Sharon Broomall, Baltimore Sun
January 19, 2011
I live in Bel Air and in June my children, my parents, and I took a trip to Quebec. One of our destinations was Baie-Sainte-Catherine, a small town at the entrance to Saguenay Fjord. I had read about the Saguenay a few months earlier and was intrigued to learn there is a fjord within driving distance of Maryland. Baie-Sainte-Catherine is the gateway to the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park , a 440-square-mile nature reserve at the confluence of the Saguenay and St. Lawrence Rivers that offers hiking trails and vantage points for observing more than 60 species of birds and marine animals. Local waters are a breeding ground for the endangered beluga whale, and a handful of other whale species have been sighted here. We took a whale-watching cruise up the St. Lawrence and toured Saguenay Fjord. On the day we visited, the fjord was veiled in fog, but that didn't keep us from enjoying spectacular views and spotting some beautiful white belugas.
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