Certification: a promise of quality given to our customers
"Certified Gîtes et Auberges du Passanttm are carefully selected as those establishments offering the highest quality. The commitment of their owners to promoting the Québec terroir and its products sets them apart. At these establishments, certified by the Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec (formerly the Fédération des Agricotours du Québec), meet the very best ambassadors to introduce you to all the riches that the Québec terroir has to offer or enjoy a wonderful local taste experience!"
Consequently, before being listed on this Web site, all the Bed & Breakfasts, B&Bs, small country inns, chambres d’hôte and even houses and cottages for rent were first selected by the Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec according to the highest standards of quality. The leader in the development of certifications* for tourism, the Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec has committed itself to helping visitors, from within Québec, this beautiful Canadian province, and from abroad, to discover and explore Québec in a more personalized and entirely different way.
It has been 35 years since the Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec began awarding distinctive certifications to the best bed & breakfasts and small country inns in Québec. Today, its certified Gîtes et Auberges du Passant constitute the largest network of quality lodging establishments in Québec. But quality has its own requirements! For this reason, the Association has put in place a certification program – a very detailed process for selecting establishments based on: a promise given to our customers; standards for certification; a procedure for evaluating requests for certification; quality monitoring, which includes inspection visits and a system for dealing with customer complaints; certification identification tools.
More specifically, the bed & breakfasts, B&Bs, small inns, chambres d’hôte and houses and cottages for rent certified by the Association must not only be classified with a minimum of 3 suns (B&B) or 2 stars (inn or tourist home), but their owners must also meet strict standards for quality and ethics on a continuing basis. These standards apply to the level of hospitality offered, the owners’ knowledge of the tourist region, food service and facilities.
Let us know what you think
In each of our establishments, you’ll find evaluation forms for you to provide us with your comments, so that we can make sure that standards and our promise of quality are being respected. You may also send your comments by email – just complete the form provided in the section called “Your Evaluation”. In the same way, if you really loved your stay in one of our establishments, please don’t forget to let us know, because we use these comments when we award the Prizes for Excellence in the “People’s Special Favourite” category. In addition, your participation gives you a chance to win a Gift Certificate with a value of $300!
Certified Tables et Relais du Terroir (Terroir Cuisine and Farm Shops)
Apart from its famous Gîtes et Auberges du Passant (Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns), the Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec also certifies restaurants in which the regional cuisine and terroir products head the menu, and agri-tourism farms, where you can sample the products and share in the passion of our local farmers. You’ll find these establishments in the section called Terroir Cuisine and Farm Shops.
In short, for your getaways or your vacations...
If you are looking for a lodging establishment, a Bed & Breakfast, a B&B, a chambre d’hôte, an inn or small hotel with a charming atmosphere typical of Québec, regional cuisine, a restaurant, country-style or farmhouse meals, an agri-tourism farm, an agri-tourism activity, a house or cottage to rent - you’ll always be assured of quality if the establishment selected is certified by the Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec . So look for our certification labels when you’re travelling along the pretty highways and byways of Québec. Each of our establishments is identified by one of these signs:
*Owner of the certification labels: Gîte du PassantTM (Bed & Breakfast), Auberge du PassantTM (small inn), Table aux Saveurs du TerroirTM (Terroir Cuisine), Table ChampêtresTM (Country-style Dining), Relais du TerroirTM (Farm Shop), Ferme Découverte (Farm Exploration), Maisons de Campagne et de Ville (City and Country Homes).