Now encompassing five previously separate villages, La Malbaie was one of Canada's first holiday resorts. From the late 19th century, steamers run by the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company and Canada Steamship Lines docked here. Arriving from the south on Rte 362 or the west on Rte 138, the first village you come to is Pointe-au-Pic.
With its cafes overlooking one of the area's best beaches, Ste-Irénée is an inviting stop between Baie St-Paul and La Malbaie. Between June and August, the Domaine Forget festival of classical music, jazz and dance attracts performers from around the world. Katabatik offers sea kayaking tours.
Parc d'Aventure Les Palissades, 12km north of St Siméon on Rte 170, is an adventure sports center. There are 15km of trails with lookouts to admire the unusual geological formations, and access to the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). The main attraction, however, is the rock climbing, with 150-plus routes, a suspension bridge, rappelling and two via ferrata cliff walks (from $43.