The peaceful village of Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, population of about 730, contours the St. Lawrence River for over six kilometers in the Charlevoix region.
The pioneers settled here back in 1675, and thus the village has the honor of being the oldest community in the Charlevoix. Later, for many decades, Petite-Riviere-St-Francois was home to a very well known shipyard where many schooners had been built. A dry dock was constructed here, too, to store the ships and refit them during the winter.
Nice ancestral homes can be admired here. A Maillard Chapel, with murals painted by local and regional artists on permanent display, merits a visit. Another chapel, the Grande-Pointe, features various exhibitions. For a stunning view of the mountain and the river’s south shore, guests can walk down the local pier. A lovely picnic area is located at the Riverains Park.
Heritage and cultural site and Maison Ligouri Interpretation Center offers hiking and show-shoe trails, summer and winter ecotourism, wildlife activities, themed exhibits and tradtional springtime sugar shack activities. A Heritage Restaurant is located on the site.
Next to Riviere-St-Francois, the Massif Ski Area and the Caps de Charlevoix Trail are two of the main attractions of the region.