Nestled on the St Lawrence River, La Malbaie is blessed with more than two centuries of rich French-Canadian history, showcased in its museums and art galleries. This treasured resort town also features excellent outdoor recreation in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park and a nearby horse riding centre.
Things to do in La Malbaie
Nature lovers shouldn’t visit La Malbaie without experiencing the beauty and wonder of Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Embark on a kayaking tour across the protected Saguenay Fjord or organise a sightseeing cruise to spot beluga and blue whales. You can also venture inland to the Zec of Sandy Lake, where you might spot moose, black bears, hares and pheasants.
Stroll along Pointe-au-Pic’s rue du Quai to discover historic maritime settings and buildings from yesteryear. It’s here you’ll also find the Casino of Charlevoix, where you can test your luck on slot machines and roulette and blackjack tables. Enjoy quality French dining on the water at Les Pinsons des Rives or Western-style steak and live music at La Bohème.
Dining and shopping also take centre stage in the middle of La Malbaie, where clothing boutiques sit alongside family-run restaurants. Purchase men’s fashion from Couturier Mode & Travail or accessories and women’s clothing from Boutique Charlevoix. Afterwards, duck into Vices Versa to enjoy seasonal French meals.
Discover more about the region at the Museum of Charlevoix, which houses old photographs, sculptures and artefacts pertaining to the region’s past. Visit the Au P'tit Bonheur Art Gallery to admire contemporary paintings inspired by the area in a local family’s opulent manor.
Getting around La Malbaie
La Malbaie is about two hours’ drive from Quebec City, where you can fly into Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport. You can walk around the centre of La Malbaie, but a hire car is best for exploring further afield.