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Culture - Religious landmarks
A world of culture well worth the detour!
- Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes de Mistassini
North of Lac-Saint-Jean, Dolbeau- Mistassini is a mandatory stop on route 169. Here, heritage has left its mark, to the delight of culture buffs who can’t wait to immerse themselves in history, including chocolat-loving monks! Did you know the city of Dolbeau- Mistassini is nicknamed the wild blueberry capital of the world? You can eat them plain while strolling through the fields, or enjoy a visit to the many artisans who like using them in different ways. The Trappist Monks and their chocolate factory have been champions of inventive blueberry production for decades. It’s a world of culture and flavour well worth the detour! In Dolbeau-Mistassini, it gets hot on the north side of the lake, and it’s hard to say no to 7 km of beaches and warm, welcoming locals, whose festive nature is truly a highlight. You’ll stay overnight, guaranteed!
- Le Centre historique des Soeurs de Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de Chicoutimi
The Soeurs de Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil played a decisive role in the region’s history. Their new centre showcases this history and provides an impressive view of Rivière Saguenay.
- Ermitage Saint-Antoine
A spiritual oasis in a natural sanctuary. Founded in 1907, as a true jewel of our cultural heritage, the Saint-Antoine Hermitage invites you to discover its history rich in characters and unique in the region through various courses and beautiful exhibitions.
- Sentier Notre-Dame de Kapatakan de Rivière-Éternité à Lac-Bouchette
The Sentier Notre-Dame Kapatakan, called the “little compostela” of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, is a 215 km long walking trail that joins Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay in Rivière-Éternité to Lac-Bouchette’s national Sanctuary, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes de l’Ermitage Saint-Antoine. For the entire length of the Kapatakan, an Aboriginal word meaning “trail”, 14 thematic sectors are offered through towns and villages in the discovery of the region's spiritual, natural and cultural sites.
- Village historique de Val-Jalbert
Travel back in time and meet colorful characters as secrets are revealed on this 1927 authentic company town and its 40 original buildings frozen-in-time. The convent-school, general store, post office, abandoned houses and the pulp mill are full of surprises.
- Église Kateri Tekakwitha
Visitors can relive 6,000 years of Pekuakamiulnuatsh history through various museum exhibits. Gain a compelling view into an age-old culture. Hear the voices of wisdom of generations that came before us.
- Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay
The Notre-Dame du Saguenay historic statue was erected in 1881 and is perched at 180 meters above on the first of Cap Trinité's three plateaus. A 7.6 km trail (round trip) leads to the base of the statue. It can also be seen from the various cruise and kayak excursions offered in the Saguenay-Saint-Laurent (departures from Baie-Éternité).
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