|Ride Time||04:30 w/o stops|
|Endpoints||Quebec City, QC, Baie-St-Paul, QC|
|Submitted By||Ed Conde|
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The Charlevoix region, located in Quebec, includes parts of the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains region of the Canadian Shield. This dramatic landscape includes rolling terrain, fjords, headlands and bays; the region was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1989.
The topography of this region was dramatically altered by a meteorite impact that occurred 350 million years ago creating the Charlevoix crater (photo): The impact created the forty-mile-wide crater that is the heart of Quebec’s Charlevoix region, ranging from just west of Baie-Saint-Paul to just east of La Malbaie. Today, the area inside the crater is home to 90 percent of Charlevoix residents.
follows the St Lawrence and soon stops at Montmorency Falls. Walk over the spectacular suspension bridge above the falls or take the cable car for great views. Continue to the town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. This town features the famous Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré (photo) (video), the Cyclorama of Jerusalem, and the Edison Museum.
The ride continues past Mont Ste-Anne (a famous ski area with great views of the Saint Lawrence.) Take the small diversion to pretty Petite-Rivière-Saint-François and enjoy the view at the quai. Next pass through beautiful Baie Saint-Paul, home to many artists and performers.
Continue east and stop at the scenic view just outside of town on the right. Continue riding on Route 362 with great views of the river. Take a quick detour to the Coudres Ferry view (photo) and then continue past the pretty towns of Les Eboulements and Saint-Irénée. Finally, make sure to take the small detour to the white bridge view just before La Malbaie. Be sure to look for street performers in the park across the street (video).
Next, the ride explores the gigantic crater that is a remnant of a cataclysmic meteor strike eons ago (photo). The ride follows the rim of the canyon from La Malbaie to Clermont. The route then turns north and heads straight toward the rim of the crater. The road climbs the crater wall and continues to the visitor center at Parc National Des Hautes-Gorges. Return the way you came and then turn west on the Route des Montagnes (mountain route) to for some great crater rim views on the way to Baie Saint-Paul.
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