From Les Éboulements’ mountaintop belvedere, visitors can spot Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive and its pier, which is also the ferry departure point for Isle-aux-Coudres.
The drive down into the village offers breathtaking panoramas: The mountains, the river with its waterway traffic, and the island. Midway down, a turn-off on the left leads to rang des Éboulements-Centre, along a plateau well worth exploring that enjoys a gentle microclimate ideal for produce farming. Along this rang, walkers can stroll down la Promenade des maraîchers that regroups an important concentration of residential and farm heritage buildings.
At the bottom of the hill, Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive unfurls between mountains and sea, its harmonious architecture gracing the village with undeniable charm. The play of its tides, the scents of the sea and the rhythm of nature all contribute to its wonderful cachet. Major cultural attractions further enrich the tourist offer: La Papeterie Saint-Gilles, a deluxe artisan paper-making economuseum; le Musée maritime de Charlevoix that recounts the Charlevoix’s rich maritime history, complete with retired schooners, outbuildings and exhibits; Les Santons de Charlevoix, where artisans craft tiny hand-painted clay figurines.
Nearby, la Promenade des capitaines provides information of all sorts about navigation, the tides and local flora and fauna. Do visit the adorable parish church that dates back to 1910, and then continue your stroll along the seashore to la Promenade des maraîchers, in Les Éboulements-Centre. Click here to see the Promenades map.
Centrally located pied-à-terres for travelling about the entire Charlevoix region, several lodging and dining establishments perpetuate a long-standing tradition in tourism for which Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive has been renowned since the early 20th century. You’re sure to be enchanted with your hosts’ countless attentions and ministrations...