Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, is best known as the birthplace of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. Along with being the hometown of this globally renowned Canadian entertainment company, Baie-Saint-Paul is also home to a vibrant arts community and a number of popular restaurants. Located on the Northern shore of the Saint Lawrence, Baie-Saint-Paul is a perfect choice for an autumn weekend getaway filled with exciting culture and great food. We’ve rounded up our must-see attractions to enjoy if you’re visiting this scenic Quebec destination this season.
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Economusée du Fromage
Sure to be a delight for all cheese lovers, the Economusée du Fromage is a museum that aims to educate its visitors on the history of cheesemaking in Quebec. Established in 1997, the Economusée du Fromage uses ancient equipment and panels to illustrate the complex art of cheesemaking. The museum also offers guided tours and cheesemaking demonstrations for those looking for a more immersive experience. After all that learning, grab a bag of their famous cheese curds, and treat yourself to a picnic on the museum’s beautiful grounds.
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Hotel Le Germain Charlevoix
If you’re planning an overnight trip, Hotel Le Germain Charlevoix offers an elegant comfortable base to retreat to after a day of exploring. The hotel, owned by Cirque du Soleil co-founder Daniel Gauthier, was honoured with the Top Design in the World at the 2013 Retail and Leisure Interior awards, and it’s not difficult to see why. Once home to the largest free-standing wood barn in Quebec, the hotel’s architecture seamlessly blends urban and country designs to create a beautiful, clean interior. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or family-friendly trip, this hotel is sure to make your stay that much more memorable.
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Overlooking the river, this casual bistro is considered one of the best restaurants in the region. The menu consists largely of typical French cuisine, featuring signature dishes such as their “boudin noir et blanc.” Though all of the ingredients are locally sourced, the wine lists boasts a number of impressive private imports, such as the Vina Lastra Écologico from Spain. To end your meal in style, try their legendary carrot cake, which is said to be a mouthwatering treat.
Galerie d’art Iris
Though Baie-Saint Paul is known for its plentitude of art galleries, the Galerie d’art Iris is reputed to be one of the most notable ones. The contemporary gallery features art by beloved Quebec artists such as Guy Paquet and Claude Langevin, many of whom paint landscapes in the style of the Group of Seven. If you’re looking to shop til you drop, visit the gallery’s boutique to admire their beautiful collection of jewellery and china, and to pick up other artisanal gifts for loved ones at home.