From the Saguenay Fjord to the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence at Pointe-des-Monts, and from the shoreline to the Manicouagan reservoir, Manicouagan is one of five regions that make up Maritime Québec and a paradise for lovers of the Great Outdoors, with bountiful forests, powerful waterways teeming with fish, and the legendary St. Lawrence... The coast is lined with one beach after another, interspersed with rocky cliffs ideal for observing marine mammals and birds. The massive expanse, a large part of which was recently made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, lends itself perfectly to hiking, camping, scuba diving, sea kayaking, hunting, fishing and, of course, snowmobiling.
A unique ocean phenomenon
The cold waters of the Rivière Saguenay that flow into the saltwater of the St. Lawrence River form an exceptional ecosystem, the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, where countless beluga and fin whales abound in the summertime. Numerous cruises, including several departing from Tadoussac, Les Bergeronnes and Les Escoumins, allow you to see these enormous mammals up close. But you can also occasionally see seals from the shore! The Cap-de-Bon-Désir Observation and Interpretation Centre, in Les Bergeronnes, as well as the centre in Tadoussac, describe and explain the life of these magnificent marine mammals.
A stunning change of scenery!
The sheer power of the region's major rivers have spurred the development of several impressive hydroelectric facilities over the years, not the least of which is the emblematic Daniel Johnson Dam (Manic-5), with its colossal arch-and-buttress design. For an up close and personal look at coastal wildlife, the Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes is great for leisurely strolls, with miles of boardwalks lining fine sandy beaches, and the Centre d'interprétation des marais salés in Longue-Rive is perfect for observing flocks of Canada geese and snow geese making a pit stop during their seasonal migrations. Godbout's Musée amérindien et inuit pays tribute to the Aboriginal communities present in this part of the Côte Nord region since time immemorial.