Surrounded by soaring peaks – some of which rank among the Laurentian Shield’s tallest – the Municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Monts offers an unparalleled view across the Charlevoix landscape.
Here the mountains are particularly splendid, and some have even become the stuff of legends. La Noyée – The Drowned Woman – is the most well-known of these. On a clear day, the three mountains that form her contour are perceptible from the church square, in the village. In the distance, one can make out the silhouette of a woman lying on her back. Her face is discernible, as well as her long mane of hair floating on the water’s surface, a sad reminder of an impossible love affair. Over the years artists, photographers, writers and songwriters have all immortalized the legend of La Noyée, each in their own fashion.
The municipality is also home to an old cheese factory that dates back to 1890, which today houses Notre-Dame-des-Monts’ Centre d’interprétation de l’histoire.