Agricultural tourism in Charlevoix
In the Charlevoix Region, farmer and chefs have joined their forces to spotlight crops, livestock, products and fine cuisine. On one hand, farmers welcome guests interested in discoveing secrets of their farms and farm products, providing an opportunity to sample and purchase local delicacies in the premises.
On the other hand, chefs promote these products on their menus and through their passion for great fare. Here we present some of the Charlevoix establishments ideal for agricultural tourism:
- Laiterie Charlevoix, Cheese Museum, 1167, boulevard Mgr-De Laval: Demonstrations of the steps in producing the famous Charlevoix cheese with observation windows overlooking work area. Guests can see exhibit of historical cheese-making tools. Sampling and sales on the premises
- Cheese maturing House Maurice Dufour: Guided tours which allow you to observe the preparation and maturing process of the acclaimed Le Migneron and Ciel de Charlevoix cheeses. You’ll discover who cheeses are made with milk from a herd of sheep (lactic curd, mixed semi-firm and soft cheeses).
- Elevages Saint-Laurent: a family farm where amateurs of fine game are invited to prolong the experience offered in some of the Charlevoix’s best restaurants by acquiring family provison baskets and quality fawl.
- The Biological Meat of Charlevoix (Les Viandes Biologiques de Charlevoix/centre de transformation Bio) is unique in Québec, as you’ll see there organically raised chicken and pork and products such as ham pâtés, sausages and more.
- Emu ecofarm (phone 418 639-2205) offers tours of Canada’s largest emu ecofarm to observe animals of all ages and acquaint oneself with their habitat, as well as the different phases of their life style, from mating to hatching.
- The Basque Farm of the Charlevoix (La Ferme Basque de Charlevoix, phone 418-639-2246) is a traditional family farm producing foie gras and other related products. Guided tours of out-door breeding facilities with explanation of traditional force-feeding techniques are offered. Ducks are kept togtehr in pens and fed whole grain maize. Their well-being is respected and monitored.
- Gardens of Eboulement (Les Jardins du Centre des Éboulements) are exquisitely varied fruit and vegetable gardens growing blue potatoes, yellow carrots en a wide range of regional plants
- Cidrerie et Vergers Pedneault, Apple Museum (Isle-aux-Coudres) are makers of fine artisan apple, pear, plum and cherry products, of hard and aperitif ciders, mistelles and bubblies.
- Forgotten Savours (Les Savoirs Oubliées, Les Éboulements) offers a top fine country dining experience in the Charlevoix. You can bring your own wine.