Baie-Saint Paul is a bohemian town set in the lush Quebec countryside and famous as the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil. You can admire historic architecture in the old town, stroll along the banks of the St Lawrence River and devour sumptuous French-Canadian cuisine.
Things to do in Baie-Saint-Paul
Covering a footprint of more than 100 square kilometres, Parc des Grands Jardins is a haven for hikers. The half-day trek up Swan Lake Mountain offers sweeping views of the park's rugged hills and shimmering lakes. You can also rent kayaks, camp under the stars or stay at pioneer-style log cabins.
The Musée d'Art Contemporain is housed in a sleek modern building and showcases works from local and Canadian artists, as well as exhibits loaned from the prestigious National Gallery of Canada. The Carrefour Culturel Paul Médéric is filled with studios operated by local artists.
Running between Beauport and La Malbaie, the Charlevoix Train offers a glimpse at Quebec's stunning countryside. As the 125-kilometre journey unfolds, you'll be dazzled by snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls and postcard-perfect villages.
Le Mouton Noir, also known as the Black Sheep, has been luring fine diners since 1978. It's known for its excellent French cuisine and seasonal ingredients, with specialties including escargot, walleye, caribou and wild foraged mushrooms. Snag a table on the riverside terrace and wash down your meal with a glass of local Quebec wine.
Getting around Baie-Saint-Paul
Downtown Baie-Saint Paul is easy to navigate on foot or you can rent a bike. Buses depart from the main station at Le Germain Hotel, a 15-minute stroll away. A rental car is best for getting around Quebec, with the drive to Quebec City taking one hour.