Starting June 2023
Le Vol de l'Oiseau mécanique, the new large-scale summer activity at Le Massif de Charlevoix. The world's first night-time carousel located on a mountainside.
Fly between sky, land and sea.
Take a seat aboard Le Massif de Charlevoix’s chairlifts
An animated carousel ride on Le Massif’s chairlifts that offers a luminous, sensory and emotional experience with passengers flying over the mountain for nearly 6 km under the moonlit sky. A unique way to admire the splendours of the landscape, between sky, land and sea.
Who hasn’t dreamed of flying, of spreading their wings? To fly over water, land and trees while clinging to the sky. With Le Vol de l’Oiseau mécanique, a sound and light show for the whole family at Le Massif de Charlevoix, experience weightlessness, one flight at a time.
This summer, discover the mountain of Le Massif de Charlevoix as you've never seen them before.
The creative team
Creative director and lighting designer Yves Aucoin who has been traveling the world for more than 35 years and regularly collaborates with world-renowned artists, such as Céline Dion. In 2013, he founded the visual design company 4U2C that was responsible for the lighting design of major ceremonies like the closing ceremony of the Pan Am Games in Toronto and the Asian Games in Jakarta. He was also the lighting designer for the Cirque du Soleil’s show Love.
Stéphane Mongeau, who acts as Executive Producer, has been producing shows all over the world. In addition to directing the productions of Kà, Totem, Amaluna and Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, he has overseen the immersive experiences based on the Netflix TV series Stranger Things and Bridgerton. Co-founder of 4U2C, he played a key role at Lune Rouge.
Author and director Olivier Kemeid is a prominent figure on the Quebec theater scene and is the artistic director of the Théâtre de Quat'Sous for several years. He has written more than 15 plays, several of which have been translated abroad, as well as two novels, and has collaborated with many major creators such as Robert Lepage for the Riopelle Project.
Martin Labrecque, creative director and lighting designer, is without a doubt one of the most talented and renowned lighting designers of his generation. Well known in the theater industry after having signed more than 200 lighting designs, he has, for nearly 20 years, been the lighting designer for Cirque du Soleil's Cortéo, Kooza, Kurios, Luzia, and Drawn to Life.
L'Atelier Occhio has surrounded itself with composer Philippe Brault, who writes the music, Jacques Boucher for the sound environment, Mariko Samejima for the visitor experience, Robert Lemoine for the production and Daniel Gélinas as executive producer.
This large-scale production is made possible by Le Massif de Charlevoix, Tourism Québec, Tourisme Charlevoix, Le Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale and Destination Québec Cité.
Questions & Answers
Why "Le Vol de l'Oiseau mécanique"?
Le Vol de l'Oiseau mécanique is a metaphor expressing the experience proposed at Le Massif, i.e. a flight over the forest of Le Massif between sky, land and sea on board the chairlifts, like a carousel on the mountainside.
What is the distance of the course?
A circular route of nearly 6 km like a merry-go-round on the side of the mountain, including 4 km aboard the Le Massif chairlifts.
How long does the activity last?
It's a 60 minutes tour including the chairlift ascent, the walk between the two chairlifts, the chairlift descent and the return walk. It is possible to do the circuit from the summit or from the base.
What time does the activity start?
The activity starts at different times depending on the time of sunset during the summer season.
From 9pm from June 23 to July 24
From 8:30 p.m. from July 26 to August 14
From 8:00 pm from August 16 to September 4
Do I have to book in advance?
Yes, in order to ensure that you have a seat on the evening, you can buy your tickets in advance on the online store. Please note that no tickets will be sold on site.
Does the activity only take place in the evening?
Yes, the activity takes place only in the evening, when the sun is down in order to see and experience the different light and sound scenes.
How many people can board a chairlift?
4 people are admitted per chairlift. Le Massif reserves the right to fill chairlift spaces according to the number of passengers.
How far in advance do I have to arrive at the activity if the departure time is fixed?
It is suggested that you arrive 30 minutes before the start time of the performance to use the restroom, get a drink and head to the starting point of the tour.
How many people can participate in the activity per night?
300 tickets per performance which will take place every 30 minutes.
In case of low traffic, can operations end earlier?
No, the sale of tickets is done according to predefined performance times, so we will add the last slots according to the occupancy.
If it rains, is the activity cancelled?
The show will be cancelled only in the event of thunderstorms or heavy rain. The activity is not affected by reduced visibility due to weather conditions. In case of cancellation, guests will be contacted directly by email. The announcement will also be communicated on our social networks.
Does the activity start at the top or at the bottom?
Departures can be made at the base and at the top.
Are all departures at fixed times?
Tickets will be valid for a set start time. There is no set end time. People can stay on site as long as they want.
What happens if one of the two lifts closes? Can the activity still take place?
Shows will be cancelled in case of heavy rain or electrical storms.
Are the base and summit chalets open during the show?
Yes, the summit chalet and base chalet will be the refreshment, rest and toilet points. The schedule for the Camp Boule mountain snack bar is still to be defined. A food service could be available in the summit chalet. Details will follow.
Do we have access to the toilets in the chalets, toilets in the middle of the course?
Toilets are available in the base and summit cabins. No chemical toilets available on site.
Will the paths related to the experience be marked out, identified?
Yes, they are marked out, equipped with lighting and artistic effects, they are segments that are part of the circuit. You have to imagine the route as a circular circuit.
Is the activity bilingual? Are there headphones?
There is no narration in The Flight of the Mechanical Bird, so no headphones.
I can't make it, how can I cancel my reservation?
Please review your ticket date and time carefully before submitting and confirming your order as tickets are non-refundable. Date change requests are subject to availability and must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled time for a $7.50 administrative fee. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no refunds if you arrive after the last departure time.
Is it allowed to take pictures or videos?
All cameras, tape recorders and video recording devices (including those embedded in cell phones or other portable devices) and their use are permitted on the event site, but only for non-commercial purposes. For all commercial requests please contact email@example.com.
Is there access for people with reduced mobility?
It will be possible for people with reduced mobility to experience part of the ascent and descent (or the reverse) by the Grande-Pointe chairlift. The wheelchair will have to be left at the departure and retrieved at the return. Please contact our agents if this is the case via our email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it possible to participate with my dog?
Although Le Massif accepts dogs on a leash during the day on its hiking trails and gondola, no pets are allowed on the Mechanical Birds' Flight course.