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Outdoor activities around Baie-Saint-Paul

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Some of the province’s most dramatic skiing is at Le Massif (day-pass $67; lemassif.com) perched over the St Lawrence River 20km to the west of Baie-Saint-Paul, one of Charlevoix’s earliest settlements, tucked into the Gouffré Valley at the foot of  the highest range of the Laurentian Mountains.

At 15 rue Amroise-Fafard, Randonnées Nature-Charlevoix (418 435 6275, randonneesnature.com) runs excellent hiking tours in the Parc national des Grands-Jardins and tours around the Charlevoix Crater – to the east of town and one of the planet’s largest – by bus (early July to late Aug daily; Sept & Oct Sat & Sun; 2hr; $29.50). To really get a sense of the crater’s immense scale and beauty see it from above on a helicopter tour from Héli Charlevoix (June–Oct daily 9.30–7.30pm; rest of the year by appointment; two-person minimum; $114; 418 435 4071, heli-charlevoix.com), which has an office in town at 1608 Hwy-138.

At the marina, L’Air du Large (418 435 2066, airdularge.com), 210 rue Ste-Anne, rents bicycles, kayaks, canoes and paragliders and offers courses in kayaking and paragliding; it also runs guided kayak trips along the coast and toward l’Isle aux Coudres ($55/half-day).

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