Staggering views at every turn
In Charlevoix, mountain and sea combine to create a setting that can only be described as spellbinding. A succession of capes flank the coast; charming villages nestle on mountainsides and in peaceful coves.
Along the road, fertile fields are interspersed with stunning glimpses of backcountry peaks. A resort destination par excellence, the Charlevoix region combines year-round quality accommodations with an extraordinary range of outdoor and cultural activities, including the Festival international du Domaine Forget, which marries classical music and jazz.
A land blessed by nature
Charlevoix can thank a huge meteorite that fell to Earth some 350 million years ago, on what is today the site of the village Les Éboulements, for its magnificent geography. In 1988, a large part of the region was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
- In this carefully preserved territory, two national parks are a haven for nature lovers: the Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, with its valleys sliced through imposing peaks, and the Parc national des Grands-Jardins, land of taiga, tundra and caribou.
- With the Sentier des Caps and the Traversée de Charlevoix, the region is heaven for hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
- Explore the splendours of the coast from the comfort of the Train du Massif de Charlevoix, with its 140 km (85 mi.) route between river and mountain.
- The famous Le Massif ski hill, which boasts the highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies, has a popular lodge right on the river!
- Mont-Grand-Fonds is another favourite among ski buffs and tube slide fans.
- From Saint-Siméon or Baie-Sainte-Catherine, head off to do some whale watching at the Saguenay—St. Lawrence Marine Park.
- Then, revitalized by the sea air, try your luck at the casino, with its neighbouring golf course overlooking the river, or enjoy a cultural stop at the Musée de Charlevoix or the Musée d'Art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul.
- Along the St. Lawrence Route (Route du Fleuve), which connects Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie and offers much to admire, hop the ferry to Isle-aux-Coudres. Take a bike trip around the island, visit 19th century watermills and windmills and admire the coast laid out before you.