You’ve likely seen Charlevoix, Quebec but didn’t know it

Charlevoix helicopter. Photo by Johanna Read

See Charlevoix’s crater and mountains via Heli-Charlevoix

I have been terrible at updating this website recently. I’ve been trying to balance writing articles for other publications, travelling on press trips, continuing my management consulting work, and taking time for rest and relaxation.

That last part has always been my nemesis, which is especially challenging because a key part of my consulting work is providing stress management coaching (see, for example, my article for Reader’s Digest, I was a burned-out workaholic for 20 years — till this changed everything). I need to be better at practicing what I preach!

If you’re looking for some rest and relaxation yourself, I recommend a visit to Charlevoix, Quebec.

Charlevoix lavender fields. Photo by Johanna Read

Azulee lavender farm

Many Canadians have driven by Charlevoix, admiring its rolling hills and forests across from the Trans Canada highway which runs along the south side of the St. Lawrence River.  Charlevoix is on the north side.

So, next time you’re in Quebec, stay on the north side of the river in Quebec City and travel east to Charlevoix. The region starts an hour east of Quebec City in Baie-St-Paul and continues past La Malbaie (you can take the train between these two cute towns and watch for belugas in the St. Lawrence on the way!)

Diving humpback St Lawrence RIver Charlevoix. Photo by Johanna Read

The St. Lawrence has so many whales

For more of what to see, do, eat and drink (tomato wine, anyone?) in this lovely part of Quebec, check out my article in Dreamscapes Magazine. Those of you with Globe and Mail subscriptions may have already read it with your coffee this morning (May 24, 2019).

And you know I have hotel recs! In Baie-Saint-Paul, I recommend Le Germain Hotel & Spa and, in La Malbaie, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu with its canine ambassador, Roux (feature article to come).

Note: My trip to Charlevoix was hosted by Quebec Tourism, but all opinions are my own and no one aside from my editor at Dreamscapes reviewed or approved my article. 

Roux, Fairmont Richelieu's canine ambassador. Photo by Johanna Read

Roux, the canine ambassador at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie

2 responses to “You’ve likely seen Charlevoix, Quebec but didn’t know it

  1. Would you consider Baie St. Paul a suitable day trip by train from Quebec City?


    • It would be an extremely long day trip from Quebec City and I don’t think you’d have much time to do anything in Baie St. Paul once you got there. Better to at least spend one night, I think.


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