Wild. Untamed. Shy. No, I’m not working on my Tinder profile. These are all synonyms for the French word “Farouche”, which derives from the Latin for “outdoors”.
It is also the perfect name for a unique new recreo-gastro-tourism destination in Lac Supérieur that offers visitors an opportunity to shed their urban routines and immerse themselves in some of Quebec’s most iconic landscapes. Farouche started as a dream for Montreal lawyers Geneviève Côté and Jonathan Causaubon back in 2017, with an organic farm at the heart of their vision.
Five years later, on July 15 2022 it became a reality in a truly spectacular location in the Rivière du Diable valley. Farouche combines an ever-expanding Nordic farm with modern mini A-frames, the ultimate in luxury camping accommodations. Guests can enjoy activities such as paddle boarding in the summer and Hok skiing in the winter, which combines snowshoeing with off-piste cross-country skiing.
But if you prefer to soak in the majestic surroundings, then the bistro and its lush outdoor spaces provide a cozy environment to lose yourself in quiet thoughts while enjoying outstanding local products and delicious natural wines you won’t find at the SAQ.
The bistro is a study in Scandi style: a bright and welcoming space designed to pull you into the magnificent scenery with its perfect sunsets and breathtaking view of Mont Tremblant. The bistro is open to all, so feel free to drop in for a nibble, a latte – one of the best I have ever tasted! – or a casual après-ski with friends in front of the fire.
The menu changes regularly and centres around in-season produce from their farm and a surprisingly expansive selection of artisanal beers, natural wines, ciders and hydromel.
But the highlight is their “apero board”, a stunning array of in-house products along with breads, meats and cheeses from carefully vetted local producers. These must be reserved in advance by phone or online, such is the level of care devoted to each creation.
The bistro is open to the public Fridays from 3pm – 7pm, Saturdays from 10am – 7pm and Sundays from 3pm – 6pm and serves its refuge residents from Mondays-Fridays 10am – 6pm.
A wildly singular concept that will surely unleash your untamed spirit, Farouche serves up a memorable experience not to be missed.