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Settling - Saguenay : An exceptional fjord!

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Musée du Fjord

(1838 à nos jours)

Then the construction of a chemical pulp mill called the Ha ! Ha ! Bay Sulphite Company Limited followed in 1916. In 1925, it was converted into a paper mill. In spite of these numerous changes, this industrial complex was the largest employer of the Lower-Saguenay in the forest industry sector.

Ha ! Ha ! Bay sawmill

The Aluminium Company of Canada, located in Arvida, bought the port and the Roberval-Saguenay railroad line in 1926. The Duncan Wharf (1937-1938) was used to unload bauxite and the Powell Wharf (1947-1949) was used for loading newsprint and aluminum.

Train in Bagotville

Even today, La Baie remains vital for regional economic development. The port allows the aluminum smelters to stock up with raw materials. Moreover, Alcan built the Grande-Baie and Laterrière smelters; two new plants.

The fjord is a sea route used by vessels from all over the world. In 2000, the Grande-Baie sector had a population of 20,732. In spite of its young history, this city stands out favourably by its spirit and its dynamism in the commercial, cultural and environmental fields.

Seaport (Alcan)

As for its economy, La Baie can boast having the Abitibi-Consolidated paper company, the Alcan aluminum smelting company and sea port, the Grande-Anse sea port and the Bagotville military air force base. These are major private and public establishments that ensure its development and expansion.

Culture is a predominant characteristic of La Baie that has a museum, library, pyramid and its heritage network. The Fabuleuse histoire d’un Royaume, a major historical indoor show, has been on the world scene since its creation in 1988. La Baie has also recently adopted a cultural policy.

The cradle of history of the Saguenay region, La Baie looks to the fjord with respect to harmonise its development with its environment. In this respect, it built a wastewater treatment plant as early as 1989. The Abitibi-Consolidated paper mill followed afterwards. Furthermore, this municipality did not hesitate to invest in environmental projects such as shore revitalization, a community park, the Mars Park, wharf restoration, renaturalisation of the Mars River, a cycling path network and ice fishing as a tourist attraction in winter.

Witnesses of their past, the citizens of La Baie1 know how to communicate their proverbial inspiration and their pride according to the spirit of the picturesque environment of their majestic fjord.

Mars park

1. Since February 2002, La Baie belongs to the regrouping of seven municipalities (Jonquière, Chicoutimi, La Baie, Laterrière, Shipshaw, Canton Tremblay, Lac Kénogami) to form Saguenay city.