« This enviable location gives the inn a certain quietness and an interesting starting point for cyclists or hikers who want to cross the river to tackle the unmissable sentier des caps in the Saguenay Park. »
CRUISES ON THE FJORD & WHALES
Several ships specially equipped for observation cruises sail on the Saguenay around L’Anse-St-Jean. You can sail to Cap Trinité and the Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay statue or go to the mouth of the Saguenay and the St. Lawrence River.
In collaboration with Les Navettes du Fjord, the Inn offers tickets for cruises on the fjord and whale watching safaris on the river.
In spring and fall, we can add a visit to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord.
The Saguenay Fjord is at the top of the list of destinations for sea kayaking. The water is a magnificent color and the tides are fascinating. The Saguenay Park has set up rustic camping sites along the Fjord.
All along the Saguenay, there are several access points for sea kayaking: Baie-Ste-Catherine, Tadoussac, L’Anse-de-Roche, Ste-Rose-du-Nord, Cap-Jaseux in St-Fulgence, and of course L’Anse-St-Jean.
Several high quality companies offer excursions from the Saguenay Fjord National Park at Rivière-Éternité and from Anse Saint-Etienne near Petit-Saguenay with Saguenay Aventure or directly to L’Anse-Saint-Jean with Fjord en Kayak.
HORSEBACK RIDING TOURS
The Centre équestre des Plateaux offers various types of rides on specially prepared trails in the Saguenay Park and around the Inn.
L’Anse-Saint-Jean is at the center of an exceptional network of trails that allow you to get up close and personal with almost all of Canada’s ecosystems, from the marine environment to the alpine tundra. From short interpretive hikes of a few hours to long multi-day hikes, with overnight stays in shelters, primitive campsites and lodges, hikers will find an almost unlimited number of combinations.
The hostel can provide maps and show the possibilities of the surrounding trails.
Various outdoor activities such as canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, rafting and climbing. Excursions are adapted to different skill levels and are supervised by experienced guides. Saguenay Aventure offers a unique opportunity to discover the wilderness and beautiful landscapes of the region.
Since 2001, a group of volunteers have built a bicycle path that crosses L’Anse-Saint-Jean following the river over a length of 24 kilometers.
The hostel provides its guests with a few bicycles free of charge.
The section in front of the Inn is the beginning of the Parc Riverain de la rivière St-Jean sector. It is a very good site for bird watching. This park can be the beginning of a hike towards the trail of the Chute and the Montagne Blanche starting from the Inn.
Smelt and sea trout fishing is available at the dock and at the mouth of the St. John River, a short distance from the Inn.
Fishing in the surrounding lakes is possible and boats can be rented for a walk on a lake or a picnic in the forest. Atlantic salmon fishing is also possible. The St-Jean River, which passes in front of the Inn, is controlled by the Salmon C.E.Z.
Every fall on the second weekend of October, since 1991, a committee of art lovers organizes the « Symposium des Villages en Couleurs » which brings together creators from the region and promotes local art and artists.
Over the years, the Symposium has become a major artistic and cultural event. Today, some forty artists exhibit their works during the event at the Centre touristique du Mont-Édouard, in L’Anse-Saint-Jean, and at the Aréna de la Vallée, in Petit-Saguenay.
The Fabrique de la paroisse and the municipality of L’Anse-Saint-Jean, with the collaboration of the arts promotion committee and the tourism committee, are joining forces to allow tourists to visit the village’s heritage church and take a historical and heritage tour.
From June 24 to September 1, the church, which celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2020, is accessible. It is one of the oldest churches in the region that has preserved its character of yesteryear.
Its history has been traced by Mr. Laurent Yves Simard and transferred on scrolling strips hung on the columns. Visitors can also visit an exhibition of works of art by artists and artisans from L’Anse-Saint-Jean. In the former baptismal font, a small museum has been set up to display the vestments and priestly instruments used in worship over the past century. Visitors can linger in front of a collection of old photos of the village and admire the restored frescoes painted by the Good Shepherd Sisters in 1931 as well as religious sculptures including a St. John the Baptist by Louis Jobin and a replica of the Pieta.
The church is the center of a historical pedestrian route in L’Anse-Saint-Jean. At the exit of the church, one can visit the old parish cemetery where the pioneers of the village are buried. Although it has not been in use for more than 50 years, it has been well maintained and illustrates an important part of the parish life of the last century.
The picturesque Rue du Faubourg then leads to the covered bridge that was featured on the $1,000 bills until they were withdrawn from the market in 1990. Inside the bridge, tourists can admire a permanent exhibition of art by local artists.
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