What to do in Charlevoix: A guide to the region

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The greater Charlevoix region is brimming with activities. Whether you're a fan of the outdoors, culture or history, you're sure to find something to do in Charlevoix.

We've compiled nearly 40 activities for you to do in Charlevoix, whatever the weather or the season! 💪

Charlevoix offers a lot to discover, so the guide is... a bit long.

Here, then, is a summary of the sections offered:

  1. What to do in summer: 10 activities

  2. What to do in winter: 4 activities

  3. What to do as a couple: 8 activities

  4. What to do as a family: 8 activities

  5. What to do when it rains: 8 activities

10 activities for summer

1. Fishing, Hiking, Water sports, Sea kayaking and Sailing

Charlevoix's majestic landscapes make it an ideal place to indulge in a variety of outdoor sports. Discover the best ponds and lakes to take out your fishing rod and breathtaking trails. Here are also two companies to accompany you in your kayaking and sailing experience!

Picture: Mathieu Dupuis

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🎣 Fishing

  1. Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Saguenay Fjord)

  2. Parc national des Grands-Jardins

  3. Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie

  4. Rivière du Gouffre

  5. ZEC des Martres

  6. Zec du lac-au-Sable

🥾 Hiking

  1. Lac à l'empêche and Dufour mountain trails - Traversée de Charlevoix

  2. Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes - Grands-Jardins National Park

  3. Le Paysan and the Louis-Charles-Audet - Les Éboulements

  4. Acropole des Draveurs - Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-rivière-Malbaie

  5. Mont des Morios

  6. Le Cap Gribane - Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix

  7. Des Florent Trail - Baie-Saint-Paul and Saint-Urbain

  8. Sentier de l'Orignac (section center) - Saint-Siméon

🌊 Sea Kayaking

Katabatik – Kayak de mer

Katabatik : Offers guided excursions and sea kayak training on the St. Lawrence River, departing from Saint-Irénée, Cap-à-l'Aigle or Baie-Saint-Paul.

⛵️ Sailing

Départs pour les courses de voile à Cap-à-l'Aigle | Le Charlevoisien

Estuaire Sailing School : Treat yourself to an introductory sailing course in the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park.

You'll be able to demystify the basic principles of navigation, understand oceanographic phenomena, admire breathtaking scenery and exceptional wildlife, and above all, take your time.

2. Visit the lavender fields of Azulée

Visiting Azulée's lavender fields in Charlevoix is a unique sensory experience.

Accueil – Azulée

During the flowering season, the fields are transformed into a sea of purple flowers, releasing a soothing fragrance.

It's the perfect opportunity to stroll, take photos and relax amidst a picturesque landscape.

Azulée lavender offers an idyllic setting for a tranquil getaway in the heart of nature.

3. Hiking in the Parc national des Grands-Jardins

Hiking in Charlevoix's Parc national des Grands-Jardins is an unforgettable adventure.

Picture: Jean-David & Anne-Laure | flickr


The park, characterized by its taiga and alpine landscape, offers a variety of trails, including the popular Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes.

Hikers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the ancient crater and the St. Lawrence River, as well as unique flora and fauna.

It's a rewarding experience for nature lovers.

4. Visit Isle-aux-Coudres by bike or car

Visiting Isle-aux-Coudres by bike or car is a charming way to discover this picturesque Charlevoix island.

isle aux coudres

With a 23-kilometer route, the island offers magnificent scenery, views of the St. Lawrence, and cultural stops like historic mills and local cideries.

Whether by bike for an active adventure or by car for added comfort, it's the perfect getaway for exploring the island's beauty and tranquility.

5. Discover the Jardins de Quatre-Vents

Discovering the Jardins de Quatre-Vents, located in the Charlevoix region, is an exceptional horticultural experience.

les Jardins de Quatre-Vents

These world-renowned private gardens extend over several hectares and feature an impressive variety of plants, flowers and artistic sculptures.

The visit, often described as an enchanting journey, reveals creative and innovative landscaping, reflecting a unique passion and expertise in gardening.

6. Canyoning

Canyoning in Charlevoix is a thrilling adventure that combines hiking, climbing, swimming and rappeling.

canyoning charlevoix

This activity takes you through the region's canyons and waterfalls, offering an experience rich in adrenaline and natural beauty.

Ideal for thrill-seekers, canyoning lets you explore hidden landscapes and get up close and personal with Charlevoix's wilderness.

7. Route du Fleuve: panoramic road trip

Charlevoix's Route du Fleuve is a panoramic road trip not to be missed. Following the majestic St. Lawrence River, it offers spectacular views of the river and surrounding countryside.

route du fleuve, charlevoix

Travelers can stop in picturesque villages, discover local attractions, and savor regional cuisine.

This route is perfect for those looking to combine adventure, culture and relaxation in a breathtaking natural setting.

8. Baie-des-Rochers trails : Hiking

The Sentiers de Baie-des-Rochers offer a unique hiking experience in Charlevoix.

Picture: 4000 hikes

sentiers de la baie des rochers

Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, these trails wind through picturesque landscapes, offering breathtaking views of the bay and its rock formations.

Ideal for nature lovers, the trails immerse you in a wild and unspoilt environment, perfect for a peaceful getaway.

9. Visit the Parc Régional des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-rivière-Malbaie

The Parc Régional des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie in Charlevoix is a natural gem.


Famous for its towering cliffs and the beauty of the Malbaie River, the park offers a multitude of activities: hiking, kayaking, wildlife observation and breathtaking vistas.

It's a must for nature lovers seeking adventure and serenity in a spectacular setting.

10. Whale-watching cruises in Baie-Sainte-Catherine

Les Whale-watching cruises in Baie-Sainte-Catherine offer an unforgettable experience.

Croisières aux baleines à Baie-Sainte-Catherine

These sea excursions allow you to observe majestic whales up close in their natural habitat. Experienced guides enrich the trip with fascinating information about these awe-inspiring creatures.

It's the perfect activity for those looking to connect with nature and experience a unique moment on the water.

4 activities for winter

1. Winter sports in the mountains

🗻 Massif de Charlevoix

Ski massif de charlevoix

Le Massif de Charlevoix is a must for winter sports enthusiasts.

Located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, this resort offers ski trails with breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River.
Renowned for its steep vertical drops, Le Massif attracts beginners and experts alike.

🗻 Mont-Grand-Fonds

ski de fond Mont Grand-Fonds

Mont Grand-Fonds, located near La Malbaie, is another Charlevoix gem.
This ski resort is appreciated for its family atmosphere and varied trails, suitable for all levels.
In winter, it also offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, perfect for a snowy adventure.

2. Train du Massif de Charlevoix : Discover winter panoramas

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Le train de Charlevoix - Excursion en train - Québec le Mag

Le Train du Massif de Charlevoix offers a unique experience for discovering the region's winter panoramas.
On board, travelers enjoy breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and snow-covered landscapes, while savoring local gastronomy.

It's a charming and comfortable way to explore the natural beauty of Charlevoix in winter.

3. Stay at Hôtel Le Germain Charlevoix

 Le  Germain  Charlevoix  Hotel and  Spa winter

Hôtel Le Germain Charlevoix, nestled in the picturesque Charlevoix landscape, offers a luxurious stay combining modern comfort and rustic charm.
This unique hotel offers elegant rooms, refined cuisine and a relaxing spa.

Perfect for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat, it offers an authentic experience of the region in an exceptional setting.

4. Visit to the Charlevoix Maritime Museum

Un musée qui navigue dans l'histoire maritime de Charlevoix - Guide GQ

A visit to the Musée Maritime de Charlevoix is a fascinating dive into the region's naval history.
The museum, located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, features historic boats, maritime artifacts and interactive exhibits.

Visitors discover Charlevoix's maritime heritage and the importance of the river in the region's development, making for an informative and captivating visit.

8 activities for couples

1. Dinner at the Faux Bergers restaurant: an unforgettable culinary experience

Faux Bergers – gourmand aime gourmandise

Whether on a tête-à-tête or in search of new flavors, an evening at Faux Bergers is an unforgettable culinary experience.

Innovative dishes and local ingredients offer not only a sensory exploration, but also a celebration of the Charlevoix terroir.
Whether you're a couple or on your own, this gastronomic adventure promises a feast for the senses.

2. Stay at the Auberge des Balcons : A gentle interlude

À l'auberge - Auberge des balcons

L'Auberge des Balcons offers a haven of peace for couples in search of romance, but also for solo travelers wishing to recharge their batteries.

With its comfortable rooms and spectacular views over Charlevoix, this place invites relaxation and contemplation, offering everyone the opportunity to reconnect with themselves or their loved one.

3. The Charlevoix Flavour Trail: A taste adventure to share or enjoy solo

La Route des saveurs de Charlevoix – Route / circuit touristique – Quoi  faire en famille

La Route des saveurs de Charlevoix is an invitation to explore local delights, whether you're a couple or solo.
Taste the region's unique products, discover its culinary richness and create tasty memories to share or enjoy at your own pace.

4. Baie-Saint-Paul art gallery tour: artistic immersion for all

LES 10 MEILLEURES Galeries d'art à Baie-Saint-Paul - Tripadvisor

Baie-Saint-Paul is a veritable artistic gem, where couples can lose themselves in the galleries just as solo travelers can immerse themselves in local artistic expression.

Art transcends the boundaries of the heart, offering everyone an opportunity to be inspired by the surrounding creativity.

5. Tasting Omerto tomato wine: a surprising experience to share or discover on your own

Le vigneron des tomates | Omerto | Charlevoix | À boire | Tour du Québec

Tasting Omerto tomato wine is a unique taste adventure, ideal for curious couples or solo adventurers.

This amazing experience awakens the taste buds and promises a memorable discovery, whether shared with two or savored alone.

6. Casino de Charlevoix: Entertainment for all tastes

Hôtel-Casino de Charlevoix | Accueil et à la une | Loto-Québec

Whether you're accompanied or alone, the Casino de Charlevoix offers a lively and sophisticated evening.

From slot machines to table games, there's something for everyone in this picturesque setting, where entertainment and excitement are the order of the day.

7. Sunset at Saint-Irénée beach: A natural spectacle for all

Picture: Isabelle Guillemette

Lever de soleil à Saint-Irénée

Watching the sunset from Saint-Irénée beach is a magical experience, to be shared as a couple or enjoyed on your own.

The natural beauty of the landscape offers moments of peace and wonder accessible to all, creating unforgettable memories, whether alone or accompanied.

8. Visit to the Maurice Dufour cheese dairy: A culinary discovery for all gourmets

The Fromagerie Maurice Dufour is a must for all cheese lovers, whether couples or individuals.

Discovering the cheese-making process and tasting the local delicacies enriches everyone's understanding of the region's gastronomic heritage.
It's a gustatory adventure to be shared or enjoyed individually.

8 activities for the whole family

1. Meet Charlevoix's alpacas


This activity lets families meet and interact with gentle, friendly alpacas.

It's an educational and entertaining experience, where young and old can learn more about these charming animals while enjoying a beautiful natural setting.

2. Discover the Miniature Village

Yvon Perron récolte 11 202 $ pour la SLA avec son village miniature | Le  Charlevoisien

The Miniature Village is a unique attraction where children can explore miniature reproductions of historic buildings and scenes.

It's a fun and educational journey into a miniature world, perfect for stimulating young imaginations.

3. Explorer les Moulins de l'Isle-aux-Coudres

Les Moulins de l'Isle-aux-Coudres – Tourisme Isle-aux-Coudres

Visiting the historic mills of Isle-aux-Coudres is a fascinating and instructive experience.

Families discover how wind and water mills work, and learn about the region's industrial heritage.

4. Observatoire de l'Astroblème de Charlevoix: Educational and fun

OBSERVATOIRE DE L'ASTROBLÈME DE CHARLEVOIX (La Malbaie): Ce qu'il faut  savoir pour votre visite (avec photos)

The observatory offers an educational experience in astronomy and geology.

Families can stargaze and learn about the meteorite impact that shaped the region, making learning fun and interactive.

5. Little Franciscans of Mary Museum Route

This museum space presents the history of the Little Franciscans of Mary.

With exhibits on their contribution to the community, it's an educational and inspiring outing for the whole family.

6. Stroll through the Boisé du Quai

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Le boisé du quai de Baie-Saint-Paul – La brasserie d'images

A stroll through the Boisé du Quai offers a peaceful getaway in the heart of nature.

Families can stroll along well-maintained trails, observe local flora and fauna, and enjoy moments of outdoor relaxation.

7. Beach and outdoor activities in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François

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Sites et attraits touristiques | Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Québec

This destination is perfect for a day of relaxation and outdoor activities.

Families can enjoy the beach, swim, and take part in various activities such as kayaking or hiking.

8. Playing in the water at Port-au-Persil Falls

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Chute de Port-au-Persil - Saint-Siméon

Cooling off and playing in the waters of Port-au-Persil Falls is an ideal summer activity.

Children and adults alike can enjoy the natural pools and picturesque scenery, providing a fun and relaxing day out for all.

8 activities to do when it rains

1. Visit the museums

Image from TourismeCharlevoix

Musée d'art contemporain Baie-Saint-Paul

On rainy days, exploring Charlevoix museums like the Musée d'art contemporain and the Musée Maritime is an excellent option.

These venues offer a variety of exhibits, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the region's art, culture and maritime history, while staying dry.

2. Au P'tit Bonheur art gallery: Artistic discovery

Galerie d'art Au P'tit Bonheur | À propos

The Au P'tit Bonheur is the perfect refuge for rainy days.

It features a vast collection of works by local and regional artists, offering a rewarding artistic exploration and an opportunity to appreciate the creativity of Charlevoix.

3. The Bootlegger's House: specialized museum with animation

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la Maison du Bootlegger - Charlevoix - Québec le Mag

The Maison du Bootlegger is more than a museum; it's an immersive experience in the history of bootlegging.

With animations and a unique atmosphere, it's an entertaining and educational activity, ideal for discovering an unusual aspect of the region.

4. Papeterie Saint-Gilles: Cultural shopping

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Papeterie Saint-Gilles de Charlevoix en visite virtuelle | Photo 360 Tours

Papeterie Saint-Gilles offers a unique shopping experience, with a selection of handmade paper and objets d'art.

It's the perfect opportunity to find cultural and artistic souvenirs while sheltering from the rain.

5. Discover the Menaud distillery and brewery

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Une usine à la hauteur des ambitions de Menaud, distillerie et brasserie |  Le Charlevoisien

Visiting the Menaud Distillery and Brewery is a great activity for adults when it rains.

Visitors can sample local spirits and craft beers, while learning about the manufacturing process.

6. Fromagerie Saint-Fidèle: Cheese tasting

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Fromagerie Saint-Fidèle is an ideal gourmet destination on a rainy day.

Visitors can sample a variety of local cheeses and learn more about artisan cheese-making, an activity that is both delicious and instructive.

7. Charlevoix train: picturesque journey covered

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Train de Charlevoix : Train de Charlevoix

Taking the Train de Charlevoix is a charming way to discover the region sheltered from the rain.

This trip offers spectacular views of the Charlevoix landscape, all from the comfort of the train.

8. Lunch or brunch at Pains d'exclamation bakery!

Boulangerie Pains d'exclamation!

Lunch or brunch at Pains d’exclamation! is a great way to start a rainy day.

With its culinary delights and warm atmosphere, this bakery is the perfect place to enjoy fresh, local produce.

Charlevoix, a jewel nestled between majestic mountains and serene shores, offers a captivating array of unforgettable experiences.

From gastronomic delights to artistic discoveries, romantic retreats to moments of solitary contemplation, this Quebec region unfolds a picture rich in color and sensations.

Every visitor, whether solo or as a couple, finds themselves enveloped in the magic of Charlevoix, weaving enchanting memories imbued with the natural beauty and authenticity of this land of emotions.

Explore, taste, breathe: Charlevoix awaits you, ready to enchant and surprise you at every turn.

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🤵‍♂️ Editor: Thomas - November 18, 2023

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