Quebec Getaway – Le Massif de Charlevoix


By Marla Cimini

Global Living Magazine – Issue 4 | December 2012/January 2013

    A visit to Quebec City gives travelers a taste of European charm and authentic Canadian hospitality. While strolling the meandering streets that comprise its quaint, multi-tiered center, travelers can explore boutiques, cafes, and parks, and amble along the banks of the picturesque St. Lawrence River. But for those seeking a more bucolic experience, and ready for a getaway far from the urban buzz, hop an exclusive train north to the Charlevoix region and spend a few decadent days enjoying an escape to the mountain resort of Le Massif de Charlevoix.

This is no ordinary mountain resort, however. Developed by Daniel Gauthier, the co-founder of the famed acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, the eco-friendly resort complex is – not surprisingly – unconventional in nearly every way. It has quickly become an exclusive Quebec destination and has been receiving rave reviews from well-heeled travelers seeking a luxurious, one-of-a-kind experience.

Known for his creativity and innovative approach to his work, Gauthier created the non-traditional resort with cultural awareness and sustainability in mind. With a gorgeous backdrop of the mountains and rivers, the resort, which opened in the summer of 2012, attracts visitors to soak in the area’s natural beauty and enjoy an environmentally-aware, upscale, yet peaceful respite.

On a recent trip, I had the opportunity to visit the exceptional Le Massif de Charlevoix and enjoy the mountain experience for myself.

Unlike a traditional resort, Le Massif de Charlevoix stirs the senses by offering three separate (but complementary) parts, or environments, as they are called on the property. Together, they form a ‘hat trick’ of unique experiences: The Hotel La Ferme; The Train of Massif de Charlevoix; and of course, the mountain resort itself.

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