The Saguenay River is a major river of Quebec, Canada. The river has a very high flow rate and is bordered by steep cliffs. Tide waters flow in its fjord upriver as far as Chicoutimi (about 100 kilometers). Many Beluga whales breed in the cold waters at its mouth, making Tadoussac a popular site for whale watching and sea kayaking; in these waters, you may also encounter the Greenland shark. It was an important trade route into the interior for the First Nations people of the area, and during the French colonization of the Americas was a major route for the fur trade. Tadoussac, France's first trading post in Canada, was established in 1600. The river takes its name from the legendary Kingdom of Saguenay and is the namesake of Saguenay Herald at the Canadian Heraldic Authority. Severe flooding of its tributary rivers from July 18-21, 1996, devastated the region and proved one of Canada's costliest natural disasters, now referred to as the Saguenay Flood.
The Saguenay River is a great place to go whale watching, kayaking or just hanging around to see the wild life.