Summer is definitely the season for adventure. While Le Massif de Charlevoix offers lodging units in the forest or near the St. Lawrence River, as well as a host of outdoor activities for all, take advantage of the opportunity to discover the most beautiful Charlevoix attractions just a few minutes from the mountain.
1. Baie-Saint-Paul's Quai Beach
Sunbathe with both feet in the sand or in the water with an incomparable view of the St. Lawrence River meeting the mountains. Meet at the Quai de Baie-Saint-Paul for a moment of relaxation on the golden sandy beach, picnic, walk in the small wooded area or on the quay, or stroll to the observation tower in the neighbouring field, everything is there to fully enjoy a summer day.
2. Dinner at the restaurant l’Effet Papillon
Starting in the summer of 2022, L'Effet Papillon buvette de montagne restaurant will take its place in the mythical and highly coveted Camp-boule chalet, the very first chalet built at Le Massif de Charlevoix and offering one of the most beautiful views of the St. Lawrence River, surrounded by coniferous forests.
The menu developed by David Forbes, the restaurant's executive chef, will offer seasonal and intuitive cuisine, while highlighting the region's producers year-round. L'Effet Papillon offers an à la carte menu with brunch, aperitif and dinner, from Friday to Monday. This place, accessible by hike, bike or car, will certainly be a discovery for epicureans.
3. A hike in the Grands-Jardins park
There are many possibilities for hiking in the Charlevoix region, but the Grands-Jardins Park, with more than 30 km of trails, is definitely a must. Taiga, tundra, deciduous forest, boreal forest and mountain vegetation, unique views of the Charlevoix meteorite crater and the Gros-Bras valley; there is something for every taste and level.
4. A stop at the Baie-Saint-Paul candy store
Baie-Saint-Paul's Freshness and Flavors candy store is a worthwhile stop for those with a sweet tooth or for those who simply want to refresh themselves with a delicious sorbet. Why not fill up on fresh sweets while you're at it?
5. A visit to the Microbrasserie de Charlevoix & Menaud
Is a trip to Charlevoix really a trip if you don't make a stop at the local microbreweries and distillery? The Microbrasserie de Charlevoix and Menaud are two local businesses that showcase the products and flavors of the region. You can even have an aperitif on the terrace of these two places. You can taste the variety of beers at the Microbrasserie de Charlevoix, while you can savor the beers, liquors and spirits at Menaud. It's an opportunity to fill up on local beers and to encourage the region's producers.
6. A visit to the Fromagerie Migneron and the Laiterie de Charlevoix
In Charlevoix, an epicurean region by nature, it is impossible not to make a gourmet stop. Discover the Fromagerie Migneron and the Laiterie de Charlevoix where you will find fine and artisanal cheeses at these two well known cheese dairies. Take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on local products to enhance your next wine and cheese evening or picnic.
7. A panoramic train ride to La Malbaie
A panoramic train ride to La Malbaie? Yes, it is! This activity allows you not to miss anything of the breathtaking landscape of the region. You can plan your ride according to your choice of final destination thanks to the different stop possibilities. Take advantage of this opportunity to stop at Le Massif de Charlevoix to enjoy summer activities such as hiking, mountain biking and more.
8. The palisades of Charlevoix
Those seeking adventure and thrills will be satisfied by an experience at the Palisades de Charlevoix, offering a unique experience in North America. Discover this natural park where you can admire the impressive geological formation by hiking, via ferrata, climbing, rappelling or zip-lining.
9. Salmon fishing
Fishing enthusiasts will be won over by salmon fishing in Charlevoix, either in the Gouffre River or the Malbaie River. These two rivers, the first ones north of the St. Lawrence, offer breathtaking views. It is the ideal activity to recharge your batteries and soak up the riches of nature, while practicing this sport of patience and satisfaction.
10. Le Festif! of Baie Saint-Paul
From July 21 to 24, take part in one of the most beautiful music festivals in the province. An exceptional program awaits you in unusual and majestic locations in the charming town of Baie Saint-Paul. Le Festif will definitely be the must-see musical gathering of the summer.