All of us are looking forward and dreaming of some sort of travel these days… While international travel may be out of question for a while look into excellent options offered at a closer destinations. Charlevoix, QC, Canada – the region that is known for the mount of Les Éboulements – a 54 km crater. Its topography was formed due to meteorite impact some 400 million years ago. Several glaciations left traces as well… When travelling the Mountain Road you have a chance to observe an ancient geological formation which is part of Laurentian Mountains.
The St. Lawrence River borders the region’s east coast and presents breathtaking landscapes which may be enjoyed from the St. Lawrence Route, one of the most scenic roads in North America. In this area, the waters are brackish and the tides phenomenon is ever present. The St. Lawrence estuary and the Saguenay fjord create conditions favourable to the marine mammals’ diet; several whale species, seals and sea birds may be observed. The area offers many activities during summer and winter, so no matter the season you will find something to do!
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club
Like golf – make sure to visit the Le Manoir Richelieu golf course! Rich history of the place adds to the spectacular views. The Golf Club was inaugurated on June 18, 1925 by former U.S. President William H. Taft, who spent his summers in the great region of Pointe-au-Pic. This golf course was originally designed by the English golf architect Herbert Strong. At every point admire the landscape and the great design that the St-Lawrence River offers to each visitor. The panorama is breath taking!
L’Isle-aux-Coudres is located in the heart of the St. Lawrence River, two kilometers from the north shore. In 1815, the absence of effective mills for grinding grains caused a famine on the island. The Séminaire de Québec approved the construction of a watermill that was completed in 1825. Classified according to the Law on Cultural Heritage in the early sixties, the second life of the Mill began in 1982 and today it is functional again. For visitors information: https://lesmoulinsdelisleauxcoudres.com/home-visit/.
Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa
The name says it all! Formerly known as Hotel La Ferme, Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa is a charming country hotel with an unmistakably urban feel. Nestled between the mountains and the river, it’s the ideal base from which to explore Québec’s renowned Charlevoix region.
Laiterie Charlevoix, Cheese Museum (ÉCONOMUSÉE DU FROMAGE)
Located on Route 138, this dairy has produced cheese since 1948. It became a cheese ECONOMUSEUM® in 1998 and now visitors can discover the many different stages of the cheese-making process. Interpretation centre, antique equipment, tastings are available. Sales counter featuring products made on-site and many regional products. And they also offer “Whey methanation factory tour”. Don’t forget to buy different kind of cheese – well worth it! For more information https://www.tourisme-charlevoix.com/en/attractions/laiterie-charlevoix-economusee-du-fromage/
La Maison du Bootlegger was a famous “Speakeasy” during the prohibitions years and is renowned today for it’s unique and original concept that offers you a memorable evening composed of a guided tour of it’s ingenious maze that links secret doors, hidden bars and private rooms followed by exquisite barbecue diner grilled on a real charcoal pit and a rock & roll show with Joey Tardif and the Bootlegger House Band. An evening to remember!
Some more places to consider:
Repère Boréal offers a nouveau genre “Glamping” experience in unmatched comfort and unique architecture, modern and audacious. Repère boréal’s all-season dwellings stand out thanks to their accessibility, intimate
character and opening to nature. Three new Maikan homes were recently added to the original five. The exterior siding is made of carbonized wood according to a Japanese technique called Shou-sugi-ban. For reservations call (418) 635-1153 or visit www.repereboreal.com
Ice fishing or bear watching
Enjoy some trout ice fishing in a magnificent winter setting in the great outdoors. Warm your cold hands in a heated fishing hut nearby. Ice fishing for the day or with lodging in one of our cabins is available. Contact by phone (418) 439-1111 or visit www.lepicbois.com
Electric Bikes – Charlevoix Écomobilité
Rent an electric bike an d enjoy the ride on your own or get on one of “Wellness” rides intended whether for meditating or practising yoga. These rides are assuredly invigorating. A long distance ride along the River Road is now available in a 3 days/2 nights package. Contact (418) 633-2712 or visit www.charlevoixecomobilite.com
Auberge Le Cormoran et Domaine Belle Plage
The Auberge le Cormoran et Domaine Belle Plage enjoyed a makeover: a new and updated decor, also additions to ensure your comfort, such as the removal of all carpets and the installation of modern and silent thermo-pumps.
Some motel units are equipped with a modern kitchenette. Larger groups may rent the Cormoran exclusively and have access to 12 rooms, the kitchen and dining room. For more info (418) 435-3321 or visit www.belleplage.ca
Auberge de Jeunesse La Malbaie – Hostel
The Auberge de Jeunesse in La Malbaie is now accessible by snowmobile through a new trail built on a portion of the rail way track. The youth hostel will offer its clientele several advantageous snowmobile packages in private rooms or dormitories. Also enjoy the Resto Pub La Chope’s ambiance and taste local terroir products and microbrewery beers. Contact (418) 202-0697 or visit www.auberge-jeunesse-lamalbaie.com