Located east of Quebec City, the Charlevoix is a highly prized tourist destination where vacationing is always truly memorable. Whether it’s for the great outdoors, discovery or relaxation, visitors passing through the lovely Charlevoix region enjoy a full range of quality activities and attractions.
The Charlevoix owes its particular character to a 15-billion ton meteor impact that occured 350 million years ago. Owing to its distinctive morphology, the Charlevoix region features sweeping riverside and mountain scenery. It may rightfully boast of countless regional activities and attractions like hiking, alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, St. Lawrence River cruises and excursions, sea and river kayaking, helicopter tours, dogsledding, snowmobiling…
Year-round, the Charlevoix is where a vacation is always an exceptional experience.
DISCOVERING THE CHARLEVOIX REGION
Baie-Saint-Paul boasts the highest concentration of art galleries and craft shops − both large and small − in all of Canada. It would almost be unthinkable to visit the Charlevoix without strolling down lovely rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste. A number of terraces propose both lunch and dinner menus.
Baie-Saint-Paul is near Le Massif de Charlevoix, where skiing is simply larger than life! The mountain is a natural gateway to action, adventure and intrigue. With spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River, long scenic trails in a microclimate that delivers abundant snowfalls, Le Massif de Charlevoix also offers thrilling sled adventures.
One of the most spectacular scenic routes in all of North America, this circuit winds its way along the majestic St. Lawrence River coastline, across picturesque towns and villages like Les Éboulements, and Saint-Irénée. At every turn, enjoy breathtaking vistas, art galleries and craft shops, a cornucopia of regional food products and so much more...
Get away from it all! Make your great escape to this ever so friendly island by ferry, and better still explore its every angle by bicycle. What’s up on Isle-aux-Coudres? Visit Cidrerie et Vergers Pedneault for excellent cider tasting, or set out to discover the island bakery, boutiques and art galleries so truly typical of the Charlevoix.
Along this Charlevoix circuit, you are guaranteed unique moments in nature, surrounded by tall mountains and steep terrain. Enjoy a number of natural attractions like Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière Malbaie and Grands-Jardins National Parks, where visitors enjoy riverboat cruises, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, cycling...On the Mountain Route, why not try a black bear observation trip, in complete safety. Isn’t that unique?
La Malbaie − the cradle of resort vacationing in Canada − proposes two golf clubs. Le Club de Golf Murray Bay has the merit of being one of the oldest golf courses in North America. Its counterpart, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club, ranks among Canada’s top golf courses in the resort category. La Malbaie is also famous for its sea kayak excursions, and for its string of acclaimed Charlevoix restaurants. Why not make the most of your visit and drop by le Musée de Charlevoix, a not-to-be-missed address where everything about this wonderful region is beautifully explained.
La Malbaie is also home to Mont Grand-Fonds Ski Area. This multisport centre has built quite an enviable reputation for itself among connoisseurs, be it for its alpine and cross-country skiing, or its snowshoeing.
Like the River Route, this sector is located on the easternmost edge of the Charlevoix region. It offers unparalleled views of the St. Lawrence River, and from here visitors set out on amazing whale-watching excursions. Did you know that the St. Lawrence boasts the highest whale count, and a variety of small cetaceans too? Whether by ship or zodiac, set out to meet these giants of the sea on an adventure of your own.
In many ways, the Charlevoix people have been bravehearted pioneers. And when they set up the Charlevoix Flavour Trail, local growers, producers, processors and restaurateurs were indeed trailblazers. Today these regional players combine efforts to spotlight exquisite Charlevoix food products: Cheeses, tomato wine, apple and plum ciders…, duck confit, jams, fresh pastas, emu products, honey caramel, rich chocolates infused with typical Charlevoix flavours, artisan beers and so much more. On farm tours, terroir food shop visits and by dining at any one of the region’s fine restaurants is how you will discover and appreciate what the Charlevoix’s growers, producers, processors and restaurateurs have nurtured with a passion − their crops, their herds and their recipes for simply great fare.
Across the seasons, the Charlevoix is all about creating unforgettable moments together with family and friends. What pleasure!