The Québec maritime Blog

Diane Drapeau

Over the course of numerous culture and tourism projects, Diane Drapeau has developed a strong attachment to buying local and supporting culinary tourism. Curious and passionate about local flavours, she never fails to visit food artisans on her travels and always comes home with a wealth of new discoveries. This is her definition of happiness! Her delight in her finds comes from a great respect for the people who grow and make the products from our regions and an abiding love for the St. Lawrence and its bounty, which are so integral to our culinary identity.

Off the Coast of the Îles de la Madeleine… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are a string of islands linked by sand dunes featuring red sandstone cliffs illuminated by the setting sun and colourful houses and fishing harbours that contrast with the blue of the sea and sky... Out at sea, fishermen haul in their catches, which are then transformed into culinary delights by local food artisans and chefs.

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Off the Coast of Côte-Nord… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Côte-Nord borders the majestic St. Lawrence for over 1300 km along the coast as it widens from the estuary into the gulf. Sometimes under the moonlight during a spring tide, you’ll be amazed to see a shoal of capelin rolling in on the waves to spawn. This incredible scene illustrates the richness of the St. Lawrence in this region and provides an example of the many gourmet treasures found here.

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Off the Coast of Gaspésie… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Surrounded by the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence and bordered to the south by magnificent Chaleur Bay, Gaspésie is one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Originating from the Mi’gmaq word Gespeg, which means “land’s end,” Gaspésie is a vast peninsula at the edge of the world that also offers a cornucopia of culinary delights to discover!

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Off the Coast of Bas-Saint-Laurent… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Locals say: “This side is the sea!” And they’re quite right: the St. Lawrence Estuary, with its persistent tides and briny air, where the sun sets in dazzling displays of blushing pinks and blues, offers all the splendours of the sea. A sea whose salty waters abound with culinary treasures!

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