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 and wine which has garnered them a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence each year since 2009.
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 and this year sees the kick off of their new food & wine column in the Halifax Chronicle Herald. ‘Cuisine’ is one of the pillars on which the stature of the Lodge rests. They’ve recently hired Chef Andreas Preuss to provide not only culinary leadership in the kitchen but teach cooking classes throughout the summer season. Chef Preuss comes with 5-star credentials so the seasons’ menus promise to be particularly delicious
The Lodge’s garden is a real and essential part of their operation and they expand the size of plantings every year. 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
Contact Trout Point Lodge at the number below to reserve a Food Day Canada table.
Contactez Trout Point Lodge directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre Journée des terroirs réservation.
Trout Point Lodge
189 Trout Point Road
Kemptville, Nova Scotia