Are you looking for a charming inn in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada? I came across Auberge des 3 Canards (that’s Inn of 3 Ducks for those of us who do not speak French) during my recent travels in the countryside of Quebec, Canada. This four star lodging establishment is near all the main activities in La Malbaie and is situated near the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
The inn, as with so many places that I visited in Quebec, reminded me of a European vacation in the French countryside, only Quebec is much easier to reach from the United States. The historic Canadian property offers 49 guest rooms with riverside scenery and gourmet dining.
My Canadian vacation was timed to coincide with the changing of the foliage, so mornings and evenings were crisp. The swimming pool had been drained for the winter and the Inn was dressed in fall colors. I was pleased that my queen room offered a gas fireplace to take the chill off. Some rooms offer whirlpool bath and air conditioning. All rooms have shower and bath, cable TV, DVD, in-room coffee maker and high speed internet.
Room rates range from $120 Canadian for a classic room, $135 for a more spacious room and deluxe rooms start at $235. As this is an older hotel, with roots dating back to 1892, it should be noted that there is no elevator in the multi-level property. I recommend the first floor with patio rooms if mobility is an issue. Package deals are available for the nearby casino and golf, whale watching and horseback riding are just a few of the many activities offered nearby.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the gourmet dining available at the Auberge des 3 Canards. The inn is located near the Flavor Trail, a wondering farmers’ market of sorts where guests drive from cheese mongers, to foie gras producers, to artisan bread bakers in search of culinary delights. For those not wanting to wander off the path, the Inn offers a wonderful alternative. I ordered many regional specialties including a local cheese plate, a Quebec bean soup and tasted the Quebec red deer and sugar pie. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you so I’ll just say ask about the bread buffet!
Article and photos by Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Quebec Tourism during my stay in Canada.