Agritourism and Gourmet Tourism
Savor and enjoy the local culinary diversity.
Agritourism is an activity which takes place on a farm and is considered complementary to agriculture.
Gourmet tourism includes all culinary and agri-food activities that are specially designed for travellers. These activities are an opportunity to discover a region’s local food and beverages.
The term local product is generally used for a product that is typical of a particular region, be it crafted, grown, or naturally available in the area.
The northern location of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean bestows a variety of distinctive features on its agriculture. Indeed, the region possesses geographic and climatic characteristics that allow the development and farming of particular crops. With almost 1000 farms, agriculture is a key feature of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.
To learn more about the particulars of agriculture in the region, visitors are encouraged to stop by the Centre d'interprétation de l'agriculture et de la ruralité (agriculture and rural development interpretation center) in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix.
This thematic map is available at the tourist information centers located in Alma and Hébertville. To receive this map by mail, call 1 877 668-3611 or send an email to [email protected]
The blueberry harvest can vary according to weather conditions. Generally, the harvest period takes place from mid-July to the end of August.
In the province of Quebec, blueberries have been eaten since the arrival of the First Nations in the region. Blueberries grow on bushes that are approximately 30 centimetres in height and in peat bogs. Once picked, they can be kept refrigerated for a couple of days or they can be frozen.
BLEUET (BLUEBERRY) is the nickname that was given to the inhabitants of the Lac-Saint-Jean region, where the fruit is grown in large quantities.
To pick your own blueberries or to learn more about this fruit, visit the Complexe touristique du bleuet (blueberry tourist information center) in Labrecque.
Gros Mollet beer - Microbrasserie du Lac-Saint-Jean: This beer won the gold medal in the category speciality strong Ale - Belgian style at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2014. With its brown head of foam, its caramel malt flavour and its strong cereal backbone, this beer is both powerful and delicate.
Rêve Bleu mead - Miel des Ruisseaux: This blueberry mead can be compared to a rosé wine. It is best served neat or in a cocktail. This beverage won a silver medal in 2011 at the Coupe des nations national wine and liqueur competition.
La Vallée de Qu'Appelle alcoholic beverage - Vergers de velours: Apple flavoured edible honeysuckle alcoholic beverage. This unique fruity floral cocktail is made from a sophisticated regional product.
Le rang des îles cheese - Fromagerie Médard: Brown Swiss cows produce the whole milk needed to make this farmstead cheese. While this soft cheese stands out because of the brightness of its mixed rind, it is its creaminess that is its most appealing aspect. Light to the taste, hints of sugar linger on the finish. This cheese won the first prize in the mixed rind cheese category at the Canadian Cheese Awards.
Port wine sharp cheddar - Fromagerie St-Laurent: This firm cheddar cheese is matured for 2 to 3 years and flavoured with port wine. The most refined palates are encouraged to experience this new taste.
Curé Hébert cheese - Fromagerie L'Autre-Versant: This cheese beautifully blends flavours of cream, butter, and mushroom, as well as sweet notes of honey and caramel. This semi-soft, washed rind, farmstead cheese is made from raw milk provided by the cheese dairy’s own cow herd. It won 3 prizes at the Selection Caseus competition in 2007. It received the silver Caseus (all categories), the 1st prize in the semi-soft cheese category, and the 1st prize in the washed rind cheese category.
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Microbrasserie Riverbend945, avenue Sicard
Alma (Québec) G8B 7R5
Phone: 418 758-1519
Coffrets du royaume711, avenue Fortin
Alma (Québec) G8B 2S8
Phone: 418 668-4596
Microbrasserie Lion bleu45, rue Saint-Joseph
Alma (Québec) G8B 1L9
Téléphone: 418 769-0795
95, rue Saint-André
Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix (Québec) G8G 1V5
Phone : 418 719-4664
1328, rang Sainte-Anne
Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix (Québec) G8G 1A3
Phone : 418 487-0178
Complexe touristique du bleuet
4005, rue Ambroise
Labrecque (Québec) G0W 2S0
Phone: 418 481-1777
Boulangerie Médard10, chemin de Quen
Microbrasserie du Lac Saint-Jean120, rue de la Plage
Cabane à Lulu1832, route 169
Centre d’interprétation de l’agriculture et de la ruralité281, rue Saint-Louis
Ferme Benoît et Diane Gilbert587, rue Principale
Vergers de velours324, route 169
Fromagerie Médard10, rue de Quen
Fromagerie Saint-Laurent735, rang 6 Nord
La Tablée du Lac1716, route 169
Fromagerie L’Autre-Versant901, rang 3
La Maison Gourmande240, rue Collard Ouest
Chocolaterie au Coeur Fondant209, avenue du Pont Sud
Phone: 418 480-1919