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2017-2018 OFFICIAL TOURIST GUIDE Lanaudière lanaudiere.ca • 1 800 363-2788


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TRAVEL TOOLS Web resources to help you plan your trip Tourisme Lanaudière offers several tools on the Web to help visitors to plan their travel in the region. Website: lanaudiere.ca These guides and brochures are also available as paper version in permanent and seasonal tourist offices of the region (see list on page 112). AGRITOURISM CIRCUITS goutezlanaudiere.ca Follow us @tourlanaud Share your moments in the region with the hashtag #lanaudiere /tourismelanaudiere /tourlanaud /+tourisme lanaudiere/posts 4 lanaudiere.ca /TourismeLanaudiere /tourismelanaudiere / company/ tourisme-lanaudiere


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Contents 4 Travel Tools 30 Regional Overview C2 Map 12 Can’t-miss Experiences 16 Profile of the Region Top Things to Do 30 Regional Events 38 Culture & Heritage 46 Nature and Outdoor Activities 62 Winter Fun 70 Regional Flavours 84 Health Centers and Spas Accommodation Places to Eat 90 Places to Eat 96 Accommodation 38 46 Useful Information 112 General Information 114 Travelling in Québec 116 Legend of Symbols 118 Index 96 62 Credits : Jimmy Vigneux, Tourisme Lanaudière, Mathieu Dupuis, SÉPAQ


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One heritage, a thousand activities GUIDED TOURS THEATER EVENTS TERRACES BIKING Île-des-Moulins Old Terrebonne Jardin Moore Mascouche Museum Île-des-Moulins Les 3 ténors - summer 2017 Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne 1 866 964-0681 | tourismedesmoulins.com


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D E S T OUTDOOR INAT....... I O N S Choose your destination Plan your itinerary Set out to explore LAC TAUREAU SAINT-CÔME SAINT-DONAT LAC MASKINONGÉ RAWDON BERTHIER ET SES ÎLES Credit : SEPAQ, Steve Deschênes lanaudiere.ca/destinations


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Chemin Régimbald, Saint-Donat


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Regional Overview C2 Map 12 Can’t-miss Experiences 16 Profile of the Region 18 The Côte 19 Les Moulins 20 The Plain 22 The Foothills 24 The Mountains 18 20 24 Credits: Jimmy Vigneux, Olivier Croteau, Tourisme Lanaudière


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regional overview CAN’T MISS EXPERIENCE 12 2 CAN’T-MISS EXPERIENCES Summer 13 1 > Goûtez Lanaudière! agritourism circuits In this part of the world, our passion for food is passed on from generation to generation. One of the very first agricultural regions of Quebec, Lanaudière continues to profit from the rich bounty of its soil by offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy unique agritourism circuits. Country-style meals, farm visits, a stop at the Abbaye Val Notre-Dame store or at Terre des Bisons, food sampling at La Courgerie or at one of the many master cheesemakers in the area (everyone loves cheddar from the Ferme Vallée Verte)… Lanaudière has something to satisfy the foodie in us all. Our farmers and producers are passionate and take pride in welcoming those who love game and fine deli meat (Bergerie des Neiges), as well as wine enthusiasts. The Lanaudière wine circuit comprises seven vineyards, including Vignoble Lano d’Or and Vignoble Le Mernois. Top off your gastronomic experience with local foie gras from Maurel-Coulombe… simply divine! goutez.lanaudiere.ca 12 lanaudiere.ca 2 > Outfitter getaways Lanaudière has the highest concentration of outfitters within easy reach of Montreal. Outfitters were once limited to hunting and fishing but have now become a true playground for nature lovers of all kinds. Did you know Lanaudière offers the longest fishing season in Quebec because it has so many fish? Anglers come for trout, walleye and pike well into fall, revelling in the symphony of colours. More than twenty outfitters are available to wilderness enthusiasts, offering fine sandy beaches, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. In Saint-Zénon, Au Pays de Réal Massé has been an unmissable destination for nearly 30 years. The log cabins at Pavillon Basilières and the warm family atmosphere in the Pourvoirie Trudeau lodge are examples of how outfitters have reinvented their accommodation offering. pourvoirielanaudiere.com 3 > Hiking in the mountains and valleys Put on your hiking boots and get ready to explore the vast Lanaudière region. Hundreds of kilometres of groomed trails and breathtaking scenery await you! Take a walk alongside a lake or river to admire the numerous waterfalls and cascades, or hike in the mountains to discover lush green valleys as far as the eye can see. Credits: Jimmy Vigneux, Guy Hamelin, Tourisme Lanaudière


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34 regional overview CAN’T MISS EXPERIENCE 5 54 Numerous regional parks are accessible just one hour from Montreal, such as Forêt Ouareau and Chutes Monte-à-Peine-et-desDalles, with its three waterfalls and attractive bridges spanning the L’Assomption River. In Saint-Côme and Saint-Donat, Mont-Tremblant National Park offers a wealth of short and long hiking trails. With so many beautiful hiking spots, it’s no wonder the musical group La Bottine Souriante comes from our neck of the woods! lanaudiere.ca/hiking 4 > Relaxing in nature You don’t need to go to Italy to enjoy La Dolce Vita! Lanaudière has long been pampering its visitors with quality rest and relaxation. Many spa hotels located in the mountains or on the shores of our majestic lakes offer a multitude of services and peaceful moments in a breathtaking setting. In Saint-Jean-deMatha, enjoy soaking in the salt water indoor pool at Auberge de la Montagne Coupée or book a five-star massage at Auberge du Lac Taureau (Saint-Michel-des-Saints). Looking for the ultimate treatment? Spa Natur’Eau in the heart of the mountains in Mandeville offers total regeneration of body and mind. Revitalize your senses as you alternate between hot and Credits: Jimmy Vigneux, Tourisme Lanaudière, Steve Deschênes, SÉPAQ, La Source Bains Nordiques, Spa Natur’Eau cold and periods of rest in a yurt. In Rawdon, you can relax in a cave or enjoy a truly sensorial experience in the dark room at La Source Bains Nordiques, a contemporary cliffside spa you are sure to love. 5 > Culture and heritage Measure your strength against that of the strongest man of all time at Maison Louis-Cyr; visit Quebec’s largest regional art museum (Musée d’art de Joliette); go for a bike ride on the Chemin du Roy (first motorable road in North America); or take a walking tour of the Île-desMoulins historical site in Vieux-Terrebonne… all great ways to discover Lanaudière’s rich architectural heritage and culture. Stop a while to take in a play and taste traditional Quebec cuisine at some of the best restaurants in our vibrant city centres. This festive region also puts on many must-see events, including Mémoire et Racines, a true celebration of traditional arts from Quebec, and the Festival de Lanaudière, an internationally-recognized classical music festival. Enjoy concerts under the stars! lanaudiere.ca 13


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regional overview CAN’T MISS EXPERIENCE 89 7 CAN’T-MISS EXPERIENCES Winter 10 6 6 > Snowmobiling With 2,300 km of trails, Lanaudière is justifiably known as Snowmobile Country. From mid-December to late March, snowmobilers can enjoy endless riding through breathtaking country. Unmissable destinations include the beautiful Montagne Noire, the picturesque Centre Pourvoyeur Mastigouche (a member of Quebec’s relay stations), the new bridge on Ouareau river in Forêt Ouareau and the bypass trail around Mont-Tremblant national Park, which are well worth the detour. Our vast trail network offers riders the freedom to travel safely through stunning and remote backcountry terrain. Stop at a relay station along the way to warm up or enjoy a meal in a lodge, where innkeepers always enjoy hearing about your day’s experiences. snowmobilecountry.ca 7 > Snowshoeing Whether in the heart of the Laurentian forest, on Lanaudière’s agricultural plain or in our regional parks or city parks, snowshoeing enthusiasts can really stretch their legs. On short or long journeys in the Forêt Ouareau – including overnight stays in a hut and baggage transport – beautiful scenery is everywhere. The Chute-à-Bull Regional Park (Saint-Côme) offers 30 km of snowshoe trails and even the opportunity to experience a night-time hike. In MontTremblant National Park (via Saint-Donat), where trails are usually covered in an abundance of fresh snow, the more adventurous can put their snowshoes to the test in a picturesque forest setting. For more details about must-visit Lanaudière snowshoeing destinations, visit the new website dedicated to this sport: lanaudiere.ca/snowshoeing. 8 > Downhill skiing Abounding with natural snow, the vast sector of the Laurentian mountain range is made for downhill skiing. Four ski resorts await winter sport enthusiasts in the Matawanie mountains, just minutes from Montreal. The renowned Val Saint-Côme ski resort offers a 300 m vertical drop and 37 trails and is home to some major sporting events, such as the Freestyle Ski World Cup. In Saint-Donat, try your hand at mogul or cat skiing at Ski Mont La Réserve in ideal snow conditions, or take the family next door to Mont-Garceau (Lanaudière’s highest ski hill), where a stunning view of Ouareau and Credits: Jimmy Vigneux, Olivier Croteau, 14 lanaudiere.ca Tourisme Lanaudière, Ski Mont-Garceau


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6 10 regional overview CAN’T MISS EXPERIENCE 8 97 Archambault lakes alone is worth a ride to the top. Ski Montcalm in Rawdon is the ultimate family destination with 24 trails spread across three hillsides. The resort is also offering snowshoeing and tubing. 9 > Skating What’s more romantic than skating hand in hand in the heart of nature? Teach your children to appreciate the joys of a family outing in an enchanting winter wonderland. Discover Matawinie’s icy beauty with a skate on one of our numerous frozen rivers and lakes, such as Lac Pierre (Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez) or Lac Rawdon, or explore the scenic skating trails in the forest of Saint-Donat. Lace up your skates and enjoy our 100% natural outdoor skating rinks. Start your journey farther south at Îledes-Moulins (Vieux-Terrebonne) and step into the past by skating on the frozen lock of the old flour, saw and carding mills. The Patinoire de la Rivière L’Assomption in Joliette is one of the longest skateways in all of Quebec – and the pride of the Lanaudois people. With a 4.5 km (9 km roundtrip) meandering ice trail, you can do almost anything – except go around in circles! 10 > Sliding Looking for some thrills and fun? Come play in the snow at our outdoor recreation centres and ski resorts. Snow tubing in the heart of downtown Terrebonne is a must. Equipped with a handle tow and magic carpet, the Groupe Plein Air Terrebonne makes it even easier to have a ton of fun in the snow. At Ski Mont La Réserve (Saint-Donat) and Ski Montcalm (Rawdon), a wonderful time can be had by all on the tubing slopes. Saint-Jean-de-Matha is one of the best spots of all! Children and adults alike will love snow tubing and rafting at Super Glissades Saint-Jean-de-Matha. And while families have fun on the 30 runs lit at night, the more adventurous can tackle the rafting slopes – the fastest slides in Quebec with speeds of up to 100 km/hour. Credits: Jimmy Vigneux, Louis Coutu, M-Olivier Guilbault, Tourisme Lanaudière lanaudiere.ca 15



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