French Voyageur Cooking Getaway on the French River

August 27, 2012

French Voyageur Cooking Getaway on the French River at The Lodge at Pine Cove

Where better to learn the fine skills associated with voyageur cuisine than on the French River?

With French-born Chef Patrick Bourachot, owner of Collingwood's Cafè Chartreuse, you will learn the secrets associated with some of Canada's best-loved dishes.

From tourtière to sugar pie, roasted root-vegetable soup to pumpkin pie, Chef Patrick will guide you in The Lodge at Pine Cove's 600-square-foot commercial kitchen.

"A brilliant tourtière," says Chef Patrick, "requires perfect pastry and delicately spiced pork." The course will culminate with a gala voyageur dinner served by a  roaring fire in The Lodge's riverside dining room.

Complementing the four-day event will be a tasting of fine cheeses presented by Collingwood's Dags & Willow Fine Gourmet Shop.

Consistently ranked as the best of over 500 specialty lodges in Ontario, the Lodge at Pine Cove offers guests the unique combination of superb accommodations in a peaceful wilderness setting. "The Lodge at Pine Cove is completely unique," writes a regular guest on Trip Advisor. "We hope that it can remain as undisturbed as its tranquil setting for many years." Another adds, "The newly built cabins are exquisite -- rustic but with high thread-count bedding!"

You will have time to unwind in the French River's romantic setting. Enjoy a fireside read in the Toni Harting library, take in the view overlooking Wolseley Bay or enjoy a cocktail in Rioux's Bar. Canoes and kayaks are available to explore what was once a watery highway carrying hundreds of voyageur canoes filled with furs and other trading goods.

This culinary getaway is ideal for singles and couples. Bring your spouse or partner who will be welcome to enjoy all meals, cocktail hours, the cheese tasting and other amenities offered by this French Voyageur Culinary Getaway at The Lodge at Pine Cove.

For more information, or to book your spot, contact Nicola Ross at 705-898-2500 or visit To learn more about Chef Patrick visit