Operated by Réseau Charlevoix, Train de Charlevoix’s vision of sustainable, eco-friendly development builds partnerships and drives local economic and social spin-offs. Our goal is to offer alternate, safe, respectful public transit and a unique experience in tourism – a spectacular one in fact – between Québec City, Côte de Beaupré and Charlevoix’s coastal towns and villages.
100 years of history
It is by rolling eastward, in these landscapes both wild and grandiose that you can understand the isolation of Charlevoix at the end of the 19th century. Without an efficient road network, the region seems cut off from the world. We owe to Sir Rodolphe Forget the idea of building a railway linking Quebec to Charlevoix.
In 1889, a first railway section was inaugurated, linking Quebec City to Sainte-Anne de Beaupré. The steam train – nicknamed the train of the good Sainte-Anne – then allows many pilgrims to go to the Basilique Sainte-Anne de Beaupré. The inaugural trip to Baie-Saint-Paul will take place in 1918 while it will be necessary to wait until the following year to celebrate its entry in the station near La Malbaie.