Nestled in Charlevoix, just an hour’s drive east of Québec City, Baie-Saint-Paul is a mountain and river paradise on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. La pêche est belle offers unique river-to-table getaways for women who love food and nature.

La pêche est belle was created by passionate fly fishers and foodies Judith St-Pierre and Marie-Ève Cournoyer to bring women together on the river. It attracts anglers of all ages, beginners to seasoned, for a magical—and delicious—day or weekend on Charlevoix's Rivière du Gouffre.

Judith and Marie-Ève, co-founders of La pêche est belle - credit: Audet Photo

Since fly fishing rivers are often remote, Rivière du Gouffre’s proximity to urban centres like Québec City and Montréal makes it a rare gem. The gastromony of Baie-Saint-Paul and Charlevoix never ceases to amaze the two co-founders and their guests; wading knee-deep into such an accessible river in a magnificent setting with a rich food culture is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Staff at Faux Bergers plating fish - credit: Audet Photo

A typical day of fishing starts early on Rivière du Gouffre, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. On the river anglers laugh, share fishing know-how and techniques and taste local spirits, such as Menaud Gin. They also meet local artisans like Émile Tremblay, chef at Faux Bergers, who doesn't hesitate to bring his cuisine right to the riverbank.

La pêche est belle attracts women of all ages and all walks of life, from beginners to seasoned pros - credit: Audet Photo

“After a weekend with us, you go home refreshed, with the feeling that time stood still for a moment. It’s a chance to leave your fast-paced life behind and spend time with other women, far from the daily grind.” - Marie-Ève, co-founder of La pêche est belle


This river-to-table experience really brings people together and helps them connect. It’s pure joy!

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