Saguenay Fjord National Park has a great diversity of fauna and flora and its waters are home to four species of whale; blue, fin, minke and beluga.
Other species that can be found in the park's forests, though rarely seen, include wolf, black bear, beaver and moose. Peregrines live on the fjord's cliffs. Seal, trout, salmon, as well as isolated populations of halibut and cod, can be found in the park's waters.
Taking its source from Saint-Fulgence and running all the way to Tadoussac, the Saguenay Fjord is the result of a geological collapse of glaciers. The fjord is an ideal location for coastal hikes, cruises and sea kayaking looking for whales.
Places we recommend visiting within the park include the following:
Baie-Éternité in the southwest region is reached through the village of Rivière-Éternité. The Saguenay Fjord Interpretation Centre is located here, and features exhibits on the formation of the fjord, its geology and wildlife. The Méandres à Falaises trail is great for wildlife watching, especially in the morning. Besides a wide variety of forest and aquatic birds, a healthy population of moose, is likely to be seen in the morning at the mouth of the river and the river trail crosses beaver habitat. On the Sentier de la statue trail, the call of peregrine falcon nesting in the nearby cliffs can often be heard.
Baie-Sainte-Marguerite in the north region near Sacré-Cœur has the Beluga Interpretation Centre. In the summer beluga whales congregate in the bay. This small white whale is regularly seen at the mouth of the river, and La Halte du Béluga lookout, the perfect spot to watch them.
Baie du Moulin-à-Baude/Baie-de-Tadoussac, are located around Tadoussac, in the eastern region of the park. The Maison des Dunes Interpretation Centre features exhibits about the park's sand dunes, wildlife, marine life and ecosystems, and offers naturalist and fall bird-watching programs in conjunction with the Observatoire d'oiseaux de Tadoussac, welcomes up to 300,000 birds every year, including 15,000 birds of prey. Baie-de-Tadoussac is particularly good for marine mammal sightings during the summer. La Pointe-de-L’Islet trail is the perfect location to watch the whales passing by from the shore.
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