Approximately 50 to 100 miles northwest of Quebec City (along the St. Lawrence River and also north into the Laurentian Mountains), Charlevoix is a region of winter sports, as well as a traditional summering spot for wealthy North Americans. Named after the 17th-century French explorer and missionary Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix, the area is dramatically scenic and has been named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Charlevoix’ nearest international airport is Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), which is served by most major American and Canadian airlines and is 70 miles southwest of Charlevoix.
Large meeting venues in Charlevoix and nearby begin with the 405-room Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, which has 29,259 square feet of meeting space for up to 1,000 persons; and the 239-room Chateau Mont Sainte-Anne, in the city of Beaupre; with 36,000 square feet of function space in a stand-alone center. Other properties include the 31-room Auberge La Camarine in Beaupre, which has space for up to 50 persons, and the 42-room, villa-style L’Auberge des Falaises (“Hotel of the Cliffs”), which has meeting space for up to 100 persons. Also in the area are the 62-room Hotel Baie-Saint-Paul, in Baie-Saint-Paul, which has space for up to 80 persons, and the 50-room Auberge de nos Aieux (“Hotel of the Ancestors”), which has space for 50 persons.
There are many wonderful and unique venues in the Charlevoix area, but distances are a determining factor, so confirm them before making plans. Choices include the Charlevoix Maritime Museum, in the town of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, which since 1958 has been telling the story of the area’s maritime history and has two ships on show, the Saint-Andre and the Jean Yvan; the Musee de Charlevoix, in La Malbaie, which has an observatory overlooking the St. Lawrence River; The Explorathor, which goes on whale-watching expeditions with up to 48 persons; the Musee d’Art Contemporain, which has four function spaces for up to 100 persons, and the Carrefour Culturel Paul-Mederic in Baie-Saint-Paul, which has ample gallery space.
Food here is a wonderful mix of French-inspired and Canadian regional fare. Restaurants include in Baie-Saint-Paul, L’Estampilles, which also has 11 guest rooms; Mouton Noir (“Black Sheep”), and Orange Bistro, which is in a gorgeous Victorian house. Choices in La Malbaie include the restaurant at the Auberge des 3 Canards (“Hotel of the Three Ducks”), which also has 49 guest rooms, and the formal, steak-oriented Grillade La Boheme.