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For more than 120 years, it has gazed down upon the rocky cape and the deep waters below. For more than a century, it has witnessed the pure joy of its visitors; the vacationers and tourists who turned our landscape into a playground. Firmly grounded between past and future, between salty sea and vast sky, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu sits proudly upon its hill, filled wall-to-wall with rich history.

More than 120 years of hospitality

The rolling green mountains whose peaks offer a view of the bay below give us glimpses at the smooth clay dunes at low tide. The scattered mist cools your skin on those dog days of summer, and the salty sea air envelopes you with its kelp perfume. This summer dream is what has earned La Malbaie its reputation for over a century now, and that draws in vacationers each year from the big American cities, who have come to find the nature and cooler climate of our region. Many large families took summer homes in the shady lanes of Chemin des Falaises, while others chose to summer at the famous Manoir Richelieu, first erected in wood (1899) and later rebuilt in stone as we now know it, following a devastating fire in 1928.

 

Vacationers would flock to the Manoir in droves each Thursday, disembarking from the famous “White Boats” of Canadian Steamship Lines, docking at the pier below the rocky promontory where the hotel sits. Entire families (with their entourage and luggage in tow) would unload and climb the hill by horse-drawn carriage, and settle in at times for a matter of weeks. The destination had everything to charm a tourist: hunting, fishing, golfing, waterfront, and activities for every kind of tourist. Then, a century ago in 1909, La Malbaie was connected with the railway, a second access to the region which, just like the fleuve, continued to attract the crowds from big cities, looking to recharge with the pure air of La Malbaie.

 
Go-Xplore, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu and Musée de Charlevoix have joined forces to take you on a trip back in time. Discover the rich history of this vibrant monument through our snapshots:
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Times changed. The Manoir was hooked up to power. Roads were built and the automobile took over the roads. The White Boats are no more, yet La Malbaie, the Pointe-au-Pic sector and its famous Manoir continue to receive tourists by the thousands each and every summer. Tourists now favour the spa, the casino and the pool over lawn bowling. They visit as a couple, as a family or just for the weekend. But we continue to pay tribute to the visitors of the past when enjoying an “18 hole” on the Manoir’s spectacular golf course. The salty fleuve air, just like certain traditions, remains unchanged. For about 20 years now, in the proud hands of the Fairmont chain, Le Manoir Richelieu proudly honours its timeless tradition of generous and attentive service. Fairmont preserves the past with its savoir-faire and by perpetually looking forward. The establishment is modern in its values and is actively involved in the community, thinks locally and makes eco-responsible choices.

Its enviable history, location and reputation are what earned the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu the honour of hosting the G7 Summit in 2018. The largest annual political event has now been added to the Manoir’s history.

 

 

 

 

 

For today’s tourist, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu rhymes with comfort and warm hospitality. Its design is perfectly geared towards relaxation, where every little detail has been considered to provide a unique experience, featuring what Charlevoix does best. The kitchen brigade is dedicated to offering menus based on the latest culinary trends made from quality Charlevoix, or terroir products. Enjoy a cold local brew on the patio overlooking the shimmering fleuve, or treat yourself to a spoonful of honey from the hotel garden’s very own hive. Take in the views of the spectacular sunrise above the St. Lawrence through your room window. Explore the region’s mountainous lands, its parks and activities, guided by friendly and authentic personnel. You might even spot Roux, the Manoir’s canine ambassador, greeting the guests! Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu offers modern vacationing at its very finest.

 

 

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120 years Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
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Camille Dufour Truchon, Mark Lindenberg (translation)
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Patrice Gagnon
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Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu & Casino de Charlevoix

181, rue Richelieu La Malbaie, Charlevoix - Quebec G5A 1X7 Establishment No: 062436, Canada

 

Telephone : +1 418 665 3703

Free number, for reservations only + 1 866 540 4464

manoirrichelieu@fairmont.com

 

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