Sainte-Rose-du-Nord is a small lovely village of 400 inhabitants, located along the majestic Saguenay fjord. The village integrates the network of the Most Beautiful Villages in Québec. It’s known as La Descente des Femmes - The Women’s Descent according to an Indian tale.
Ste-Rose-du-Nord hides in a small grassy valley away from the main highway, and it is surrounded by wooded mountains and capes that give access to outstanding panoramas of the Saguenay fjord and village. The village is made of three main coves, which are the High Cove, the Theophile Cove and the Women's Descent Cove. The first families settled here in the middle of the 19th century.
During the 1929 crash, about thirty families chose to come to the village to join the ones already established. The first road to link the village to Chicoutimi was built in 1937. For a long time the village was a self-sufficient community, and the villagers lived mainly from agriculture.
Over the years, the forest industry took over and nowadays, visitors can discover a picturesque village by the fjord, far from all the hustle and bustle of the city. The village follows the shape of the land. De la Montagne Street gives access to hiking trails of the Platform leading to an extraordinary panorama including the farming valley, the winding road, the village, the series of capes and the Saguenay Fjord over dozens of kilometres.
The houses seem to cling to the cliffs and in the valley. Numerous activities can be done in the village, like sea kayaking, cruises, ice fishing in winter and more.
Tourists can go down to the wharf or go east on Chemin de la Descente-des-Femmes to a cove of the same name.