Société Duvetnor Ltée
The Société Duvetnor has introduced a method of harvesting the down that establishes an extraordinary partnership between humans and eider: in exchange for this exclusive natural product with unrivalled characteristics, humans guarantee the protection of the nesting habitat.
Eiderdown has unique properties recognized by Icelanders going back a thousand years, and for at least three centuries by the first inhabitants of New France, which eventually became Québec. These first French settlers, overwhelmed by the harshness of Canadian winters, negotiated the purchase of eiderdown from the Amerindians of the Lower North Shore of the St. Lawrence River.
The Common Eider duck survives in the icy waters of the Northern Hemisphere. Québec's bird sanctuaries on the islands in the St. Lawrence Estuary provide a relatively safe place for the eider ducks to rest and nest during their annual migration.