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Charlevoix (Canada)

Practical information on Charlevoix

  • Family
  • Encounters with locals
  • Romantic
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Park and garden
  • Port
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Water Sports
  • Ski resort
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Festivals
  • Music
  • Museums
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
A one hour drive from Quebec
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Charlevoix

Seasoned Traveller
129 written opinions

Charlevoix is a delightful region and has therefore attracted a surprising number of painters, poets and writers, drawn by its bucolic charm, who use their art to promote its beauty. 

My suggestion:
The local authority has recently restored the the local Charlevoix train service. Trains run between the city of Quebec and Charlevoix. There's no better way to explore the region.  
My review

The casino and its neighbour, the hotel Fairmont-Le Manoir Richelieu, are well-known institutions in the region. They are perfectly positioned with views over the majestic Saint Lawrence River and, if the fancy takes you, you might like to try your luck in the casino!

If you're visiting Charlevoix, the options for travellers are totally different, depending on the season. In winter, ski fans will find that the Massif de Charlevoix is the perfect destination. Charlevoix is also a little paradise for lovers of the snowmobile. In summer, you can enjoy the natural environment with a long walk in the countryside, or if you're more of a foodie, you can try out some of the local specialities on one of the many café terraces, where you can taste regional produce, such as cheeses, beers, ciders, pasta and cured meats. In autumn, the colours are just breathtaking.

As you can see, there's no lack of choice, and I have to say that I really love this part of Canada. You simply must go there!

View from the Manoir Richelieu de Charlevoix
Philippine Lefas Seasoned Traveller
14 written opinions

Charlevoix originated with a meteorite strike and is a region where the landscape ranges from sea to mountains… Come and get a big slice of nature!

My suggestion:
If you want to go skiing in Quebec, the area devoted to ski slopes is much smaller than the areas for cross-country skiing...So come and see the magnificent Massif, you'll feel like you're about to dive into the Saint-Lawrence River.
My review

Charlevoix is bordered by the north shore of the Saint lawrence river and is just delightful. It's scattered with small, picturesque villages, such as Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, Port-au-Persil… where art and craft galleries have set up business. There are also plenty of foody stopovers where you can try smoked meat and soft ice cream.

There are all kinds of cultural events in the summer, music festivals, such as the Domaine Forget jazz and classical music festival in the Saint-Irénée, the 'Festif' in Baie-Saint-Paul… which is also a magnet for artists, particularly for the annual Symposium in August.

La Malbaie and l’Île-aux-Coudres give you the chance to immerse yourself in history and culture with museums dedicated to the region, milling and even apple growing. Go and take a look at the Manoir Richelieu, built in the style of Château Frontenac, in Québec.

Charlevoix also means national parks and great trekking, such as the trail from the Jacques Cartier to the canyon, the Grands-Jardins and its Siberian feel, the Hautes-Gorges and its rocks...and the Cap-Tourmente National Wildlife Area where you can watch snow geese. There are plenty of sites where you can go whale watching near Tadoussac, which are very popular with international students on holiday, or its rival Baie-Sainte-Catherine which is less busy but just as attractive...Port-au-Saumon and Pointe-Noire are two ecological centres based on the river.

And that's the end of Charlevoix and you can just make out the Saguenay Fjord on the horizon.

Charlevoix in the autumn, in the morning light from the Saint-Urbain side