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La Malbaie

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La Malbaie (pop 8860) is a small city in Charlevoix, on the north shore of Quebec's St. Lawrence River.


In 1608, Samuel de Champlain denounced this location as Malle Baye (the bad bay) upon finding no suitable anchorage for his ships. It didn't help that the bay was dry at low tide. The region where the Malbaie River meets the St. Lawrence has been a travel destination since 1760, an era when Scottish feudal lords John Nairne and Malcolm Fraser owned much of the area's land. On June 8-9, 2018, La Malbaie hosted Prime Minister Trudeau and world leaders at the G7 Summit.

Get in[edit]

La Malbaie is 150km downriver (east) of Québec City on Route 138, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Get around[edit]

Map of La Malbaie


  • 1 Forge-menuiserie Cauchon, 323, chemin de la Vallée, +1 418-665-2160. 10AM-5PM daily (Jun-Oct). Working forge with guided tours, picnic area on Malbaie River, manufactured pieces from the forge for sale. $6, $4/kids (10-18).
  • 2 Musée de Charlevoix, 10 chemin du Havre, +1 418-665-4411, fax: +1 418-665-4560. Folk art, regional history and culture. $7.






  • Chez Truchon, 1065, rue Richelieu, +1 418-665-4622, toll-free: +1-888-662-4622, fax: +1 418-665-7833. 1901 inn and French-style bistro $135-170 rooms (high season), $20 Sunday brunch, $60 table d'hôte.
  • Manoir Charlevoix, 1030, ch du Golf, +1 418-665-4413, toll-free: +1-855-363-4413, fax: +1 418-665-7188. Eight room 19th-century inn, breakfast and wi-fi included. Restaurant Le Graal bistro and dining room. $150.
  • 1 Manoir Richelieu (Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu), 181, rue Richelieu (Pointe-au-Pic), +1 418-665-3703, toll-free: +1-866-540-4464, fax: +1 418-665-7736. A grand old hotel built 1929 to replace an 1899 hotel destroyed by fire. Moments Spa, restaurants, sports centre, 27-hole golf course, direct access to snowmobile trails. Horse-drawn carriage tours ($7-15, depending on length) run here on weekends. A $20/day resort fee covers mini-golf, badminton, tennis, beach volleyball, cycling, fishing and skating. Manoir Richelieu (Q3286125) on Wikidata
  • Petit Manoir du Casino, 525, Chemin des Falaises, +1 418-665-0000, toll-free: +1-800-618-2112. Hotel with 67 rooms, 2 spas, restaurant. Pavilions (78 studios overlooking the St. Lawrence on Pointe-au-Pic cliff at 75, rue des Villas) with electric fireplace, kitchenette, therapeutic bath, A/C, wi-fi, balcony. $140.



The federal government installed additional communications infrastructure in La Malbaie (and along Highways 138, 170 and 362 between Charlevoix and Quebec City) for the 2018 G7 Summit. This was left it in place afterwards, so cellphone and wireless Internet connections are better than they were in 2017.



Between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie on Route 362, near Les Éboulements. Approximately 35km upriver from La Malbaie.

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Routes through La Malbaie
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