There are lots of places to stop along the Saint Lawrence Route (Route du Fleuve) en route to La Malbaie. This scenic drive covers 30 miles (50 kilometers) on Highway 362 between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie in southern Quebec’s Charlevoix region, known for its agricultural prowess. The route through Charlevoix is lined with picturesque towns, villages, and farms backed by mountains on one side and the Saint Lawrence River on the other. .
About a half-hour outside of Quebec City, the 17th-century Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré shrine cuts an impressive silhouette along the shores of the river. Thousands flock here for the apparent healing powers of the chapel. Baie-Saint-Paul—the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, where Gilles Ste-Croix took to the streets with his troupe of jugglers, dancers, fire breathers, and musicians in the ’80s—makes for a great lunch spot. Today, the town is a hub for artists and craftspeople. .
Finally, you’ll reach La Malbaie, home to one of Canada’s grand historic railway hotels, Manoir Richelieu. The hotel boasts an extraordinary location with exceptional vistas as well as three pools, tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, and a casino. During the snow season, skiers flock to the nearby resorts, Mont Grand-Fonds and Centre de Plein Air Les Sources Joyeuses..
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