What is an ÉCONOMUSÉE®?
An ÉCONOMUSÉE® is an experiential tourism destination - it is the workplace of an authentic artisan who opens his/her workshop door and welcomes you inside to hear their story. It is an independent business that operates in the fine crafts or agri-food sector using some form of authentic traditional know-how in the production of its products. Each member site showcases to visitors what they do and, in many cases, offers a hands-on component for the visitor to try. Each one has an on-site boutique so the opportunity to take home a souvenir of your visit is available.
There are 70 ÉCONOMUSÉE® members in the world, spanning across eight countries. We are fortunate to have six of them here in Atlantic Canada and we invite you to include them in your plans. They will help you create lasting memories of your visit to this part of Canada.
What will I see when I visit?
An ÉCONOMUSÉE® site offers consistency no matter whether you are in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Iceland, or Norway. Each
site has six components, although each member displays these
components very differently. Those components are:
1) A reception area where you are welcomed;
2) The workshop where you can watch the artisan(s) at work;
3) Some interpretation on the traditional know-how in use by the artisan;
4) An interpretation area on the contemporary spin that the artisan employs;
5) A reading area for those who want to dig in a little deeper; and
6) A boutique.
Can I try it too?
Many of the artisans are able to offer a hands-on component for visitors to try it for themselves. In some cases you can take a class to learn the skills, while in others you can walk on an interpretive boardwalk, do a taste test, or somehow try your hand at the craft.
Island Chocolates, Victoria-by-the-Sea, PEI
The Dark Tickle Company, St. Lunaire-Griguet, NL
Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio, Mahone Bay, NS