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What You Should Do In Quebec’s Stunning Charlevoix Region, Based On Your Travel Type

Scenic mountains, unspoiled beaches, farm-fresh food, whale watching and more.

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Charlevoix Is Quebec's Ultimate Staycation Spot & Here's Why

Famous for its idyllic driving routes, farm-to-table cuisine and vibrant rolling hills, Charlevoix has everything you need to create the ultimate getaway. It's a picturesque and safe destination with tons to see and do in any season, from summer mountain biking to photographing the rich colours of autumn. You can easily get to the region's abundant nature and open spaces from Quebec City in about an hour.

Whether you're up for an adventurous escape or a relaxing staycation, this list of must-see destinations in Charlevoix has got you covered no matter what kind of traveller you are.

The Foodie

If you're a foodie at heart, you're in luck. Charlevoix is known for its gastronomy — you'll probably find it hard to choose from the many amazing restaurants that pepper the region. From the country vibes of Mouton Noir to the cheese sampling and idyllic views at Le Migneron cheese factory, you really can't go wrong.

For a taste of what the region has to offer, give the Flavour Trail a go. This road trip will take you on a journey through Charlevoix's traditionally crafted ciders and beers, prize-winning cheeses, delectable wines, organic meats and freshly picked vegetables.

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The Culture Vulture

Charlevoix is an arts and culture enthusiast's dream. Learn about the region's history at Musée de Charlevoix and snag yourself handcrafted souvenirs made by local artists at the gift shop. Be sure to peruse the seasonal art exhibits at Musée d'art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and get inspired.

When inspiration strikes, bring out your creativity with cotton-based paper and unique creative supplies from the Papeterie Saint-Gilles, one of two regional floral and leaf paper economuseums.

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The Photographer

The Charlevoix train is a photographer's dream. This train ride offers uninterrupted views, with plenty of opportunities to get that perfect landscape shot, coloured by vibrant autumn leaves. The journey will take you 125 kilometres along the St. Lawrence River between Quebec and La Malbaie, with a stop in the lively city of Baie-Saint-Paul.

If aerial shots are more your thing, Héli-Charlevoix provides thrilling tours with stunning sights. You'll want to bring your lens along as you soar over the backcountry mouth of the Malbaie River and the spectacular mountains of Charlevoix.

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The Nature Lover

With numerous national and provincial parks to discover, Charlevoix has no shortage of natural beauty surrounding it. Go camping at the Parc national des Grands-Jardins, or take advantage of the region's 550 kilometres of hiking trails.

Another gem is Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, with its gorgeous landscapes and a river that meanders through one of eastern Quebec's highest rock faces.

Wherever your nature-loving spirit leads you, take your time on the many scenic drives throughout Charlevoix, like the awe-inspiring Mountain Road or the coastal St. Lawrence Route.

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The Luxury Traveller

If you appreciate the finer things in life, Charlevoix has a lot to offer, with luxury lodging, gastronomic experiences and spas for days. Get your zen on at the Auberge des Falaises Nordic spa (then dine in style at the hotel's restaurant), sink into total relaxation at Auberge La Grande Maison, or spend the night at a lush hotel, such as the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu or Hotel & Spa Le Germain Charlevoix.

Check out one of the region's casinos, like the Casino de Charlevoix or Le Petit Manoir du Casino in La Malbaie for some fun and recentre yourself at the Spa O'Quartz right after. Go ahead and treat yourself to that facial... you deserve it!

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The Adventure Seeker

In Charlevoix, adventure waits at every corner. Spend the day whale watching and learning about marine mammals on a zodiac cruise tour in the Saguenay St-Laurent Marine Park, led by an expert.

If adrenaline is what you're after, rent a mountain bike and ride it along the trails of Le Massif de Charlevoix. While you're there, consider going for a cable-car ride for an astonishing aerial perspective.

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Charming Charlevoix has something for everyone, no matter what kind of traveller you are. Book a trip to Charlevoix for the fall season to take in the region's astounding beauty. Whether you're in the mood for an exciting adventure or some time to relax and indulge yourself, this region of Quebec is a must-visit destination for your next getaway.

As you plan your next Charlevoix staycation, don't forget to check out the region's official website and blog, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube for inspiration.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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