Gaspésie © TQ/M.Laporte

Heritage and gastronomy along the St. Lawrence River

The flavours of the sea are big in Québec!

Fish and seafood are to the Québec maritime region what blueberries are to the Saguenay−Lac-Saint-Jean region. With their proximity to the St. Lawrence River, the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord (Duplessis et Manicouagan) and îles de la Madeleine are renowned for their delicious cuisine based on fish, seafood and seaweed. With this huge natural pantry from which to draw, they can offer unexpected innovative versions of many delectable specialties. In addition to the signature products of each region, such as smoked fish from Bas-Saint-Laurent, Nordic shrimp from Gaspésie, scallops from Côte-Nord (Duplessis et Manicouagan) and lobster from Îles-de-la-Madeleine (reportedly the best in the world!), many other fish and seafood are on the list of delicacies to enjoy, including cod, herring, halibut, turbot, mackerel, smoked salmon, snow crab, mussels, clams, razor clams, whelks, and so many more!

Gaspésie © TQ/M.Dupuis
Fumoir d'Antan © Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine/M.Dupuis

A gourmet offering as tasty as it is distinctive

In a perspective of sustainable consumption, the Fourchette bleue certification promotes less well-known species from the St. Lawrence River. Many restaurants, fishmongers and markets throughout Québec invite you to discover some 40 marine species that you will come to appreciate, including 13 varieties of seaweed. Dare to try ocean pout, green sea urchin or blue mussels! Gourmet events, flavour routes and other gastronomic tours to the four corners of Québec are just some of the many opportunities to make astonishing discoveries.

Want to know more about the products of the sea, fishing and processing techniques and the life of a fishing crew? Our producers, processors and other artisans of the industry are more than happy to share their secrets with you. Take part in a fish collecting activity or discover the secrets of the sea with a naturalist guide at the Exploramer museum. Visit the Hard smoked herring Économusée to immerse yourself in the ancestral know-how passed down from generation to generation for the last 150 years. Imagine thousands of coppery mackerel hanging above the fire, and the enjoyable aroma of smoked fish! Finally, if you want to learn all about the history of cod fishing, the national historic site of Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac is an excellent place to start and gives you the opportunity to taste fresh local specialties.

Site historique du Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac © Tourisme Gaspésie/M.Loiselle