What to do in La Malbaie: A guide to the region

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Discover La Malbaie in 25 original activities! 🙌

Nestled in the picturesque Charlevoix countryside, La Malbaie shines as a must-see destination, brimming with natural wonders, fascinating stories and unforgettable adventures.

Whether you're enthralled by the majestic panoramas of summer, amazed by the snowy magic of winter, looking for romantic getaways for couples, memorable family experiences or even hidden gems for rainy days, La Malbaie unveils an array of 25 captivating activities for every season and every type of traveler.

To help you navigate your way through this guide, here's a summary of the sections offered:

  1. What to do in summer: 5 activities

  2. What to do in winter: 5 activities

  3. What to do as a couple: 5 activities

  4. What to do as a family: 5 activities

  5. What to do when it rains: 5 activities


5 Things to do in Summer

1. Whale watching cruises on the St. Lawrence River

AML whale-watching cruises 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.


2. 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.

Hautes-Gorges-de-la-rivière-Malbaie

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.


3. Discover Les Jardins de Quatre-Vents

Discovering Les 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.


4. Road trip on the Route des Saveurs

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La Route des Saveurs is an agritourism circuit winding through the most beautiful areas of Charlevoix. Dozens of producers, restaurateurs and retailers showcase the region's rich terroir through their art.

Microbreweries, unusual livestock farms, artisanal chocolate factories, cider makers: the menu is varied and the encounters rewarding!

A road trip along the Route des Saveurs is the best way to stroll through the La Malbaie region and make sure you don't miss out on any of its culture!


5. Kayak excursion on the Malbaie River

Katabatik – Kayak de mer

Take a kayaking adventure along the Malbaie River with Katabatik.

This activity offers a unique perspective on the region, allowing you to sail through calm waters surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery.

With excursions to suit all levels, this aquatic experience is perfect for nature lovers and gentle thrill-seekers.


5 Things to do in Winter

1. Downhill skiing at Mont Grand-Fonds

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Mont Grand-Fonds, a winter sports paradise, offers downhill, off-piste and cross-country skiing on 140 km of trails, snowshoeing and more.

This ski resort is appreciated for its family atmosphere and varied trails, suitable for all levels.


2. Dog sled rides

Enjoy a unique winter experience as dogs pull you through snow-covered landscapes.

Descente Malbaie - Traîneau à Chiens & Descente de Rivière à Charlevoix

More than just a dog sledding outing, experience an episode in the life of a pack of Nordic dogs with DescenteMalbaie (visit the kennel, put on harnesses, harness up, unhitch, watch the dogs being cared for, etc.).

Drive your own dog team through the snow-covered mountains and experience a sense of freedom that only dogs can provide.

You'll also be able to identify and interpret numerous tracks: wolves, moose, foxes, lynx, hares and partridges.


3. Snowmobile tour

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In the heart of La Malbaie, you can experience a complete and memorable snowmobiling adventure.

Top Location Charlevoix offers you the chance to explore the region's trails aboard late-model Ski-Doo snowmobiles, ready to brave the most frigid temperatures.

Their rental options, ranging from 2 to 8 hours, even include raids with luxury accommodations, accompanied by passionate guides.

On the other side of the border, Nord Expé, located just 30 minutes from Quebec City, invites you to experience unforgettable moments amid wild, mountainous landscapes.

Their snowmobile excursions cover the authentic Charlevoix territory, between the St. Lawrence River and the mountains.


4. Relaxation at the Manoir Richelieu spa

Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation and well-being in a luxurious and soothing setting.

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Accueil - Moment Spa Le Manoir Richelieu

Moment Spa Le Manoir Richelieu, nestled in the heart of the Manoir Richelieu in picturesque Charlevoix, offers a refined experience of massage therapy, body and beauty treatments, with state-of-the-art equipment and a welcoming atmosphere.

You can unwind in a new multi-sensory relaxation area with fireplace, and enjoy regional delicacies in the Gourmet Bistro corner.


5. 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.

5 Activities for Couples

1. Tasting at the Charlevoix Basque Farm

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Immerse yourself in the authentic flavours of the region at Ferme Basque de Charlevoix.

Located at the gateway to the Parc des Grands Jardins, in the village of Saint-Urbain, in the heart of the magnificent Charlevoix region, Ferme Basque de Charlevoix excels in the art of handcrafted foie gras duck and other fine by-products, capturing the essence of Basque culinary traditions.

A stopover is a must to soak up the spirit of the farm and enjoy an unforgettable gourmet experience!

From our boutique, annexed to the family property, to the courtyard giving access to the farm, everything has been thought of to ensure you have an exquisite time!


2. Romantic dinner at Manoir Richelieu

Restauration | Fairmont Richelieu

Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of refinement and romance at the Manoir Richelieu.

This majestic establishment, steeped in history and elegance, welcomes you for an exceptional gastronomic dinner.

Savor every mouthful of refined cuisine, where local produce is sublimated by the creativity of our chefs.

In a sumptuous, intimate setting, dining becomes a sensory experience, accompanied by impeccable service and a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River, creating lasting memories for lovers.


3. A leisurely stroll along the St. Lawrence River

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Let yourself be enchanted by the tranquility of the St. Lawrence River during a romantic stroll for two.

Hand in hand, let your steps guide you along the peaceful banks of this majestic waterway.

The sun's rays dance on the calm waters, offering enchanting reflections, while the gentle murmur of the wind accompanies your complicit exchanges.

The scenery stretches as far as the eye can see, offering tranquil vistas perfect for recharging your batteries and sharing precious moments of serenity.


4. Visit the Belvédère de l'Isle-aux-Coudres for spectacular views

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An ascent to spectacular panoramas awaits you at the Belvédère de l'Isle-aux-Coudres.

This observation platform offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings, revealing a breathtaking landscape where the St. Lawrence River unfolds majestically.

Take the time to admire the green expanses, the harmonious curves of the river and the infinite horizon together, creating a privileged moment bathed in the natural splendor of La Malbaie.


5. Evening at the Casino de Charlevoix

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 fun and excitement are the order of the day.


5 Family Activities

1. Charlevoix train: a picturesque covered trip

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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.


2. Exploring the Musée de Charlevoix

Photo: Michel Antoine Castonguay

Centenaire de Riopelle | Riopelle en Charlevoix | La Presse

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Charlevoix at the Musée de Charlevoix.

This captivating venue offers total immersion in the region's cultural heritage through interactive exhibits, enlightening visitors of all ages.

Vivid accounts of the local past, precious artifacts and innovative installations transport visitors through the ages, offering a deep understanding of the evolution of the region, its people and its traditions.

Each exhibit is designed to capture the imagination of children while providing historical depth for adults, making the visit an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family.


3. Family hike at Sentier Les Florents

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The Sentier Les Florents is a family-friendly nature getaway. Easy enough for the youngest, this hike takes you through wooded trails offering breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River.

The landscape unfolds gently, inviting families to enjoy a quiet, pleasant stroll punctuated by picturesque viewpoints, moments of relaxation and observation of local wildlife. The walk, peppered with anecdotes about the region, offers the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature while creating precious family memories.


4. La Maison du Bootlegger: specialized museum with animation

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la Maison du Bootlegger - Charlevoix - Québec le Mag

La 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.


5. Domaine Forget Art Gallery

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Jardin harmonique de Sculptures, Domaine Forget - Tourisme Charlevoix

Domaine Forget in Charlevoix is home to the Jardin harmonique de Sculptures.

Perched on the hills of this enchanting site, the works of art let themselves be caressed by the river's salty air and the sun's rays.

Wander between modernity and buildings of yesteryear, tempting you up the imposing white staircases to discover treasure after treasure.


5 Things to do when it rains

1. Visit local art galleries: An artistic immersion for all

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As you know, art and culture are excellent ways of getting to know a region. Here, paintings and sculptures offer us another look at a region that is particularly inspiring for its artists.

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 creativity all around.


2. Fromagerie Saint-Fidèle : Cheese tasting

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's both delicious and instructive.


3. Forge-Menuiserie Cauchon

Built in 1882, the Forge-Menuiserie Cauchon is now a listed historic monument.

Its team of guides welcomes you every summer. Meet the blacksmith. Discover the history of a place, an era and a craft!


4 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.


5. Celestial and Geological Discoveries in Charlevoix

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At the Observatoire de l'Astroblème de Charlevoix, immerse yourself in the meteorite impact that shaped this region through an interactive tour, featuring samples of Charlevoix impactites and even meteorites you can touch.



🤵‍♂️ Written by: Thomas - 24/10/2023

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