Travelling with all 5 senses, in Mauricie

Are you a great fan of gastronomy, fine cuisine and refreshing culinary experiences? So are we!


There is no better experience than to connect with your loved one over a meal.

With this in mind, we invite you to Mauricie for a few days of exploration and culinary discoveries. Your first stop will be at the Le Baluchon, Éco-villégiature, while your second and final stop will take place at Auberge du Lac-à-l'Eau-Claire.


The Baluchon

Your trip begins at the hotel Le Baluchon, Éco-villégiature.

The Baluchon is the reference in the world of ecotourism

Your senses will be stimulated from the get-go thanks to this hidden gem also known as the Baluchon Éco-Villégiature. Are you familiar with ecotourism? Ecotourism is a variant of traditional tourism that promotes the respect of nature and complies with durable development strategies. Indeed, did you know that the Baluchon is now the leader when it comes to durable development? You will undoubtedly live a unique and enjoyable experience all while respecting the environment.


The Baluchon Experience

The Baluchon promises its clients a never before seen experience with nature. The hosts at the at the Baluchon have a mission to surprise their guests in the most pleasing way possible. In order to do this they offer to “make you live an unforgettable gastronomique experience thanks to our knowledge of the terroir and our local suppliers’ expertise”.


There are many options available: a diner at the Éco-café Au bout du monde, an aperitif at the LeFrançois Lounge, or even a gastronomique supper in the dining room


A dinner at the Éco-café Au bout du monde

At the Éco-Café Au bout du monde, you will live an immersive experience in a universe where biologic and organic products are synonymous to the culture. The entire menu is almost exclusively made out of local products. Imagine eating in a small café where all of the products are sourced from neighboring farms… the ultimate eco conscious dream! To top it all off, enjoy your meal directly on the terrace next to nature.


LeFrançois Lounge

Enjoy an aperitif with a beautiful view facing the riverside. On the menu you will find a variety of beers from local breweries as well as several entrée options such as cold cuts, tartar, olives and cheese.


A gastronomic supper in the dining room

The Baluchon’s dining room will welcome you with a 4-service menu promoting local products. Highland beef tartar from the region, beetroot salmon Gravlax… foie gras terrine… are you hungry yet? If this type of menu interests you, click here.

Once your trek is completed, the Auberge du Lac-À-L’eau-Claire will be waiting for you.


Auberge du Lac-à-L’eau-Claire

The Auberge du Lac-à-L’eau-Claire offers multiples accommodations for all of your needs and is located only 12 km away from Saint-Alexis-Des-Monts. You can reserve rooms, condos, cottages and even pavilions in this hostel.


Who would have thought that the Mauricie was home to so many gastronomic destinations?

The Auberge du Lac-à-L’eau-Claire is known for its expertise in cooking and serving trout, a local specialty. In fact, the maple smoked trout is a meal worth tasting.

Furthermore, the menu is not the only interesting thing for you to enjoy. Indeed, the view from the terrace is quite impressive. The dining room is big enough to welcome up to 240 guests. This room also includes 3 fireplaces to add to the restaurant’s warm and friendly atmosphere.


Sunday brunch outdoors

The Sunday brunch at the hostel is known for attracting crowds over the years and for a reason. A mouth-watering combination of meals are available to be enjoyed with a beautiful view. There is nothing more welcoming than a tasty brunch with a breath-taking scenery.



Did we mention that trout is the hostel’s specialty? Then do not miss the crusted trout with a white wine sauce. Fine gastronomy is not only for big meals, especially at the Auberge-du-Lac-à-l’eau-Claire.


The Mauricie of epicureans

If you identify yourself as an epicurean, than you definitely take the time to enjoy life’s little pleasures. Whether it is a gorgeous landscape, an amazing meal, a massage or a relaxing moment at the spa, a trip to the Mauricie will treat all of your senses.