Map of Charlevoix and Montmagny. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Charlevoix and Montmagny with cities and towns

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Map of Charlevoix and Montmagny. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Charlevoix and Montmagny with cities and towns

Charlevoix and Montmagny

Located at the very heart of the Canadian Shield, . Charlevoix owes its name to Father Pierre-Francois-Xavier de Charlevoix, Jesuit priest and first historian of New France. In his time, the forbidding cliffs between Cap Tourmente and Tadoussac offered little promise of colonization. The lone exception, Baie Saint-Paul, was opened to settlers in 1678. Charlevoix has since lured painters, poets, writers, and musicians from across Canada to celebrate its rugged beauty. Here you can explore a meteorite crater, charming villages perched on steep hillsides, the majestic Laurentian mountains, and an amazing variety of plant, animal, and marine life. Charlevoix was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1989-one of the first such reserves with human settlement. an enormous meteorite 350 million years ago.

Tle aux Coudres [D7]

A living miniature of 18th-century New France, lie aux Coudres has well-preserved stone farmhouses, windmills, and a blackmith's shop. Jacques Cartier, who anchored here in 1535 during his second voyage, named the island for its hazel trees (lie aux Coudres means "hazel island").

Montmagny [E6]

Bird lovers come from far and wide to admire the snow geese that stop in Montmagny by the thousands every spring and fall, while

Baie-Saint-Paul [D7]

Baie-Saint-Paul has inspired artists such as Clarence Gagnon, Marc-Aurele Fortin, Rene Richard, and Jean-Paul Lemieux, who have all immortalized the town's two-hundred-year-old houses, old wharf, dense woods, sandy beach, and panoramic views of the valley, river, and towering Laurentian mountains in their paintings. BAt the Centre d'histoire naturelle de Charlevoix, you can learn how the Charlevoix crater, one of the largest on Earth, was created by fans of the accordion come in late summer for the Carrefour mondial de I'accordeon festival. Montmagny also boasts remarkable 18th-century architecture, especially in the city center and in the old quarter.

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park [B8]

Once whaling grounds for Native tribes and the Basques, Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park is a vast territory of 1,138 km2 where you can tour the majestic Saguenay fjord, observe whales, seals, and birds, or try sea kayaking.

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre [E6] Many seamen who were saved after being stranded along Cap Tourmente attributed their luck to Ste. Ann (Anne), and dedicated a small chapel to her in 1658. Today more than 1.5 million people visit the Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne each year to pray to the mother of the Virgin Mary. Don't miss the Phonograph Museum or the world's largest panorama (110 m in circumference) that depicts the Crucifixion.

Tadoussac [B8] The Innu named this village Totouskak ("breast"), to describe the rocky wooded hills on the west side of this village. The first official fur-trading post in Canada was built here in 1600, at the junction of the Saguenay fjord and the St. Lawrence River. The first North American community to be inducted into the 30 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Tadoussac is a hot spot for adventure tourism, including whale-watching and sea kayaking.

ATTRACTIONS

BAIE-SAINT-PAUL

Natural History Centre of Charlevoix Baie-Saint-Paul Lookout (meteorite crash site) Sainte-Anne Street

Wharf Maison Rene-Richard Museum/Art Gallery Dairy of Charlevoix (cheese museum)

ILE AUX COUDRES

Saint-Bernard Church Saint-Louis-de-l'lsle-aux-Coudres Church lle-aux-Coudres Museum Les Moulins de Nle-aux-Coudres (watermill and windmill) Musee Les Voitures d'Eau (boat museum)

MONTMAGNY

Musee de I'accordeon (accordion museum) Couillard-Dupuis Manor (18th century) Sir Etienne-Paschal Tache House (1829)

Centre educatif des migrations (snow goose interpretation center) Lachance Ferry Rides

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE

Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Cyclorama de Jerusalem Edison Phonograph

Museum Honey Economuseum Montmorency Falls Park Mont-Sainte-Anne Park Cap-Tourmente National Wildlife Area

TADOUSSAC

Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre Maison-Chauvin Fur-Trade Post Maritime History Museum of Tadoussac La Maison des Dunes interpretive center

 

Map of Charlevoix and Montmagny. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Charlevoix and Montmagny with cities and towns