Saguenay (an aboriginal word that means “where the water flows out”) is located up the Saguenay River which feeds into the Saint Lawrence. It is a group of cities that have formed into three boroughs: Chicoutimi, Jonquire and La Baie. The ship docked in the port town of La Baie and the townspeople dressed up and met the ship with slices of blueberry pie! Yum!
We took a hop-on/hop-off tour bus to visit one of the other towns, Chicoutimi.
The Cathedrale de Saint-Francois-Xavier was built in 1878 and rebuilt twice after fires. This building was finished in 1922.
We had a lovely day to walk around the town of Chicoutimi.
A huge flock of geese flew over us…they are those little white dots in the sky. Sorry my picture doesn’t do them justice. There were thousands of them going on and on.
Chicoutimi has a very pretty river front park.
In 1996 this area had record rainfall that caused major flooding. The little white house withstood the raging waters.
The Chicoutimi Pulp Mill was started in 1896. The industry was profitable till 1930. This building was set to be demolished but was saved when it was classified a cultural heritage site in 1984. After the big flood it was rebuilt and made into a museum.
Back in La Baie we stopped into the The Saint-Alphonse-de-Liguori Church.
When we arrived early that morning we came up the Saguenay River Fjord in the dark. Sailing down the river in the late afternoon was a good time to see what we’d missed.
A statue of the Virgin Mary, built in 1881, keeps watch over the fjord. It’s just a speck on the hill to the right in the photo above.
We sailed on, back to the Saint Lawrence.