At times it feels as though Quebec is an absolute wonder. As the largest province in the country, it has dozens of hidden treasures and breathtaking scenery that often go overlooked.
If you're craving adventure and a journey off the beaten path, travelling to Europe and renting a car to explore the countryside seems like the thing to do. But not all of us can afford such an extravagant experience, so options seem to be limited.
Lucky enough for us, there's actually a region in Quebec located between the North shore of the St. Lawrence River and Laurentian Mountains that is absolutely enchanting.
The region of Charlevoix offers dramatic rolling hills and crashing waves reminiscent of the ocean and winding roads that truly define Northern Europe.
There are so many things to do during your visit that you'll never want to leave. If you're looking to spend an afternoon learning more about the region's art, head over to the several art galleries in Baie-Saint-Paul. Interested in the marine life? Whale watching excursions are available during the warmer months of the year. At the end of the day you have the option in staying at a cute B&B, a cabin by the water, or going off the grid and camping with your own tent. The possibilities are truly endless.
The sublime topography of the region that gives it such an uncanny resemblance to European seasides is actually due to a cosmic phenomenon. 350 million years ago, a meteriote struck the landscape and created the famous Charlevoix crater. The region's beauty was literally written in the stars.
Not only is the natural landscape worth the visit, but during the summer and fall months you can get the chance to explore Charlevoix's flavour trail, an adventure fit for foodies complete with craft beer, cider, artisanal cheeses, organic meats, produce, and chocolate all produced at the region's many farms and mills.
The drive to Charlevoix from Montreal is only 4 hours, which is much easier than booking a trip to Europe. There's also an entire tourist guide for the area to help you navigate all you want to do during your stay. Adventure is always just around the corner.
To check out the tourist guide click HERE.
The official Charlevoix website to help you discover the region is HERE.