A Winter Market at the Manoir
Every Saturday from February 13 to March 20 (schedule subject to change)
Charlevoix’s Nordic Ride
February 13 to 16, 2020
Naturalist guide, Croisière AML and Co-owner, Hôtel-Motel Baie-Sainte-Catherine
“ I have been working on whale-watching cruise ships for 25 years already. Everyday, I forget that I do not have sea legs. My mind is too busy contemplating the immensity of the Parc marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent, and that does the trick. From the coast or from the river – whom many call the sea – the spectacle that Baie-Sainte-Catherine puts on is never the same. Picture it when the whales ballet joins the show: it is simply Wow!
I was born in Baie-Sainte-Catherine, a village of barely 200 souls along the St.Lawrence. My love story with whales started during a summer job. I was 16 years old. To this day, it feels like the first time. Hearing the breath of whales just a few metres away, observing their games around the boat and sailing side by side, enchant me and will always enchant me. I feel like the tourists, a kid in a candy store.
Most of my days start with an early walk on the beach of Baie-Sainte-Catherine with my dog, Morgane. At low tide, we can walk for a full hour if we feel like it. I often meet my early rising guests since my hotel, Hôtel-Motel Baie-Sainte-Catherine, is located by the sea. The various shades of blue surrounding us are pure magic and above all never quite the same from one day to the other! When I am not sailing, I take my camera and go picture hunting! I am telling you, the parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-rivière-Malbaie is photogenic from top to bottom. Stopping at the Poterie de Port-au-Persil is also a must. Sometimes I dash to my cabin in Sainte-Agnès. I then go to lunch at Truchon or go to Pointe-au-Pic to savour the Passe-temps’ wonderful crepes. A girl from Charlevoix stays forever in Charlevoix! ”