Covering 6000 square kilometers in the Canadian shield, Charlevoix has a magnificiant mountain scenery caused by a 15-billion-pound meteor 350 million years ago. The earliest vacationers came to Charlevoix as early as 1760.
Baie St-Paul and La Malbaie are the major cities of this region. You get by car using the 138 highway. It is about 4 to 5 hours from Montreal and 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes from Quebec City.
Intercar, 1-888-861-4592 (toll free), offers the service from Montreal (Central station, Metro Berri-UQAM) and Quebec City (Gare du Palais, 320, rue Abraham-Martin) to Baie St-Paul and various cities in Charlevoix along the St-Lawrence River. Departs from Montreal : 6 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM from Saturday to Thursday; 6 AM, 9 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM on Fridays. 20% off for students. Reservations are mandatory for some cities. Schedules and stops: http://www.intercar.qc.ca/fr/02-01-15.html
Parc national des Grands-Jardins: 381 road, km 31, 1-866-702-9202 (toll free). This park has 134 lakes and 7 rivers. You can do hiking (hike on Mont du Lac des Cygnes is a must), cycling, canoeing, kayaking (rentals available on-site) and fishing (brook trout). Camping available. Admission: 3,50$/person. http://www.sepaq.com
Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie: Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs, 1-866-702-9202. Spectacular sight for canoeing or kayaking on the river. Nice hiking on Acropole des Draveurs. Admission: 3,50$/person. http://www.sepaq.com
Alpine Skiing: Massif de la Petite Rivière Sant-Francois, 1-877-536-2774 (toll free). Alpine skiers, don't miss out this mountain, the highest drop east of the Rockies Mountains. Incredible ski conditions. 41$/day for 1 adult. Discounts available for students and large groups. http://www.lemassif.com
Hiking: Parc National des Grands Jardins, Parc National des Hautes-Gorges de La Malbaie
A visit to Les Quartre Vents (The Gardens of the Four Winds), La Malbaie, (email@example.com), . by reservation - see website. One of the finest residential gardens in North America and an object lesson in how to relate a garden to the landscape and create a viable growing condition within.$30 per person. edit
Les Saveurs Oubliées, Les Eboulements, 350, Rang Godefroy, (418) 635-9888. Exquisite country and Charlevoix regional cuisine. Famous for their lamb meals. Bring your wine. Reservation must be made well in advance. Around 40$ per person. http://www.agneausaveurscharlevoix.com/english.html