10 getaways in Montérégie
10 getaways to discover the Montérégie region!
1 > Gourmet Getaway
Montérégie is Québec’s food pantry! In the springtime, maple becomes one of the main attractions in the region, which boasts numerous maple groves. In the summer and fall, an outing of pick-your-own berries and apples is an activity the whole family will enjoy. 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.
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 for lovers of history and heritage to visit several National Historic Sites of Canada and the region’s historic canals, as well as some First Nations sites found in the area. Whether to discover Canada’s largest collection of railway vehicles at Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum or to learn about the history behind the Maison nationale des Patriotes, the various museums found in the region exhibit Montérégie’s rich cultural heritage. Religious heritage is also 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
With hundreds of retail stores selling everything from local products to major brands in both indoor and outdoor shopping malls, Montérégie is a choice destination for a successful shopping spree! Fun & unusual family activities, impressive attractions and entertainment for all tastes are easily found in the vicinity of the shopping centres. Visit the Maison du tourisme de la Montérégie, located in Quartier DIX30; you will find unique regional products; a beautiful souvenir of your getaway in the region!
5 > Nature Getaway
An exceptional outdoor destination close to Montreal, Montérégie is synonymous with relaxation and adventure in a variety of natural settings. With its network of trails and five lakes, the Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno is a well-renowned hiking destination. Canoe and kayak enthusiasts will enjoy the Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville, which also features a campground. In the wintertime, hit the slopes at Ski Saint-Bruno and Ski Mont-Rigaud, two ski resorts renowned, among other things, for their ski school. In any season, explore the many kilometres of available hiking trails in the various parks and resort centres found in the Montérégie region.
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 > Nautical Getaway
Montérégie comprises several marinas that offer a broad range of services to cater to the needs of recreational boaters. The Richelieu River, the Chambly and Saint-Ours canals, lake Champlain and the lakes of the Suroît region are recognized as exceptional boating destinations. By bicycle, motorcycle or car, enjoy a moment of relaxation on board the Sorel-Tracy–Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola ferry.
9 > Major Events
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 100 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 welcomes 100,000 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 Chambly Beer and Flavour Fest has become a must-visit summer event. The festival brings together more than 110 microbreweries, cider houses, vineyards and restaurants from all over Québec, as well as a number of artists who will have you dancing on the magnificent Fort-Chambly National Historic Site.
10 > Family Getaway
The region offers numerous entertaining, educational and sporting activities, both indoors and outdoors, for you to enjoy with your family. Learn about the many different forms of electricity as you visit the Beauharnois Hydroelectric generating station, one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world or the Électrium, Hydro-Québec’s Electricity Interpretation Centre. Admire a wide array of wild animals from the five continents at Parc Safari. Montérégie features places and attractions that are unique in Québec, for the delight of young and old alike.