About Charlevoix

Charlevoix is hugged by the Saint Lawrence River and dotted with towering mountains. Whether you're looking to ski down snowy slopes in winter, explore national parks in summer, visit coastal villages, or simply enjoy a relaxing stay by the river, Charlevoix offers an authentic and memorable experience.

See the mountains and ocean view in Charlevoix
Charlevoix (Photo par / by : TQ / D. Lafond ©)

Main Towns and Attractions



Nestled between the Saint Lawrence River and the mountains, the city of Baie-Saint-Paul is a haven for art and gastronomy enthusiasts. Since 2010, the city has been attracting music lovers with its summer event, Le Festif!, which has become a must-attend.

Summer night in rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Baie-Saint-Paul Charlevoix
Baie-Saint-Paul (Photo par / by : TQ / M. Dupuis ©)

Le Massif de Charlevoix

Le Massif de Charlevoix offers activities for all tastes. You can ski or toboggan down the slopes in winter, hike the trails year-round, feel the adrenaline rush as you bike down mountain trails in summer, or simply enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view from the mountain's summit during a brunch.

Bike down the mountains of Le Massif de Charlevoix in summer
Le Massif de Charlevoix (Photo par / by : TQ / Crankworx summer series ©)

Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie

Enjoy the beauty of this national park by hiking the trails, biking down mountain paths, or kayaking. The Acropole-des-Draveurs trail offers an exceptional view of the valley and the Malbaie River.

View of Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie
Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie (Photo par / by : TQ / S. Deschênes©)

Via Ferrata (parc national des grands jardins)

The Palissades de Charlevoix offer a colorful via ferrata experience. Thrill-seekers can climb rock walls, cross a suspension bridge, and even rappel down. This activity is accessible to the whole family, provided you are in good physical shape and not afraid of heights.

View on the Saguenay Fjord in Charlevoix
Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay (Photo par / by : TQ / Outpost ©)


Isle-aux-Coudres is a small municipality known for its bucolic landscapes, local products, and the hospitality of its residents. Accessible for free by ferry from Saint-Jean-de-la-Rive, the island is a paradise for cyclists. The place is also known for its ciders, which are worth stopping for a tasting.

Ciders in Isle-aux-Coudres in Charlevoix
Isle-aux-Coudres (Photo par / by : TQ / G. Leroyer ©)

 How To Get To Charlevoix


Exploring the Charlevoix region by car is the most common and convenient option for getting around once you're there.

  • Montreal – Baie-Saint-Paul: About a 3h 40min drive
  • Quebec City – Baie-Saint-Paul: Just over a 1-hour drive

Via Rail Train

You can take the Via Rail train between Montreal and Quebec City.

  • Montreal – Quebec City: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Afterward, you can take the Train de Charlevoix from Quebec City to stop at various locations in Charlevoix. More details below.


You can travel to Baie-Saint-Paul by bus with Orléans Express.

Note that all departures from Montreal involve a connection in Quebec City.

  • Montreal – Quebec City: between 3 hours and 15 minutes and 4 hours
  • Quebec City – Baie-Saint-Paul: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Train de Charlevoix

The Charlevoix Train is a bucolic experience that allows you to travel 125 km between Quebec City and La Malbaie, along the Saint Lawrence River, to observe the beauty of the landscapes.Train and accommodation packages available.

  • Quebec City – Baie-Saint-Paul: about 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Quebec City – La Malbaie: about 3 hours and 45 minutes

*Note that this service is only offered in summer.

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Pre-book tickets

Get in early to book Charlevoix tours and activities. Most Manawa bookings can be canceled up to 24 hours before for a full refund.

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