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Normand Laprise
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Owner and maître de maison of Restaurant Toqué !
My Route du Bonheur… from Montreal to the Saint Lawrence River

Normand Laprise is a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef and runs one of the country’s finest restaurants.

I was born in 1961 and spent most of my childhood on a farm, in the municipality of Kamouraska. My father sold fruit and vegetables, and I can remember playing in between the crates in the back of his van. Although I have always loved the countryside, I must admit that I feel even more at home in the city. After finishing hotel school in Charlesbourg, I spent several years working in Quebec City and Montreal. I especially love the creative and dynamic atmosphere of Montreal. I really feel at home here.

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a 8 nights stay from CAD2800*
* Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Step 1 : 2 days, 2 nights

Restaurant Toqué !

The taste of Quebec
Restaurant Toqué !
Growing up on a farm inspired me to get to know the food that I cook. I have always tried to work directly with small-scale local producers, so that I know where the fruit and vegetables that pass through my kitchen have come from. My travels in Asia have also influenced my cooking, which critics describe as contemporary. In 2013, Toqué! is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Relais & Chateaux Restaurant Europea, Montreal

Chef Jérôme Ferrer, a Frenchman with Spanish roots, fell in love with Montreal in 2001. Ten years after arriving here, he has established himself as one of the city’s great chefs. Inside a pretty Victorian house, decorated in a contemporary style, Ferrer offers inventive dishes featuring carefully prepared ingredients.

Europea

La Place des Festivals, Montréal

Inaugurated by a Stevie Wonder concert during the 30th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, today the Place des Festivals is the meeting place for everyone who likes to go out in Montreal. Not far from the water jets in the square you will find the Musée d’art contemporain, as well as numerous performance spaces, bars and restaurants. In 2010, this is where we opened our new restaurant Brasserie T! in a very modern building at 1425 Jeanne-Mance.

Mount Royal, Montreal

This is where I do my early-morning jogging, two or three times a week. I run across the winding paths of the park to reach the terrace with its panoramic view of the entire city. Montreal is a very green city and a great place to walk or run. Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous architect of Central Park in New York.

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Step 2 : 2 days, 2 nights

Manoir Hovey

Cultivating a subtle art de vivre in the peaceful surroundings of gardens, forest and lake
Manoir Hovey
This impressive white building on the shores of Lake Massawippi is one of my favourite weekend getaways. The property is based on George Washington’s house in Mount Vernon. It is an idyllic haven of peace where, in the fall, the surrounding forests take on beautiful red-orange hues. But the last time that I came to the Manoir was in winter, when I went fishing with some friends on the frozen lake.

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The abbey in Saint-Benoît-du-Lac

Founded in 1912 by Benedictine monks who had left France, the monastery of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac is today home to about forty monks. Raised to an abbey in 1952, the site enjoys an exceptional location near to Lake Memphremagog. At vespers, the magnificent sound of Gregorian chant fills the air. The abbey boasts a cheese dairy, an orchard and a cider mill, and sells its produce in its shop, including an excellent blue cheese called Ermite.

Abbey in Saint Benoit du Lac

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Ice wines

Picture a Romanesque-style chapel, medieval cellars and vineyards laid out over eighteen terraces. You are in the Chapelle Sainte-Agnès estate, at the heart of the Missisquoi Valley. It is one of the country’s finest producers of ice wine, wine that is made from grapes hand-picked in the middle of winter, when the temperature hovers around -10°C. Also located in the Eastern Townships is superb organic vineyard Le Clos Saragnat, whose sweet wines are both subtle and refined.

La Route des Vins

Cheese from the Eastern Townships

Some excellent cheeses are produced in the Eastern Townships. Fromagerie des Cantons in Farnham uses traditional methods to produce superb tomme cheese from Jersey cow’s milk. In the village of Compton you will find Fromagerie La Station, which has been run by the same family of farmers, the Bolducs, for four generations. Their Holstein cows graze in organic pastures and give another cheese that I really like, called Comtomme.

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La Pinsonnière

The sound of whales singing in the tranquil waters of the Saint-Laurent river
La Pinsonnière
What a joy it is to have breakfast overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, at the heart of a region designated as a “biosphere reserve” by Unesco. Jean and Janine Authier transformed what was once a senator’s residence into a superb hotel. Today, it is their daughter Valérie Andrée who runs the hotel, where luxury and fulfilment go hand in hand. The hotel and its restaurant have won numerous awards.

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Whale watching

I was eight years old when I saw a whale for the first time. It was one of the most moving things I’ve ever seen. Come to the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, at the entrance to the lake, to observe the biggest mammals on earth. Each year, they return here to feed, between salt water and fresh water. It’s impossible to describe the precise moment when you see their tails emerge from the water.

The Magdalen Islands

In the middle of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, this archipelago is, in my opinion, the most beautiful place in Quebec. I come here whenever I can, to spend some time among the lobster and snow crab fishermen. Here, in this timeless setting in the middle of the river, nature is yours for the taking…

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