Are you one of those who will take advantage of the long Easter vacation in Quebec? Alone or with friends, you will have nothing to envy to anyone. Spring will be here and there will be many ways to celebrate it.
How we celebrate in Quebec
Easter, a religious celebration
Abbey Val Notre-Dame
There was a time in Quebec when Easter celebrations were the high point of Christian faith.
Although customs have changed, it is still possible to attend a mass during Holy Week in many churches in Quebec. For those who want to, I suggest you go to Val Notre Dame abbey in St-Jean de Matha, in Lanaudière:
- for the intimate celebrations of this Monastery nestled in the forest,
- for the chocolate made and sold by the monks,
- for the menu to-go (lunch boxes) or to eat on site, with a sugar shack theme,
- for activities such as the BBQ snowshoe hike with a maple or full moon theme.
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Easter water harvesting
It was common to get up at dawn on Easter morning to collect spring water. This Easter water, drawn from a river or stream against the current, was believed to have healing properties for the rest of the year. Some kept a bottle of this holy water nearby while others sprinkled it around the house.
Would you like to revive this tradition? Meet before sunrise on Saturday night. The torchlight marches that used to characterize the event are long gone. But it is still possible to meet other harvesters at the Jardin du Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du Cap in Trois-Rivières.
Easter, a migratory period
A popular activity is to watch the return of the Greater Snow Geese in the spring. Right in the middle of the Easter season.
The Chaudières-Appalaches region has listed seven places to observe the migratory phenomenon along the banks of our great river.
We can add the Baie-du-Febvre sector near Trois-Rivières, Cap Tourmente near Île d’Orléans as well as Lac Saint-Jean.
Get out your binoculars, there’s a great Easter activity in store.
Easter at the hotel
Hoteliers always roll out packages at Easter. Family friendly, they often include an Egg hunt. Or why not try a brunch-mimosa in the room?
There are of course many variations in between. Here is a suggestion, but do not hesitate to check with your favourite hotels.
At the restaurant or to-go
It’s a great idea to celebrate Easter at the table with friends. It pleases the taste buds and the psyche.
The chefs know how to concoct excellent brunches or dinners at Easter. To be enjoyed on site (but book early) or to take home. Are you more… lamb or snow crab? Do you prefer ethnic cuisine?
Here are some good addresses.
Drums and trumpets for the renowned Château Frontenac Brunch in the elegant lounge of the same name, or in the majestic Salle de Bal. There is also the option of a take-out menu.
Jaro hotels in the Quebec City area also prepare a family brunch with animation for children. Attending: Educazoo, a magician, the mascot, a balloon sculptor and musicians.
And we do have some favourite restaurants as well:
Mesón, in the Villeray district of Montreal for its authentic Spanish cuisine
Caribou Gourmand for its local meals also served in Montreal
What are the favourites in your regions
In the sugar shacks
Easter and spring also mean sugar shack. A must for sweet tooths.
Here are some good addresses.
- To choose from about fifty cabins that offer an Easter menu to take home. Ma Cabane à la Maison.
- Shacks in Chaudières-Appalaches
- The best sugar shacks in Montreal and surroundings 2022
- Boutique Bistro Délices Erable & Cie
And if the adventure of becoming a sugar maker for a day with your family or friends is tempting you, know that it is possible in Chaudières-Appalaches through this link.
Easter in activities
When you have kids, it’s hard not to give them an egg hunt at Easter. If you’re looking for ideas on how to make your own, Noovo Moi has some for you here.
But if you prefer to take the family to a structured Easter activity, here are some suggestions.
- Quinn Farm in Monteregie, Quebec, organizes an egg race. Families also have access to the animal barn and playground.
- The Zoo-animation Estrie, an educational farm in Sherbrooke, also organizes its egg hunt
- Egg hunt in Beaubien Park by “Outremont en Famille”
- In Mont-Tremblant, free day in the village: interactive games, face painting for children and chocolate distribution. As a bonus, visit the Easter bunnies!
- Route des gerbes d’Angelica: an animated Easter tale followed by a riddle race, on decorated trails and with a rabbit mascot. Plush toy draws. It happens in Mirabel.
And the chocolate
Easter without chocolate is not Easter. We refer you to the Valentine’s Day article which lists some excellent artisanal chocolate shops.
With these additions.
- Juliette et Chocolat
- Les chocolats de Chloé
- Chocolats favoris
- Chocolaterie de l’île d’Orléans
Finally, if you prefer to make them yourself and if the budget allows it, here is an interesting proposal. A full day to learn from a pro how to make small chocolate delicacies. L’atelier du Chocolat takes place in Repentigny.
We wish you a nice Easter vacation, in your own way. Are you interested in any of our suggestions?
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