Saguenay is located in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, along the Saguenay River. The city is known by its nickname ‘the Queen of the North’, and is approximately 200km from Quebec City. Expats living in Saguenay will find plenty on offer in terms of attractions and culture, and some of the city’s most popular sites include “La Pulperie de Chicoutimi”, a historic paper mill located in the Chicoutimi borough, the Cathedrale Saint-Francois-Xavier, as well as the city’s many outdoor spaces such as Lac-Saint-Jean Lake and the Saguenay Fjord National Park. The city also has a number of museums and galleries as well as a busy nightlife, and expatriates living in Saguenay will be able to experience the city’s many shops, restaurants and bars as well as a number of theaters, cinemas and more.
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The cost of living in Saguenay is considered to be lower than in many other cities in the Quebec region of Canada, and it is a pleasant and friendly city. Like the rest of Canada, temperatures in Saguenay can drop in the winter with high chances of snow, whilst the summers are much warmer. Expatriates moving to Saguenay will be able to get around the city easily thanks to an extensive public transport network consisting of buses. It is easy to get to other parts of Quebec and Canada by road as well and the city has its own airport, Bagotville Airport. In terms of education, there are a number of bilingual public and private schools located in the city, ideal for any expatriate moving to Saguenay with a family. To help to get to grips with life in a new and foreign city like Saguenay, expats should join InterNations to allow them to connect with fellow expats in order to find out information about subjects such as housing, transport, education, to get more of an insight into life in a new city.
Saguenay has various industries which make up its economy, and expats working in Saguenay may find themselves employed in areas such as research, especially around subjects such as technology, energy and biomedical sciences. The city has a number of industrial areas and expatriates in Saguenay who are looking for work may also find opportunities in industries such as retail and leisure, as well as business and finance. If you are looking for more information about working in Saguenay as well as other aspects of expat life in the city, why don’t you join InterNations, the largest online expat community worldwide. Members of our platform regularly use it to share information and advice about cities all over the world, or simply to socialize and network with like-minded people.