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Expo Nature in Saguenay: Between Sustainable Innovations and Outdoor Discoveries

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Saguenay’s Expo Nature is an exceptional showcase for the latest trends in outdoor activities and sustainability. This annual event, located in the picturesque Saguenay region, is a preferred destination for ecology enthusiasts and families seeking an educational and entertaining experience. Visitors can explore a multitude of exhibitors presenting environmentally friendly products, innovative technologies, and conservation practices. Indeed, the Expo Nature serves as a hub for exchanging ideas and learning about ways to live in harmony with our planet.

The Exhibition Itself

As visitors wander through the aisles of the Expo Nature, they encounter stands brimming with eco-friendly sports gear, sustainably made clothing, and accessories for responsible outdoor adventures. Interactive workshops offer practical advice on reducing ecological footprint. Expert-led conferences tackle crucial topics such as climate change, biodiversity, and renewable energies.

Innovations in sustainable tourism also take centre stage. Presentations showcase the latest eco-tourism destinations, while seminars delve into the impact of travel on local ecosystems. Visitors can thus plan their next vacations with environmental impact in mind, opting for options that support local economies and preserve nature.

The Saguenay Expo Nature is also a meeting ground for industry professionals. It provides a platform for forging partnerships, sharing knowledge, and promoting green initiatives. Exhibitors come from diverse backgrounds, pooling their resources to offer concrete solutions to current environmental challenges. It’s a dynamic network shaping the future with positive action.

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For the Whole Family

Children were not left out either. The Expo Nature offered programs specially designed to stimulate their interest in nature. Educational games, eco-friendly treasure hunts, and DIY workshops using recycled materials were available, allowing them to understand the importance of environmental preservation while having fun. The Expo Nature is a place where learning happens together as a family. Each activity was an opportunity to raise awareness among the younger ones about environmental issues.

For both children and adults, there was also a large pool full of trout for our enjoyment. Trout fishing is always very popular at the Expo Nature. My daughters always look forward to this moment. Every year, they ask for it. Indoor fishing is certainly more appealing to them, considering there are fewer mosquitoes!

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This year, there was entertainment by the KYK FM 95.7 radio station right near the fishing pool. They offered giveaways, music, and announcements. It was truly lively.

The Various Vehicles and Vendors

The Saguenay Expo Nature is also renowned for its presentation of off-road vehicles. It’s unequivocally a major attraction for motorized adventure enthusiasts. Exhibitors unveil an impressive range of motorcycles, ATVs, and other recreational vehicles designed to explore the most demanding terrains. All displayed vehicles are of the current year (2024), of course.

These rugged and high-performing machines are the highlight of the show. They draw attention with their innovative designs and advanced technical capabilities. Visitors have the unique opportunity to get up close to the latest models. They can also engage in discussions with experts to understand the latest trends in off-road vehicles. You can even sit on them to get a feel for it!

Now, I’ll list, in a non-exhaustive manner, the vendors I had time to chat with a bit. I’ll also share the standout favourite that kept me at their exhibitor booth.

Enthralled by a Kawasaki

Several off-road vehicle vendors were also present to showcase their new products. My standout favourite was the Kawasaki Brute Force 750 quad. It was featured at the Jean Dumas Maximum Sports booth. This quad definitely managed to captivate me immediately! My friend Denis had plenty to say about it; you can read his article!

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Another example is the Polaris RANGER XD 1500, NorthStar Edition. Unfortunately, it’s not compliant for use on federated trails due to its 1500 cc engine. Nonetheless, it remains a high-end vehicle with many other utility-related applications for work or agriculture. You could also navigate through wildlife reserves with it. Unfortunately, this vehicle doesn’t comply with our regulations for federated trails of clubs affiliated with the FQCQ.

polaris kiosk at expo nature

Évasion Sports and Argo

The Évasion Sports dealership also surprised me by exhibiting an Argo brand quad. It was the Xplorer XRT 1000 LE, available as a true two-seater upon purchase. This Argo vehicle is relatively new, and its long-term performance is yet to be established. That being said, the long-term test I conducted last year with another one of their models left a positive impression on me.

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évasion sports kiosk at expo nature

Setting Sail With Imperium Chicoutimi

Imperium Chicoutimi was also present with several impressive pontoon vehicles and boats. My standout favourite at their booth was the Honda Rubicon 520 DCT Deluxe. This quad model has always been among my favourites. I hope to have the chance to test one someday. Carl always leaves us wanting more when he describes his vehicles.

Imperium Chicoutimi's kiosk at expo nature

In the End

In summary, the Saguenay Expo Nature is a flagship event that reflects the community’s commitment to a greener future. It’s a celebration of ecological innovation, a call to action for conservation, and a learning space for all ages. Every year, the Expo Nature continues to grow, inspire, and motivate. It plays a crucial role in raising awareness and mobilizing for the protection of our environment.

It’s worth noting that the Saguenay Expo Nature is a significant event in the regional culture. It is at the heart of many of our classic outdoor cultural activities. The organizer, Robert Ferland, informed us that he welcomed more than 15,000 people over four days. This is immense visibility in the region for vendors and exhibitors.

This year’s Expo Nature was the first edition since it was halted during the pandemic. We hope that nothing can stop them now! In short, it was a great success. Congratulations to all those involved, directly or indirectly. See you next year for sure!

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