The anticipation of supping on one of Marina Lavoie's famous smoked trout sandwiches from Restaurant L'Islet is enough to have you salivating all the way from Chicoutimi. The bonus of this gastronomic quest is that you will be able to enjoy the hour and a half drive to L'Anse Saint-Jean from Chicoutimi through breathtakingly scenic alpine forests, meadows, and roadside lakes that will undoubtedly have you asking, "Why have I never come here before?"
L'Anse Saint-Jean itself is a village, set on the shores of a quiet bay in the Fjord-du-Saguenay. The Fjord, part of the Saguenay Fjord National Park of Canada, plays the role of canvas that is slowly painted with the entire region's immensely picturesque beauty. Whether you drive, or take the water shuttle service via Croisières du Fjord from Sainte-Rose-du-Nord or La Baie, the trip is well worth the effort for that special smoked trout sandwich that Marina will have waiting for you if you call ahead. For some of the best vistas of the area you can dine on one of her many terrasses that overlook the hillside location, or you're free to head to the marina and enjoy that sandwich amidst the beauty of Saguenay al fresco by the shore. Bon appétit!