Charlevoix originated with a meteorite strike and is a region where the landscape ranges from sea to mountains… Come and get a big slice of nature!
If you want to go skiing in Quebec, the area devoted to ski slopes is much smaller than the areas for cross-country skiing...So come and see the magnificent Massif, you'll feel like you're about to dive into the Saint-Lawrence River.
Charlevoix is bordered by the north shore of the Saint lawrence river and is just delightful. It's scattered with small, picturesque villages, such as Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, Port-au-Persil… where art and craft galleries have set up business. There are also plenty of foody stopovers where you can try smoked meat and soft ice cream.
There are all kinds of cultural events in the summer, music festivals, such as the Domaine Forget jazz and classical music festival in the Saint-Irénée, the 'Festif' in Baie-Saint-Paul… which is also a magnet for artists, particularly for the annual Symposium in August.
La Malbaie and l’Île-aux-Coudres give you the chance to immerse yourself in history and culture with museums dedicated to the region, milling and even apple growing. Go and take a look at the Manoir Richelieu, built in the style of Château Frontenac, in Québec.
Charlevoix also means national parks and great trekking, such as the trail from the Jacques Cartier to the canyon, the Grands-Jardins and its Siberian feel, the Hautes-Gorges and its rocks...and the Cap-Tourmente National Wildlife Area where you can watch snow geese. There are plenty of sites where you can go whale watching near Tadoussac, which are very popular with international students on holiday, or its rival Baie-Sainte-Catherine which is less busy but just as attractive...Port-au-Saumon and Pointe-Noire are two ecological centres based on the river.
And that's the end of Charlevoix and you can just make out the Saguenay Fjord on the horizon.