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Park in La Malbaie

Parc des Hautes Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie

Work off all that Charlevoix produce with an invigorating hike in this 233-sq-km provincial park, which has several unique features, including the highest rock faces east of the Rockies. Sheer rock plummets (by as m…
Historic Building in La Malbaie

Maison du Bootlegger

This unexpected hostelry in a conventional-looking 19th-century farmhouse was surreptitiously modified by an American bootlegger during the Prohibition period. Tours reveal the marvel of secret doorways and hidden c…
Québécois in La Malbaie

Vices Versa

The name comes from the split personality menu, on which owner-chefs Danielle and Eric have each created a column of choices. The menu is underpinned by local produce (Éboulmontaise lamb, calf's sweetbreads with Gra…
Québécois in La Malbaie

Restaurant Bistro le Patriarche

This elegant, 10-table bistro in a house that dates to 1860 is quickly making a name for itself. Chef Michel churns out interestingly presented, impeccably executed French cuisine that often makes good use of the re…
Gardens in La Malbaie

Les Jardins du Cap à l'Aigle

In Cap à l'Aigle, a little village 2km east of La Malbaie, are these gardens, where 800 types of lilac range up the hill between a waterfall, a footbridge and artists selling their daubs. When this spot is in full b…
Californian in La Malbaie

Café Chez-Nous

This sunny little diner is stuffed with cutesy art and knickknacks, and serves up a menu that blends California, Italy and Québec. This is a good thing! Bagels with salmon share table space with Tuscan-style pizzas …
Museum in La Malbaie

Musée de Charlevoix

Part art gallery, part museum, this waterfront place portrays the life and times of Charlevoix through a variety of media.
Historic Building in La Malbaie

Manoir Richelieu

The gray country cousin of Québec City's Château Frontenac, this intimidating, palatial structure, owned by the Fairmont chain, looks like the headquarters of the last boss in an old Nintendo game. The sprawling, co…
Bakery in La Malbaie

Pains d'Exclamation

This bakery makes a good lunchtime stop, mainly for the grilled sandwich with Brie-like local cheese, Le Fleurmier, apples and walnuts.