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Charlevoix and the 2018 G7 Summit

Canada welcomed G7 Leaders to the beautiful Charlevoix region from June 8-9, 2018. Quebec’s Charlevoix region symbolizes some of the best that Canada has to offer, from its stunning natural beauty, energetic business environment, and the generous hospitality of its people.

History of Charlevoix

As early as the 1800s, La Malbaie’s inhabitants welcomed excursionists coming to enjoy the region’s hospitality, the sun and the river’s salted water.

One of the renowned excursionists, US President William Howard Taft (1909-1913) said that the air of La Malbaie’s Murray Bay was “intoxicating like champagne without the next day’s hangover”.

The G7 Summit is an opportunity to ensure that the historical presence of four Indigenous communities on the La Malbaie territory is respected. The Innu from the Innue Essipit First Nation (Essipit), the Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation (Mashteuiatsh) and the Pessamit Innue First Nation (Betsiamites), as well as the Huron from the Huron-Wendat Nation (Wendake), have lived on this territory for generations.

What to expect?

A long standing gastronomic creativity: producers, artisans and chefs work together to highlight the region’s wealth. On the Flavour Trail, taste the authenticity of these products, a true signature to the finest regional tables.

Experience the Charlevoix art scene: Charlevoix is highly regarded by artists from all disciplines. Painters were the first in the 20th century to pay tribute to these spectacular landscapes. Today, Baie-Saint-Paul is famous for having the most art galleries per capita in Canada.

Charlevoix’s rich history and spectacular natural setting energized the G7 Leaders’ discussions to build consensus on some of the most pressing global issues.

Indigenous communities

Holding the G7 Summit in Charlevoix creates a unique opportunity to showcase the Innu and Huron‑Wendat First Nations, which are located in Quebec and have very close ties with the region. Watch this video to learn more about the Huron‑Wendat Nation. In this video, you can also hear young Innu from the North Shore (in French only), sharing their opinions of the G7 Summit in their own language.

Want to learn more about Charlevoix?

Visit Tourisme Charlevoix, watch our four things you should know about Charlevoix or watch the video on the RCM of Charlevoix-Est.

Hello there and welcome to our 360 tour of the Charlevoix region. Feel free to look around in any direction throughout this journey. The setting will change every 10 seconds or so.

This is the Fairmont le Manoir Richelieu hotel in La Malbaie. It will play host to the 2018 G7 Summit.

This is Le Jardins, also in La Malbaie,

Developed by Frank H. Cabot these gardens are a gem of Charlevoix and include over 1000 different species of plants.

Now we’re riding along with the Train de Charlevoix. This train runs between La Malbaie and Quebec showcasing the incredible beauty of the St. Lawrence.

Another way to take in the scenery is on one of Charlevoix picturesque roads. This is one just outside of Baie-Saint-Paul.

Now we’re on board a whale watching boat. The St. Lawrence river is home to many species of whales including the Beluga and the Blue whale, the largest animal on earth.

Now we’re on a horse drawn carriage through Baie-Saint-Paul, taking in the scenery of this charming little village.

Golf is one of Charlevoix’s major attractions, this driving range sits on the property of La Manoir Richelieu and it one of the world’s most scenic.

If you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down! We’re now hanging over Mont Morrency falls. Located just outside of Charlevoix, this nature wonder draws thousands of tourists each year.

I hope you enjoyed this 360 tour. Come check it out for yourself!

MS LEGAULT: Since I was very little, I’ve lived in my father’s crockery, in his vases, pots, and bowls. So of course, unconsciously, it became a part of me.

My name is Esther Legault and I am a potter. It’s hard to say, right? Well, yes, because I’m really all kinds of things. Charlevoix was a choice for me, a lifestyle choice. I wanted to work with my father and I wanted to live in Charlevoix.

My father was a potter. He was the one who taught me the potter’s craft. A long time ago, my mother took my father to Port-au-Persil and when he saw the place, he said, “Oh my, one day I’d like to come live here.” And sadly, he died too soon.

I wasn’t sure that I wanted to do pottery but my mother needed me. My father was the very soul, so to speak, of pottery in Port-au-Persil, but my mother was also its soul, in the sense that she was the real businesswoman in this story.

I was the owner of the pottery workshop in Port-au-Persil, so I must have been in my blood, an integral part of me. I make traditional and functional pottery: cups, plates, bowls, and – anything that you can use, anything serviceable.

For clay, I use porcelain and stoneware, but I have no idea how many pieces of pottery I’ve made during my lifetime (laughs). I have no idea.

When I had my children, I was working full time. I never stopped making pottery. Throughout all 25 years when I was a remedial teacher, I always had my studio. I so loved having children. If I can say one thing for sure, it’s that one of my life’s greatest accomplishments was having children; this much is true.

But remedial teaching was also a passion. That was the place where I – where I used all my potential as a human being.
If I could offer one bit of advice to the young women of today, it would be that they should love themselves, just as they are. They are beautiful. They are marvelous, with all their flaws and all their qualities. That’s it! (laughs)

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