New Hotel Opens in Quebec's Charlevoix Region
Quebec’s Hôtel La Ferme, has officially opened its doors after a soft summer trial. French for “The Farm Hotel”, the modest property just 43 miles east of Québec City is part of the up-and-coming Le Massif de Charlevoix complex, developed by Daniel Gauthier, a former Cirque du Soleil executive, who has attempted to bring that sense of awe here.
Many equate the Charlevoix region with a skiing and snowboarding scene, but it’s becoming a year-round destination due in part to this new project that spans 70 miles from Petite-Rivière Saint-François to La Malbaie. Fall brings colorful foliage and bountiful farmer’s markets in the public square that showcase produce, cheeses, foie gras, wines, and beers. Spring and summer uses the gondola for access to hiking and biking trails.
The hotel itself has 145-rooms spread out across five pavilions. Utilitarian in color and style on the exterior and green in practice—geothermal heating and cooling systems are used as well as a water and rainwater collection program—the inside appears more visually interesting.
There are several room options to choose from including budget-friendly dorm rooms with four single beds to deluxe lofts with king beds and Nordic chalets. Three restaurants are available, including Les Labours restaurant, which serves seasonal fare and organic cuisine. There’s also an onsite bar, spa and fitness center.
One of the most exciting parts of the La Ferme experience is actually getting there which one can do via a special train. that began service this month. It travels a scenic route from Quebec City to La Malbaie (the hotel’s stop is Baie St. Paul) and guests who come aboard will be treated to deluxe seating, large panoramic windows, access to iPads and a gourmet meal catered by the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu as they travel the 87-mile journey through the mountains and along the St. Lawrence River shoreline.
Fall rates range from $49 per person to $245 per night, depending on room category. Prices are expected to drop after mid-October and packages are available.
[Photo: Le Massif de Charlevoix]