Saint Lawrence



The seventh largest city in Québec, Saguenay is considered to be the biggest commercial hub in north-eastern Québec and is surrounded by three national parks and the Saguenay Fjord. The fjord is known for its 130-km long glacial valley with rock cliffs towering to over 350 meters. In 2012, the port welcomed 25 cruise vessels with 29,054 passengers, a record since this port infrastructure was brought into service. This award-winning port is known for its legendary welcome which takes place on the pier when the ships dock. For the 2015 season, a total of 37 cruise visits are scheduled for the Port of Saguenay.

Cruise Season

May to October; high-season is in September and October. Link To Port Schedule.

Time In Destination

5 to 10 hours

Average Onshore Spending

: $37 per person (based on average spending for all Québec ports in 2012 excluding Montréal and Québec City; some ports might be higher some lower)

Snapshot Of Existing Shore Excursions

  • Whale and fjord cruises
  • Hop-on / hop-off sightseeing tours
  • The New France site – Theme Park
  • Museé du Fjord
  • La Pulperie de Chicoutimi
  • Saguenay National Park
  • Village historique de Val Jalbert
  • Le Chevrier du Nord – Economuseum


Opportunities For Indigenous Experiences

There are currently no Indigenous-owned experiences close to the port area but there are opportunities for Indigenous tourism providers in the Lac-Saint-John region to explore possibilities with the cruise lines for the longer calls. As well, there are opportunities for close-by outfitters to offer whale-watching excursions.

  • Whale-watching excursions from a First Nations perspective; e.g. with Croisières Essipit. Cruise passengers would need to be met near the port-of-call
  • Cultural welcome upon arrival of cruise lines – adding to the legendary welcome
  • Selling authentic Indigenous arts and crafts at the port village
  • With the longer calls, opportunities with the Pekuakamiulnuatsh Nation in Mashteuiatsh could be developed. The community is approximately 140 km from Saguenay and transfers between the port and the community would need to be included as part of the experience.


Industry partners that can help develop experiences for cruise lines in your region

Saguenay Port Authority

Alain Bouchard – Executive Director


Parks Canada

Yves Picard – Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat Parcs Canada

Québec Aboriginal Tourism

Eric Duchesneau – Project Officer