The valley


The history of our valley is rich in projects as well as memories. It was first host to a drinking water pumping station from 1930 to 1968 before being abandoned. Local residents then got into the habit of coming to fish at the foot of the disused dam.

The valley came back to life in 1998 when Serge restored the dam and built the mill building which houses the hydroelectric plant. Over time, he developed the site and its land step by step with love and perseverance. In 2012, he built a second hydroelectric plant downstream of the Salmon River.

All of the work now supports our small-scale agriculture.

Our valley testifies through its history that the strength of a dream combined with a daring vision can transform a wreck into a jewel. You just have to look beyond appearances to see its full potential.

The history of the Vallée du Moulin is still only in its first chapters. Several innovative projects are already on the drawing board.

The mill


The mill is the emblem of our valley, where it all began. First dreamed and imagined by Serge from his childhood, the latter then designed and built it in the early 2000s.

Former pumping station of the city of Richmond, then abandoned for thirty years, everything has been thought out and meticulously planned to restore the dam and build a building whose architecture harmonizes with the beauty and strength of the surrounding nature. Equipped with a bucket wheel and sitting directly on the Salmon River, the mill generates its own electricity thanks to two private micro-hydroelectric power stations.

This marriage between architecture and engineering now makes it possible to support small-scale agriculture with the greatest respect for the environment. The mill and its dream thus gave birth some twenty years later to a larger project, that of the Vallée du Moulin.

The sugar shack


Our sugar shack is located in the valley about a hundred meters from the mill, upstream from the Salmon River. Built on piles at the water's edge, it houses our very recent sugar bush equipment, selected in terms of efficiency and durability. Two pumping stations are installed in the valley to transport maple sap from each of the nearly 1,200 taps via tubing to the reverse osmosis system in order to separate the sugar water from part of its water. The maple sap is then sent to the evaporator to boil the syrup.

Our pretty sugar shack has been the privileged place for family gatherings for more than 15 years. It is also the lair of Étienne who works there almost day and night during the sugaring off season to produce a quality and most delicious maple syrup.

The honey house


Previously located in Scotstown at the foot of Mont Mégantic, our honey house was built very close to our greenhouses in 2020 in order to bring together all the activities of the valley in one place. The hives of our bees have also been moved there to the edge of the forest and close to the honey house. They are made up of colored honey supers so that they are clearly visible to the bees.

Our honey house houses the beekeeping equipment allowing us to extract and pot the honey from around twenty hives. From the uncapper to the extractor, then to the clarifier to the bain-marie from which the honey is potted, each step of the process is carried out with care in order to offer a tasty honey with multiple benefits.



In order to allow the growth and abundant fruiting of our fig and raspberry trees, three fully automated, state-of-the-art greenhouses have been built in the valley since 2019. Every detail has been thought out in terms of efficiency and sustainability, always with the greatest respect for the surrounding nature and its resources.

Built on heated concrete slabs with equally heated concrete walls, our greenhouses are energy efficient by allowing both energy recovery and the recovery of rainwater and melting snow for watering plants.

With our climate control management system itself powered by electricity produced in the valley, each parameter of the greenhouses is controlled and optimized for the cultivation of fresh figs: temperature, humidity management, irrigation, fertilization, ventilation and lighting.

Our greenhouses are heated with residual forest biomass through pellet furnaces. This fuel is made in Quebec from unused forest residues and can replace fossil fuels. Considered carbon neutral and reusing wood waste, forest biomass therefore has a positive impact on the environment.

Le pavillon d'accueil


Dernier ajout aux installations de notre site, le pavillon d'accueil se veut le point central des activités de La Vallée du Moulin. Abritant notre boutique à la ferme et comportant deux grandes terrasses offrant un panorama idyllique, c'est aussi le point de départ des visites guidées et autonomes.

Construit en 2023, sa conception ingénieuse alliant une structure en poutres de bois et des murs en panneaux isolants lui confère un caractère unique et chaleureux.

C'est le lieu où les possibilités sont infinies en termes d'activités et d'événements divers.


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