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From its coastal plain to its plateau, and on into its remote mountains, you’ll be making the most of the outdoors here. You’ll be charmed by its heritage and culture, and be literally transported by sublime musical performances.
Lanaudière is really three regions in one. In the south, the St. Lawrence coastal plain is dotted with towns and villages. In the centre, the plateau offers numerous natural attractions. And in the north is the Laurentian Plateau, an outdoor kingdom where the Matawanie area is the snowmobiling capital! Incredible waterfalls and white-water runs also make this verdant region exciting, with its abundance of water courses – 10,000 lakes, streams and rivers. Another little gem – Îles de Berthier in the Saint-Pierre archipelago (a well-known UNESCO world biosphere reserve).
Lanaudière may well have some fantastic landscapes, but it also has a stunning cultural heritage – museums, homes and buildings. Not to be overlooked is its contribution in the field of music with, among others, the celebrated Festival international de Lanaudière: a prestigious celebration of classical music.
Hiking, biking, canoeing, ATVing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding or snowshoeing – there’s something for everyone to discover in this region, where festival fun, the pleasures of good food and a warm welcome will leave you with many precious memories.Lanaudière
Greenery and music everywhere!
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Flavours of the region
In spring, syrup runs in torrents in Lanaudière, which has a huge number of sugar shacks, both private and commercial. The maple sugar industry is very well-established here, and you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of quality maple products, such as maple wine.
Considered as Montreal’s root cellar, it is not surprising that there are numerous market gardens in the region.
Cheeses made from goat’s and cow’s milk, several made with lait cru (raw milk), make delicious additions to the flavours of the region.
The same goes for wine! Unique in the region, Île Ronde opposite Saint-Sulpice, and 3 km2 in area, has 50,000 grapevines.
Other farmers make wine from their strawberries, an excellent mead from their honey, a good traditional flour from their grains and piquant vinegars from their berries.
The ceinture fléchée, or finger-woven sash, is said to be from L’Assomption and is a symbol of the region, but its origins remain somewhat obscure. What is certain is that it originated in Lanaudière, and its coloured arrowhead design was unique. This sash would encourage more than one person to don the pageantry of the French-Canadian, Amerindian and Métis nations, and it even became a political symbol when worn by the Patriotes in the 1837 rebellion. In the 19th century, Amerindians were so delighted with this belt that it became an object to be traded for fur. Artisans were even employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company to weave this precious barter item.
While some parts of the past formed the heritage, some formed the landscape, such as that of the small village of Saint-Ignace-du-Lac, which became the Taureau Reservoir. With industrialization in full swing, Quebec needed energy to fuel its pulp and paper industry. So in 1931, this village was drowned and 700 souls were exiled to make way for a hydroelectric dam. The resulting lake covers an area 45 km long and 250 kms in circumference. This reservoir is shaped like a bull when seen from the air, and has fine sand beaches all around it. Today, it’s a great place for leisure activities.
A little history
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