Charlevoix Area

Dec 26th, 2003, 04:26 AM
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Charlevoix Area

My wife and I thouroughly enjoyed our trip to Quebec City and the Cote de Beauprais in Oct. 2003. We would like to return to the area in the summer of 2004 but wish to travel further up the St. Lawrence to the Charlevoix region. We would appreciate any and all impressions/recommendations for accommodations and activities in this area.
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Dec 27th, 2003, 04:50 PM
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Check out the Fairmont Hotel the Manoir Richelieu. There is golf there and whale watching nearby in the St. Lawrence river.
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Dec 29th, 2003, 04:55 AM
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We spent two nights in the Charlevoix area last summer as part of a trip to Quebec City. It is a very scenic and unique area, with small French villages, beautiful farmland rolling down to the St. Lawrence, and deep boreal forests as you get more inland. We stayed at a small b&b in St. Irenee, which was a great location for exploring the area. We biked around Ile aux Caudres which was a very relaxing and an easy bike ride. Be prepared for a long ferry wait to get to the island, however. Tadoussec was perhaps our favorite town, a small seaside resort with some outdoor cafes, and a sandy beach. The river is very wide in this area, almost like a sea, but it is not too good for swimming, due to the very cold water, and some rather murky spots. Baie St. Paul is a large, somewhat touristy town with many art galleries and shops. Manior Richelieu is a very large, imposing hotel/resort with it's own gambling casino.
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Jan 3rd, 2004, 04:45 AM
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Charlevoix is a fantastic area for vacationing. Travel to la Malbaie/Pointe-au-Pic area. There are numerous hotels, inns and restaurants of excellent quality. From there you can go around the area easily.

Arriving by car in Baie-St-Paul, make sure to stretch your legs at the wayside rest area just before the last hill. You will have a fantastic view of the area, a meteoric crater from eons ago.

Go top Isle aux Coudres as recommended by Zootsi.

For breathtaking landscape and nature exploration, you might want to go to parc des Hautes-Gorges. It is a Provincial Park on Malbaie River. Fantastic hikes. There is also a tour boat. Similarly, in St-Urbain, there is Mont du lac des Cygnes, fantastic but demanding hike on a mountain.

The art scene in Baie-St-Paul is very good. Beware of tourist traps though.

Drive along the shore and explore the various villages. My favourite is Port-au-Persil.

Spend a couple of days in Tadoussac. Make sure to take a boat trip up the Saguenay River. Go see the whales on the St-Lawrence. Dress warmly, yhe river is very cold. In Tadoussac, be sure to go see the dunes.

To finish the trip, I like to cross the St-Lawrence at St-Simeon and drive back to Quebec City by Route 132 (along the river south shore). Much nicer than the south shore expressway. Stop in Notre-Dame-du-Portage for sunset. Stroll Kamouraska village (nice inns and B&Bs there).

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Have a nice trip!

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Jan 14th, 2004, 01:52 AM
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