Colorful, delicious, fresh, charming, intriguing. These are some of the characteristics I tried to capture in photos during my three-day road trip in two of the maritime regions of Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie. I’ve written about my trip in other articles, but here I’ll give you a glimpse with ten of my favorite maritime Québec Instagram photos.
Maritime Québec on Instragram
Nature and art meet on the Route des Arts in Sainte-Flavie. Marcel Gagnon created these intriguing statues (numbering over 100) on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. The figures seem to come out of the sea or go back in with the tides.
The “Métis Bloom Spoon” is a gorgeous mouthful of edible flowers hand-picked by Chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry of Estevan Lodge Restaurant at Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis.
This unusual dessert is a maple meringue mushroom mousse with drops of cranberry jelly — another gorgeous creation by Chef Ferry of Reford Gardens using fresh ingredients from the gardens.
The Himalayan Blue Poppy is a rare flower that grows splendidly at Reford Gardens. One of the earliest of the season, this poppy was fluttering in the gentle breeze (a little blurry, but it’s the only photo I took of it). In the 1930s, Elsie Reford was one of the first gardeners in North America to attempt to grow the blue poppy.
The unique installations in Reford Gardens’ International Garden Festival reflect our connection to nature as expressed by landscape designers and architects from around the world. In the colorful and interactive exhibit below, “Se mouiller (la belle échappée)”, visitors participate by donning the boots and walking in the water which represents wetlands.
In their lovely rural location in Auclair, Domaine Acer produces high quality alcoholic beverages from the vinification of maple sap. They have a guided tour that educates visitors about the full process beginning with harvesting the sap from their 120 acres of maple groves.
At Côté Est in Kamouraska they take grilled ham and cheese, one of my favorite comfort foods, to a new level. The sandwich is made with local products and a delectable pear butter. I’ve been craving it ever since that lunch in Kamouraska.
Quai des Bulles is a shop in Kamouraska that carries a range of natural and organic body care products. As you approach the front door, you begin to smell the fragrances. My personal favorite soap was California Dreamin’, a patchouli and poppy blend adopting the name of the Mamas and Papas 1960s song. Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?
The homes, shops, and inns of Kamouraska are beautifully maintained with colorful facades, decorative trim, and pretty flowers and plants. Many of the buildings have distinctive roofs with curved eaves that resemble a boat’s hull such as the one on the lovely blue building shown below.
It was easy to see why Kamouraska is one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of Québec” as I strolled the quiet streets. Weather vanes such as the one shown below are common sights in the village.
To learn more about my time in Québec, you can read “Maritime Québec: A Feast for the Senses” on Dave’s Travel Corner and “On the Waterfront: A Taste of Kamouraska” right here on Traveling with Sweeney.
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