Most people have heard of Quebec, but not so many have heard of Charlevoix, a region inside the province. Famous for food, scenery, and sports, the area is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Foodies should take the designated "flavour route" to explore the region's famous slow-food gastronomy movement. Dine on local food, explore small farms, and sample a number of wines. Work it all off on Charlevoix's famous ski slopes, Le Massif and Mont Grand-Fonds. Skiiers and boarders will appreciate the deep snow and lack of ice. In the summer, there's cycling, fishing, horseback riding, and kayaking to enjoy.
Where is it? In Quebec, Canada. Fly to Jean Lesage International Airport (check prices).
Where to stay? The four Diamond Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu offers both sea and mountain views, plus skiing, tennis, and gambling. Need company on a walk? Take the hotel's canine ambassador, Jordy, along!
What else should I know? Winter can stretch out for months in this region, with May snowstorms.
Who's it for? Foodies, skiiers, Francophiles.
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