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Taste, tour and take on epic adventures in the Charlevoix, playground of presidents, politicians, and movers and shakers

“As intoxicating as champagne, but without the morning-after headache” is how U.S. President William Howard Taft once described this place. An idyllic vacation destination since the 19th century, the undulating Laurentian Mountains and mighty St. Lawrence River frame the Charlevoix region. It’s an enchanting place known for charming French-Canadian villages, historical architecture, farm-to-table cuisine and Bucket List excursions every season of the year — from snowmobiling and skiing, climbing and hiking, to foodie touring, fall foliage viewing, arts and culture.


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Charlevoix is a veritable locavore’s paradise. Road-trip from farmstead to ciderie or follow the curated Flavour Trail. Sample succulent organic duck sustainably raised, award-winning artisan cheeses, chocolates and lavender honey, or delicacies like pickled mushrooms. Sip craft beer and local vintages at stops along self-guided route from Petite-Rivière-Saint-François to La Malbaie.


Saguenay Fjord is a top whale-watching spot worldwide, May to October. Head out with a guide in a Zodiac onto the water to see bottlenose, belugas and endangered blue whales, plus orcas, playful seals and some 1,000 species of birds. Both belugas and harbour seals spend the entire year in the St. Lawrence Estuary.


Flight-see high above the St. Lawrence River any time of year for breathtaking views from the air. Heli-Charlevoix’s experienced pilots take you on one of three different excursions: a 100-km river bird’s eye view, cliffs and shoreline over 200 km or the 300-km Great Experience, which transports you over national parks, lakes, rivers, gorges, a crater, coastline and fjord for whale-watching from the sky. Treat the family or surprise your partner with the romantic adventure of a lifetime.

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