August 31, 2021

A neighbourhood to discover: La Malbaie

A favourite of vacationers in the magnificent Charlevoix region, La Malbaie runs along the St. Lawrence River from the mouth of the Malbaie River to the village of Saint-Fidèle. Read on to discover some of the attractions in this city, renowned for its beautiful landscapes and friendly locals.

A little history

In 1608, Samuel de Champlain—the founder of Quebec City—gave Malbaie its name (written “Malle Baye” at the time), and it subsequently became a seigniory. Today, the city is home to 9,000 people and comprises several villages: Rivière-Malbaie, Pointe-au-Pic, Sainte-Agnès, Cap-à-l’Aigle and Saint-Fidèle. Residential architecture in many of La Malbaie’s neighbourhoods attests to the city’s rich history, particularly in Old Malbaie, the city centre, the Saint-Étienne and the Nord-Est neighbourhoods, as well as in the Rivière-Mailloux sector.

3 must-sees in La Malbaie

The Manoir Richelieu is considered the most famous building in all Charlevoix. This legendary hotel, which stands proudly atop the cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River, dates back to the early 20th century. It witnessed the era of the white-sailed ships that introduced American tourists to the area. This five-star hotel is known today as the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu.

Located just a stone’s throw from the famous Manoir is the impressive Casino de Charlevoix. Opened in 1994, this architectural masterpiece was built in the Manoir’s former grand theatre, attracting crowds year after year. Guests appreciate the hotel’s proximity to golf courses, excellent restaurants, Musée de Charlevoix and Mont Grand-Fonds ski resort.

La Malbaie also boasts a spectacular 56-km crater formed 350 million years ago when a meteorite about two kilometres in diameter struck the area. Guided tours of the site are organized throughout July and August.

Activities for everyone

Hiking enthusiasts will love the Parc national des Hautes-Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie. Bikers can enjoy a 6-km path that snakes along the St. Lawrence. Walkers can stroll along Pointe-au-Pic’s Rue du Quai or climb the Chemin des Falaises, enjoying stunning views of the river. Visitors to the Observatoire astronomique de Charlevoix, opened in 2009, can admire the stars or enjoy the “Strolling at the speed of light” activity. La Malbaie’s quay lights up in the evenings, offering a magical scene for those out for a stroll. And just a 15-minute drive from the city, Saint-Irénée’s beach is the perfect spot for swimming or simply relaxing.

With its excellent restaurants and bars, quaint shops and numerous art galleries, La Malbaie is well and truly a must-visit over a long weekend or during the holidays.

Real estate market statistics for La Malbaie

The year 2020 (cumulative total of the 4 quarters of 2020)

Sales in La Malbaie increased by 61% in 2020, totalling 126 transactions.

167 new properties for sale, a drop of 21%, with current listings also down 25% in 2020.

By property category:

Sales of single-family homes increased by 75% in 2020, with a total of 116 transactions. The median price of a single-family home was $172,250, an increase of 14%.

For more statistics on the region, click here.

Are you thinking of buying or selling a property in the area?  See the  properties for sale  and contact a real estate broker.


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