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The Saguenay Fjord is a 55 nautical miles (102 km) long and 1 to 2 nautical miles wide river running in a spectacular glacial Valley. It abyssal depths and steep walls make it an easy body of water to navigate, with breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife.
Renowned for its thousand feet high cliffs, its warm waters compared to the Saint-Lawrence Estuary and it's picturesque villages such as Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, L'Anse-Saint-Jean, L'Anse-de-Roche and Tadoussac, the Saguenay Fjord is an exceptionally beautiful waterway. It is dotted with many coves and bays, none more famous than Baie-Éternité, with its deep narrow bay that is surrounded by the highest cliffs of the Fjord. This jewel is the heart of the Parc national du Saguenay, a national park protecting the marine ecosystems of the Fjord.
The Saguenay can be navigated by sight and has relatively calm waters. Tidal ranges of 10 to 22 feet (3.3 m. to 6.7 m.) move water in and out with swift but predictable currents. The Saguenay Fjord has all the ideal technical characteristics for a beginner's course as well as the amazing natural surroundings to make an introductory outing unforgettable, whether with friends or family.
The Saguenay-Saint-Laurence National Marine Park and the Parc national du Saguenay work hand in hand to protect the majestic Saguenay Fjord and the species that can be found within the parks borders. Three marine mammals are commonly sighted in the summer while navigating the Fjord’s waters; the beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas); the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina).