The Bilodeau Fur Dealer-Bootmaker ÉCONOMUSÉE® allows visitors to explore the secrets of transforming fur, a natural resource that is part and parcel of the history of Canada. The artisans introduce visitors to the trade of fur dealer-bootmaker, a unique profession in its own right, presenting the flagship of their skill, the Bilodeau boot.
During your tour, you will be invited to observe and question the artisans. What does a fur dealer-bootmaker do? How does the artisan choose his skins? Are some furs better than others for making boots? Follow the artisan as he works, turning the fur of wild animals into a range of items, and discover the various skills that have contributed to Bilodeau’s fine reputation.
The mission at Bilodeau is to take a raw product purchased in the region and transform it into a quality finished product. Bilodeau has developed expertise buying and dressing furs, then turning them into finished goods. Bilodeau seeks to remain at the forefront of its field by constantly marketing original and unique products.
The Bilodeau Fur Dealer-Bootmaker ÉCONOMUSÉE® is located in Normandin, Lac-Saint-Jean, a region where the many magnificent facets of nature abound (www.ville.normandin.qc.ca). Near the picturesque Chute à l’Ours (www.chutealours.com).
Another major attraction in the area is the Saint-Félicien zoo (www.zoosauvage.org), where visitors are offered a close-up view of nature and living species from the northern part of the world, the Boréalie.
Five other ÉCONOMUSÉE® may also be found in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region: bread making (www.economusees.com), glass blowing and gemstone cutting (www.touverre.com), soap making (www.domainedelasavonnière.com) and animal fibre craft: mohair (www.chevrierdunord.com).
To plan a stay in the region, browse the website of the Association touristique du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (www.saguenaylacsaintjean.ca).
Open year round
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday upon reservation: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on Sunday
Guided tours upon reservation: adult $5 / child $2
943, rue Saint-Cyrille
Normandin (Québec), Canada