In Charlevoix, which you will travel through to go on a whale-watching excursion in Les Escoumins, various activities abound. The area is home to three national parks and majestic landscapes! What Manicouagan offers at sea, Charlevoix offers in the mountains where visitors will be breathless at the untouched scenery.
The area’s craftsmen, painters and photographers tell nature’s tale while visitors are greeted at renowned restaurants, galleries and shops to suit a variety of tastes.
Grands Jardins National Park offers memorable fishing stories (it is home to 60 lakes, all in a natural state). Pedestrian excursions in exceptional landscapes and the chance to discover otherwise inaccessible ecosystems (the Taïga) beckon to tourists.
Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park presents one of the most impressive valleys in Quebec. This National Park constitutes one of the central parts of the Charlevoix Biosphere World Reserve. A popular river cruise in Charlevoix will take you down the Hautes-Gorges River.
Of course, one cannot mention Charlevoix without speaking about the famous Casino de Charlevoix and the nearby Manoir Richelieu located in the town of La Malbaie.
Another charming characteristic of Charlevoix is its series of small and picturesque coastal towns such as Port-au-Persil, named by 17th century explorer Samuel de Champlain. Port-au-Persil is a tiny hamlet tucked away on the edge of a small bay on the St-Lawrence River.
The village of St-Irénée in Charlevoix can be found hidden away between two hills clutched to the mountainside and lying alongside the beach. The village embraces the spectacular shoreline and the landscape’s wonders.
Les Eboulements is a Charlevoix village from where one can admire landscapes that seem to plunge into the River and where large ships seem miniscule while threading through the canal.
The village of Les Eboulements, which means “The Landslides” in French, was named following a violent earthquake in 1663. Les Eboulements sits at 200 meters above sea level and offers a spectacular view of the St-Lawrence River and Iles-aux-Coudres Island.