Welcome in Charlevoix, where fresh air abounds! Sculpted by time, water and winds, awe-inspiring landscapes you will encounter during your journey in Charlevoix will leave you with unforgettable memories. Hope to see you soon!
The Charlevoix region owes its name to father François Xavier de Charlevoix, Jesuit priest and first historian of New-France. The settlements started at BAIE SAINT-PAUL, which first opened to colonists in 1678. Colonization continued at l'ÎLE-AUX-COUDRES in 1728 and at LA MALBAIE in 1760. It was at the beginning of the English Regime (1760) that the region which extends from POINTE-AU-PIC to CAP-A-L'AIGLE was first colonized. Towards the end of the 18th century, resorts appeared in Canada, more precisely at LA MALBAIE, with the Scottish Noblemen: Malcom Fraser and John Nairn, who in 1760, received visitors in their manor.
Today, enriched with a tradition of hospitality dating back 200 years, Charlevoix is known as one of the best gastronomical and tourist regions in Québec.
The official colonization of l'ÎLE-AUX-COUDRES began in 1728 with the granting of the first concessions. This small island with its smooth landscape, owes its name to Jacques Cartier, who named it in 1535. Between 1763 and 1773, two wind mills were built to grind wheat into flour for the inhabitants. In 1825, after several winters without flour, a water mill was built to compensate for the lack of wind.
In 1836, they built another wind mill with the remains of the first one from 1763, in the event of possible water shortages. In such a case, they had only to transport the wheat from one mill to another. Later, at the beginning of the 20th century, they added a house, a forge, an annex and a hen house to the water mill.
SAINT-PAUL, établie au fond d'une vallée que nous allons rejoindre en descendant une pente impressionnante et régulière. Sur la gauche, les contreforts des LAURENTIDES dominent la région en un large arc de cercle.
Today, the mills have been restored. Guided tours offer an opportunity to learn their history and how they worked.
350 million years ago, a gigantic meteorite hit the land of Charlevoix. The meteorite's impact created a visible mark and its center is found at Mont des Éboulements. Going to BAIE SAINT-PAUL, means you are going into the bottom of a crater. The seismic character of the region is in part due to this collision. Earthquakes, of which the most important took place in 1663, also contributed to enhance the characteristic relief of this region.