The Flavour Trail on L’Isle-aux-Coudres
L’Isle-aux-Coudres sign, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Five stops on the Flavour Trail are along the sixteen mile route around L’Isle-aux-Coudres, in the Charlevoix region of Canada’s Quebec province. A visit includes the hospitality of the warm and welcoming “Marsouins”, as the locals are fondly known, and scenic views of the St. Lawrence. If you stop to read the roadside interpretive panels along the way, you will also learn about the region’s natural and cultural history.
strawberry tarts, Boulangerie Bouchard, L’Isle aux Coudres, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Every summer over 20,000 people come to Boulangerie Bouchard for a tarte grand-mère , or grandmother’s pie. This bakery in its 69th year draws crowds for specialties like artisan breads, sandwiches, pâtés croches, tourtières, danishes, and sugar pies.
sugar pie, Boulangerie Bouchard, L’Isle aux Coudres, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
The daily lunch special of salmon paté, salad and dessert was $11.95. The picnic tables outside come with gentle breezes and a water view.
lasagna at the picnic tables outside Boulangerie Bouchard,l’Isle-aux-Coudres, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Cidrerie et Vergers Pedneault is part of economuseum network that provides information on the preservation and perpetuation of traditional skills and craftsmanship.The Pedneault family planted their first apple tree in 1918 and now produce over fifty varieties of apple, pear, plum, Saskatoon berry and cherry jellies, honeys, jams, ciders and its derivatives, vinegars and ice mistelles.
Cidrerie Verger Pednault, Isle-aux-Coudre, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
We enjoyed a wine tasting while families picked apples in the orchard.
apples, orchards of Cidrerie Verger Pedneault, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Three of their products — saskatoon berry cream, plum cream, and the plum mistelle — are found only in Quebec.
Cidrerie Vergers Pedneault, Ile-aux-Coudres, Quebec, Canada
With a fully functional 1825 watermill, an iconic 1836 windmill, and a miller’s residence, Les Moulins de l’Isle-aux-Coudres is the only site of its kind in Canada.
Les Moulins de l’Isle-aux-Coudres, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Les Moulins de l’Isle-aux-Coudres mill wheel, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
There are demonstrations of the grinding process and flour ground on an authentic millstone is sold in the gift shop.
flour, Les Moulins, Charlevoix,
There is also an exposition room with folk art that depicts local history and customs.
folk art, Les Moulins, de l’Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, Canada