10 getaways in Montérégie
10 getaways to discover the Montérégie region!
1 > Gourmet Getaway
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.
2 > Cycling Getaway
Montérégie is comprised of nearly 1,000 km of almost entirely paved bikeways, including 600 km of bike paths. The region offers a wide variety of one to four-day cycling itineraries, as well as several packages that include lodging and luggage transportation. Numerous tourist attractions, nature stopover spots and agri-tourism destinations, Bienvenue cyclistes certified accommodations, and many campsites are found along the way. Although the region is characterized by a fairly flat terrain, it still provides interesting sporting challenges.
3 > Cultural Getaway
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.
4 > Entertaining Getaway
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!
5 > Scenic Getaway
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 Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno 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 Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville, 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!
6 > The Richelieu Route
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.
7 > Performing arts
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!
8 > Boating Getaway
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.
9 > Large Scale Events for the Whole Family
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 popularity of the event is based on the enchantment of watching 125 hot air balloons of various shapes and sizes take to the skies. The festival also offers free animation for the whole family and large scale shows presented every evening.
The Expo de Saint-Hyacinthe is an ideal destination for a family outing: more than 2,000 animals, rides, activities for toddlers, terroir products, shows, extreme rodeo, carriage riding and tractor pull competitions and much more!
The Régates de Valleyfield boasts nearly 80 years of history and know-how. The festival welcomes 125,000 visitors each year for three days of unique racing and five evenings of high-energy live performances. Come experience the History, the Passion, the Tradition!
The time is ripe for a flavourful outing in Rougemont during the festivities surrounding the Week-ends gourmands. Explore the region and discover its agri-tourism circuits, including pick-your-own outings in the orchards, visits of the region’s cideries & vineyards, boutiques with terroir and artisanal products as well as a number of restaurants with enticing menus!
10 > Family Outings
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.