Charlevoix – The Flavour Trail and Le Domaine Forget
Other Places to See
At Baie Saint-Paul, the road splits to route 362 which leads to La Malbaie, the furthest point of route 362. As you drive along the main road, you will once again find the rail line of Le Massif de Charlevoix which follows along the St. Lawrence River and affords beautiful views along the coastline.
Le Domaine Forget
Along this route, make plans to stop in Sainte-Irénée and visit Le Domaine Forget. Le Domaine Forget Academy of Music and Dance hosts young talent from around the world. You can check their calendar of events here: Le Domaine Forget’s website.
Le Domaine Forget is internationally recognized for the quality of teaching, but for the rest of us, it offers an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the surroundings and enjoy concerts and special events in season.
The facility is open to everyone, so take a stroll through the Sculpture and Harmonic Gardens that come alive with the winds blowing in from the St. Lawrence River. In the summer, the International Festival at Le Domaine Forget presents over seventy events, including about thirty concerts with a focus on classical music, but also featuring jazz and dance. In addition to its summer events, Le Domaine Forget offers programming that showcases singer-songwriters, musical revues, world music, and productions for children.
North on 362, you will find gorgeous views of the mountains and the St. Lawrence River. Quaint towns interrupt your travel and it’s a great way to experience local hospitality. Festivals and shows are quite common in Charlevoix and are an entertaining and educational way to spend an afternoon or evening.
In the winter months there are many events, including the Gala de Grand Chefs at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in November and the Charlevoix Carnival from late February to early March. Of course, when the snow thaws, the grasses turn green, and the flowers begining to bloom, there are countless outdoor festivities in the spring and summer months, including sporting events such as the Cyclist Grand Prix and the Mountain Climbing Festival. For a complete list of year-round events and festivals, please refer to this link.
Stay tuned for the third part in this series on Charlevoix, Where to Stay and Dine.
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Disclosure – We want to thank Tourisme Québec, Charlevoix Tourism, and Le Germain Hotel Charlevoix for their assistance during our trip to Charlevoix. We have not been compensated for this article and the opinions expressed regarding our experience are our own.
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