Montérégie is a vast extent of territory made up of numerous hills and valleys that spans over 11,000 square kilometres. The region owes its name to the abundant hills that dot its landscape. Conveniently located south of the Island of Montréal, midway between Québec City and Ottawa, Montérégie possesses a rich touristic diversity and is endowed with a unique blend of culture, agriculture and heritage. Bearing witness to its rich historical past and proud of its innovations, Montérégie invites you to discover the riches of its terroir and is a destination of choice for motorcycle enthusiasts that can enjoy rides along picturesque road that cross valleys and rivers, where you will discover historical villages and bucolic landscapes. In Montérégie you will find a number of cultural, historical, outdoor and agrotourism events, each one fascinating as well as exciting.
The Montérégie stands out with its impressive number of spaces for summer shows and theaters, as well as a diverse array of artists and craftsmen who contribute to our cultural vitality every day. Théâtre de la Dame de Coeur is particularly notable for presenting a spectacular outdoor show featuring giant puppets. A unique family experience in an oversized world!
In the springtime, maple becomes one of the main attractions in the region, which boasts numerous maple groves. Some of the most popular activities in the summer and fall include an outing of pick-your-own berries, pumpkins or other vitamin-rich and colourful natural delights. The apple is at the centre of it all, as the region is home to an impressive number of orchards. Any time is a good time to explore the Cider Route, the Montérégie Wine Route, or the Circuit du Paysan in order to discover passionate artisans and exceptional products and producers, such as Domaine de Lavoie, Cidrerie Michel Jodoin, Fourquet Fourchette restaurant and Domaine Neige.
An outing in Montérégie is an opportunity to visit four National Historic Sites of Canada and the region’s historic canals, as well as the many First Nations sites found in the area. Montérégie is home to a diverse variety of museums that exhibit the rich cultural heritage of the region, among which is the Maison nationale des Patriotes. Discover Canada’s largest collection of railway vehicles at Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum. Religious heritage is everywhere to be seen in Montérégie, as evidenced by the many churches found throughout the region, including the all-new St. Lawrence River shrines circuit.
An excellent outdoor destination close to Montreal, the Montérégie invites both relaxation and adventure in many outdoor locations. With its network of trails, mature forests and five lakes, the Mont-Saint-Bruno National Park is a very famous place for hiking. Be sure to make a stop at the Old Mill, a historic building converted into a tearoom. Paddling enthusiasts will meet the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park, a green oasis in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Come and have a great time at the Domaine de Rouville resort centre which offers a wide array of activities for all ages!
Discover the pleasures of boating by cruising the many rivers of the region. The Montérégie has several marinas offering different services to meet the needs of boaters of all types. The Richelieu River, the Chambly and Saint-Ours Canals, Lake Champlain, Lake Saint-Pierre and the Suroît lakes are recognized as exceptional places for boating.
As the first official tourist route along the Quebec and New York border, this 265 km trail follows both banks of the Richelieu River, and runs from Lacolle to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River at Sorel Tracy. Throughout the route, you will discover highlights of Quebec history in both the urban and shoreline countryside. Add to this the many archaeological sites and story-rich villages, and a great getaway awaits.
Go on an educational outing with the whole family to help you better understand the many different forms of electricity, and visit the Électrium or the Beauharnois Hydroelectric generating station, one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world. Bring your kids to Ferme Guyon, and admire more than 500 free-flying butterflies and discover a wide array of regional products. In the region of Quebec, Parc Safari Zoo is the only place where you can discover a wide variety of animals from the five continents from the comfort of your vehicle.
Quartier DIX30, with its 300-plus stores, including the amazing Mail Champlain as well as Adonis market are choice destinations for a successful shopping spree! Come enjoy the tropical atmosphere at Oasis Surf centre, or be daring and test your limits at Arbraska, La Forêt des Aventures. Have you ever thought of shopping at la Maison du tourisme de la Montérégie? You will find unique regional products; a beautiful souvenir of your getaway in the region!
The region is home to countless entertaining and diverse events and festivals. Each year, the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu attracts more than 300,000 visitors. The Expo de Saint-Hyacinthe is an ideal destination for a family outing: more than 2,000 animals, rides and much more! The Régates de Valleyfield boasts nearly 80 years of history and know-how. The time is ripe for a flavourful outing in Rougemont during the festivities surrounding the Week-ends gourmands. Discover the region's agri-tourism circuits, including pickyour- own outings in the orchards, visits of the region’s cideries & vineyards and much more!