Bourassa: The height of chalet grocery

It’s the must-stop for every Laurentian chalet-goer. S. Bourassa in Les Factoreries Vallée Saint-Sauveur offers a grocery experience so unique that our family, even without the prerequisite chalet, still drives up north for a bit of shopping. Why you say?

Imagine a grocery with steel shelves, Costco-style, groaning under a dizzying array of products both gourmet and basic. Here, olive oil comes in dainty bottles or oversized tin canisters, chunk tuna is sold in 1 kg cans, and locally-made onion confit dares you to buy in big jars.

During summer, the produce section would make any open-air market jealous with crates full of the usual suspects (tomatoes, beans, broccoli, etc.) but also many surprising fruits and vegetables: chanterelle mushrooms, edible flowers, Brussels sprout “trees”, Vidalia onions…

Still, for this foodie, the best part has to be the walk-in refrigerated room at the back. With coats hanging by the swinging doors should you feel nippy—and chances are you will—, this room beckons like Ali Baba’s cavern. Calling on your greediness, a treasure trove of 1001 imported and Québec cheeses, dozens of spicy sausages, plus freezers brimming with frozen croissants, chocolatines, foot-long strudels, decadent cookies, and gourmet pizzas in mostly-local brand names you’ve never seen before.

In season, you may even find errant baskets of oysters and air-packed filet mignons, although S. Bourassa does not have an official fish-and-meat section.

Of course, with so many neighbouring factory outlets the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Guess and Atmosphere, you may want to hold off food shopping until you are done bargain hunting for the best in weekend wear…

Word to the wise

S. Bourassa Saint-Sauveur is located at 105-B Guindon Street in Saint-Sauveur, Québec (J0R 1R6 for the GPS-enabled). The phone number is 450.227.4737. There are other Bourassa stores but Saint-Sauveur is far enough, and quaint enough, for our family. The store does not accept credit cards, so bring your money or your debit card. Do I need to warn: eat ahead or it will cost you.


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7 Responses to Bourassa: The height of chalet grocery

  1. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz 17 Jan 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    LOVE that place, the cheese section is heaven.

    • Lynne 18 Jan 2011 at 10:47 am #

      Yes, the cheese section at Bourassa seems to be a universal favourite. My best part of any visit… and the most expensive too.

  2. johanne 19 Jan 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    S.Bourassa est une entreprise familiale créée en 1951… En plus du magasin de St-Sauveur, il y a celui de Mt-Tremblant et celui de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, tenu par un des fils Bourassa, le très gentil coureur de Rallye et voisin, Marc.

    S. Bourassa de Ste-Agathe est situé au 680 rue principale ( 117 ).Le site web est par ici :

    J’y fais l’épicerie à chaque semaine. Love that place ! Tous les employés sont hyper gentils en plus .

    • Lynne 19 Jan 2011 at 8:10 pm #

      Plusieurs personne m’ont parlé du magasin de Ste-Agathe, décidément je vais devoir y aller 🙂

  3. S.Bourassa Ste-Agathe 20 Jan 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Bonjour a vous

    Merci pour les merveilleux commentaires…

    Voici les info pour les 2 autres succursales

    Ste-Agathe, 680 rue principale,819-326-1707

    grand choix de produit bio, sans gluten, ( disponible seulement a ste-agathe )

    Mont-tremblant 1109 rue de St-Jovite,

    • Lynne 20 Jan 2011 at 11:55 am #

      Les commentaires sont mérités 🙂 Vous pourrez rassurer vos employés qui semblaient trouver bizarre de me voir photographier des étalages, c’était pour une bonne cause !

  4. Colette Viens 13 Oct 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    J’adore magasiner chez Bourassa, choix immense, pix bas, et j’aime aussi magasiner dans les boutiques.

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