Chicoutimi-Jonquière is in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Québec.


Chicoutimi and Jonquière are former cities in the Saguenay region of Quebec which (with Bagotville / Ville de la Baie and other surrounding towns) were combined officially to be one municipality of over a hundred thousand inhabitants, named "Saguenay" for the Saguenay River.

The region is strongly unilingual francophone; principal local industries have historically been forestry, paper (Abitibi, Price, Stone-Consolidated) and aluminium smelting (Alcan). CFB Bagotville is the local air force base; a community college (Collège de Jonquière) offers an intensive three-week immersion programme in French as a second language which has long attracted civil servants from the nation's capital and draws students from as far as New Brunswick.

Chicoutimi-Jonquière is geographically isolated as the two and a half hours of four-lane road leading into the municipality from Québec City runs almost entirely on provincial parkland with just one opportunity to stop for fuel at the midpoint. There is cellular telephone service on the main road in, but along many other roads (such as Chicoutimi-Nord to Tadoussac) there is truly nothing.

As the largest city in-region, Chicoutimi serves as a jumping-off point to Lac-Saint-Jean in the west and the Saguenay River to Tadoussac in the east:

Get in

By air
While there is some service to Bagotville, the local Royal Canadian Air Force base, the closest major airport to the region is in the Québec City suburb of Sainte Foy.
By bus
By train
Via Rail runs a train from Montréal to Jonquière which does not pass through the Québec City region.
By ship
Various cruise ships include the Saguenay River as one stop on a longer tour
By automobile

Get around


Aluminium bridge in Arvida



The main street of downtown Chicoutimi is la rue Racine; construction of shopping malls has greatly diminished the number of downtown businesses. Local confections such as maple syrup or chocolate blueberries are usually less expensive in the main street shops frequented by locals in the city than at tourist establishments... even for blueberries in Lac-Saint-Jean itself.


The region is known for two dishes. Tourtière, a traditional French-Canadian meat pie, is named for la tourte (the passenger pigeon), a bird of prey which was once common in Lac-Saint-Jean but now extinct worldwide. More famous are the region's blueberries. Various farms around Lac-Saint-Jean invite you to pick your own blueberries in season (usually August, weather permitting).






The main street of Jonquière (la rue Ste. Dominique, the "Saint Do") has a fairly extensive and notorious bar strip with several bars in close proximity. Some other options include:


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