Unmissable activities in Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean

April 28, 2024

Unmissable activities in Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean

Unmissable activities in Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean for curious young and old alike


In Saguenay, there is no shortage of activities to satisfy the whole family, we have listed for you activities that will amaze young and old around the mineralogical domain.


Guided excursion: in search of the Quartz Crystal of Lac St-Jean


Cristal du Lac offers a guided excursion from the age of 8 to go in search of the Quartz Crystal. This is a 1,3 km hike in the mountains with breaks to enjoy explanations before arriving at the prospecting site and finding your own Quartz crystals.

An activity that is sure to delight the whole family. Offered throughout the summer by reservation, this activity will require good shoes as well as a physical condition conducive to good walking. Every morning, two departures for a duration of 2 hours, you will undoubtedly find crystal because the deposit is exploited ethically. This activity is suitable for everyone, because it is open air, all research is done by hand and without blasting to preserve the purity of the crystal and the site as much as possible.


Excursion to the mine, find out more


Gold panning: experience the thrill of searching for gold.


To continue with mineralogical activities, you will also find the possibility of searching for gold in a guided gold panning activity, at the Mineralogical Activities Center in Métabetchouan, an experience available all summer. This new activity at Cristal du lac is offered to you without reservation. You will choose from several possibilities, a bag containing different quantities of authentic gold, some also contain precious and semi-precious stones for guaranteed wonder.


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Visit to the Économusée du Prospecteur Cristallier at Lac St-Jean


Come admire the most beautiful pieces of regional crystal, found at the mine, in an Économusée. You will also find the “fluorescent stone museum” a room dedicated to these fascinating stones and a showcase of several other minerals from the owner’s private collection.


Économusée du Prospecteur Cristallier

Express Prospecting outside Lac Saint-Jean: Search for stones in the Mineral Washhouse


After your visit to the museum, you can get some fresh air with a great outdoor prospecting activity. Equipped with a sieve, you will be able to sort and identify your minerals from around the world initially grouped in a sandbag, but also fossils, shells, or geodes to crack. This activity is done without reservation, you can do it all summer during the opening hours of the Mineralogical Activities Center. 

Prospection-Express, find out more



Pearl extraction


From popular pearls, to royal pearls, including the newly integrated baroque, you will be able to see the shucker open your oyster to discover your pearl first. Once the pearl has been extracted, you can have it installed to create your unique piece of jewelry.

To choose whether you are tempted by a white pearl or a more colorful one, you will be helped by the scaler. 

You can find this activity at the Mineralogical Activities Center in Métabetchouan, but also at the Cristal du Lac boutique in Jonquière.

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Domestic Express Prospecting in Jonquière, Saguenay


Come to the Jonquière store to experience Prospection-Express in all seasons. As with the Activity Center, you will have the chance to choose a bag of sand then go into a sieve to extract the crystals and minerals, however, you will be in a different atmosphere. Indeed, prospecting takes place indoors in subdued lighting with a headlamp mounted on a prospector's helmet. This activity is done without reservation during the store's opening hours, all year round.

Cristal du Lac Saguenay, find out more


Crack your geode


Whether at the Activity Center in Lac Saint-Jean or at the Jonquière store in Saguenay, you will be able to choose from our geodes, the one of your choice and crack it in our machine to discover what it contains. Lean towards the lighter geodes which will be more hollow and reveal a sparkling cavity.


A trip to the store


Following your activities at Lac St-Jean, you will be able to admire and obtain minerals from the world, jewelry, candles with minerals, magic wands, stones or fossils, and so many other things to extend the magic beyond your activities.


In conclusion, this is the article you need for a summer full of magic and activities that will make the whole family dream of Saguenay Lac Saint Jean. Meet the Cristal du Lac team in Jonquière and Métabetchouan, all in Saguenay Lac St Jean to share their passion for prospecting and quartz crystals.


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