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“An ÉCONOMUSÉE® showcases artisans and their trades. The concept allows artisans to open their workshops to the general public so they can share their knowledge and passion and sell products made on the premises.” – from the www.economusees.com/en website
Are you interested in learning about the traditional methods used to make certain objects or food products? Be sure to visit our economuseums during your next vacation in our regions! Here are six you’ll want to add to your itinerary.
1. Domaine Acer (maple products)
A trip to Québec would be incomplete without trying maple syrup, one of the province’s most popular products. Visit the Domaine Acer economuseum in Témiscouata, in Bas-Saint-Laurent, to learn how maple sap is turned in syrup as well as alcoholic beverages. This economuseum is well known for its wines and liqueurs, which have won several prizes.
2. La Savonnerie du Village (soap)
Located in Escuminac, in Gaspésie, La Savonnerie du Village is an economuseum that makes traditional goat’s milk soap. Visit a century-old barn and a herd of goats in an authentic rural setting along the coast of Chaleur Bay.
3. La Vallée de la Framboise (raspberry wine)
You may have heard of the Matapédia Valley, but have you heard of La Vallée de la Framboise (Raspberry Valley)? This winery in Val-Brillant, in Gaspésie, invites you to discover how they made their raspberry wine. You can also pick your own berries on site, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, redcurrants and haskap berries.
4. Les Ateliers Plein Soleil (woven items)
Still in Gaspésie, visit the weavers at Les Ateliers Plein Soleil, in Mont-Joli! You will be impressed by the looms, by the traditions behind this art and by the many creations exhibited in this economuseum. Their woven products are also available in a seasonal boutique at the Reford Gardens.
5. Fromagerie du Pied-de-Vent (cheese)
For answers to all your questions about cheese, visit Fromagerie du Pied-de-Vent, in the Îles de la Madeleine! Watch local artisans at work, learn more about cheesemaking, and discover artisan cheeses made with whole milk from Canadienne cows, the only breed of dairy cattle developed in Canada. These cheeses have an authentic taste from the Islands—see for yourself by sampling them on site!
6. Le Fumoir d’Antan (smoked fish)
Are you intrigued by the idea of a herring smokehouse? Le Fumoir d’Antan invites you to visit the only traditional buildings still used to smoke fish in the Îles de la Madeleine. Enjoy your guide’s colourful stories and admire the sight of thousands of copper-coloured herring hanging inside the smokehouses!
The best way to end your visit to an economuseum is by taking home a selection of products you have watched artisans make. They make great gifts or souvenirs!