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The Charlevoix region, located in Quebec, includes parts of the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains region of the Canadian Shield. This dramatic landscape includes rolling terrain, fjords, headlands and bays. For much of its history, Charlevoix was home to a thriving summer colony of wealthy Americans, including President William Howard Taft. The community of La Malbaie was known as the first vacation spot in Canada. Scottish landowners Malcolm Fraser and John Nairn hosted visitors at their manors as early as 1760.

Worthy of note are:

Landscape just outside of Tadoussac

The topography of this region was dramatically altered by a meteorite impact that occurred 350 million years ago creating the Charlevoix crater.

"The impact created the forty-mile-wide crater that is the heart of Quebec's Charlevoix region, ranging from just west of Baie-Saint-Paul to just east of La Malbaie. Today, the area inside the crater is home to 90 percent of Charlevoix residents and is a very pastoral setting by comparison to what it could have been." [1]

This area was subsequently reshaped by glaciation.

The Charlevoix region was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1988.

There have been several major earthquakes in the region:

There were 8 earthquakes between magnitude 4 and 5 on the Richter scale between 1977 and 1997 in Charlevoix, with minimal damages

The region was named after Pierre François-Xavier de Charlevoix, a French Jesuit explorer and historian who travelled through this region in the 18th century.

The Charlevoix region includes the regional county municipalities of Charlevoix-Est and Charlevoix.

See also


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

North America : Canada : Quebec : Charlevoix
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
  • Baie St-Paul
  • La Malbaie
  • Les Eboulements
  • Baie-Ste-Catherine
  • 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

By car

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

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

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

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

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. $30 per person.  edit
  • Les Saveurs Oubliées, Les Eboulements, 350, Rang Godefroy, (418) 635-9888. Exquisite country and Charlevoix regional cuisine. Famous for their lamb meals. Bring your wine. Reservation must be made well in advance. Around 40$ per person.
  • Les Mésanges, Baie-St-Paul
  • Fairmont Manoir Richelieu [2], an awaerd winning world class hotel and casino over looking the St. Lawrence River.
  • Hôtel-Motel Castel de la Mer [3], La Malbaie

Get out

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

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CHARLEVOIX, a village and the county-seat of Charlevoix county, Michigan, U.S.A., 16 m. E.S.E. of Petoskey, on Lake Michigan and Pine Lake, which are connected by Pine river and Round Lake. Pop. (1890) 1496; (1900) 2079; (1904, state census) 2395. It is on the main line of the Pere Marquette railway, and during the summer season is served by lake steamers. The village is best known as a summer resort; it is built on bluffs and on a series of terraces rising from Round and Pine lakes and affording extensive views; and there are a number of attractive summer residences. Charlevoix is an important hardwood lumber port, and the principal industries are the manufacture of lumber and of cement; fishing (especially for lake trout and white fish); the raising of sugar beets; and the manufacture of rustic and fancy wood-work. Charlevoix was settled about 1866, and was incorporated as a village in 1879.

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