When I think of Nova Scotia, I imagine vast beaches and the magnificent Atlantic ocean. But deep in the lake-dotted wilderness, in a region so under-populated that the night skies are renowned for star-gazing, is the fabulous Trout Point Lodge. The forest is thick and fragrant…so perfumed in fact that it’s the setting for a forest bathing experience, called Shinrinyoku in Japanese. Similar to natural aromatherapy, it was first proposed as a stress management treatment in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. The entire lodge uses spring water from their own deep well.
Governor-General Award winning author Marq DeVilliers described the forest at Trout Point for the Globe & Mail: “This is pristine Acadian forest; thousands of hectares of red spruce mixed with sugar maple and yellow birch, beech with their silky bark, red oak, pine and spruce, and hemlock on the lower stretches, some of them 30 metres or more tall. No roads, no houses, no industry … just nature. No all-terrain vehicles, no trucks. Not a golf course anywhere, not even a croquet pitch.”
Now add the food. Owners and partners Charles Leary and Vaughan Perret are serious culinarians. So much so that a few years ago they published the Trout Point Lodge Cookbook. As a member of Relais et Châteaux, ‘cuisine’ is one of the pillars on which the stature of the Lodge rests.
The Lodge’s garden is a real and essential part of their operation and this year (2012) they are doubling their size. They’re even attempting to grow some vitis vinifera grapes. The Wine Spectator presented them with a 2011 Award of Excellence, no mean feat for a lodge in a forest. They house-smoke their own salmon, scallops, trout and swordfish, bake their own breads from organic flours and even make a selection of fresh cheeses.
Food Day Canada 2012
–homemade Nova Scotia salmon gravlox, creme fraiche, & Acadian caviar
Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs . Contactez Trout Point Lodge directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
Trout Point Lodge
189 Trout Point Road
Kemptville, Nova Scotia