The destiny of Roberval, the pearl of Lac-Saint‑Jean, is intertwined with the lake. Tourism started in 1888 with the arrival of the train, followed by the opening of the legendary Hôtel Beemer in 1903 for wealthy fishermen from near and far. Roberval’s reputation was established in 1955 with the first Traversée internationale du lac Saint-Jean (open water swimming race), henceforth placing the town on the global scene of long-distance swimming. This competition gives way to a large-scale festival at the end of July, with Festival d’hiver and Village sur glace attracting crowds in the winter. The installations at the new marina have become the general meeting place, whereas Pointe-Scott is the town’s beach. The Véloroute des Bleuets crosses town where a wide variety of accommodations and places to eat are offered, in addition to Camping Mont-Plaisant.
Can’t-miss attractions: Jardin des Ursulines, the Économusée de la Boulangerie Perron (bread making traditional workshop) and the heritage tour and its architectural treasures. [ad. p. 20]