Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
Step back in time and discover the artisan crafts of a bygone era with glassmaking, cheese and an alpaca farm on the agenda.
Visit the Touverre Workshop. Glass blowing is one of the oldest art forms and one of the most difficult to master. The art was founded in Egypt and Syria thousands of years ago. Nowadays, in Saguenay, Guiseppe Benedetto, a glassmaker and sculptor, performs this highly sophisticated technique for visitors to his workshop. The glassmaker's mission is to develop top-of-the-line decorative objects such as whales, blueberries, fruits, lamps, perfumers, and more. His creations integrate his art with architecture. Limited series sculptures incorporate granite, glass, aluminum, bronze, or steel -- contrasts in strength and fragility.
Visit the Fromagerie Boivin Interpretive Center. While tasting some cheese samples, you will hear the history of this family enterprise. The dairy produces about 2.3 million kilograms (five million pounds) of cheese annually.
Next, visit the Alpaca Bersi Farm and learn about the characteristics of the alpaca, from its habits to the collection of its fiber, to the finished product. Also known as the Gold of the Andes, this luxurious natural fiber has much to offer -- it is light, warm, water-resistant, not prickly, hypoallergenic and incredibly soft. With the expertise of a craftsman, beautiful sweaters, scarf, hats, and mittens are the end result.