Homeland of several large Quebec families, it is a place of passage for Amerindians before the 17th century who come for hunting and seasonal fishing. It was from 1675 that settlers of European origin come to live here under a seigneurial system which is finally abolished in 1854.
The region first takes the name Charlevoix in 1855 in honor of Father François-Xavier de Charlevoix, a Jesuit who was the first historian of New France. Until the twentieth century, the main economic activities were agriculture, cabotage and wood harvesting, but the region is already seeing tourists visiting starting from 1760.
Tourists mainly arrive by cruise ship in the region after 1840, despite its difficult to reach. It was not before1970 that a modern road makes the region wide open to touring. Subsequently, tourism is fast becoming the main activity of the region. The Manoir Richelieu, still present to this day, was built in 1898.
Located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, the Charlevoix region has a rich natural, historical and tourist heritage. Since 1988, UNESCO recognizes it as a world biosphere reserve.
Founded in 1979, the tourist region of Charlevoix includes among its municipality three that are members of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec. You can find your way around by sectors: Baie-Saint-Paul and surrounding area, the Charlevoix River Road, Isle-aux-Coudres, the Charlevoix Mountains Road, La Malbaie and its surroundings, the Charlevoix Marine Park sector and the Charlevoix Flavour Road.
Agrotourism and fine dining offer you an unforgettable experience in Charlevoix whose culinary reputation is second to none. The chiefs and producers in the region never stop rivaling in ingenuity and originality. They bring their special touch to offered products and cooked dishes to stand out and for you to take the greatest pleasure in tasting them.
Located east of Quebec City in the heart of the Canadian Shield, this region near the National Capital has a rich tradition of hospitality that dates back more than two centuries. Its evocative and inspiring scenery has conquered painters as well as photographers, poets, writers and musicians of the country. Charlevoix is unparalleled in nature to discover and breathe deeply with its outdoor activities of all kinds. It is this harmony between nature and culture that makes it a must-see destination either alone, with family or friends. Enjoy the scenery and take the time to live.
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