The St. Lawrence RouteWhere the mountains meet the sea
The St. Lawrence Route (Route du fleuve) takes you through the astonishing region that is Charlevoix. The birthplace of resort vacationing in Canada, a favourite among artists and named a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, this region abounds with natural beauty. Its fabulous mountains, jutting out into the St. Lawrence, are the result of a meteorite two km (1.25 mi.) in diameter that crashed here 350 million years ago.
The St. Lawrence Route is what's known as a "panoramic route." A refuge from the faster highway, it links Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie. Baie-Saint-Paul, tucked amid mountains in a breathtaking site, is a lively little town known for its pleasant restaurants and inns and for its art galleries. Meanwhile, numerous vacationers flock to La Malbaie for its golf courses, its casino and its high-calibre hotels. In fact, it's where you'll find the legendary Manoir Richelieu!
Prepare to be charmed
Between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, you'll pass through the picturesque villages of Les Éboulements, Saint-Irénée and Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive. From Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, you can board a ferry, free of charge, and go to Île aux Coudres, a peaceful island where time passes at a leisurely pace. From there you can gaze upon the spectacular mountains that form the backdrop of the St. Lawrence Route—a must-see when the sun sets!
The St. Lawrence Route (Route du fleuve) links Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region, extending over 50 km (30 mi.) on Highway 362.