CHARLEVOIX – PURE BLISS!
A hospitable region where the landscapes have won over the country’s artists, poets, writers and musicians, Charlevoix brings nature and culture together harmoniously. It is home to an impressive range of activities that will make your visit a truly memorable experience!
Explore the Charlevoix region, with the Pourvoirie as your base! We offer packages that give you a chance to stay on our site, with access to these unique activities.
Hours of fun await you at the Casino de Charlevoix, located on a majestic site flanked by river and mountains. A total of 20 tables feature games such as Let it Ride, Caribbean Stud and Pai Gow poker, blackjack, roulette and mini-baccarat, or you can try your luck at one of the 1,000 slot machines or in the Keno lounge. Access to the Casino de Charlevoix is restricted to people 18 years of age or over.
The rugged expanse of Charlevoix takes on a different aspect when explored from the water. Discover breathtaking scenery as you wend your way down the du Gouffre or Malbaie River in a canoe… or paddle down the Noire River in Saint-Siméon, where you’ll see landscapes that were transformed by the last round of glaciations.
See the largest number of great whales in the St. Lawrence River. The beluga (4.5 m), the humpback whale (15 m), the fin whale (20 m) and the blue whale (30 m, 140 tonnes) – the largest mammal – can be viewed just off the Charlevoix shore when they come in to feed.
The water is oxygenated by the cold Labrador Current, which produces conditions favourable to the proliferation of krill and small fish – the whales’ favourite food. Cruises that depart from the wharves of Saint-Siméon, Baie-Sainte-Catherine and Tadoussac are a great way to admire these giants of the sea, up close, in their natural habitat.
ART GALLERIES AND ARTIST WORKSHOPS
There’s more to Charlevoix than its simple beauty – specifically, the excitement and profusion of artistic life, both of which have earned this region its reputation as a hotspot for artistic exchanges and creativity. Baie-Saint-Paul, Isle-aux-Coudres, Les Éboulements, La Malbaie and Saint-Irénée are home to a number of art galleries and artist – in particular, painters’ – workshops.
Avid golfers will be pleasantly surprised by what the Charlevoix region has to offer.
Its three courses include one of the two oldest clubs in Canada – the Murray Bay Golf Club – and one of the 10 Best Golf Resorts (according to Golf Magazine): the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club. Golfers are enthralled by the quality of the green on whatever course they choose, and by the stunning vantage points overlooking the river.
Baie-Saint-Paul also has a golf course – Le Loup – so you can combine sport and culture in a single trip.
KATABATIK – Adventure in the Charlevoix region
This agency – your portal to outdoor fun, new discoveries and experiences you’ll want to share – offers an array of activities for discovering the vast Charlevoix territory. Katabatik combines authenticity with the sports experience… and firmly believes that every discovery space is unique and features “can’t-miss” points of interest.
Activities on offer are sea kayaking on the St. Lawrence, kayaking on the du Gouffre River, canyoning in the Charlevoix cascades, paragliding (in tandem for novices) and bicycle rentals.
CHARLEVOIX LIGHT RAIL SHUTTLE
The Charlevoix light rail train is a great way to discover the Québec City–Côte-de-Beaupré–Charlevoix route, where the St. Lawrence River, the mountains and farmland come together to create larger-than-life scenery!
The train will take you to unique places that are inaccessible – but spectacular! – with stops along the way at bucolic villages in Charlevoix and Côte-de-Beaupré.
The schedule is season-dependent, but you can always complete the round trip in one day or spend the night in a village where the train stops.
Grands-Jardins national park
Who would have thought that a walk through the boreal forest is less than a 1½-hour drive from Québec City? That’s just one special feature of Grands-Jardins. Visitors will marvel at this “island in Québec’s far north”.
The park warden-naturalists run a number of discovery activities in summer. They can tell you about the benefits of forest fires, help you get to know more about the caribou and charm you with the amazing world of lichens. A succession of outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, kayaking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing) is on offer throughout the year.
New: The Via Ferrata
Travel the Via Ferrata circuit on the rock face of Lac-des-Cygnes Mountain. Two safe routes (truss beams, bridge, etc.) have been created for you to discover the cliffs in this park – fascinating surroundings with spectacular vantage points. You can hike up safely, at your own pace, with a professional guide on hand. Enjoy an exclusive small-group experience (by reservation only; up to 8 people).
Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie national park
The Malbaie River flows through this protected area, bisecting one of the highest rock faces in Eastern Canada. Whatever your choice of conveyance – canoe, kayak, rabaska, bicycle or on foot – activities are on offer for the most athletic to the most meditative clients.
The highly reputed Acropole des Draveurs trail takes you to the park’s highest peak (1,048 m), where you’ll see rare alpine/arctic vegetation and enjoy an exceptional 360-degree panorama. You’ll need to get an early start for this hike. Level: Difficult. 10.4 km (round trip). Duration: 4 to 6 hours.
If you prefer a less rigorous level of physical effort, take the Riverain trail, which features vantage points that are just as impressive. The 1½-hour discovery cruise in a tour boat is another of this park’s major attractions. For the more curious among us, a team of impassioned park wardens are on hand, inviting visitors to take part in nature discovery activities (wildlife, plant life, geology, area history).
The Association de conservation de la vallée du Gouffre manages sport fishing, including activities for first-timers, on the du Gouffre River. It offers equipment rental and guide services. This winding river, with an extremely uneven terrain formed by so many rapids, flows over a 72-km trajectory from the three lakes that mostly comprise its source: Pierre, Cœur and du Gouffre. After meandering southwest, the river flows into the St. Lawrence, opposite Île aux Coudres.
THE GRAND MARCHÉ DE CHARLEVOIX
Every Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A large market, set up every summer (from June to Thanksgiving) in downtown La Malbaie (Saint-Étienne Street), is the place to meet the region’s producers and artisans, and sample and purchase their wares. Musical performances enhance the public market atmosphere. Allow sufficient time for a 1½-hour drive from the Pourvoirie.
*Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second weekend in October.
The Massif de Charlevoix, with its spectacular view of the river and long panoramic trails, is the place to go for board sports. An extraordinary setting, intuitively shared by enthusiasts looking to master the challenge of a 770-meter vertical drop, 52 trails and panoramic glade runs.
The microclimate in this ski area, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River, generates a natural snow cover averaging 669 cm annually. Allow sufficient time for a 70-minute drive from the Pourvoirie.
Luge, an activity unique to North America, is also part of the winter fun at Le Massif. Couples, friends, families and groups now have a new way to discover the thrills of this mountain: a 7.5-km track on natural snow, specially designed for this sport.
For more information about activities on offer in the region, we suggest you visit the Tourisme Charlevoix website.