A Ski Hotel called The Farm? Sounds intriguing and might have you excepting to
sleep in a hayloft with the cows. Au contraire, La Ferme is Le Massif's latest
greatest addition - a swank boutique hotel in
Baie St Paul - just 15 minutes
from the spectacular slopes of Le Massif.
This Eastern Quebec ski resort is the pet project of Daniel Gauthier - the
entrepreneur behind Cirque du Soleil success. Well, he is now the genius and the
wallet behind Le Massif and Hotel La Ferme and its all uphill for downhill
skiers staying at his new digs in the beautiful region of Charlevoix.
Hotel La Ferme is a most unique hotel complex offering 145 rooms (classic,
superior, lofts and dormitories) in five uniquely designed pavilions in a pod
style campus. The Hotel Farm is in the heart of Baie St Paul in the exact
location where the largest farm in Canada once stood (hence the name). Gauthier
purchased the farm with plans to convert the main farmhouse into a hotel. Sadly,
the 1891 farm building burned in 2007 so the project changed dramatically from
its initial concept, it took over a year to build using local artisans and
craftsmen and opened in 2012.
The result - Hotel La Ferme is ultra modern, while still being energy and
environmentally friendly. Local products, timbers and designers were used in the
five structure that comprise the Farm campus, The Main Building with lobby and
bar, spa, restaurants, train station, and an amazing circus inspired ballroom.
The outbuilding each offer unique lodging - Le Clos, Le Moulin, La Bergerie and
La Basse-Cour. Our room in La Basse-Cour offered floor to ceiling windows, a
grand bed in the center of the room, charming hand crafted cast iron pig and
bunny furnishings, a sitting area and spa-style bath, plus iPod docking stereo,
flat screen tv and espresso maker. What more could you want? A view of the
outdoor spa and a circular ice rink? Done. See our
Hotel La Ferme Photos
The Spa at La Ferme offers every treatment, but the ultimate is the outdoor hot
tubs surrounded by snow fields enhance by soft subtle colored lighting. Perfect
for an après ski soak, just be warned the Spa Gestapo insist you have sandals
but may confiscate beers brought into the hot tub area - oops.
La Ferme's lodging and amenities may only be eclipsed by the homegrown cuisine
served at breakfast and dinner in the open concept kitchen - Les Labours. The
setting is very chic (pretty fancy for a "farm"), at breakfast you have sunrise
over the bay and in the evening the lofty dining room twinkles with white lights
against native birch wood. The chef's love of local product is evident and
everything we sampled was delicious. You can walk to the charming downtown area
of Baie St Paul, where there are extraordinary local art galleries and great
restaurants like La Muse, or you can just relax without any chores at the Farm.
Surprisingly the ski and stay rates at La Ferme are not through the roof. There
is even a dormitory style lodging for those on a budget with 4 beds to a room at
$49 a night for your bunk. A spacious suite runs about $199 a night.
Hotel La Ferme is also a railway station for Le Train - new service for skiers
in winter from Quebec City to Le Massif and for hotel guests to the mountain.
The Train station is inside the Hotel, next to the ski lockers and ski boot
dryers - genius design. Grab your ski gear, get on the train for the half hour
scenic journeys along the river to the ski slopes of
Le Massif while enjoying
breakfast, and après ski cocktails and snacks on the way back. The Train service
is not yet operational - but coming soon and very cool.
If you haven't skied Quebec, you owe yourself a trip to
Le Massif to see the
ingenious investment, $230 mill, at the ski resort, the Hotel and Train, and
just enjoy some of the best Eastern Canada skiing and scenery of the St
Lawrence. Le Massif ski resort offers the highest vertical east of the Canadian
Rockies, 2,625', 52 trails and 99 acres of backcountry glades, plus a 7.5
kilometer sledding run. Le Massif is just 40 minutes from Quebec City and half
hour from Mont Sainte Anne Ski Resort so you can make it part of your Eastern
Canada ski holiday.