Shopping experience full of nostalgia

In Kamouraska on the St. Lawrence River

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If you don't know, it's easy to drive by: in the small village of Kamouraska on the south bank of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada, there are a few shops that bring the good old days back to life. If you like to visit nostalgic corner shops and indulge yourself with homemade delicacies from the village bakery, you should plan a few hours on your trip through eastern Canada for a stay in Kamouraska, because there is a lot to discover here that is the heart of every woman, who loves rummaging through lovingly decorated window displays makes you beat faster. Whether of course the accompanying men are so enthusiastic about a visit to the village shops in the small Quebec village depends on the size of their wallet and the patience they show towards the shopping women. Because without at least one carefully selected item of booty, no female family member can get out of these stores - as my husband discovered on our September trip through Quebec. But what woman can resist homemade jams, herbal oils in pretty bottles or fragrant soaps in the most amazing scents. At least I don't!

Aunt Emma shops full of nostalgia in Kamouraska in Quebec

The special feature of Kamouraska is that it is a small village on the banks of the St. Lawrence, in which a beautifully restored house ranks next. People seem to feel comfortable here. And they value a well-kept home. On tastefully painted verandas with comfortable colorful wooden chairs that invite you to relax, lush flower baskets compete for the attention of passers-by.

In the center of the village overlooks the Église Saint-Louis, the village church, the surrounding buildings, including the neighboring Kamouraska Regional Museum. We just look in to ask where the three shops we want to visit are: the Magasin General de Kamouraska - the village's mom and pop shop - Quai des Bulles, a shop that sells handmade soaps, and the Boulangerie No, the village bakery that offers traditional German pastries. Of course we have to try that.

 

Bath salts from raw materials of the region
Bath salts from raw materials of the region

 

At Quai des Bulles there are soaps of all kinds - handmade, of course

Easy to find is the soap shop Quai des Bulles. It is located directly opposite the museum on the Route des Kamouraska near the junction with Route 132. I climb up to the shop via one of the pretty wooden verandas already mentioned, and as soon as I open the door I feel a beguiling scent of different flavors: I believe the scent of roses to smell, one step further the smell reminds one of the freshness of the sea and another step it smells of sweet honey. As it turns out, Richard Gaulthier, the owner of Quai des Bulles, attaches particular importance to using natural raw materials in the manufacture of his soaps and bath salts: cold-pressed oils, dried herbs, plant extracts, natural preservatives, shea butter and clay. Many ingredients also come from the region: fir or cedar oil, algae from gaspésie, wild roses and beeswax. He uses it to make soaps for every skin type and body care products of all kinds by hand. "Perfect", I think. "The ideal souvenir." And my husband pays patiently.

 

Canned fruits of the region
Canned fruits of the region

 

Regional specialties in the Magasin General de Kamouraska - in the village shop

The next destination of our shopping tour through Kamouraska is the village shop. This is also located on the route 132 just west of the village church on the side of the road facing the river. Even from the outside, I know that here can be found a lot that invites you to browse. The building exudes the charm of a cottage from the first half of the 20. Century, when the shop was still the meeting place of the villagers. Today it is one of the visitor attractions of Kamouraska, because here you get the most delicious local specialties: gourmet products like handmade cheese, smoked meats and sausages, which makes my mouth water, even home-made jams and interesting-looking oil creations with a variety of herbal supplements as well as a corner, where I can look to your heart's content for a suitable gift for the home apartment among antiques from the region. While my husband talks to the friendly lady at the shop counter in bumpy French about life in the village, I am here with pleasure my shopping pleasure.

 

In the boulangerie nobody
In the boulangerie nobody

 

German pastries at Boulangerie. Nobody in Kamouraska, Quebec

The hardest thing to find is the third shop we want to visit: the German one Bakery nobody in the center of Kamouraska. We must ask again, as we do not even discover them after driving through the whole village - and lo and behold, it is also directly across the street from the church on Route 132, hidden behind a circling entrance that hides the sign of the bakery , We had already noticed the many people who flocked to this house. And indeed, the bakery is obviously very popular with the inhabitants of the region, because here is a constant coming and going of customers. Understandably, when you see which treats wander over the counter: there are all sorts of bread, inviting looking bread variations and pies with fillings of all kinds. We opt for Junk water bottles with grapes - a real treat, as it turns out at our later picnic , We only regret one thing: that we did not buy more of it.

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Source: own research on site with the kind assistance of Bonjour Quebec

Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Shopping experience full of nostalgia
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