So insanely romantic! The bucolic R&R region of Charlevoix on the St. Lawrence River 90 minutes north east of Quebec City is the province’s best-kept secret—centred around the two main towns of Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie.
A bit of an artist enclave, Charlevoix is also a hit with foodies: The Flavour Trail is an agri-tourism circuit laden with craft beers, pâtés, cheese, chocolate and the like. Designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Charlevoix also has watersports, horseback riding, camping and whale-watching in the summer, plus dogsledding, snowmobiling and skiing (at Le Massif) in the winter. Tons of B&Bs to take advantage of here, but try the stylish Hôtel La Firme, built on the site of what was once a nunnery. Visit tourisme-charlevoix.com.