460 Rue Racine East, Chicoutimi, G7H 1T7, Canada
More about Chicoutimi
Tony on boat
Eternite River meets Saguenay Fjord
My very first fish: Walleye!
Travel Tips for Chicoutimi
Cruise on the Saint Lawrence
Make a cruise on the Saint Lawrence.
The cruise lasts 3 hours and costs 45$CND.
Do not forget the binocular. The whales do not respect the appointments but they are always here in Summer to eat and to built up a new plubber for the Winter.
The boats are not allowed to approach the whales at less than 100 meters.
The same regulation applies for the inflatable little boats but the whales ignore the rules and can go closer.
Even if the whales missed the appointment, the view is marvellous.
Quebec is a french province,...
Quebec is a french province, but you'll get around speaking english since almost everyone can speak at least a little bit of it (like me!). People are very friendly and will welcome you with open arms.
In the St-Jean Lake live the famous Ouananiches, salmons trapped in the lake and thinking it's the sea... well... they're fish...
We stopped in a fishing goods store in Chicoutimi and asked around for the best spot. Some said Roberval, others Peribonka. We tried Peribonka, but weren't very lucky... Still, I caught my very first fish in life, a nice little Walleye (that the Peribonka B&B owner let me freeze in his cooler!). Well... the usual... Boat, fishing rods, baits (the Chicoutimi store sold us a few spoons that could also be used for salmons). Buy the fishing permit at the coop supermarket.
Everyone on the boat is looking up at the 'STATUE OF THE VIRGIN MARY'.The Statue is a tourist attraction in the area and can also be reached on foot by a mountain trail which rises gently to the top a 3.5 KM. hike. it is a famous land mark on the river. This was where the boat turned back.
A MUST VISIT Bagotville...
A MUST VISIT Bagotville airport ------------ AIRPLANE ON A PEDASTLE AT BAGOTVILLE AIRPORT NEAR CHICOUTIMI AND LA BAIE. HOME OF THE FRENCH CANADIAN SQUADRON 'LES ALOUETTES'.
Arrived at noon for a guided tour. Inside we were shown many exhibits of equipment worn or used by the airmen and women. Each display was explained in great detail by an young AIRFORCE OFFICER. We were shown a video of the origins of the base and it's reason for being. Also a lot of the history of the different squadrons and people involved in this airport. It is also a civilian airport with a seperate Terminal Bldg. This airport was originally BUILT TO PROTECT THE DAMS AND AKLUMINUM PLANTS DURING THE WAR OF 1939--1945.
We were then taken on a bus tour of the base and saw the different equipment in use, the fire trucks, Jets on the line one taking off a type that is new and had been grounded for a long time due to technical problems and was on it's test flight. We visited a hanger where we were allowed to walk around and view an engine from a Russian Mig and the Mig itself and look in the cockpit of one of our present jet fighters. There were also rockets and the attatching holder, a landing gear and a tire cut in half to show the thickness. We also saw rescue helicopters.Parachutes and a dummy fully kitted up for rescue work.
Outside the reception centre were many of the past aircraft used and now no longer in use but on display with details on plaques. The photo is of one of these.
When war broke out in 1939 this base was opened to defend The dams, the hydro electric plants, the aluminum plants, and the pulp and paper plants from enemy attack. Aluminum was so important to the war effort.It was continued during the COLD WAR with Russia as a first defence Norad Base. Crews were on stand by 24 hours a day and ready to take off in minutes if alerted.------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------
Several Squadrons are based here one of which is the 425 Squadron, 'Les Alouettes'.They now protect our skies in case of a Hi Jacking.