As seen from the thousands of snow geese that stop here during their spring migration, our region is worth the detour. In this land of maple trees and cranberries, Centre-du-Québec’s riches are waiting to be savoured and discovered from the St. Lawrence River to the Appalachian foothills.
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A visit to the region is a trip back in time, observing an unusual method for cultivating a red berry and relaxing among the roses.
Village québécois d’antan
This village offers a truly authentic return to the past. Along its dirt roads, the 70 houses and buildings all date from the 1810–1930 period. Only the villagers going about their traditional trades are not actually from days gone by. But you’d never believe it as, in period costume, they spin captivating tales about their day-to-day lives. The village comes alive with theatrical skits, traditional music and games, and wagon rides.
A modern water play park is nevertheless available for the entire family to enjoy. And if you’re longing for food from your childhood, the villagers serve up traditional meals prepared according to our grandmothers’ best recipes. The village even transforms into a sugar shack at Halloween and Christmas as well as in the spring.
At the authentic 19th-century farmhouse, children can enjoy the pony carousel.
From late September to mid-October, the Saint-Louis-de-Blandford’s Cranberry Interpretation Centre rolls out the red carpet … literally. The vast expanses of red berries are even more spectacular under a clear blue sky. A tour includes a cranberry exhibit—from farm to table—and a covered-wagon and bus ride to a cranberry farm.
You’ll learn why growers flood their fields: the cranberries detach from the bushes and float to the surface, making it easier to harvest them. The berries are then sucked through tubes into a truck. Ingenious! Imagine having a bird’s-eye view of it all. That’s exactly what you can experience with a helicopter ride that will let you better appreciate the bright red tapestry of the region’s cranberry farms.
With 15 cranberry farms, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford is Québec’s cranberry capital!
Québec’s largest producer of cut flowers, Rose Drummond is also a boutique featuring local products and a café serving fresh products. This major agri-tourism attraction is a source of great pride in the region. Be sure to take a guided tour of its 2 hectares (5 acres) of greenhouses where flowers and vegetables are grown year-round, pesticide-free.
The boutique offers a variety of products (apples, maple syrup, honey, etc.) from some 80 Québec producers, as well as greenhouse products: flowers (roses, gerberas and alstroemerias—don’t worry, someone will help you pronounce it correctly if needed!) and fresh produce (tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers). Onsite florists specialize in flower arrangements for all occasions, and the Rose café is an inviting spot for a coffee, tea or healthy meal.
Rose Drummond grows nearly 600,000 flowers each year, including many varities of roses and gerberas.
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