On the many promontaries along the St. Lawrence, Baie Sainte-Catherine is a true marine paradise. Many come to surf the waves. In a kayak or zodiac, the experience is stunning when accompanied by the blow of whales. Here the beaches hide in rocky creeks and the river resembles the ocean. Hunting and fishing lovers, hikers, VTT and horseback riding enthusiasts are blessed by this sector’s wealth.
Photo : Société des traversier du Québec
Tadoussac - Baie-Sainte-Catherine Ferry
Open all year round, day and night, the Tadoussac – Baie-Sainte-Catherine crossing connects two sections of Route 138, the highway between Charlevoix and the Lower North Shore. This indispensable service ferries gives travellers a welcome break to catch a breath of sea air and marvel at the backdrop of the Saguenay fjord and the spectacular scenery the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park has to offer. During the summer season, a third vessel is used to increase service frequency to every 13 minutes during the daytime, making this crossing the next best thing to driving on water!
This ferry service is free of charge.
Crossing time: 10 minutes
Photo : Sylvain Foster
Along the Charlevoix coast - Roadtrip from La Malbaie to Baie-Sainte-Catherine
Whether cruising the roads on your way to a whale-watching cruise, or taking a spontaneous trip looking for last-minute adventures, here are some of the memorable miles and smiles that stretch from La Malbaie to Baie-Sainte-Catherine.
Photo : Croisières AML - Renaud Pintiaux
Photo : Charlevoix Outfitter's
Photo : Mont du Lac-à-l'Empêche - André-Olivier Lyra
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Petite-Rivière-Saint-François is populated by eels, sympathetic name which, in the popular folklore, refer to the residents of the municipalitie considered as the entrance to Charlevoix to the West. Along the St. Lawrence, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François is one of the beacons of the region, being the cradle of settling in Charlevoix.Discover Petite-Rivière-Saint-François
Baie-Saint-Paul is to wolves, sympathetic name which, in the popular folklore, refer to the residents of the municipality. Along the St. Lawrence, Baie-Saint-Paul is one of the beacons of the region, ranking among Canada’s cultural capitals.Discover Baie-Saint-Paul
Charlevoix’s Mountain Sector weaves its way on a fertile territory where gourmet delights can be combined with adventure fun. Upon kilometres, we stop to load on goodies along the Flavour Road, we climb our two national parks looking forward to spectacular photos. We enter forests to the greatest pleasure of fishing and snowmobiling enthusiasts. Here all pleasures are allowed including the one of doing nothing.Discover Mountain Sector
Cratère et marées Sector
Between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, Les Éboulements and Saint-Irénée are among Charlevoix’s iconic villages. While one overlooks the heights, the other eases its way along the Saint-Lawrence River. From top to bottom, the picturesque charm is omnipresent between the period homes and the post-card scenery. Here a steeple aims for the sky. There, a farm where alpacas are having a great time and everywhere, the beauty of the world!Discover Cratère et marées Sector
The Marsouins’ hospitality – popular name given to Isle-aux-Coudres inhabitants - makes the reputation of this 23-km island in the heart of the Saint-Lawrence River in front of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive. Kite surfers enjoy its winds and families bike around it while admiring the scenery. Inspired by their ancestors, ship captains or schooner builders, the Marsouins today have the wind in their sails.Discover Isle-aux-Coudres
With more than 2 centuries of history, La Malbaie is considered the cradle of resort vacationing in Canada. It is here that the first white sailed ships with many rich Americans on board arrived looking for beauty and a change of scenery that the region has become famous for. It is also here that an emblematic manor - whose 5 stars shine well beyong the borders – has made a cliff known.Discover La Malbaie
Shaped by its maritime and forest past, Saint-Siméon offers three discovery poles : the village of Saint-Siméon, Baie-des-Rochers and Port-au-Persil.Discover Saint-Siméon
It’s whale and beluga country! Located to the Eastern end of Charlevoix, at the Saguenay Fjord’s mouth, this village welcome every year thousands of cruise passengers looking to explore the Big Blue and salute its inhabitants with the utmost respect.Discover Baie-Sainte-Catherine