The sweep of the mountains and the breadth of the St. Lawrence lend the Charlevoix region much of its magnificence. On the coast, headlands jut in and out as tidy villages nestle at the base of the hills or in peaceful coves. On the highway, fertile fields alternate with stunning glimpses of the backcountry peaks. An unparalleled vacation destination all year long, Charlevoix combines quality accommodation establishments with a wide range of outdoor and cultural pursuits.
The region at a glance
Charlevoix owes its turbulent topography to the impact of an immense meteorite that, some 350 million years ago, collided with the area around Les Éboulements. The greater part of the region was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1988.
Location and access
Charlevoix can be accessed from both sides of the St. Lawrence by ferry: Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine from the north shore, and Rivière-du-Loup–Saint-Siméon from the south. La Malbaie is 145 km from Québec City.
William Taft, president of the United States from 1909 to 1913, was also the president of a venerable La Malbaie golf club (est. 1876) from 1914 to 1921. Taft often summered in La Malbaie.