Brimming with military, patriotic and Amerindian anecdotes, this route also makes room for art and nature.

Close to Montréal, this route is an utter delight. Rich in heritage, the Montérégie region also appeals to outdoor enthusiasts. The Richelieu River crosses the area, which boasts forts and museums, and is home to two UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves.

Check out the official website for the complete route.

260 km

The Route du Richelieu can be travelled by car, motorcycle or bike. The region’s Richelieu River, landscapes and heritage tell the story of Québec’s history.



Day 1


Bike along the Chambly Canal

The Chambly Canal National Historic Site boasts 20 km of bike paths running along the Chambly Canal to Lock No. 9 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Interpretive panels relate its history. The path is flat and easy.

Military history at Fort Saint-Jean Museum

Nestled next to the Richelieu River, the Fort Saint-Jean Museum presents 350 years of military history through maps, models, uniforms, weapons and artifacts. Make the most of your visit with a guide or audioguide.

Day 2

Life of soldiers and Indigenous culture

Fort Chambly National Historic Site

Jump ahead in time and visit the Fort Chambly National Historic Site to learn about the life of French soldiers in the New France era. This fort was never attacked, other than the conquest of 1760.

La Maison amérindienne

La Maison amérindienne is the perfect spot to learn about First Nations people through a variety of exhibitions and activities. The De l’eau... à la bouche exhibition highlights maple products. Care for a taste?

Day 3

On the Patriots' route

Le Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire

Spend a cultural morning at the Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire and discover the creative talent of artists from the region, elsewhere in Québec and abroad. The Montérégie region boasts the highest concentration of artists in the province.

La Maison nationale des Patriotes

In the afternoon, visit Maison nationale des Patriotes and jump to the 1800s, to the heart of the patriot movement. Costumed guides explain the social, economic and political context of the events of 1837-1838.

Statera – L’archipel fabuleux

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Cap off the day by diving into the immersive world of Statera – L’archipel fabuleux, a three-part, multimedia experience: a cruise, an interactive pathway and 360° projections. A fun and bright adventure. Magical!

Day 4

Sorel and its magnificent islands


This museum is dedicated to the Lac-Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve. It bears witness to the region’s human, social and cultural activities. Make the most of your visit by taking a boat excursion and visiting the various exhibitions.

Tour of Sorel islands with Randonnée nature

The Route du Richelieu ends with a tour of the Sorel islands, in the Lac-Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve, aboard the Randonnée nature cruise boat. The wildlife in this area is truly impressive.

Explore history on the Route du Richelieu

Visit the official website of the Route du Richelieu for more information on this route rich in history.