Looking for somewhere new to plan your summer road trip to in Quebec? Located just outside of Quebec City, Charlevoix is a rustic area of the province bursting with small-town charm. The region is comprised of a number of villages nestled alongside the St. Lawrence River. To help you plan your vacation to Charlevoix, we’re sharing our favourite parts of this region to explore.
Where is Charlevoix
Charlevoix is a spectacular region in Quebec, situated on the north shore of the St Lawrence River, an easy 80 km drive east of Quebec City on Highway 138. This area features the wonderfully eclectic and artistic Baie-St-Paul, where Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984. Driving east from Quebec City to Baie-St-Paul, it’s easy to see why the Charlevoix region is considered a must-see area in Quebec. This simple, short and scenic route along the St Lawrence River is an easy and pleasant drive in the new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.
What to do in Charlevoix
To taste the local goods in the region, follow the signs for the Flavour Trail which extends from Petite-Rivière-Saint-François to La Malbaie showcasing traditionally made beers, cheeses and exquisite chocolates, organic meat, well-raised ducks and products from the region. Not far from Baie-St-Paul is Famille Migneron de Charlevoix, a cheese shop that sells some of the most delicious varieties in Quebec. On the same property is Faux Bergers, featuring a prix fixe menu of inventive cuisine made with regional products.
Be sure to also visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre. With stained glass windows, mosaics and wood carvings that compare to those in Europe, it’s definitely worth a visit for anyone who loves architecture and history.
Where to Stay in Charlevoix
If you’re travelling to Charlevoix, you’ll want to stay in Baie-St-Paul for a central base within this region. Featuring a Nordic spa, Le Germain Charlevoix is an idyllic hotel which offers activities for everyone, whether it’s a family adventure or a romantic weekend away. The on-site restaurant, Le Bercail, offers a regional, inventive menu with a maple pudding for dessert that you’ll remember fondly.
About the Chevrolet Blazer
At almost 4,000 km² the possibilities of the Charlevoix region are endless and you’ll need the right set of wheels to get you around. I was driving a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS. Loaded with six USB ports and featuring a rear camera mirror, it’s easy to stay connected and aware of your surroundings. The wireless charging pad makes life simple with fewer cords to pack and more time to focus on the lovely Quebec views.
While driving unfamiliar roads the in-vehicle technology gives you more confidence behind the wheel, displaying several of your favourite apps on an easy-to-use infotainment screen. Car and technology enthusiasts alike will feel at home in this sleek vehicle. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has a bold exterior in three distinct personalities, the Blazer, the Blazer RS and the Blazer Premier, with multiple features and price points
*This trip was provided by Chevrolet. All views and reviews are Travel + Design’s own.