RadioBDC Logo
Today | Smashing Pumpkins Listen Live
 
 
< Back to front page Text size +

New Charlevoix excursion train skims along the St. Lawrence

Posted by Hilary Nangle  September 26, 2011 07:43 AM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Charlevoix excursion train.JPGJust in time for foliage season, the Train of Le Massif de Charlevoix, a full-day, gourmet rail excursion, has begun operations. The train, a must for rail buffs, carries passengers to the Charlevoix region, a World Biosphere Reserve carved by glaciers and sculpted by a meteor. The train departs from spectacular Montmorency Falls, just east of downtown Quebec City, and travels to St. Anne de Beaupre, before edging the shoreline of St. Lawrence as it continues east through Baie St. Paul and on to artsy La Malbaie, where there's a three-hour stopover.

The view from the train.JPGFor much of the 140 kilometer journey, the train slices between shoreline and cliffs, delivering spectacular views of headlands and islands, villages and farmlands. Each of the meticulously refurbished train cars holds 60-68 passengers, seated comfortably around tables. On each table, a GPS-triggered iPad highlights the journey, detailing history and heritage of the region—passengers can activate and watch it as they wish; it's deigned to be an enhancement without being intrusive. Music composed specifically for the journey calls attention to key sights.

A three-course lunch and four-course dinner are served on the train.JPGA three-course lunch is served on the way to La Malbaie and a four-course dinner is served en route back to Quebec City. The menus, which draw extensively from Charlevoix's renowned local farms, were created specifically for the train by Jean-Michel Breton, executive chef at the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu, in La Malbaie.

The genius behind the train is Daniel Gauthier, a co-founder of Cirque du Soleil who now owns Le Massif, a ski resort on the route. Eventually, the train will offer winter service to the ski resort. For now, it's a spectacular way to view the Charlevoix region's foliage.

Rates for the full-day excursion, including meals, are $249 for adults and $199 for children.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

 
About globe-trotting Travel news, tips, deals and dispatches.
contributors
  • Anne Fitzgerald, Globe Travel Editor
  • Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor
  • Eric Wilbur, Boston.com staff
  • Kari Bodnarchuk writes about outdoor adventures, offbeat places, and New England.
  • Patricia Borns, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs travel, maritime, and historical narratives as well as blogs and books.
  • Patricia Harris, a regular contributor to Globe Travel, is author or co-author of more than 20 books on travel, food, and popular culture.
  • Paul E. Kandarian, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs New England and Caribbean stories.
  • Chris Klein is a regular contributor to Globe Travel. His latest book is "The Die-Hard Sports Fan's Guide to Boston."
  • David Lyon, a regular contributor to Globe Travel, is author or co-author of more than 20 books on travel, food, and popular culture.
  • Hilary Nangle, author of Moon Maine, Moon Coastal Maine, and Moon Acadia National Park, writes about soft adventure, skiing, cultural travel, and food.
  • Joe Ray, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs food and travel stories from Europe.
  • Necee Regis is a regular contributor to Globe Travel.
archives