Baie Sainte-Marguerite (Saguenay Fjord National Park)
This history-rich site located in the Saguenay Fjord National Park offers something for everyone: visitors’ centre, hiking trails, observation lookout, interpretation activities, picnic area and campgrounds. In short, a site well worth the visit. Baie Sainte-Marguerite is an excellent location for observing belugas, those St. Lawrence residents so cherished by observers. For a successful outing, head to Baie Sainte-Marguerite with your backpack, snack, binoculars and a good deal of patience.
What they’re saying: “As soon as we arrived at the lookout, we were convinced that we were looking at hundreds of belugas! It was only when the wind died down that we realized that they weren’t belugas, but rather waves with whitecaps. But our patience paid off in the end; contrasting white backs appeared against the dark waters of the Saguenay and this time, it really was a group of belugas. It was extraordinary!”
Getting there: Route 172 North. Pass through the village of Sacré-Cœur, toward Chicoutimi. 12 km past Sacré-Cœur, turn left after the 2nd bridge. Continue 1 km until you reach the visitors’ centre parking lot. A 3 km long trail leads to the observation lookout (easy hike).