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The Charlevoix Train: A Scenic Ride Along the St Lawrence River

The scenic Charlevoix region has long been served by trains from Quebec City - but with hiccups along the way where service has stopped, sometimes for years at a time. Today the Charlevoix Train is very much in existence offering seasonal train trips between Beauport and La Malbaie with numerous stops along the way. The Charlevoix Train follows the north shore of the St. Lawrence River for 125 kilometres with views of the river, cliffsides and parts…

Hut to Hut Hiking on the Charlevoix Traversé

A few years ago John and I included a winter visit to the scenic Charlevoix region located less than 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. On that trip we enjoyed a stunning drive, albeit a hair-raising one along Highway 381, through a dramatic landscape of lumpy mountains and frozen rivers that included Parc national des Grands-Jardins with its sub-Arctic taiga-like terrain. At that time I knew there were backcountry huts in the area used by…

An Easy Escape to Beautiful Baie St. Paul in Quebec’s Charlevoix Region

Over the years I've read the odd Globe and Mail article about the Charlevoix region of Quebec. I'd heard about the foodie scene and knew that the former Hôtel La Ferme along with Le Massif Ski Resort was the brainchild of Cirque du Soleil co-founder Daniel Gauthier. And recently I'd seen a photo on Instagram of Baie St. Paul at sunrise so I had more than an inkling that the area would be beautiful. But…

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