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Shore Excursions

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Shore Excursion Points of Distinction:

  • Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are carefully selected by skilled vacation planners.
  • A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
  • Travel with premier, licensed and insured, tour companies aboard the best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.
  • In addition to our group departures, you may choose the Executive Collection – customized, private tours with highly personalized service.

Canada and New England

Shore Excursions

Oceania Cruises shares our guests' passion for new discoveries and that has led us to create an award-winning program of shore excursions that explore the most historical, cultural and artisitic gems of all our destinations.
Saguenay, Canada

A Stroll in the Park

Tour Code: SAG-005
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Discover the wonders within the Saguenay National Park at its Interpretation Center and then take a leisurely stroll along one of the park's easiest trails.

Your tour commences from the pier with a scenic drive to Saguenay National Park, which encompasses the spectacular Saguenay Fjord, the world's southernmost fjord. One of the best ways to understand this intricate ecosystem is by visiting the Interpretation Center at the heart of the park. Here, during an informative presentation, you'll discover how the deep fjord was carved out of the land by powerful glaciers millions of years ago, why the Saguenay River is so dark and salty, and what wildlife thrives in the park. One of the most frequently seen marine animals is the Beluga whale, an arctic species that comes to feed on krill in the summer. The Beluga's white color makes it easy to spot, even from a distance.

After your orientation at the Interpretation Center, you will head outside to enjoy a one-hour walk along the short Meandres des Falaises trail. It's a nice, easy walk with plenty of extraordinary sights along the way, including the Eternity River Delta. Afterwards, feel free to explore a bit on your own, or return to the Interpretation Center and visit the gift shop. Afterwards, travel back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes 1-hour of moderate walking that covers 1-mile. There are various natural surfaces and gradients to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition. Weather appropriate, layered clothing and sturdy, comfortable walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

Saguenay, Canada

Cultural Show La Fabuleuse

Tour Code: SAG-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

Watch an action-filled performance of the long-running La Fabuleuse, a mesmerizing show that tells the fascinating story of the founding of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area.

A shuttle transfers you from the pier to nearby Théâtre Palais Municipal, the largest indoor theater in the province and certainly one of the most beautiful. Here, you will be treated to a riveting performance of La Fabuleuse, a show that has been continuously running for more than 25 years. It is an extravaganza. Each performance involves more than 100 local actors, 1,600 costume changes, and a host of animals. Add pyrotechnics, laser lighting, special weather effects and music, and you won't be able to take your eyes off the stage.

During this spectacle of nonstop action, watch the history of the region unfold. You'll see how the Indians lived before and after encountering the legendary French explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain. You'll see romanticized scenes of the area's main events and everyday life in the rural province, recounting the drama of the colonists and loggers. A devastating fire, joyous wedding, and destructive flood are all part of the action. In fact, there are so many scene changes, actors, and animals coming on and off the stage that each year the performers spend 15,000 hours in rehearsal. All that hard work and dedication shows. After the usual standing ovation and curtain goes down, you will return by shuttle back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes limited walking and is mostly seated. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the shuttle and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. A light sweater or jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

Saguenay, Canada

Discovery of New France

Tour Code: SAG-006
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Get a unique historical perspective of the colonization of the Quebec province by visiting re-creations of several 17th century settlements, and then the Saguenay Fjord Museum.

Departing from the pier by coach, you'll enjoy a picturesque drive to New France, a re-creation of 17th century life during the colonization of the Quebec province. The setting features meticulously restored historical buildings, costumed characters, historical figures, and fascinating demonstrations that will immerse you in the world of New France.

During the 17th century, the First Nations tribes and the French colonists lived side by side and their cultures became interdependent. Much of this knowledge has been gleaned from archaeological excavations of the area around the New France site. More than 100,000 artifacts have been unearthed here, many of them on display. There is also a re-creation of a Huron Village, a rural farm, and Quebec City's upper and lower towns. Interacting with the characters at New France, watching folkloric Indian dances, and sampling traditional foods only adds to your understanding of life here in the 17th century.

You will enhance your knowledge of the natural world by next visiting the nearby Saguenay Fjord Museum. Here, you will discover how the waterway was formed, its importance to the province, and why the museum's strange Ha! Ha! Pyramid monument was created out of more than 3,000 traffic yield signs.

Following your time at the Saguenay Fjord Museum, you will re-board your coach and return to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes just over 2-hours of moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Scooters under 60 lbs. are permitted. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The tour sequence may vary.

Saguenay, Canada

Kayak in Saguenay Park

Tour Code: SAG-003
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

Paddle a kayak along the smooth-as-glass waters of the Saguenay Fjord, looking for whales, seals and other marine life in this unspoiled wonderland.

Depart the pier for a one hour scenic drive to Saguenay National Park. It's the province's first park dedicated to protecting marine life, and there is plenty to see as the two daily tide cycles support a variety of animals. Arriving at the Interpretation Center, you will discover much about the area and receive instruction regarding your outing on the water. Then, board your two-person kayak and prepare to paddle along Cape Trinity.

As you paddle through the pristine waterway, which was carved by the force of powerful glaciers centuries ago, you will marvel at the sheer cliffs and sandy beaches. It's an area of stunning natural beauty. The waters are rich in krill, making them attractive to whales that come to feed. Of course, exactly what you see will vary, although Cape Trinity is known for attracting whales, seals and a variety of marine birds.

After more than an hour on the water, you'll return to the Interpretation Center where you will have some free time to browse in the gift shop before making the transfer back to Saguenay.

Please note: This is an active tour that includes approximately 75-minutes of moderate kayaking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Previous kayaking experience is not required. Weather appropriate, water-resistant clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Saguenay, Canada

Saguenay Park Hiking

Tour Code: SAG-004
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

See the staggering beauty of the Saguenay National Park up close and personal by hiking one of its most magnificent trails, a 1.5-mile route through the countryside.

Enjoy a scenic one hour drive to Saguenay National Park, which encompasses the spectacular Saguenay Fjord. Over the past two million years, the Saguenay River has undergone four glacial stages that have carved deep valleys in the area. While the forests were logged in the 1800s and 1900s, the now-protected land has steadily begun to return to its former glory. Seeing the parkland on foot gives you a wonderful perspective of this intricate ecosystem.

The Saguenay National Park contains 70 miles of hiking trails, and your route along the Point de Vue du Soupir trail is one of the most breathtaking. Along the way, you will gain 450 feet in altitude, providing you with incredible views of the forests and river far below. At the halfway point, you will come to a landmark statue known as Our Lady of the Saguenay. Made of solid white pine sheathed in protective metal, the 35-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary was designed in 1881 and has been watching over those sailing the fjord ever since. After stopping for pictures and to admire the views, you'll hike back down to the Interpretation Center to learn more about the fjord or time-permitting, browse in the gift shop before driving back to the pier.

Please note: This is an active tour that includes approximately one hour and 45-mintues of hiking over a 1.5 mile trail. There are various natural surfaces and gradients to negotiate and the trail rises to an altitude of 450 ft. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate, layered clothing and sturdy, comfortable walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

Saguenay, Canada

The Best of Saguenay

Tour Code: SAG-001
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Discover the unique qualities of the land and people around Saguenay by visiting several unusual museums devoted to the Saguenay Fjord, soap making and paper pulping.

Departing from the pier, you will immediately be struck by the natural beauty surrounding Saguenay, which sprawls along the Saguenay River, a tributary of the mighty St. Lawrence. Its fjord, deeply chiseled in the Laurentian Mountains, is one of the world's largest and was discovered by French explorer Jacques Cartier in the mid 1530s. Marine life thrives here, including Beluga whales, Minke whales and Greenland sharks.

Arriving at the Fjord Museum, you will discover how the waterway was formed, its importance to the province, and why the museum's strange Ha! Ha! Pyramid monument was created out of more than 3,000 traffic yield signs. Later, you'll walk across the street to the Olivier Soapery, a one-of-a-kind museum devoted to the art and evolution of soap making.

Then, it's on to the Chicoutimi Pulp Mill, a beautiful natural stone mill that has become a museum. Inside, you'll find the Arthur Villeneuve House, which the former owner, a local barber, painted with primitive scenes and figures. Interestingly, including the house in the museum caused a controversy among those who thought it was an eyesore, not art. Finally, you'll visit Le Chevrier du Nord, a farm that raises angora goats for mohair clothing. It's quite the enterprise and a memorable end to your tour before driving back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing. There will be various gradients and surfaces to negotiate, including dirt/gravel paths at Mount Battie. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. There is limited accessibility at the goat farm and a flight of stairs at the Olivier Soapery. Scooters under 60 lbs. are permitted. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. A light sweater or jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The tour sequence may vary.