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The Flavour Trail on L’Isle-aux-Coudres

 

L'Isle-aux-Coudres sign, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
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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
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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 crochestourtières, danishes, and sugar pies.

sugar pie, Boulangerie Bouchard, L'Isle aux Coudres, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Les Moulins de l’Isle-aux-Coudres, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada

Les Moulins de l'Isle-aux-Coudres mill wheel, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
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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.

There is also an exposition room with folk art that depicts local history and customs.

folk art, Les Moulins, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
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folk art, Les Moulins, de l’Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, Canada

2 Comments

  1. Loved your island and your shop. I brought home some pear wine and it is wonderful. Do you ship out wine?

    • We loved the island and shops, too. You would have to contact the shop directly about shipping wine.

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