Charlevoix – Sculptured by the Sky

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Lucille Tremblay 81 years – starting speaking to Nettie in rapid French because she thought she knew her….

Leaving Quebec City we wended our way east into the unique region of Charlevoix. Passing through one quaint village after another we climbed the mountains to our next accommodation in a yurt in the backwoods of Baie-Saint-Paul.

A meteorite formed this fascinating part of the world 350 million years ago.

The Charlevoix region includes parts of the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains region of the Canadian Shield. This dramatic landscape includes rolling terrain, fjords, headlands and bays; the region was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1989.


Glaciations and several severe earthquakes further altered the topography.

The land is rich and perfect for feasting on bread from locally grown and milled wheat and some of the 600 varieties of creamy and hard cheeses Quebec is renowned for. We searched out a particularly piquant blue cheese ‘Le Ciel de Charlevoix’ – the sky of Charlevoix.

We visited two National Parks – each in direct contrast though not very far from each other:

The first Parc des Grands-Jardins – with a variety of artic type tundra.

The second was Haute-Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie – what a place for a picnic and on the way we saw a moose and a baby black bear – a rare treat even for locals! There is nothing quite like the combination of the iridescent greens of new and frantic growth full of qi, against the deep azure blue skies broken only by the cold, fast moving rivers that cross through every piece of this vibrant and dynamic landscape. We just can’t get enough of this fresh, clear, cool water…

Our yurt in Quebec wilderness
Baie St Paul
old cellar built into side of hill
picnic with local cheese and breads…
where we bought the fromage la ceil
this is the mill and bakery where we bought the bread
Parc des Grands-Jardins
Haute-Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie
study in blue
moose then five minutes later we saw a baby black bear walk scamper across the road
Baie St Paul
striped chipmunk
once was a butterfly
pork sausage
squirrel nest
tree cancer
abandoned home
oui madame

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2 thoughts on “Charlevoix – Sculptured by the Sky

    1. thanks mum – glad you are enjoying the photos……..we are seeing some truly beautiful scenery and meeting interesting and friendly people….taking a ferry across to the south side of the St Laurence River today – it is the biggest river we have ever seen……more photos to come 🙂 love Nettie & Fran


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