Gala des Grands Chefs 2018
October 26 & 27, 2018
In charge of welcoming and informing tourists in the East sector for Tourisme Charlevoix
“As they say in Charlevoix, I am an outsider. I hail from Lac Saint-Jean. After graduation, my wife and I were looking for work and we landed here. Her family comes from Charlevoix, so we had a favourable fondness for the region.
I worked at the Casino de Charlevoix for 15 years and spent the next 4 at Mont Grand-Fonds, before joining Tourisme Charlevoix. I am the luckiest person in all of Québec: from my office in La Malbaie, I enjoy a view of the St. Lawrence. It is spectacular!
After almost 25 years in Charlevoix, I know the region very well. At La Malbaie’s tourist office, we welcome approximately 60,000 visitors per year. What I love most about working here, is to meet tourists and share with them my passion for Charlevoix, making sure they extend their stay or return soon.
The river and the mountains being so close, represent, in my opinion, the region’s greatest strength. It is simply fantastic. The people of Charlevoix make this place unique: they are so warm and friendly and they always smile.
When asked what is dearest to my heart, I mention the Mountain Road, particularly the section between Notre-Dame-des-Monts and Saint-Urbain. The view is breathtaking, especially in the wintertime.
I also love to eat, so I often talk about agrotourism, for example, the four wonderful cheese factories of the region or the MicroBrasserie de Charlevoix. There is also an abundance of great products: breads and delicious cold cuts, to name a few. Charlevoix’s know-how is extraordinary!
The nature lover in me is in heaven: there are more than 330 bird species to observe in Charlevoix. And what about those marine mammals! The next time you are here, keep your eyes open!”