From meadows to woods, the charm of the countryside!
Located midway between Montréal and Québec City on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, the Centre-du-Québec offers up a wide range of activities and getaways in a tranquil setting. Take in the views of the river with quaint country villages silhouetted against the unencumbered horizon.
- In summer, the region is home to two Route Verte itineraries: the Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs and the Circuit des Traditions, both of which offer access to 25 bicycle touring circuits.
- At Drummondville’s Village québécois d'antan, immerse yourself in the traditions of 1810 to 1910.
- Rainy days in Victoriaville are the perfect time to visit the home of a great Canadian prime minister, the Maison-Wilfrid-Laurier, or soak up some culture with a visit to the Musée des Abénakis in Odanak, or the Musée des religions du monde, unique in North America.
- In Nicolet, you’ll discover the birthplace of painter-engraver Rodolphe Duguay, one of the master engravers of the early 20th century.
- Three tourist routes offer three different perspectives on the region: the Route to Gourmet Delights (Route des trouvailles gourmandes), the Navigators' Route (Route des Navigateurs), and the Antiques Roadways and Byways (Route des Antiquaires).
- In spring and fall, hundreds of thousands of snow geese stop over in Baie-du-Febvre, on the shores of Lac Saint-Pierre, designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Learn more about the local birdlife by exploring the Centre du Québec Region Bird-Watching Tour (Circuit ornithologique du Centre-du-Québec).
- In fall, take part in the spectacular cranberry harvest in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford and visit the Centre d'interprétation de la canneberge.
- For a visit to the largest ecological garden in Québec, take a trip to the Parc Marie-Victorin, or visit the Centre de la biodiversité du Québec to learn more about the biodiversity of Lac Saint-Pierre.