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Friday, 31 December 2010

Charlevoix, Quebec: From Music and Bootleggers to Scenic Landscapes and Charming Towns - Page 3

Written by Habeeb Salloum
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The next morning, after driving for a little over half an hour, we were in the village of Baie-Saint-Paul, located at the bottom of the crater.  A lively tourist village par excellence, it is filled with antique shops, art galleries, gift stores, tiny museums, pleasant restaurants and inviting inns.  A charming town where Cirque de Soleil began, it is said to be mainly inhabited by tourists.

 

After strolling along the town’s main street and browsing through some of the edgy shops and art galleries, we ended up touring the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Tired and weary from our time at the Museum, we entered for lunch at the La Microbrasserie Restaurant le Saint-Pub– a homemade beer establishment, with an attached fine restaurant.  After the owner explained his brewing process and talked about his new brewery that is about to open, we dined on locally produced products washed down by the unique beers of the house.

 

Sated, some of our group went kayaking while the rest, like myself, strolled the main street of Baie-Saint-Paul, the Niagara-on-the-Lake of Charlevoix, enjoying the flower-decked structures and innumerable art galleries.  Our home for the night was the tiny 12 room inn, Auberge La Muse, located in the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul.

 

That evening, as we waited to dine at the inn’s Chez Boquet Eco-Bistro, I thought about a saying I had heard: “Staying in one of Charlevoix’s quaint inns hid amid the beauty of nature is like drinking all evening without a morning hangover.” – this truly was exemplified by this quaint inn.

 

© Habeeb Salloum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU GO

Le Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, 5 rang Saint-Antoine, Saint-Irénée, Québec, Canada G0T 1V0.  Tel: 418 452-8111.  Fax: 418 452-3503. E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.domaineforget.com


La Maison du Bootlegger
, only a 1 1/2 hour drive from Quebec City, the Bootlegger restaurant specializes in steaks, $30- $50 CDN. 110, Ruisseau des Frenes, La Malbaie (Sainte-Agnes), Québec, Canada G5A 2C8.  Tel: 418 439-3711. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web site: www.maisondubootlegger.com

Two Good Places to Stay and Dine in Charlevoix:

 

Auberge La Muse, 39, Saint-Jean-Baptiste St., Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix, Québec
G3Z 1M3.  Tel.: (418) 435-6839 / 1 800 841-6839.  Fax: (418) 435-6289. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Website: www.lamuse.com

 

Auberge des 3 Canards, 115, Côte Bellevue, La Malbaie (Pointe-au-Pic ) Québec G5A 1Y2. Tel: 418 665-3761 / 1 800 461-3761.  Fax: 418-665-4727. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Website: http://www.auberge3canards.com

 

For Further Information Contact:

 

Tourisme Québec: for complete tourist information in Québec, call: (514) 873-2015 or toll free: 1-877-363-7777, or visit the web site: www.bonjourquebec.com or http://www.bonjourquebec.com/ca-en/charlevoix0.html

 

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