Charlevoix: Crater Full of Beauty

Covering 6,000 square kilometers in the very heart of the Canadian Shield, the oldest rock formation on Earth, the Charlevoix abounds in one-of-a-kind attractions. From mountain waters cascading down the majestic Laurentian Range to the salty depths of the St. Lawrence River, to charming little mountainside villages that dot the region, this vacationer’s paradise begins where the sea and mountains meet.

The Charlevoix owes its spectacular mountain scenery to the earth-shattering impact of a 15 billion ton meteor, 350 million years ago. The collision blasted a crater 56 km (34.5 miles) in diameter, making the Charlevoix one of the largest inhabited craters in the world!

The region has incontestably become a top snowmobile destination in North America, and for several reasons: Hundreds of kilometres of interconnecting, marked and groomed trails, over 600 cm (20 feet) of snow per year and simply grandiose landscapes. After an awesome incursion along the Charlevoix’s endless trail network, snowmobilers are sure to enjoy the region’s warm welcome and legendary hospitality, trademarks of its fine lodging and dining establishments. Among these are the prestigious five-star Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu and its neighbor the Casino, as well as a long list of hotels, motels, B&Bs and inns all spotlighting mouth-watering regional cuisine, select entertainment and accomodations, all for your travel pleasure!

Its spectacular trail network links Québec City to the Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean and North Shore regions, with magnificent stretches of Charlevoix wilderness in between. Snowmobilers enjoy awesome St. Lawrence River vistas combining snow-capped peaks with picturesque Charlevoix villages. The 400 km (250 mile) regional trail network includes four circuits that provide access to various local attractions, spectacular viewpoints, friendly accommodations and reputed restaurants.

Celebrated as one of North America’s premier snowmobile destinations, the Charlevoix is also the place par excellence for a sled adventure – with your mate or group.

For your free online Charlevoix Regional Snowmobile Trail Map and everything there is to know about its network and services (fuel, food, lodgings), please visit www.tourisme-charlevoix.com, or request literature at info@tourisme-charlevoix.com.

Events include the Great Charlevoix Snowmobilers Get Together, January 24-25, 2014. This event, on the site of the legendary Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu and Casino de Charlevoix, is a must for every snowmobile enthusiast. A full range of activities is in store, including the traditional Dinner Show and Snowmobile Poker Rally. Great fun guaranteed, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover the Charlevoix’s charm and explore its incredible trails. For information or reservations, call 888/462-2411.

 Also, check out 47 Nord Expeditions. Thrillmakers for over 10 years, 47 Nord Expéditions takes you off-trail to discover the most beautiful backcountry in Québec and the Charlevoix region.  They’ll organize your all-inclusive raid or expedition on the federated trail network across the Charlevoix, Saguenay, Lac-Saint-Jean, Mauricie, Lanaudière and Québec City regions, on five- to nine-day snowmobile treks in complete safety.

For information on local snowmobile clubs, contact Les Aventuriers de Charlevoix Inc. at 418/665-6207 or Club d’Auto-Neige Le Sapin d’Or Inc at 418/827-3771 or go to: www.charlevoixtourism.com.

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