Guided tour of the Saint-Omer marshes - Philippe Hudelle Photographer


Visit the marsh

River cruises, visits to the workshop and unusual outings along the water

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Rent a boat

By canoe, rowing boat or electric boat, set off on an adventure in the marsh 

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Meals

 Vegetable meals at the water's edge and gourmet cruises.

They loved it!

Our cruises and tours? Our visitors talk about it best!

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Walk in the swamp

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Hello, It was a great family discovery among the family of "boat makers". I strongly recommend, Visit the market garden marshes, you will discover a surprising atmosphere very close to nature over the water. Nadine, her grown children and her grandson.
Nadine – October 28, 2021

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Guided tour

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Hello, A wonderful moment, a very warm welcome. An excellent guided walk and the discovery of the last "boat makers" of the marsh. I highly recommend. With family and your pet 🙂 he will be welcome 🙂🙂🙂
Michael – October 18, 2021

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Unusual cruise

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Hello, We enjoyed this time spent with you, very good organization. Pleasant welcome, superb walk in the marsh with a very good guide in love with the Marais who knows how to pass on his passion. Came with Breton friends, they left delighted with the day.
Bertrand – October 30, 2021

What to see and do at the Makers of Boats

Since 2011, our workshop has come a long way. Our site in the heart of the Lyzel marsh now includes:

Guided tours

We offer unusual guided tours of the marsh along the water. Walks full of authenticity in the company of local children

Boats for rent

We offer for rent on our best circuits traditional rowing boats and electric motors as well as Canadian canoes.

Exhibitions and a construction site

On site, visit our shipyard and discover our exhibitions on our history, ancient tools and the life of our market gardening ancestors

An organic market gardener

Around our quays extend 6000 m2 of organic gardens dotted with beehives. This is where Loic Boulier grows 40 varieties of vegetables

A bar and a restaurant

Les Faiseurs de Bateaux is also an open-air bar/restaurant dedicated to regional cuisine and local products. A place conducive to relaxation, at the water's edge.

The last river work in Saint-Omer

In the heart of the suburbs of Saint-Omer, Rémy and Vincent Colin are the heirs of a unique and ancestral know-how. Indeed, these two children of the country are the last boat builders, in other words, the last manufacturers of escutes and bacôves, traditional oak boats, used for centuries by the market gardeners of yesteryear... Even today, they build these wooden boats and boats with love and invite you for a guided tour of the Audomarois marshes full of authenticity!

Located in the Brockus (House of the marsh in Flemish!), in the heart of the Lyzel marshes and the suburbs of Saint-Omer, come and discover this atypical site! What is the history of the escute and the bacôve, the two traditional boats of the Saint-Omer marshes? What is the story of these two flat-bottomed oak boats? The boat makers open their workshop to you and reveal their secrets...

Visit of the Audomarois marsh

Accompanied by a guide who knows the marsh like the back of his hand, criss-cross the rivers to understand this extraordinary natural environment and its history! Unless you want to go alone, with your family, or with your friends on an adventure? We also rent canoes, wooden boats or escutes!

Visit of the Audomarois marsh

Accompanied by a guide who knows the marsh like the back of his hand, criss-cross the rivers to understand this extraordinary natural environment and its history! Unless you want to go alone, with your family, or with your friends on an adventure? We also rent canoes, wooden boats or escutes!

An organic market gardener in Lyzel Marsh

A cook by training, Loic Boulier worked for 10 years behind the stoves of Parisian restaurants before starting a second life. By dint of simmering small dishes while preparing vegetables, he was tempted in 2011 to give up everything in order to become a market gardener in the north of France. This is how he settled in Brunembert in the Boulogne area before joining the fertile lands of the Audomarois marshes in 2017.

Working around our quays in the Lyzel and Brockhus marshes, Loic now indulges his passion on Ecocert certified land. He now grows around forty vegetables and edible flowers which he sells at the St Omer market on Saturday mornings. Its lush fields, on which Eric Barrere's beehives are enthroned, are thus like a little paradise that everyone can discover around the workshop.

In Flemish, Brockus means "the house of the marsh". The latter now has its own small market garden in addition to fields that stretch as far as the eye can see.

To do around us

On holiday in Hauts-de-France? Optimize your trips and organize a full day or a stay in Audomarois!

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