Wednesday, July 27, 2011


(does not include Montreal or Quebec City)


Kapitachuan – 819-737-7700 (summer) or 819-727-9999 (winter);; 360 square miles of fishing and hunting.

LA MALBAIE (Route de Saveurs)
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu – 181 Rue Richelieu (La Malbaie); 418-665-3703 or 866-540-4464;; rising from Pointe-au-Pic cliffs above St. Lawrence River, stately old-world resort with French chateau-like architecture.
La Pinsonniere – 124, Rue St.-Raphael (La Malbaie); 418-665-4431 or 800-387-4431;; 18-room boutique hotel overlooking St. Lawrence River.
Café Chez-Nous – 1075, Rue Richelieu (La Malbaie); 418-665-3080;; cheap, light, bistro-fare.
La Pinsonniere – 124, Rue St.-Raphael (La Malbaie); 418-665-4431 or 800-387-4431;; expensive but worth it.
Chocolaterie Cynthia – 66-3 St.-Jean-Baptiste (St. Baie-St.-Paul); 418-435-6060; exquisite chocolates.
La Ferme Basque de Charlevoix – 813, Rue St.-Édouard (St.-Urbain); 418-639-2246; cheese and gourmet shop; famous for its duck fois gras.
Fromagerie St.-Fidele – 2815 Boul Malcolm-Fraser (La Malbaie); 011-418-434-2220; modest cheese and gourmet shop; try their basic cheddar.
Sights & Sites
Parc National des Haute-Gorges-de la-Riviere-Malbaie – reached via local road, 30 km north from Route 138 (in St.-Aimé-des-Lacs); UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve; 1 of 22 Quebec provincial parks; not in Canada’s national park system, nor administered by Parks Canada; administered by Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq); 225 km²; camping, biking, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, camping, and water-bus cruising; 7 hiking trails, including 1 that is 9 km long with 800 ms rise in elevation; with this trail, hikers reach park’s highest summit in the park.
Route des Saveurs – also called “Flavor Trail”; road that winds through charming mountain villages; make sure to see Baie de St. Paul (artists’ colony); hop on ferry to peaceful L’île aux Coudres; meander along St. Lawrence River banks; and visit villages like Les Éboulements, La Malbaie, Pointe au Pic, Cap à l’Aigle, and Port-au-Persil.
Routes 138 to 362 – takes through region where giant meterorite hit 350M years ago; particularly 362 between Baie-St.-Paul and La Malbaie.

Hotel Quintessence – 3004 Chemin de la Chapelle; 819-425-3400 or 866-425-3400;; in Laurentian Mountains’ heart, north of Montreal; 31 suites with wood-burning fireplace.
Fairmont Tremblant – 3045 Chemin de la Chapelle; 819-681-7000 or 866-540-4415;; at mountains’ base; rooms have views; outstanding hiking.

Chateau Montebello – 392 Rue Notre Dame; 819-423-6341 or 866-540-4462;; built from more than 10K red-cedar logs in 1930; massive, 66' stone fireplace in lobby.

Manoir Hovey – 575 Chemin Hovey; 819-842-2421 or 800-661-2421;; beautiful; on water.

Cabane a Sucre au Pied de Cochon – 11382 rang de la Fresniere; 450-258-1732;; only open from March to May; celebrates maple sugar season.

La Tablée des Pionniers – 1357 Rue Saint Faustin; 819-688-2101;; gastronomic sugar shack located just 15 minutes from Mont-Tremblant.

Terrace Beach Resort – 1002 Peninsula Road; 250-726-2901;; provides direct access to Wild Pacific Trail.
Wild Pacific Trail –; skirts rocky, rugged shoreline, overlooking sandy coves lined with driftwood, tidepools, and Pacific; base at Ucluelet.

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