Every season, Charlevoix introduces new initiatives, installations and innovative ideas. This winter will be no exception. Original experiences will offer new ways to enjoy the outdoors and life in the region!
1 ÖBois Charlevoix is all about off-piste skiing
Located in Saint-Siméon, this ecotourism centre has been turning heads since its acquisition by new owners in June 2022. Starting this winter, it will offer guests access to a new sector of off-piste skiing, including four trails from intermediate to expert level. Avid skiers will have the privilege of skiing this area during a stay in one of the spacious log buildings on-site, accommodating 2 to 4 people per unit, for a maximum of 24 guests at a time. The centre is also an excellent group destination, where the main pavilion has 100 seats… surrounded by Charlevoix’s incredible natural beauty!
2 Skijoring is added to traditional excursions at Bosco Charlevoix
The two young owners of Bosco Charlevoix are pushing the limits of their dream once again! Nestled in a spectacular setting near the Palissades de Charlevoix, this model company in terms of animal welfare will offer two new dog activity options this winter: skijoring (team skiing) and cani-hiking. Growing in popularity, skijoring requires a certain level of skiing ability to practice. With skis on your feet, you are pulled across the snow by one or two dogs. All the necessary equipment, except skis, is available for rental on-site.
3 Return of winter sea kayaking at Katabatik – Adventure in Charlevoix
After a few years out of operation, this unique and legendary activity in La Malbaie will be back for adventurers starting in March 2024. Unique in Québec, this guided outing conquers the waters and ice of the St. Lawrence River in complete safety. Discover this exceptional combination of tranquility and powerful emotions, in complete symbiosis with maritime nature and its inhabitants, and get the chance to encounter seals and long-tailed ducks. The experience of a lifetime!
4 La Grande Tyrolienne du Manoir
Take flight from the roof of the famous Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie with the local company Projet Vertical, experts in via ferrata, zip line and climbing. This new experience deserves a special place on every thrill-seeker’s bucket list. Overlooking the St. Lawrence River in all its splendour, you connect with yourself as you set off on a 400-meter descent from the roof of the inn at up to 50 km per hour! We guarantee feelings of freedom and euphoria.
*Please note that the service will be interrupted during the severe cold period (the entire month of February).
5 Cité Mémoire Charlevoix: art and nature in harmony
The first Cité Mémoire outside of Montréal appeared all around Charlevoix last June and is putting on its snowy white dress for the winter! With artistic, playful and poetic paintings in the heart of magnificent natural settings, this spectacular event features different historical characters played by well-known artists and local personalities. It’s the perfect excuse to wander outside during the winter season in a completely fun way to admire Charlevoix’s magnificent landscapes.
6 An artistic program to enjoy at Bistro des Balcons
In the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, the Balcons youth hostel has reinvented itself with the opening of its Bistro des Balcons, a gourmet spot with an affordable menu featuring Charlevoix terroir and an interesting diversity of local alcohols. Depending on the season, the artistic programs change continuously and presentations range from discoveries of local and foreign artists to friendly open-mic evenings and more. Life is good here!
7 L’Isle-aux-Coudres welcomes L’Étale – Restaurant & Microbrewery
What a great addition to the gourmet and agro-tourist landscape on Isle-aux-Coudres! Opened since November, this new restaurant and microbrewery is the 4th wonder of the Cidrerie et Vergers Pedneault (whose reputation is well established!). In a completely renovated building, you can taste around ten varieties of craft beers and, of course, apple will be included in some of them. L’Étale will be open all year round, offering an elaborate table in winter modeled on the menu of the Corylus restaurant – the same owners – that closes its doors for winter. During the summer, there’s more of a relaxed brasserie-style menu for the warmer weather.