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City and Region

Saguenay, a city a fjord

Saguenay is covering a land surface area of 1 136 km2. The Saguenay River runs east to west through the city and transforms into a magnificent fjord of the same name.

The City of Saguenay is accessed via Route 175, a highway that links with Quebec City (174km). You could also reach Saguenay by plane landing at Saguenay-Bagotville (YBG) Airport which is a civil airport located on an active Canadian Military force base.

Saguenay is a part of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region which is well known as ''the Aluminum Giant'' or ''Aluminum Valley''. In fact, with 4 aluminum smelters and a yearly production of nearly one million metric tons (35% of Canadian production), Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region is a world leading producer of the grey metal.

The second resource that make the region unique is the blueberry. The surface of arable land in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region is 16,723 hectares. Nordic agriculture is even recognized as a niche of excellence by the Quebec Government. Historically, blueberry harvest has been the most developed activity along with traditional agricultural activity. Regionally, we have built an enviable processed production and reputation at large scale food industry. Nowadays, we can add the culture of Labrador tea production, wine making, maple syrup and honey as regional specialities.

As a matter of fact, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region is well positioned within the boreal forest surrounded by woodland and mountains. Furthermore, it develops many products in wood as home and buildings structures, 2nd and 3rd transformed products all of it in a renewable environment philosophy.

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