The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region stretches for 104 000 sq. km (including 95 000 sq. km of dry lands) from the North of Saint-Jean Lake to the fjord of the Saguenay river.
In Québec this is the third biggest administrative region in terms of area after the Nord-du-Québec and the Côte-Nord.
Colonization of these lands begins in 1838 and today the region is home to some 280 000 people. Its name comes from two major watercourses, Saguenay river that is 698 kilometers long and Saint-Jean lake having a diameter of more than 35 km.
The region has many rivers, lakes, parks, forests, plains, mountains and plateaus offering breathtaking views. This region is the biggest producer of timber and aluminum in Quebec. Agricultural industry is represented by an important milk and cereal production.
A university, colleges and many research centers are established there. Moreover, the region is famous for its tourist attractions such as whale watching cruises in Tadoussac.
The economy of the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region is oriented towards natural resources and the quality of life there is one of the highest in the country.
Tourist paths in Tadoussac. Photo © ProvinceQuebec