Charlevoix's spectacular coastline was created 350 million years ago when a colossal meteorite smashed into the earth, forming a huge hole between La Malbaie and Baie-Saint Paul. Located approximately 100 km (60 miles) from Quebec City, Charlevoix is a hospitable region with magnificent scenery that captivates painters, poets, writers and visitors. Charlevoix combines in perfect harmony, the duality of nature and farming, and was granted the status of "World Biosphere Reserve" by Unesco. It's the first populated one. Known for its salt pastures along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, where calves and lambs can be seen frolicking in the grass, Charlevoix has agricultural conditions that yield incredible harvests. Travel the "Flavour Trail" At the heart of the region, farmers and chefs of local inns, restaurants and bed and breakfasts work together to prepare feasts for the eyes as well as for the palate.
Today, the artist's paradise that is BAIE-SAINT-PAUL, is known for its panoramic environment. Many artists were seduced by the scenery of Charlevoix, resulting in a profusion of art galleries where it is possible to admire the oil paintings of well known masters, or fall in love with the work of a completely unknown artist, who, may very well become the Picasso of the next generation. At the turn of the 20th century, LA MALBAIE and POINTE-AU-PIC were resort towns prized by the wealthy as vacation centres. The sumptuous Hotel Manoir Richelieu home of the Charlevoix Casino is the epitome of leisure activities sought by the high society of the early 1900s. Magnificent summer homes and villas along the cliffside road chemin des Falaises have been transformed into cosy inns. Hop aboard a cruise, guided by a naturalist, on the Rivière Malbaie, in the Parc national des Hautes Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie. Enjoy spectacular valley scenery and stunning views of the highest rock faces in Eastern along a 10 km stretch of calm water on Rivière Malbaie. With awe-inspiring views of the St. Lawrence River, downhill skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers will meet their match in the Le Massif, in the town of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François.
Give yourself over to the art of living in Charlevoix, a harmonious blend of nature and culture!