Lac Saint-Jean Consul Statues
100 Route des Trappistes
Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec, Canada
submitted by “Jo, eh”
Frequent contributor, Jo, is back with some very unique-looking statues that are currently on the grounds of the Monastère Notre-Dame de Mistassini.
I have to note that this may have been hardest roadside contribution to research yet. There is surprisingly very little information on the Internet about these curious Consuls. Luckily, I was able to find the Bluets du Lac-St-Jean blog which was very helpful (translated from French to English here).
According to Bluets du Lac-St-Jean, what Jo and I initially presumed to be statues of saints representing the various towns around the Lac Saint-Jean area in Quebec, are actually meant to represent fictional Consuls. They do, in fact, tell the stories of those communities though. It seems that they were originally along a footpath during an outdoor historical festival at a park near the monastery. They are now on the grounds of the monastery near its chocolate factory.
Each of the chairs gives a description of the history of the community that it represents.
I’m pretty famous for saying, “I want to go there!” to just about any place that someone brings up … but the Lac St Jean area looks absolutely gorgeous. The monastery where the statues now stand is famous for their confections, particularly their chocolate-covered blueberries. Unfortunately, the season runs from May through Mid-September so I’ll have to wait a while to satisfy a craving that I didn’t even know that I had. If you aren’t tempted too, visit their lovely website and I’m sure you’ll be on board for a road-trip!
A celebration of 50 years of chocolate-covered blueberries (in French)