Baie-Saint-Paul

Inspirations of the moment

Inspirations of the moment

A simple visit becomes memorable...

With your sweetheart, family or friends, Baie-Saint-Paul’s countless activities are perfect for crafting long-lasting memories. Here, rural and country life bubble with an effervescence that makes this town an unequalled destination to discover.

Le Massif de Charlevoix

Le Massif de Charlevoix

Is Baie-Saint-Paul an all-season destination? You bet it is! There's no shortage of mountains there, so come winter this beautiful cultural capital transforms into a slope-lover's paradise. That's when Le Massif de Charlevoix calls.

How many times can you say you've had your first run down the slope before you've even used the lift? At Le Massif, you arrive at the summit only to be awestruck by the majestic view of the St. Lawrence stretching out below you.

In minutes you'll have your skis on and be ready to tear up any one of 52 runs and glades at the ski area with the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies. And an added bonus—the off-piste areas are often covered in knee-deep powder. Le Massif de Charlevoix gets over 600 cm of natural snow each year, making for exceptional snow conditions . In the Mont Liguori area, backcountry is the name of the game (pick up our trail guide), with open trails for more turns, more variety when you pick your line, and an exciting degree of difficulty. Don’t feel like skiing? Try our 7.5 km sled run that twists and turns all the way down to the river.

Between runs, head to the summit chalet for a breathtaking panorama. On a clear day, you can see a series of islands along the horizon. To the east, beautiful Isle-aux-Coudres sits tranquilly in the middle of the St. Lawrence, which the locals call the sea. Peckish? Try one of our chef’s healthy meals. Nothing fried—just good food that tastes great!

Le Massif has skiable terrain to suit all skill levels. We keep the fun going all winter long with classic events like the Reggae Bash Splash and the Fête du Grand Duc in April. Check out the schedule and make sure not to miss the lively après-ski music scene. Here, the entertainment is free!

Le Massif de Charlevoix
Le Massif de Charlevoix
Le Massif de Charlevoix
© Parc national des Grands-Jardins
Grands-Jardins Park

Grands-Jardins Park

You don’t always have to dive headlong into winter. You can choose to rise above it. Grands-Jardins national park is a little piece of northern Quebec accessible via Saint-Urbain, Baie-Saint-Paul’s beautiful neighbor. This majestic park offers pure Nordic adventure. Tempting, no?

Grands-Jardins national park spans 310 square kilometers and is a key part of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve. The area is inhabited by friendly, photogenic wildlife, including woodland caribou and the spruce grouse, the region’s iconic animal.

The landscape is made up of snowy valleys, rocky headlands, and jagged summits. In winter, there are 64 kilometers of snowshoeing trails and numerous cross country trails through the majestic spruce forests. You can stop by Lac Pointu to warm up a bit by the fire.

The Pioui, Gros Pin, and Chouenne snowshoeing trails are the most popular. Chouenne takes you up Mont-du-lac-des-Cygnes. It’s relatively easy to climb to the top if you stop to catch your breath and admire the scenery. The 360-degree view is awe-inspiring. Despite the snow, you can still make out the 54 km wide crater caused by a meteorite over 360 million years ago and the slopes formed by its impact, including Les Éboulements directly in front.

Just a few kilometers from Baie-Saint-Paul, Pied-des-Monts is the easiest area to get to and a number of trails start there. You can even snowshoe 400 m from the parking lot and pitch a tent for some winter camping. If you leave from Étang Malbaie, you have to snowshoe along a 3.5 km trail to reach the campsite, where you’ll also be able to enjoy some ice fishing, if you’re there in February.

© Parc national des Grands-Jardins
Grands-Jardins Park
© Parc national des Grands-Jardins
Grands-Jardins Park
© Parc national des Grands-Jardins
Grands-Jardins Park
Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste

There’s nothing quite as pretty as Baie-Saint-Paul covered in snow. In winter, rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste is a picturesque world of treasures and secrets. Between the cafés and art galleries, chocolate shops, and the microbrewery, it’s easy to get carried away—pull on your tuque and it’s yours to discover!

Stroll down the main street and immerse yourself in the local culture. In summer or winter, rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste is a must-see, but it really comes alive when there’s a chill in the air. From the Gouffre River bridge to the Bras River bridge, this narrow little street spans two kilometers. The beautiful century-old houses with mansard roofs will catch your eye as you pass. Over the years, many of them have been converted into inns, shops, and restaurants. They add a lovely touch of charm to the walk.

Where to begin? Baie-Saint-Paul is a cultural capital of Canada, so it’s no surprise there are a number of art galleries along this tiny street. Famous painters and those waiting to be discovered have set up shop along the street. Some even say that Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste has the highest number of art galleries per square foot in all of Canada. You can continue your tour by visiting the cafes, which often double as galleries. The street also has a microbrewery and some artisanal chocolate shops where you can shop or warm up a bit. A bit farther down, the Ile-aux-Coudres cider house is a great place for a little pick-me-up while the shops give you great gift ideas. From locally-made wool socks and donkey milk soap to traditional hazelwood sticks for predicting the weather and designer clothing—you’ll find it all here. Feeling hungry? Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste has no shortage of options. From smoked-meat paninis and cozy little bistros to gourmet cuisine, there’s as many ways to sample local delicacies as there are reasons to wander down rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste this winter. Don’t forget to stop at the Christmas market!

Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art

Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art

Baie-Saint-Paul has long been a cultural capital where artists from here and away come to draw their inspiration. In the galleries, contemporary art needs no invitation to come inside! But within the walls of the Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art is where you can stimulate your eye, big time. Did you know that the BSPMCA is the only regional museum of its kind? Not bad ‒ for a town of 7,800 residents! It should also be added that every year, Charlevoix welcomes over 850,000 visitors, a fair number of whom consider art to be a way of life.

The Museum’s brick edifice is downtown in the cultural quarters. Just wait to see what renowned Québec City architect Pierre Thibault did with the old Le Laurentien cinema. Its façade is adorned with immense glass panes that reflect the image of the neighbouring church’s bells. That alone is amazing. Inside, the use of space, the size of the display areas – and their content of course – is pure eye candy. The big hall dedicated to the memory of Françoise Labbé, the founder of la Corporation du Centre d’art in the mid-80s ‒ a major national exhibition centre showcasing Charlevoix’s artistic and cultural activities ‒ is where all major exhibitions are on display. You don’t want to miss Fenosa & Picasso ‒ A Friendship, this summer’s must-attend exhibition, here until November 6, on its North American debut. Until this same date, you can also see Oser voir autrement : Les grands collectionneurs III, a phenomenal foray into the world of French Canadian collectors.

Looking for inspiration? Plunge into the universe of live art, for the entire month of August for the past 34 years, by visiting the International Symposium on Contemporary Art. This year’s event welcomes 12 contemporary artists from Québec, Canada, the United-States, France, Switzerland and Senegal. The Symposium even features Sur le motif together with Le Sentier de l’Art ‒ or the Art Trail ‒ a photo exhibition & walking tour featuring 31 outdoor art exhibits across town. Dynamic and deeply inspiring!

Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art
Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art
Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art
Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

Winter in Charlevoix brings snow aplenty, and snowmobilers flock to Baie-Saint-Paul in search of wide open spaces. Whether you rent a speed machine on site or bring your own, it’s the perfect starting point for an expedition crisscrossing the trails running through majestic forests along the sundrenched shoreline of the St. Lawrence. Charlevoix has 600 kilometers of marked trails as well as tons of guided offroad touring opportunities to take you off the beaten path.

Our snowmobile trails are known as some the most beautiful in the province. The options are almost as vast as the landscape. Did you know our trail network links Québec City to Saguenay and the North Shore? It’s the perfect setting for a truly epic journey. If you only have a few hours, you can still enjoy picture-perfect scenery and uncover some of Baie-Saint-Paul’s best-kept secrets. A snowmobile is one of the best ways to reach otherwise inaccessible areas.

Experienced coaches in Baie-Saint-Paul offer training sessions to help perfect your trail and offroad skills in the world’s coolest classroom—breathtaking St. Lawrence landscapes and beautiful, snow-covered backcountry prairies. And when you need a break from the adventure, stop at one of our local producers for a gourmet treat.

A trip to Baie-Saint-Paul is an exclusive combination of outdoor sports and discovery in a spectacular setting.

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Snowmobiling
Snowmobiling
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