Definition of Bucket List – a list of things that one has not done before, but want to do before dying (or “kicking the bucket”).

A couple of years ago, after a glorious day of skiing at Le Massif, we fell in love with Charlevoix.  Recently, one of my colleagues at work Julien stated during a break in our meeting that “Skiing at Le Massif should be on everyone’s Bucket List – it is something you have to experience before you leave this life”.  We couldn’t agree more.  This passion drove us to develop our 5 star luxury vacation rental home, called Chalet Charlevoix Quebec in the village of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François.

For much of its history, the Charlevoix region received the impact of a meteor that fell to Earth some 350 million years ago and created the breathtaking landscape.  It was home to a thriving summer colony of wealthy Americans, including former US President (1909 – 1912) William Howard Taft.  At that time, La Malbaie was called Murray Bay to anglophones.  For this reason, the community of La Malbaie was known as the first vacation spot in Canada. After learning about this history, we decided to name our management company “First Vacation Management Inc.”

Charlevoix is one of the must-see places in the world.  It is one of the most beautiful regions in Canada, with two National Parks and the majestic landscapes facing the Saint-Laurence River with its whales.

Today, important tourist destinations in the area include:

  • The Tadoussac region, with the famous Tadoussac Hotel at the mouth of the Saguenay River fjord (a famous whale watching destination);
  • La Malbaie region, with the majestic Hotel Fairmont Manoir Richelieu, and the Casino de Charlevoix;
  • The town of Baie-Saint-Paul, a world renowned Canadian arts and cultural centre. Most restaurant menus  feature local products;
  • Le Massif de Charlevoix, a gem of a ski resort with the highest vertical (2,527 ft) east of the Canadian Rockies currently undergoing major development and expansion;
  • Île aux Coudres, a bucolic Island the best to rent a bicycle and ride around; and
  • Parc des Hautes-Gorges-De-La-Rivière-Malbaie, The scene is incredible, among the highest rock faces East of the Rockies, and one of the best hikes in the province of Quebec

When in the region, be sure to plan a drive on Route 362 that runs along the St. Lawrence through the hills between Baie St-Paul and La Malbaie.  In fact, take Route 362 both east and west, as it is one of the Top 10 most scenic drives in North America,  This 56 kilometre (35 mile) winding road reveals the beauty of this historic region, which was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1989. This dramatic landscape includes rolling terrain, fjords, headlands and bays and is recommended in the book 1000 Things to See in the World.

Charlevoix is “Bucket List” worthy!

Matthew Steiche



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