East of Quebec the road skirting around the St Laurent estuary brings you to a charming region of Canada named Charlevoix. Nicknamed Nouvelle France in a way mimics in name, style and beauty its southern sister from the US, New England. You can spend easily several days here but unfortunately our schedule was limited so we just drove through it stopping on the way in several places and shooting briefly in the places we visited.
The first stop is the pleasant town of Beupre that has in its middle the tall and beautifully ornate inside cathedral of St Anne that stands near a small circular building that houses the “Cyclorama of Jerusalem“, a circular religious Jesus crucifying scene built by a Bavarian artist at the end of the 19th century. You can spend a full day in town climbing the mountain nearby, the tallest mountain in Eastern Canada that has on it a famous ski slope.
A little bit further on the road, Baie St Paul is a tourist town with charming stores selling cappuccino, croissants and chocolate. The main street stores’ windows are covered in flowers, like in an explosion of joy for the warm weather. The road continues through Malbaie, where the explorer Jacques Cartier’s ships ran aground and ends in Baie St Catherine where a ferry that make the passage on a regular basis would put you on the opposite shore of the Saguenay River to the road’s continuation on what is named Cote Nord. You may already feel cold here….