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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!

Audrée Bélanger: The impression I got when I met Geneviève for the first time was of a strong women with a lot of character. And passion, especially.

Geneviève Jodoin: For as long as I can remember, music has always been a part of my life. My name is Geneviève Jodoin and I am an entrepreneur.

Geneviève Jodoin: We left Montréal at one point, my boyfriend, my entire family, the three kids. We decided to move to Charlevoix. We changed our lives completely. The Auberge, the fact that we have this place, it becomes a kind of turning point for every other project. It creates a space where all kinds of other projects can come together. What fuels me is actually the fact that I share everything with my boyfriend. Each of us is capable of doing things on our own, beautiful things, but together, we perform miracles. My mission was in fact help people to discover new artists; and I think, I think I have succeeded. I have never questioned myself when it comes to music.

Audrée Bélanger: She has a beautiful voice, she’s a great singer. She has a lot of talent and a lot of emotions.

Geneviève Jodoin: I was so young, I was six years old, and I was singing in the choir. And that that time, I was so shy, I never thought I would make a career of it. But I pushed forward anyway. I really faced my fears. I knocked down doors I never thought I could open. What I would tell little girls who are shy and who think they can’t do something is that anything is possible, if you really believe in it. You just need to push forward, to not question yourself.

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