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4th October, 2018

Saguenay Fjord

On our approach to Saguenay on Thursday 4th October the wind was being funneled up the Saguenay Fjord and was blowing close to 40 knots, so clearly this was not going to be safe to operate our tender operation. I therefore decided to turn around and head direct towards Quebec to arrive the evening before our scheduled call date.

The positive from this was that it presented our Guests with 4-5 hours of cruising in Saguenay fjord, a real bonus as we normally make the transit in the dark. The trees alongside the edge of the fjord were getting close to their best for the Autumn colours. The fjord is fairly unique in that it is inhabited on both sides and dotted with quaint little villages. En-route we also passed the Notre-Dame du Saguenay, a 35 foot high statue of the Virgin Mary which was commissioned by Charles Robitaille after he fell through the ice in the Saguenay river and he implored the Virgin Mary to save him. The statue was created in 1878 in her honour, weighs 3 tons and was assembled in 14 pieces several thousand feet above the river.

On exiting the river Saguenay and at the confluence with the St Lawrence many guests got sight of a number of whales including a number of white Belugas. Having re-entered the St Lawrence river we then had more cruising delights with witnessing this magnificent river in daylight hours.

Captain Julian Burgess

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