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For other places with the same name, see Charlevoix (disambiguation).

Charlevoix is an touristical and historic region in Quebec, Canada.


  • Charlevoix Regional Municipality County
  • Charlevoix-Est Regional Municipality County


Other destinations[edit]

  • Ile-aux-Coudres
  • Port-au-Persil
  • Baie-des-Rochers


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.


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

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.

By ferry[edit]

Rivière-du-Loup—Saint-Siméon, duration: 65 minutes, (418) 638-2856 or (418) 862-5094.

Baie-Sainte-Catherine—Tadoussac, duration: 8 minutes, free, (418) 235-4395.

Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive—Isle-aux-Coudres, duration: 15 minutes, free, (418) 438-2743.

By bus[edit]

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:

Get around[edit]

The best way to go around in Charlevoix is by car. However, you can get to many locations by bus with Intercar (see above).


National parks[edit]

There are two national parks in this region:

  • 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$/person.
  • Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie: Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs, 1-866-702-9202. Spectacular sight for canoeing or kayaking on the river. Nice hiking on Acropole des Draveurs. Admission: 3,50$/person.


  • 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.
  • 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, (), [1]. 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 Ateliers DeBlois, [2]. Discover work by artists Joan and Marc DeBlois, pottery, raku and paintings, in St-Irénée.


  • 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.



  • Les Mésanges, Baie-St-Paul
  • Fairmont Manoir Richelieu [3], Hotel and casino over looking the St. Lawrence River.
  • Hôtel-Motel Castel de la Mer [4], located in the historic district of Pointe-au-Pic in La Malbaie.
  • Immeubles Charlevoix (Immeubles Charlevoix), 20, rue Leclerc, 1 1 866 435-6868, [5]. For a weekend or a longer stay. Villas, country homes, and four-star cottages available. $180+.  edit

Get out[edit]

The two regions to see after visiting Charlevoix are Quebec Region and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.

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