Articles - Petite Riviere Saint Francois - A place with surreal beauty

Situated in the quite surroundings of the Charlevoix County, Saint Francois is one of the oldest places in Canada country where early settlers had first settled. The County falls under the Quebec province of Canada. Samuel de Champlain was the first settler who reached this place and named it as Petite Riviere Saint Francois as the town was situated on a small river. (Petite Riviere means a little river.) The village was named after Saint Francois, the founder of Jesuits mission. By 1675, settlers established their dwellings around the place. Petite Riviere Saint Francois was officially incorporated as municipality on July 1, 1855. The population of the area as per 2006 consensus stood at 703 with population density of 5.2/km2. French is the official language of the place.

The area is surrounded by foothills with Petite Riviere forming one end of the boundary. The place has rich flora and fauna and tourists can find scenic natural views especially during the autumn when maple trees are abounded with fresh Maple leaves. The river is an important part of the area’s ecological system. It is one of the sources for fresh fish for the inhabitants. It is also a source for water activities such as sailing, boating, swimming, etc. The river was earlier called as Saint-Francois-de-la-Petite-Riviere but now has been renamed as Petite Riviere for sake of convenience. The natural beauty surrounding the region has been an inspiration of many artists people who have been fascinated by the surreal ambience. There popular saying in Quebec goes as – “Who has not seen Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois Charlevoix has not seen”.

Tourists can find good vacation home rentals in the place. Local people are receptive towards tourists and offer vacation rentals at their dwellings or close by. Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, an inn that offers comfortable boarding to the guests is also a good place to stay. The quality of food and service is good. Cost is modest and within means for most of the people. Being well maintained, the inn is a good place to stay while you are in Saint Francois.

Petite Riviere Saint Francois looks inviting during all seasons. Autumn is a place where green and yellow leaves dominate the surroundings. It is fascinating to witness the lanes strewn with yellow maple leaves, a view that is wonderful for many visitors. Winter looks even more captivating with snow-clad mountains towering the village. The place seems to resemble one of the fairyland places. Spring is the time for local people to enjoy outdoor activities. It is also the time for local festivals. Visitors can indulge their taste buds as food stalls set up for the festival offer delectable local delicacies.

Whenever you come to Saint Francois, make sure you visit “The little chapel of Maillard” that stands as relic of the past, nicely preserved over the ages. You can also find guided tours for the place and know about some of the popular artists for whom this place had been an adobe for several years. The place provided the inspiration they needed for some of their popular work. You can come and witness it yourself.

Last Updated: Apr-26-2013