Charlevoix is huge. Immense. You can wander for hours and hours, from the river’s shoreline to its backcountry where terroir growers and producers make magic. And where the mountains reach skyward with panache. To see it all takes time. Lots of time. You only have a little? Here’s the perfect solution: climb aboard the Train de Charlevoix. It offers a spectacular condensed visit, breathtaking scenery, an extraordinary experience.
For some, the experience starts at Parc des Chutes Montmorency, ten minutes from downtown Québec City. Others choose to leave from Baie-Saint-Paul Train Station, a greener mode of transportation to explore the region…why not leave your car behind? What an atmosphere in the train station! The Sunday farmers market means you can even stock up on local edibles and picnic later or bring goodies home to offer as gifts ‒ if that little mouse doesn’t get to them first!
Train de Charlevoix delivers lovely riverside panoramas. As it meanders down the line, hugging the mountainside, only metres from the river, the on-board experience is almost poetic, brimming with emotion. From Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie, the train crosses through coastal villages, tooting a friendly greeting on its way. Locals often wave as it goes by. With a little planning, you can get off at Saint-Joseph de la Rive, in Saint-Irénée or La Malbaie, its final destination before returning to Baie-Saint-Paul. Feel like discovering Petite-Rivière-Saint-François? Great! The train also travels westward to that charming riverside village, nestled at the foot of the mountains.
On board, why not taste some fine terroir products, prepared here in Charlevoix? Or sip on a refreshingly cold beer or glass of wine, as you admire colossal scenery that leaves no one indifferent. The entire rail corridor? 125 kilometres!