La Malbaie Travel Guide

  • Landscape at the beginning of the trail
    Landscape at the beginning of the trail
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  • View from the first lookout point
    View from the first lookout point
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  • Going up the Acropole des Draveurs
    Going up the Acropole des Draveurs
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    Le Manoir Richelieu 3 more images

    by Jefie Updated May 25, 2013

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    Part of the prestigious Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Le Manoir Richelieu is a beautiful but pretty pricey resort overlooking the magnificient St. Lawrence River. Even if you can't afford to stay at the Manoir, you are still free to walk around the grounds and the main floor of the resort, sit in front of the fireplace, and enjoy the view! You can also stop for a meal at one of the Manoir's restaurants or have a drink in the tearoom or port room. The last time we were there we stopped by La Brise, the Manoir's lobby bar, and shared a platter of regional cheese with a glass of wine - we very much enjoyed the rich and yet very casual atmosphere of the place!

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    On the way back from Summits 2 & 3 4 more images

    by Jefie Updated May 25, 2013

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    The Acropole des Draveurs is often described as the most beautiful hiking trail in the province of Quebec, which is why I thought it deserved its own tip. Part of the Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, this trail is not exactly long (10.4 km roundtrip) but it's all up hill so you should plan at least 4 hours to make it to the top and back, more if you plan on having lunch along the way and if you want to give yourself more time to enjoy the amazing scenery (you should!). It's not an easy hike: the trail is well marked, but it does involve a bit of rock climbing. However, the view once you reach the top at 1048 m above sea level is absolutely worth every effort!

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    Parc des Hautes-Gorges in the fall 4 more images

    by Jefie Updated Sep 30, 2009

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    In this beautiful provincial park, the Malbaie River winds its way between the highest rock faces east of the Canadian Rockies to create a spectacular valley scenery that visitors can discover by going up the river in canoes and kayaks or by hiking. The trail that goes to the top of the "Acropole des Draveurs", the highest point in the park (1,048 m), offers an amazing view of the Hautes-Gorges. For the less adventurous visitors, it is also possible to go on a 90-minute cruise up the river during which a guide will help you discover the history, flora, fauna and geological features of the park (it's best to reserve in advance). Also, the "Erabliere" trail is an easy walking trail that goes along the Malbaie River, and it is especially beautiful in the fall when the maples turn from green to red, orange and yellow!

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    With my nephew at Cafe St-Laurent 3 more images

    by Jefie Updated May 24, 2013

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    After having had dinner at La Flacatoune, we thought we'd be hard to impress but we still wanted to give Cafe Saint-Laurent a try. This little restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside, but as soon as we stepped in we were met with cool jazz music and fabulous smells coming from the kitchen so we knew we were in for another treat! It was too cold to sit outside on the terrace, but we did get a table by the window to enjoy the wonderful view of the St. Lawrence River. This New Orleans-themed cafe has a great selection of international food, ranging from Indian curry chicken to Louisiana-style gumbo. We ordered three very different meals but we all agreed that they were equally fantastic. My maple chicken salad was absolutely divine! A nice added touch was the possibility to go down to the wine cellar to pick our bottle of wine for dinner. That's yet another place that definitely makes it worth stopping by St-Irenee!

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    My pasta dish at La Flacatoune 3 more images

    by Jefie Updated May 23, 2013

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    The Charlevoix region is well known for the quality of its local products, especially when it comes to veal, lamb, fish, and cheese. Baie-St-Paul has several great restaurants, but I'd never been that impressed with the ones in La Malbaie. That changed after I discovered this hidden gem in the town of St-Irenee, just 10 km east of La Malbaie. As soon as we walked in we were greeted with a big smile and the staff made sure to make us feel very welcome. We were shown to a table from where we could enjoy a nice view of the St. Lawrence River. The atmosphere was very casual, but the food was beyond spectacular! There were four choices for the main course: fish, lamb, beef or pasta. Whenever you're ready to order, you just go to the grill and let the chef know what you want and how you want it done. You can also help yourself to some soup, the salad bar and dessert (prices are clearly indicated), all of which feature local products. It was my best dining experience in the region, by far!

    Favorite Dish: The restaurant has a beer brewed especially for them, called La Flacatoune of course. It's a flavourful blond beer, almost tastes like a white Belgian beer. Definitely worth a try!

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    My Port-au-Persil pottery oil lamp

    by Jefie Updated Oct 20, 2007

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    This pottery gallery was founded almost 30 years ago by master potter Pierre Legault and it currently displays the works of about 50 ceramic artists from Quebec. Visitors can stroll through the workshop and choose from a great selection of original pieces that make for unique souvenirs from the Charlevoix region.

    What to buy: Last time I was there I bought a beautiful oil lamp!

    What to pay: Depends if you're looking for something big or small, but most pieces are reasonably priced.

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    Kevin just had to give the slot machines a try!

    by Jefie Written Nov 8, 2004

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    First I have to admit I'm not a casino person but as the Charlevoix Casino is supposed to be a pretty big attraction, I decided to check it out. It was pretty pathetic! Loooooots of elderly people on organized tours who sit around for hours at a time with a cup of quarters, ugh! There are so many things to do in the Charlevoix region, don't waste your time (and money) at the Casino!

    Unique Suggestions: Sit at the bar, get something to drink and take a sip everytime someone with white hair walks in!

    Fun Alternatives: The Manoir Richelieu is just a few steps away, enjoy an evening at the port room instead!

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La Malbaie Off The Beaten Path

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    by Jefie Written Nov 8, 2004

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    About halfway between La Malbaie and Tadoussac, there is a little village called Baie-des-Rochers. If you take the road that heads down to the river, you will discover a beautiful trail that goes around the bay. The view is amazing! And it's also a good spot for kayaking.

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