Agritourism Explained and Explored

Quebec City, Canada
Fall foliage, maple trees, Quebec, Canada
Maple trees dot the landscape of Quebec and provide for a syrupy local treat (Taylor S. Kennedy/National Geographic/Getty)

Quebec City, Canada
Captivatingly charming, Quebec City, Canada, is considered the most European of North American cities. The Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a feast for the eyes and tantalizing for the palate as well. A good way to get an overview of a city is with a guided walking tour. A combined Grand Tour and Food Tour with Les Tour Voir Quebec offers a great introduction of important historical sites along with a culinary tour visiting neighborhood bakeries and cheese shops and sampling ciders, wines, and beers produced locally.

The culture and traditions of the early New France inhabitants of French, British, and Native Peoples melded within the populace to create a diverse cuisine among the Québécois. Most unique to the Quebec province are products made with maple sugar cooked in a sugar shack, a small cabin where sap collected from sugar maple trees is boiled into maple sugar. You'll soon discover that maple flavoring enhances all types of delicious products throughout the region including cheeses, desserts, wines, meats, and baked goods.

For a quick day trip, just 15 minutes drive from the Old City is the Garden of Quebec, more commonly known as Ile d'Orleans. The small fertile island provides Quebec City with fresh seasonal produce, farm and maple sugar products, as well as the region's famed iced wine. Agritourism activities abound. Tour cideries, sugar shacks, and wineries, plus u-pick vegetables, orchards, and more. You can follow the Gourmet Route by car or bike, or simply explore on your own the rich bounty along the green valleys, orchards, and pastureland that fronts the St. Lawrence River.

DO: Visit a maple sugar shack for a real taste of old-time Quebec. A few to consider are L'En-Tailleur, Relais des Pins, La Sucrerie Blouin, and Erabliere de L'Ile d'Orleans.

Published: 25 Oct 2010 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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