Province/Territory: Quebec

Connect with Quebecois artisans along the Gourmet Route

  • 300 handmade preserves
  • 02 centuries of tourist tradition
  • 50-plus Gourmet Route stops

Take a self-guided tour through breathtaking countryside and discover why Quebec is home to some of the most delicious food and drink in Canada. From the farmer's field to the kitchen table, taste the passion of artisan producers and culinary chefs along the Gourmet Route. Drive through the world biosphere reserve of Charlevoix, breathe in the aroma of lush orchards bursting with midsummer fruit. Quench your thirst with an ice-cold fresh-pressed cider while enjoying breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River. In Québec City find out how a rich culinary tradition grew from the first settlers. Then settle in yourself at Auberge Baker to feast on smoked bison, traditional meat pie and duck breast.

Why you should visit
  • Savour the flavour of the Charlevoix region at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, with food gathered from no more than 50 miles away; foie gras and organic chicken, artisan cheeses, sweet maple syrup-soaked desserts.
  • Spend a mouthwatering morning with local producers on a guided culinary tour, pick up fresh-made goat cheese, warm bread and just-picked fruit for a gourmet picnic treat.
  • Find out what the buzz is about at the Honey Economuseum where you'll learn all about the beekeepers' work, delve into the life of the bees and sample their sweet honey-treats.
  • Taste the world's first aperitif tomato wine, Omerto, in Baie St Paul.
  • Try over 300 handmade jams, mustards, vinegars and other preserves at La Conserverie du Quartier cannery in Québec City.
  • Feel at ease with welcoming locales and beautiful scenery at stops along the way.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Choose the Charlevoix Flavour Trail or Quebec's Gourmet Routes or be inspired and mix and match.
  • French Canadians have a rich culinary history. Ask for local, traditional specialties wherever you go.
When to go
  • July and August bring the warmest weather.
  • Check snow reports in the colder months between December and February, some rural areas may be difficult to access.
Need to know
  • If you're planning to drink alcohol, organise a designated driver or try to get around on foot or by bike.
  • Wear comfortable walking/hiking footwear and apparel if you plan to hike rural routes.
Getting Here