Province/Territory: Quebec

Charlevoix: Live It and Love It!

  • 350 million year old meteor crater
  • 18 charming communities
  • 06 roadtrip circuits and roads

Charlevoix, which consists of six thousand square kilometers of solid Canadian Shield, the oldest rock formation on earth, offers a wealth of natural wonders including the spectacular Laurentian mountains and the mighty St. Lawrence River. Known as the first vacation area in Canada, Charlevoix which is famed as much for its impressive natural setting as it is for its hospitality, is still home to impressive villas, like those on Chemin des Falaises some of which have been converted into charming inns and B&Bs perfect for romantic getaways or family vacations.

Outdoor adventure

  • Rent a mountain bike and cycle the picturesque Isle-aux-Coudres.
  • Let the wind be your guide as you learn to kite-surf on Isle-aux-Coudres.
  • Take a leap of faith and go canyoning - a sport that involves descending on ropes deep into the heart of canyons and along waterfalls, all along the spectacular Charlevoix coastline.
  • Fish, hike or camp in the breathtaking Parc national des Grands-Jardins.

Events & Festivals

  • Visit the slopes of Le Massif de Charlevoix on December 15 for Santa Claus Day, when everyone skis in their red suits and white beards.
  • Be part of the annual Gala des Grands Chefs at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu when master chefs from renowned establishments across Quebec join forces for a unique evening of gastronomy, spotlighting Charlevoix terroir products.
  • During the Rêves d’automne, Baie-Saint-Paul comes to life when some of the finest artists from Quebec and elsewhere, spend 10 days showcasing their work in the vibrant Charlevoix art scene.

Food & Drink

  • Visit an artisanal bakery, taste homemade apple cider, and sample fresh honey as you take an agrotour of the Charlevoix region.
  • Tour a museum where the only working windmill of its kind grinds wheat and buckwheat into flour.
  • Come in winter to experience a sugaring-off party featuring genuine maple syrup.

Road trips & Train travel

  • Explore the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence River while you enjoy multi-media entertainment and gourmet food aboard the Train Le Massif de Charlevoix.
  • Choose between the 58 km shore road skirting the St. Lawrence River for breathtaking viewpoints and quaint villages or the mountains roads leading to hikes, snowmobiling and cycling activities.
  • Hit the road to discover the areas flavors, arts & culture or heritage following suggested itineraries or making up your own.

Weather

  • Summer, from July to August, can be as warm as 16°C to 24°C. When autumn arrives (September to November), temperatures cool and range from 16°C to -2°C. Winter is cold in the Charlevoix region with temperatures from December through March, ranging from 0°C to -6°C. Spring, from April to June, is warmer, ranging from 2°C to 22°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 3,912 sq. km.
Largest City: Baie-Saint-Paul
Total Population: 13,338
Official Languages: French & English (French predominent)
Provincial Motto: “Je me souviens” (I remember)

When to go
  • Visit Charlevoix in the late spring and summer, to explore farms, fruit stands, artisanal bakeries, cheese shops and more, then work off the calories by canoeing or kayaking on the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
  • When autumn arrives, tour the countryside by bike or on foot to enjoy the beautiful changing leaves.
  • Hit the wintry hills at Le Massif de Charlevoix to enjoy boarding or skiing on some of the most challenging slopes in Quebec.
Getting Here
Getting around
  • Find information on getting around the Charlevoix Region.
  • Getting around by car provides the most flexibility and the train is an enjoyable carefree way to explore this region.