It is said that the peaks of Les Éboulements were shaped by an asteroid impact more than 400 million years ago. Near the river, Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive stretches on the riverbank with its maritime museum, its santons (figurines), its traditional paper mill and its ferry to Isle-aux-Coudres. To the East, wedged between two cliffs along the Saint-Lawrence, Saint-Irénée attracts many vacationers, among whom are music lovers who enjoy the Domaine Forget and its fabulous concerts. Originally known as Saint-Irénée-les-Bains, the valley was long patronized for its famous therapeutic mud baths. Still today, Saint-Irénée’s sandy beach is one of the nicest in Charlevoix.
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St-Irénée, Les Éboulements, among Québec's most beautiful villages!
Nestled between two capes, hugging the mountainside and lying alongside the beach, Saint-Irénée fits in perfectly well with the coast of Charlevoix’s spectacular landscape. The municipality of Les Éboulements on the other hand, is closely linked to the river and the mountain, right into the heart of the 54-km meteorite crater that shaped the region. Discover those majestic villages second to none among Québec’s most beautiful villages!Discover more About St-Irénée, Les Éboulements, among Québec's most beautiful villages!
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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