This Quebec Region Turns Into A Sea Of Colours Every Fall & Here’s How You Can Experience It
This is what autumn dreams are made of.
These summer days are coming to an end, and that means autumn is almost here — you can practically smell the pumpkin spice. There's no better way to experience September through November than in nature where you can truly admire the fall foliage.
Charlevoix is a favoured destination for its coastal views, heritage buildings and charming landscapes, and it only becomes more enchanting during the fall. As the leaves change colour, the region's Mountain Sector comes alive with gold, red, yellow and orange.
Though you might think you're in a magical land far, far away (thanks to the majestic mountains and valleys), Charlevoix is only an hour from Quebec City. There's so much for you to discover, from the region's cultural offerings to its culinary delicacies. Plus, you'll be able to fully relax knowing that you chose a safe area for your getaway.
These seven tips will allow you to reawaken your senses and experience everything the fall season has to offer in Charlevoix's Mountain Sector.
Take A Hike Through Parc National Des Grands-Jardins
Whatever outdoor activity you're into — canoeing, walking, via ferrata or biking — you can do it at both of Charlevoix's national parks (two of the most beautiful parks in all of Quebec). The Parc national des Grands-Jardins is teeming with alpines and fall foliage. Bonus: you might even spot a caribou!
If there are outdoorsy things you want to enjoy without enduring the scorching summer heat or snowy winter weather, autumn is your saving grace. Just make sure you have your camera on hand — you'll never want to forget how the mountains look all dressed in autumn gold or the stunning view of a real meteoritic crater at the top of the Mont du Lac des Cygnes hike.
Hop On A Riverboat Cruise At Parc National Des Hautes-Gorges-De-La-Rivière-Malbaie
The Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie is known for l'Acropole des Draveurs, a hike that'll let you get up close and personal with the impressive landscapes that have been forged by the ice age.
Canoe, kayak, or climb aboard a riverboat cruise to experience the majesty of the Malbaie River. If you're visiting in the winter, you'll definitely want to check out the Vallée des Glaces, which transforms into a winter wonderland.
Journey Down The Mountain Road
Paths like these are all about the journey, not the destination. Charlevoix's Mountain Road offers 121 kilometres of panoramic views and unique experiences. You'll find yourself weaving through forested roads or winding through charming villages. With breathtaking scenery like this (especially in the fall season), no one will be asking, "Are we there yet?"
Though the region is just a short drive from Quebec city, the landscape will have you wondering if you're in Europe.
If you're the adventurous type, you'll want to stop to go camping, fishing, canoeing or hiking. Let the road take you on a memorable journey — a surprise awaits around every corner.
Explore Charlevoix's Farms
©Tourisme Charlevoix, Simon Jodoin
Charlevoix is known for its agrotourism; from vineyards to organic farms, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a refreshing drink or farm-fresh meal. See some adorable animals, try some delectable eats and make it a fun-filled day.
The mountain region is perfect for any foodie, with farm-to-table experiences, high-quality regional products and encounters with producers and chefs alike, Charlevoix will leave your cravings satisfied.
Observe Local Wildlife Across The Mountains
©Domaine Le Pic Bois
Jaw-dropping flora and fauna are what Charlevoix's Mountain Sector is all about. If you look closely as you take in the many views, you'll likely spot some majestic animals in their natural habitat. From moose to bears, this region is a must-visit for any animal lover.
Remember to respect the wildlife and observe from afar. And be sure to have that camera ready at all times — you never know what sort of creature you might catch a glimpse of.
Book A Stay In The Heart Of The Charlevoix Mountains
Take a breath of the crisp autumn air and feel the comforts of autumn all around you. Think warm lattes, apple pie and cozy decor — if you like the sound of that, then a visit to Charlevoix will be your personal paradise.
The accommodations in Charlevoix range from luxurious hotels to cozy chalets. This region takes hospitality to another level and you'll feel welcomed as soon as you arrive. Whether you prefer sprawling estates to country inns, Charlevoix's got you covered. Wherever you choose to stay, you'll be surrounded by nature's beauty.
Cozy up in your favourite sweater and start your fall adventure in Charlevoix. You'll want to make yourself at home for a few days to fully take in the incredible nature and quaint neighbourhoods. Book a trip before the season passes you by; you won't want to miss those picturesque colours.
While planning your fall getaway, check out Tourisme Charlevoix's website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube for more information.
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.