Committed to nature and conservation
In 1979, a group of biologists aware of the immense riches of the islands of the Bas-Saint-Laurent decided to protect them by founding the Société Duvetnor Ltée, a private, non-profit corporation. With the help of partners and profits generated by harvesting eiderdown, they purchased Les Pèlerins, two of the three Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie islands and Île aux Lièvres.
Then in 1989, the Société decided to make certain islands open to the public. They developed a nature interpretation program, created camping sites, built accommodations, and bought boats to transport visitors, all while reducing the environmental impact of their activities. Their last acquisition—the Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie lighthouse, which was restored and converted into an inn in 2001—is the pride of the Société and the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.