Chicoutimi Travel Guide

• A Travel Guide for Chicoutimi, Quebec.
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Welcome to Chicoutimi!

On the banks of the Saguenay River, some 200 km (124 mi) north of Quebec City, lies Chicoutimi. Once a thriving industrial town built on the back of the regional pulp and paper industry, this watery destination has since evolved into a diverse urban center. In 1842, Scottish immigrant Peter Macleod founded the city on the site of an old French fur trading post. Since its conception, the city has lost its pulp mill status and is now more well-known as somewhat of a crossroads in the tourist-oriented Saguenay Region. It's a prime location for outdoor enthusiasts due to its excellent ski, snowmobile and hiking areas. In 1996, torrential rains caused the river to swell, producing terrific floods in area, eventually leading to over a billion dollars worth in damage. The town has since rebuilt, but the damage, particularity to the historic paper mills La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, was most devastating.

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