The Lavender House, St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

The Lavender House, culture and perfumery is located in St-Eustache, Quebec. It is a place where the owners cultivate lavender, where guests can visit the lavender fields in the summer when the plants are in bloom and there’s, of course, a shop where you can buy products made with lavender. There are also other activities offered in summer; for example music on Sundays, massage therapy on Saturdays, in addition you can have a picnic on site and of course walk among the plants or take a break sitting next to them to fill you with nature and beauty. The use of lavender has been known for millennia, the extraction of a quality oil from the flowers is done with the distillation by steam. This oil has multiple uses. Lavender is known for its antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant, calming, healing and antispasmodic; its use is also recommended to combat the anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. You can take it as a tea, in capsules or used as alcoholate to friction.

Tips

The house is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. The agrotourism site is open from May to October. You can buy the ticket online and take it the day of your visit at the entrance. Children under 12 enter for free and teens 12 to 17 years pay half the price.

You can also order floral arrangements for special occasions.
There are shops of lavender house in several commercial centers.

902 Chemin Fresnière, Saint-Eustache, Qc, J7R 0G4

Gold Rock Beach, Bahamas

Gold Rock Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is part of The Lucayan National Park and is protected by the Bahamas National Trust. It’s about 25 miles from Freeport. It is a secluded beach with fine sand and crystal water. It’s said the beach has its name because the shore looks golden in the rising and setting sun. When the tide is low, the shoreline of the beach spans for meters into the sea. There are BBQ pits, picnic tables and benches there, but no other amenities. The services are in the parking area. You can also snorkel or take a tour to make a kayak excursion. You can find the Lucayan Caverns, the world’s longest surveyed underground cave system, on the North of the beach. You must pay a fee to enter the park and you can park in a small gravel area and you will have to cross the street and take the left path to arrive to the beach (about 5 minutes walk).

Tips

You can go there on a jeep excursion, by taxi or you can rent a car. Remember they drive on the left. You must take Grand Bahama Highway East. It’ll take about 45 minutes from the city or about an hour from the cruise pier.

You must take everything you want with you snacks, drinks, chairs, etc. Remember there’s nothing on the beach but if you are lucky, you can sometimes find somebody selling drinks at the entrance of the park.

Sucrerie de la Montagne (Sugar shack), Rigaud, Quebec, Canada

If you want to find a sugar shack open year round, where the owners have the pleasure of welcoming tourists from around the world, please, this place is the Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud. M Pierre Faucher and his son Stefan will be delighted to meet you and tell you the passion they have for this fantastic natural site, this sugar bush of 120 acres offers you the opportunity to know the history and culture of Quebec and Canadian ancestry. The place is in a century-old maple forest. The visit gets you back in the past and you can be part of the history of an era. The current site is like a village of yesteryear with the sugar shack, the bakery, cottages, trails in the forest and it continues to grow while respecting the nature and tradition of yesteryear. You can simply visit it but you can not leave without tasting its homemade dishes, maple syrup, bread made on site, their delicious sugar pie and much more. It is the ideal place to visit with family, friends, to mix with the tourists who appreciate our traditions, in short, you will feel that you will return soon even before you left …

Tips

You can spend a few days in the cottages that can accommodate between 3 and 6 people, celebrate your birthday, your wedding, make business meetings, making your reservation by phone or email. Children under 5 years are free.

There are several trails to walk a few kilometers in the forest.

You have a gift shop where you can purchase the book by Pierre Faucher (owner): Chronicle of a rooted life.

Check on their website the menu and activities of Christmas Season to have a good time with the family or firends.