2018 G7 in Charlevoix: What the Summit Is About and an Immersive Tour of Its Host, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Hotel

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Canada is honoured to host the 2018 G7 Summit at the Charlevoix’s Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu: Explore the hotel with this immersive visit!

On June 8 and 9, 2018, Canada will be president to the forty-eighth G7 Summit at the magnificent Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu hotel in La Malbaie, Charlevoix, an enchanting region that represents the best of the country and will charm the rest of the world, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

This year, the five important themes chosen by Canada are:

  • Investing in growth that works for everyone.
  • Preparing for jobs of the future.
  • Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy.
  • Building a more peaceful and secure world.

But first, what is the G7?

The “Group of Seven” is an informal grouping that includes representatives of the European Union and seven leading global economics (Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States). Every year, one of the participating countries hosts a Summit where leaders discuss global issues. Economy is obviously at the heart of these conversations, but other crucial topics are tackled, such as disarmament, international development assistance, fighting against climate change and corruption…

In response to the 1973 oil crisis, representatives of five governments (West Germany, France, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom) organized a series of informal meetings and, in 1975, the President of the French Republic, Valéry Giscard d’Estaign, hosted the first G6 Summit, Italy having joined the group by then. With the addition of Canada in 1976, the G6 became the G7 and remained so until 1998, when Russia was included.

Interestingly, the following year, in 1999, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, South Korea, India, South Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey joined in and formed the G20, with the twentieth member being the European Union.

Following the Russian Federation’s violation of international law and Ukraine territorial integrity during the 2014 Annexation of Crimea, Russia was ejected from the G8, who remains the G7 to this day.

Reference: http://www.g7italy.it/en/multimedia/g7-summit

Beautiful Charlevoix: The Pride of Canada

Canada has assumed the G7 presidency five times before, welcoming member countries in Muskoka (2010) and Toronto (1988) in Ontario, Kananaskis in Alberta (2002), Halifax in Nova Scotia (1995), and Ottawa and Montebello in Quebec and Ontario (1981). Charlevoix, one of our province’s top tourist destinations, was chosen to welcome world leaders this year.

Stretching from east of Quebec to the Saguenay River, Charlevoix is ​​a magical place to observe wildlife, beautiful mountains and impressive starry skies: the landscape’s beauty is such that the 2018 G7’s logo pays tribute to it. Outdoor enthusiasts are thrilled by the promise of snowmobiling, skiing and other outdoor activities, and caribou and moose can be admired in their natural habitat, Parc national des Grands-Jardins.

Reference: Heli Charlevoix via pm TTPs: //blogue.tourisme-charlevoix.com/charlevoix-et-ses-couleurs-dautomne/

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu: An obvious choice

Atop the cliff of Pointe-au-Pic, the Manoir was built in 1899 to accommodate Canadian and American vacationers who were of the region. The hotel was destroyed in a fire in 1928, but reopened in 1929, thanks to the hard work of architect John Archibald. In 1998, more than 140 million was invested in the renovation and expansion of the hotel.

Between mountains and sea, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu 405-room hotel is the perfect blend of nature and resort. We invite you to join us for an exclusive Urbanimmersive immersive tour and discover the hotel’s stables, pools, golf course, gigantic kitchens and most prestigious suites. Every photo is immersive: Just click on the keyboard arrows to explore your surroundings! If you’re on a mobile device, simply use your fingers.

At the entrance, large staircases lead to the majestic lobby, where elegance and romanticism reign. To find the elevator, follow the shops, each window display more welcoming than the other. At the reception, guests can sit in the comfortable armchairs to plan their day or take a short break.

There is no lack of luxury in the rooms, especially the first-floor ones with hot tub!

 

The 1 200-square-foot suite La Seigneurie is simply exceptional with its fireplace, piano, dining table and two marble bathrooms. Take your time to visit and imagine yourself here, savouring a good wine and enjoying the scenic river view.

Gastronomy is king with three mouth-watering restaurants: Le Charlevoix, serving high-quality regional cuisine, Le Table at Terroir, more casual, and Le Saint-Laurent, whose buffet has something for everyone. At the La brise bar, you can choose from an impressive range of whiskeys, porto and martinis, and enjoy the musical ambience. The Fairmont Golf Club Le Manoir Richelieu has its own restaurant, Le Point Cardinal, with an amazing view.

With an impressive career history (Georges Blanc, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Toqué!, L'utopie, Le moine échanson), chef Pierre-Laurence Valton-Simard reigns over the gigantic kitchens of the hotel. His office is equipped with a private table, where he can host his team and prestigious guests.

Like every Fairmont hotels, Le Manoir Richelieu welcomes dogs. In fact, upon arrival, guests are often greeted by canine ambassador Roux, a Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind trainee. This beautiful yellow Labrador follows Jordy’s footsteps. At the time of our visit, Jordy ws the hotel’s canine ambassador: He has since retired. Roux keeps a busy schedule: Visit the concierge to book a walk with him!

Activities abound at the Manoir. In the winter, guests like to visit one or the other of the two neighbouring ski resorts; snowmobiling, dog sledding and snowshoeing are also on the program. In the summer, guests can watch the St. Lawrence’s majestic whales or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Visit the stables to admire these noble animals!

If political leaders can agree on one thing, it’s their love for golf! With a breathtaking view of the river, the 27-hole course designed by the architect Herbert Strong includes 27 holes with a design of fairway bunkers, green sides, mounds and trees. The hotel takes great pride in its golf course, appointed Canada’s Golf Resort of the Year by Canada’s Golf Ranking Magazine in 2000.

In addition to sharing its site with the Casino Charlevoix, where guests can try their luck at gambling, the hotel has a tennis court and a fitness room with superior equipment for bodybuilding and cardiovascular training.

After an intense workout, time to relax! Inside the Manoir, the Moment Spa offers massages and skincare treatments, as well as a thermal circuit with a steam bath, an indoor hot tub and other bodies of water. Swimming pools and heated Jacuzzis can also be found inside and out. It would be disappointing to forget your swimsuit!

 

The business centre is a great asset for the G7. The hotel has nearly 20 000 square feet for special events such as weddings, business meetings… or G7 Summits! The meeting rooms and reception area can accommodate hundreds of guests in a refined atmosphere with elegant rugs, charming woodwork and beautiful paintings.

Families are not left out, and parents will undoubtedly appreciate the on-site daycare centre. Children and teenagers will have fun in the playroom with video arcades and pool, ping-pong and hockey tables.

In short, as the whole world will be focused on Canada, we cannot dream of a better place to represent our country and leave a lasting impression. If you wish to explore the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu further, you can book your room or continue your immersive visit from any image. Enjoy your stay!

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