Known for its water activities (warm water & sandy beaches) and cycling (45km of cyclable paths which go around the peninsula), Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon lies on the north shore of Lac Saint-Jean. The park is part of Velo Route des Bleuets, the paved cycle trails around the lake. Our half a day at the park included cycling and playground. The cycling was easy and beautiful, riding along the beach felt like being in the south of Florida. True fun.
Address: 835, Rang 3 Ouest, Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, G0W 2X0, QC
From Montreal: Drive about 5h30-6h north, From Saguenay: Drive about 1h north-west.
The park is open year-round (check hours on Sepaq website).
There are few sectors in the park. In order to reach the beach and the Discovery & Visitors Centre, head for the Taillon Sector (south). The services there include reception and information, Boutique Nature, exhibit hall, snack bar with a dining room and terrace, camper registration and bicycle rental.
Entry Fee: Sepaq’s park tariff, check website for the exact fee.
Camping is very popular at the park, check prices on Sepaq website.
Parking is included in the entry fee.
Rental Services available: canoe, pedal boat, kayak, stand up paddle boards, bicycles, fat bikes and more.
At the beach, you will find free chairs and umbrellas.
Kids’ playground: Yes!
Snack Bar: Yes
Suitable for baby stroller, mainly flat terrain and the bike path is mostly gravel.
Check the super interactive webite of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Tourism – English to help you find the best activity for your day in this region.
According to the Sepaq website, the colourful sand is composed of fine sand streaked with red minerals that were carried in from Rivière Péribonka between 7,000 and 5,000 years ago. There are 15km of sandy beaches but swimming is only supervised near the Discovery & Visitors Centre in the Taillon sector. The park is abundant with wildlife, especially beavers and moose.
There are places to stop along the cycling path and informative signs about the flora. Start your bicycle ride on the right, once facing the beach (Début de la piste cyclable).