Province/Territory: Quebec

Discover the science and marine life of the Saguenay Fjord.

  • 03-D multimedia odyssey exploring the Fjord
  • 300 freshwater and marine species
  • 900 million year-old history of the Saguenay Fjord

Vast, breathtaking, immense is the journey that awaits you at the Fjord Museum where you'll not only touch the Saguenay Fjord, you'll soar high above it. Feel the breeze as you fly over cliffs then swoop down, traveling 900 million years back in time to witness fjord’s birth on a magical 3-D multimedia journey. Feel prickly sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers as you get your fingers wet in the museum's touch tank. Poke around the Vivarium to meet somelamboyant insects plus crabs, scorpions, and salamanders—some of which you can touch. Outside, zip across the Saguenay aboard a zodiac boat accompanied by a scuba diver who'll plunge into the river depths with camera so you can catch the marine action screened live on deck! Plan ahead and you might even catch feeding time in the museum's giant saltwater aquarium.

Why you should visit
  • Press your hands to aquarium glass for a fresh look at the resident marine species of the Saguenay Fjord.
  • Touch the starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers in the touch tank.
  • Experience a 3-D multimedia presentation that takes you from the panoramic heights to the plunging depths of the Saguenay Fjord.
  • Navigate the Saguenay on board a zodiac boat as you watch live while an experienced scuba diver explores the river for you.
  • Check out the insectary, which features colourful and flamboyant insects. Think crabs, scorpions, and salamanders—some of which you can touch.
  • Lace up your boots and become a scientist in search of cool organisms found along the banks of the bay.
  • Enjoy the immense interactive screen where you can learn more about marine life and even chat with the virtual fish!
  • Collect shoreline treasures on a guided walk with a geological twist.

Weather

  • Hot temperatures from mid-June to September in the Quebec Maritime region invites adventure from sea kayaking and whale watching to hiking and touring lighthouse routes.
  • From late March to early June, spring marks the start of the fishing season and brings milder temperatures.
  • Expect snow from November to early March, when skiing, skating, snowmobiling, and ice fishing adventures abound.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission.
  • All activities, guided tours and exhibitions are available in French and English.
  • Multimedia show is available in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian.
  • Museum is wheelchair accessible.
  • On site gift shop.
When to go
  • Summer in Quebec's Saguenay region spans from mid-June to September and is ideal for kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and cycling. Whale watching also lasts all summer. It's an ideal time to explore the network of over 100 km of trails at Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay and the world’s largest estuary at Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.
  • Stop in at the villages of L’Anse-Saint-Jean and Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, considered to be two of the most beautiful villages in Quebec.
  • If you set off from Québec City, don't miss Festival d'été du Quebec in July when the entire city becomes a stage for 1000 international artists.
Need to know
  • Plan to spend 2 hours exploring the museum.
  • Fjord Live sea excursions last about 3 hours and run Friday and Saturdays from the end of June to the beginning of September. Reservations are recommended.
  • Guided outdoor walk departure times vary depending on tides and weather conditions.
Getting Here
  • The Fjord Museum is located in the Quebec town of La Baie, right on the majestic Sagueney Fjord.
  • The museum is located a two and a half hour drive from Québec City, and about 5 and a half hour drive from Montréal.
  • The Bagotville Airport (YBG) is served by several Quebec airlines and located about 15 minutes from each district of Saguenay.
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