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Saguenay Fjord

With cliffs over 400 metres above sea level and water warmer than the St. Lawrence, the Saguenay Fjord is a body of water of exceptional beauty both on land and on the water. Its picturesque villages include Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, L’Anse-Saint-Jean, L’Anse-de-Roche and Tadoussac.

Breathtaking views

55 nautical miles (102 km) long and 1.5 to 3 km wide, the Saguenay Fjord is an easily navigable body of water that offers breathtaking views. The fjord is dotted with many coves and bays, none more famous than Baie Éternité, with its deep, narrow bay (about 2.5 km long) surrounded at its entrance by the highest cliffs of the fjord (Cap Éternité and Cap Trinité). The water is almost as deep as the cliffs are high.


The Saguenay can be navigated by sight and its waters are relatively calm. In spite of its length, and thanks to the prevailing eastern or western winds, the fjord rarely sees big waves. Tidal ranges of 10 to 22 feet (3.3 to 6.7 metres) move water in and out with swift but predictable currents. These currents are in no way an obstacle to sailing, and one can, for the most part, choose the direction and time of travel.

The Saguenay Fjord has ideal technical characteristics for the Basic Cruising course as well as a grandiose natural setting for the Start Keelboat course or an excursion, whether alone, with friends or with family.

National Parks

The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park (on and in the water) and the Saguenay Fjord National Park (on the ground) work together to protect the majestic Saguenay Fjord and the species that inhabit it: beluga whales, minke whales and harbour seals are the three most common species found in the fjord in the summertime.