It's time to start thinking about your fall weekend plans. The Centre écologique de Port-au-Saumon (CEPAS), a nature reserve on the shore of the Saint Lawrence in the Charlevoix region, has announced that fall reservations are available for its 10 mini cabins for rent in Quebec.
Mini cabin rentals are only $50 per night per person — and that includes meals.
The CEPAS sets the scene: "you will have the chance to see the splendor of changing fall colors, and to enjoy the activities offered on sight such as roasting marshmallows around a campfire, watching the sun slowly set over the St. Lawrence River and tasting our delicious meals made with local products."
The tiny cabins themselves offer minimum amenities — two bunk beds and a bathroom — but the true selling point is the scenery.
Photos on the CEPAS website show sweeping views of the river and landscape with its rocky beaches and gently sloping hills.
Cabin renters also have access to the site's five trails, which range in length from one- to two-and-a-half hours and offer additional views.
There's no wifi, so you can focus your attention on nature.
Visitors are required to book a minimum of two nights.
"Club Med Québec Charlevoix offers a one-of-a-kind vantage point at the heart of the Charlevoix region: built between the [Saint-Lawrence] river and the mountains, this Resort will offer you an incredible view of the mountain," according to the website, which calls this "the first Club Med mountain resort with waterfront views." There are other Club Med mountain resorts in the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps as well as China and Japan.
The Québec Charlevoix resort has 302 rooms and a private five-star luxury space with 25 suites. Select rooms "channel" the colours of Quebec, according to the website, "with winter white, twilight blue, and yellow sun decor." There are also three restaurants and, of course, one of them features ski chalet favourites, such as fondue and raclette.
Guest get unlimited meals and beverages, and daily entertainment, as well as unlimited ski-in/ski-out access, lift tickets, and group ski and snowboard lessons included in the all-inclusive package. For additional costs, guests can also try out Quebec activities like ice-skating, dog sledding, and sugar shack visits during the winter or biking, hiking and whale watching during warmer months.
If you see a crowd of people with their own personal pizzas in mid-April, they might be coming from Montreal pizza shop Pizza Charlevoix.
The Pointe-Saint-Charles restaurant is teaming up with popular Instagram page i_love_mtl to offer free, 10-inch cheese pizzas to everyone (aged 6 and up) who visits between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on April 12.
Trace the winding ribbon of Quebec Highway 381 to the horizon to spot a glimpse of the Saint Lawrence River.
An administrator for the Sentiers Québec Charlevoix, the group responsible for the Mont du Dôme trail, tells MTL Blog that though it's open, the trail becomes particularly fragile as the snow begins to melt.
Visitors are therefore advised to avoid the hike during the melting season and check the Sentiers Québec Charlevoix website and Facebook page for the latest updates on trail conditions.
Moreover, spring and fall visitors need to be prepared for wet and muddy conditions that could make the hike difficult (think mud up to your ankles), the administrator says.
Being the province with the second-largest landmass in Canada, there's too much beauty in the province to explore on one trip — from whale-watching on beaches to exploring historical, centuries-old sites.
Why You Need To Go: Whether you prefer summer or winter road trips, Quebec City is a must-see. With 400 years of rich history and architecture, Quebec's capital may feel a lot like Old Montreal but its old town is even larger — and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the Plains of Abraham, walk along the Dufferin Terrace to view Quebec's historical sites, or visit Place Royal, the site where Quebec was founded all those centuries ago.
Why You Need To Go: Charlevoix is known for its local cheeses, but it's also home to locally-crafted ciders and beers, organic meat and artisanal wine.
Charlevoix is also home to gorgeous scenery — be sure to explore its many riverbanks along Baie-Saint-Paul and the Acropole-des-Draveurs trail. Charlevoix even hosts black bear-watching expeditions with a "bear whisperer"!
Why You Need To Go: Forillon, also in the Gaspésie region, has a plethora of green spaces and sea cliffs you can visit throughout the year.
If you're an animal-lover in Quebec, you can observe several species of seals, bears, moose, whales and beavers in their natural habitat. In the summer, it's the perfect spot for snorkelling and camping, and the winter makes for some really gorgeous views of the water.
Why You Need To Go: Percé is one of the coastal Quebec regions with the nicest beaches, making it the perfect summer retreat. View the enormous Percé rock in the middle of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence, or go on a boat excursion around Bonaventure Island.
Percé is also home to a number of bird-watching excursions if you love birds! There's also a fear-inducing suspended glass platform where you can see Percé in all of its natural beauty.
Why You Need To Go: Chaleur Bay got its name from being a locale that is sheltered from wind, creating a microclimate that warms its waters naturally, making it the perfect Quebec destination for swimming.
Visit the Carleton-sur-Mer municipal beach for a long walk before an amazing sunset, or take a boat down the Bonaventure River to see just how clear the water really is!