The Experience

Imagine leaving your car behind, and plunging into an otherwise unaccessible surrealist landscape. Experience the uncanny feeling of reaching out and slipping into a picturesque setting fragrant with salty sea breezes, or caressing the rocky faces of age-old mountains. What should you expect aboard Train de Charlevoix? A singular adventure in the heart of a picture-perfect landscape, between mountains and sea. And no ‒ it’s not a dream!

 

Meandering along the St. Lawrence River across 125 km, this singular rail cruise between Québec City and La Malbaie reveals all the poetic beauty of seven cliffside and seaside towns and villages. During your leisurely coastal journey with your sweetheart or loved ones, hop off and enjoy yourself the time of a short stay. Follow your heart ‒ set out to explore Baie-Saint-Paul’s lively streets, plant your parasol in Saint-Irénée’s soft, smooth sand, try your luck at Casino de Charlevoix or discover Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive’s rich maritime heritage. Left your bike at home? No worries! Several railway stations have bicycle rentals. Train de Charlevoix is all about discovering a region, its history and its people.  

 

On a rail journey where taking your time has become a new way of life, spend a moment discovering an ever-changing landscape where a new spectacle unfolds every day. On the agenda are endless blue skies, rising tides and tossing waves. Purply, hazy horizons where a scarlet ship brightens the canvas. Great blue herons in full flight, and seals lazing about on the rocks, in the sunshine. Binoculars please!

 

No matter the itinerary you’ve selected, the Train de Charlevoix experience is like no other. The perfect battery recharge, it plunges you headlong into a larger-than-life landscape, tasting the region’s rich terroir flavours as you sink your teeth into à la carte products like Damien’s terrines, Jean-Sébastien’s quail eggs or Cynthia’s chocolates, if you have a sweet tooth. It’s a fact: wide open spaces spark your appetite ‒ even when admired from a railcar!