Summer Visit In Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

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Visit at the Historical village of Val-Jalbert

Summer is not over! Even if the temperature is progressively decreasing, this is still a good time to visit the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. History, nature, and adventure, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area is diversified and has lot to offer.

one person standing in front of Ouiatchouan Falls

Ouiatchouan Falls – The Historical Village of Val-Jalbert

Opened from May to October, the Historical village of Val-Jalbert was the first stop of our visit. Thanks to the guided tour on board of the old trolleybus, we enjoyed a unique and immersive time travel experience while we learned about the life of an authentic company town in the early Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean’s industrial age.

The Historical village of Val-Jalbert is an open sky museum and offers numerous attractions designed to capture the essence of life in 1927: street animations, projections, scales models, immersive sensory experiences, breathtaking panoramic views and much more. The highlight of our visit remains the impressive Ouiatchouan Falls located near the pulp mill.

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Blueberry picking – Michel Rivard et Fille Farm

What will be Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean without their blueberries? We went to Michel Rivard et Filles farm to experience blueberry picking. The harvest season usually runs from mid-July to mid-September. The farm’s shop offers fresh products derived from the harvest, such as blueberry pies, blueberry jelly, homemade chips and many others items.

one person visiting Jardin Scullion

Jardin Scullion

Would you like to visit an unusual landscape? Jardin Scullion, three times regional prizewinner of Grands Prix du tourisme québécois, celebrates its 30th anniversary and invites you to discover more than 2,000 species of plants from all around the world. Among the new features, you will be able to visit the site by electric carts and discover the largest conifers garden ever created. Add to this the new 35-meter arched bridge inspired by the great gardens of England.

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Véloroute des Bleuets – Plage le Rigolet

If you are looking for a quiet place to spend the afternoon, Plage le Rigolet located on the shores of Lac Saint-Jean will suit your needs. With direct access to the Véloroute des bleuets, this free public beach offers many services such as outdoor playgrounds, picnic area, observation sites, and a restaurant. In the evening, Plage le Rigolet is a great spot to admire the sunset with the reflections on the water.

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Double Room – Hotel Universel Alma

During our visit in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, we stayed at 4-star Hotel Universel Alma ideally located in the heart of downtown Alma with 72 newly renovated rooms. We were warmly welcomed by the hotel staff and received Coffrets du Royaume package: gifts made of local products.

Amenities offered at Hotel Universel Alma include spacious indoor pool and a spa on the 1st floor where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the river while sitting on the outdoor terrace. For those who are very active as we are, the well equipped fitness room will allow you to stay in shape. Foodies are not left behind with the Pacini d’Alma Italian restaurant located directly in the hotel. The menu features breakfast, Italian weekend brunch, as well as allergen free and gluten free options.

pool Hotel Universel Alma

Pool – Hotel Universel Alma

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Breakfast – Pacini Alma Restaurant

How to get there? If you are in a hurry, opt for the plane from Montreal to Bagotville. Many different airline companies operate regular and occasional flights out of the Saguenay-Bagotville airport located halfway between La Baie and Chicoutimi. For example, Air Canada operates approximately 3 flights per day and the duration is just 1 hour long. If you have plenty of time, you could choose among VIA Rail train, bus or car.

two persons inside 2017 Ford Escape Titanium car

2017 Ford Escape Titanium

In partnership with Ford, we comfortably drove until Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean on board of the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium. The new Escape takes confident style into fresh new territory with a rugged exterior design showing its strong SUV heritage. The range-topping Titanium model combines the Escape’s utility and fun driving feel with intuitive, clever technologies and premium finishes.

Here are 3 things we particularly like about the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium: the panoramic Vista Roof to let the outside in, the active park assist suitable for parallel and perpendicular  parking spaces, and the high-quality Sony audio system. Have a safe trip to Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean!

3 Things To Do at Montreal Bota Bota Spa This Summer

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Bota Bota Spa

Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau is anchored at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and easily accessible by Bixi and public transit. Surrounded by a unique decor, this atypical floating spa offers proximity to the St Lawrence River. When you come aboard, you feel the natural lulling movements of the river.

Relaxing at spa is one of our favorite activity for all the healing benefits that it brings to the body such as improving circulation and releasing stress. When combined with healthy lifestyle habits, spa makes a positive difference over the time.

Bota Bota consists of five decks which include: two saunas with incredible views onto the river, three outdoor whirlpool baths, two eucalyptus steam baths, four cold showers and baths, resting areas, a restaurant, terraces and a garden.

This summer, Bota Bota invites you in its enchanting space with new weekly and monthly activities at affordable prices. Come enjoy the following events…

1. 5@7 Tuesday’s With Live Music
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5@7 Tuesday’s Live Music – Bota Bota Spa

In the heart of the Bota Bota Gardens, enjoy a mix of live music, pools, and spa facility. Every Tuesday from 5PM to 8PM until September 26th, live music sessions feature a variety of musicians such as pianist Charles Trudel, House of Jazz, and many more.

During the 5@7 Tuesday’s Live Music, you also have access to the water circuit until 11PM. Tickets can be booked online in advance  for 45$ including: live music event, a journey water circuit (valid from 5PM to 11PM), bathrobe, towel and locker.

2. LolË Yoga @ Lunch Pose
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Lolë Yoga @ Lunch Pose – Bota Bota Spa

The Lolë Yoga @ Lunch Pose happens every Thursday until September 28th at the entrance of Bota Bota Spa! While overlooking the Old Port of Montreal, relax your body and mind by joining a free 45 minutes yoga class.

Looking for more reasons to try yoga? Among the list of benefits to practice yoga let us share our top 5: helps you focus, improves your balance, helps you sleep deeper, perfects your posture and builds your muscle strength.

No reservation is required for this free event but you have to bring your own yoga mat. Since it is an outdoor activity, note that in case of rain the event will be unfortunately cancelled.

3. DrifT Away After Dark
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Drift Away After Dark – Bota Bota Spa

Every first Friday of the month until September 1st, Bota Bota is offering an evening experience with an exclusive after hour access to Bota Bota Gardens. For this occasion, relax by the water while listening to the sounds of a DJ, enjoying cocktails, and delighting your taste buds with food prepared by restaurant La Traversée.

During Drift Away After Dark event, silence policy is exceptionally relaxed from 11:30PM to 2AM. Tickets cost 35$ and give you access to the event in the gardens including a towel and a bathrobe. Places are limited for this monthly event so it is highly recommended to reserve your ticket online.

Bota Bota Spa

Corner McGill and De La Commune W., Montreal Old Port

Summer Great Escapes at Aventures Plein Air in Laurentides

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Jeep Tour – Aventures Plein Air

Located in the Laurentides region at Saint-Hippolyte (50-minutes away from Montreal), Aventures Plein Air offers a full range of activities and packages all year long. With over 16 years of expertise, their guides are specialized in various outdoors activities such as water sports, snowmobiling, ATVing, jeep and much more.

In collaboration with 4-star Auberge du Lac Morency, Aventures Plein Air proposes several long and short term packages including meals and accommodations for a full experience. Among the summer great escapes, you have the choice between: Off Road & Spa, Laurentian Living, Corporate and Summer Fever.

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Lake Morency

In partnership with Aventure Écotourisme Québec, I was invited for the weekend to live the adventure Off Road & Spa. This summer great escape is the perfect package to explore the Laurentians area, to take advantage of all the free activities offered by the Auberge (pedal boats, kayak, tennis, etc.)  and to pamper yourself at the Nordik Spa.

The package include a driving lesson, half day of quad or 1h30 of Jeep with guides, accommodations for 2 nights, meals, 60 minutes Swedish massage, access to the Nordik Spa, all equipment for the activities and much more.

 

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Massage Room

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Spa

The Aventures Plein Air weekend getaway was a great experience and I strongly recommend this place to anyone who wants to enjoy amazing outdoor activities this summer. I met a passionate and devoted team who took good care of me.

Moreover, the stay at Auberge du Lac Morency was relaxing and very comfortable. The area offers a stunning view which makes every instant memorable. Also, I had a notable gastronomic experience by choosing the vegetarian menu at the Auberge restaurant. From starter to dessert, each dish was tasty and delicious.

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Pedal boats

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Vegetarian menu

For more informations about the packages and activities please visit aventurespleinair.com.

Aventures Plein Air

42 Chaumine Street, Saint-Hippolyte (QC)

Lunetterie Générale – First Canadian Luxury Eyewear Brand

Concept Store Lunetterie Générale – Sherbrooke (QC)

Unique in North America, Lunetterie Générale is the first Canadian luxury eyewear brand. Since its beginning in 2013 and after years of development, Lunetterie Générale has just launched its first collection featuring noble materials and modern designs.

The Spring-Summer 2017 collection is the result of a unique collaboration with the best Japanese craftsmen. This limited edition collection is inspired by the art deco movement characterized by order, color and geometry.

Bon Vivant RX Coffee (price: 475$)

We wanted to interpret some retro graphic elements by renewing them and incorporating noble materials and more modern engineering” said co-founder Julien Couture. Lunetterie Générale frames combine Canadian and international wood, acetate and high quality Japanese titanium.

This summer, dare to wear retro touch and colored sunglasses! Whatever your style, here are 3 choices to try…

Bon Vivant Smoked Crystal Green (price: 495$)

Medium Rare Smoked Black (price: 615$)

Le Vault Black Grey Tortoise (price: 615$)

Lunetterie Générale products are available at Alain Assedo Opticien, Vu, Tris Coffin, Boutique Valerie Simon and Globe Vision. For more information and online shopping visit Lunetterie Générale website.

Suitsupply Montreal Store Grand Opening

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Suitsupply Montreal Store – Photo Credit: Suitsupply

Founded in 2000 by Fokke de Jong in Amsterdam, this Dutch company specialized in crafted men’s tailoring has since grown to over 80 international stores. As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, Suitsupply is not involved in exploitation of child labour.

After Toronto, Suitsupply opens its second store in the heart of downtown Montreal. Grand Opening cocktail was held on Thursday, March 2nd with la crème of Montreal fashion bloggers and aficionado. This drink-filled evening was lively by Dj Bart Thimbles coming straight from Amsterdam for the occasion.

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Suitsupply Montréal Store – Photo Credit: Pamela Lajeunesse

Also known for its sexist photography and ad campaigns, the company is trying to improve his image by being less provocative. Let’s have a look at Beach Boys Spring/Summer 2017 collection, hot days are coming earlier this year….
Suitsupply
2152 De La Montagne Street, Montreal