In Quebec, the sustainable harvest of eiderdown contributes to natural land conservation

and the protection of biodiversity in the St. Lawrence estuary.

Eider down is the only down that is hand-collected from the nests of wild, free-nesting birds. 

Eider down harvesting has been

practised for a millennium

Eider down has unique properties that have been recognized by Icelanders for over a millennium and for at least three centuries by the first inhabitants of New France. The first French settlers, overwhelmed by the harshness of Canadian winters, negotiated the purchase of eiderdown from the Amerindians of the Lower North Shore.

Eider duck lives in the icy waters of the Northern Hemisphere.

During nesting, female eiders line their nests with the down plucked from their own underbellies. This Hand-collected eider down is a remarkable natural insulator endowed with unique properties.

Today, eiderdown is only

harvested in a few regions of the world.


When viewed in strictly economic terms, eiderdown harvesting makes only a minor contribution to the national economy. It takes on its full meaning, however, when viewed in a broader context. The Société Duvetnor has introduced a method of harvesting down in the St. Lawrence estuary that established an extraordinary partnership between humans and eider: In exchange for this exclusive natural product with unrivalled characteristics, humans guarantee the protection of its nesting habitat.

Société Duvetnor Ltée.

Preserving Natural Land

In spring, Duvetnor biologists visit each colony once towards the end of incubation to collect a portion of down in each nest. Profits made from eider down has allowed Duvetnor to purchase, protect and enhance several islands of the Lower Saint-Lawrence. 

Protecting Biodiversity

The annual harvest yields precious scientific information about the status of the population that is used by biologists to manage the species and its habitat. The Canadian Wildlife Service, responsible for the management of these habitats, also receives crucial scientific data.

A Circular Economy

The benefits derived from the harvest have led to the acquisition, protection and development of several eider nesting islands in the estuary. The harvest generates funds that are directed into concrete measures for the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment.

Extremely attached to its nesting island,

the female returns year after year.

Quebec's birds 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.

Roughly 18% of

the world’s eider down comes from Canada.


Sustainably harvested eider down embodies the fundamentals of Luxury:

Authenticity, Rarity and Durability