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A New Hotel That's Worth Planning a Day Trip for: Hôtel La Ferme, Baie St-Paul

By October 31, 2012

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Hôtel La Ferme in Baie St-Paul, Charlevoix

Imagine if one of the Cirque du Soleil founders had the idea of reinventing what a hotel ought to be, and decided to build it in one of Quebec's most charming villages, pair it with one of the province's best skiing mountains, and link it with a scenic train ride to Quebec City. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it happened.

Hôtel La Ferme is the latest creation of businessman Daniel Gauthier, who co-founded the Cirque du Soleil, over 30 years ago. The hotel is part of a massive project that first started when he bought Le Massif, a ski mountain 70 km east of Quebec City 10 years ago. He wished to transform the low-key mountain into a world-class four-season destination and his project was to unfurl in three phases: the mountain would get a major overhaul, a train would link Quebec City, the ski resort and Baie St-Paul, and a hotel would be built, providing quality accommodation and dining options to visitors.

The hotel is unlike any other destination in the province, and I would now be hard-pressed not to say it's mandatory for a visitor to Quebec City to hop on the train or drive over to La Ferme. Curious to learn more? Check out my article and photo tour of this exciting new destination.

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