-888-875-4842, fax: +1 418-275-7494. 9am-6pm daily (mid May-Thanksgiving), weekday-only off season. Aboriginal history museum and meeting facility for 30-80 people. $10/person.
  • St. Félicien Zoo (Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien), 2230, boul. du Jardin, St-Félicien, +1 418-679-0543, toll-free: +1-800-667-5687, fax: +1 418-679-3647. 9am-5pm daily (May-Oct), closes 6pm or later in Jul-Aug. Nordic and boreal wildlife in its natural habitat. Nature Park Trails, Great Aviary, Kids Garden and Interpretation Centre. Boréalium welcome centre includes movie theatre, exhibition hall, discovery room and laboratories. $41/person. Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien on Wikipedia
  • Val-Jalbert ghost town, 95, rue Saint-Georges, Chambord, +1 418-275-3132, toll-free: +1-888-675-3132, fax: +1 418-275-5875. 10am-5pm June-early Oct, 9am-6pm in high season. Preserved tourist ghost town on the Ouiatchouan River, between Roberval and Chambord. A former Ouiatchouan Falls mill site where fibre for paper was produced mechanically as the town's sole industry. The mill became obsolete as rival manufacturers devised chemical means to turn wood fibre into pulp and paper. Overnight lodging is available in the general store building or in restored 1920s period houses for $280/night (double occupancy, including meals and park admission). 172-site campground with wi-fi, ice, RV hookups, cottages, outdoor pool. Restaurant du Moulin at mill and café terrasse / snack bar at general store. Cable car (extra cost) and guided tour available. $23/person. Val-Jalbert, Quebec‎ on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • Go-Karts/Karting St-Félicien, 2223, boul. du Jardin, Saint-Félicien, +1 418-630-4000. Go-kart track, miniature golf course adjacent.
  • Le mont Lac-Vert, 173, chemin du Vallon, Hébertville, +1 418-344-4000, toll-free: +1-888-344-1101. Alpine skiing, snowshoeing. Restaurant and bistro bar Le St-Bernard.
  • Musée du fromage Cheddar (Cheddar Cheese Museum), 148, avenue Albert-Perron, Saint-Prime, +1 418-251-4922, toll-free: +1-888-251-4922, fax: +1 418-251-1172. Take a step back in time to 1895, when Perron's cheese factory first manufactured its hand-made local cheeses. One hour guided tours.
  • Musée Louis-Hémon, 700, route 169, Péribonka, +1 418 374-2177, fax: +1 418-374-2516. Oldest museum in-region, established 1938 to recall the era described in Louis Hémon's book Maria Chapdelaine.
  • Pointe-Taillon Park, 835, rang 3 Ouest, Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, +1 418-347-5371, fax: +1 418-347-2134. June-mid Oct. Marine shuttle for pedestrians/cyclists and campers from Péribonka Marina to Pointe-Taillon park, Pointe-Chevrette and l'Ile Bouliane (late June to Labour Day). Snack bar and patio/terrace, beach with lifeguard, cycle path, campground, store with clothing and souvenirs. Short-term rental of bicycles, canoes, beach chair and umbrella, kayaks, pedalboats. Public transport in Alma (25km). $6.50/person (day use), additional $20/night to camp.

Events[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes, 100, route des Trappistes, Mistassini, +1 418 276-1122, toll-free: +1-800-461-3699, fax: +1 418-276-5082. Chocolate-covered blueberries are a local treat, widely available in-region in late summer and distributed as far afield as Montréal, Québec City and the Eastern Townships/Estrie.
  • Fromagerie Médard, 10, chemin De Quen, Saint-Gédéon, +1 418-345-2407, fax: +1 418-345-2407. Dairy farm with specialty cheese made on-site.
  • Vignoble Couchepagame, 1328, rang Sainte-Anne, Métabetchouan/Lac-à-la-Croix, +1 418-482-3466. 11am-3:30pm (Jul-Aug), closed Mon-Tue. Winery, free 20-minute tour.

Blueberry farms[edit]

Blueberries are usually in season in mid to late August, weather permitting, with plenty of opportunities to pick your own berries.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Alma[edit]

Alma is the easternmost point in the region, where the lake drains into the Saguenay River.

Mistassini[edit]

Mistassini is at the far northwestern corner of the region.

Saint-Félicien[edit]

At the western edge of the lake, near the zoo.

  • Hôtel du Jardin, 1400 boul. du Jardin, Saint-Félicien, +1 418-679-8422, fax: +1 418-679-4459. Eden Bistro-Bar, lunch from $8. Disco. Dining room, spa, massage therapy, indoor pool, 85 rooms, wi-fi, meeting rooms for 10-500 people.

South shore[edit]

Métabetchouan, Chambord and Roberval are on the south side of the lake, near the Val-Jalbert ghost town and the road to Trois-Rivières.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Lac-Saint-Jean
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