Getaways for every taste
To the southeast of Montréal stretches a vast, bucolic and hilly territory that’s home to orchards, maple groves and vineyards. Bordered by the St. Lawrence and bisected by the Rivière Richelieu, the Montérégie is an invitation to indulge in relaxation and gourmet discoveries.
A number of itineraries, the Countryman’s Tour (Circuit du Paysan), the Wine Route (Route des Vins) and the Cider Route (Route des Cidres), pay tribute to regional products, as do the region’s renowned restaurants. Head off by bike along the impressive 600 km (375 mi.) network of bike paths that link up to the Route Verte, or explore the Route du Richelieu. And to enhance your getaway further still, there’s always golf, hiking, cross-country skiing and any number of delightful B&Bs.
- The region is brimming with history! You could visit the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, which has been open to navigation since 1843, with most of its locks still operated manually, or the Fort Chambly National Historic Site, built in 1709, and witness to armed conflicts of the 17th and 18th centuries.
- In keeping with the military theme, the Fort Lennox National Historic Site, a group of fortifications on an island along the Rivière Richelieu, will take you back to the time of Anglo-American conflicts.
- Still in a historical vein, Exporail – The Canadian Railway Museum invites you to try out trains and tramways as you visit the largest rail collection in the country.
- Shopaholics will find the shoe that fits, and probably a whole lot more, at Brossard’s Quartier DIX30, a shopping centre that’s practically a city within a city.
- The Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville, in the middle of the St. Lawrence facing Montréal, is the ideal spot for biking, canoeing, kayaking and bird watching.
- Not far from the islands, hikers can enjoy the trails of Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno and skiers will love the ski hill and its well-known school.
- The Gault Nature Reserve, designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve, is a refuge for 185 species of birds and many mammals and amphibians. The Sorel islands are part of another splendid biosphere reserve: Lac-Saint-Pierre, home to a museum that tells the story of this incredible site, the Biophare.
- And to soak up the rich culture of the Montérégie, which has been home to many great artists, such as Paul-Émile Borduas, Jordi Bonet and Ozias Leduc, a visit to the Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire is a must!