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Montégérie: a welcome invitation to the delights of its terroir and its history. A region for relaxation and small
pleasures awaits you just a step from Montreal.
Very inviting and generous in nature, as its nickname “Quebec’s Garden” shows, the Montérégie has developed some extraordinary terroir products. Several circuits have been created to direct your explorations: Route des cidres, Circuit du Paysan, Route des vins, Route du Sud and Route gourmande des fromages fins.
Discovering the Montérégie also means discovering the history of Quebec and Canada. You’ll learn a lot here about the dreams of New France and its conquest by the British. This region is the third most important in Quebec in terms of the quantity of historic sites, museums and interpretation centres.
You’ll also find many lovely, but less well-known spots here, where you can enjoy a pleasant walk along the river. Fun is guaranteed with an outing to the Îles de Sorel or to the Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area, or perhaps a cruise on the Richelieu River. If you enjoy a good walk, opt for one of the Montérégie ‘mountains’ (Mont Saint-Bruno, Saint-Hilaire or Rougemont). Bike paths, golf courses and summer theatres are also here to add to your enjoyment of the region.
Rich in history and good enough to eat!
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Flavours of the region
Montérégie is the most important agricultural region in Quebec. It has more than 8,000 farms. There are cider houses, orchards, microbreweries, mead producers, vinegar makers, wineries, U-picks for berries such as highbush blueberries, chocolate makers, maple sugar producers, cheese makers, stock farms for grain- and milk-fed calves, and more. In short, you’ll find just about everything here!
The Lac Saint-Pierre archipelago (UNESCO world biosphere reserve) has the largest colony of herons on the planet! Close to 5,000 herons come to nest on Grande Île during the reproduction ritual, which lasts 3 months. It is rare that a heronry has more than 100 birds, as their very acidic excrement destroys their habitat. Grande Île is the exception to this rule, because the rising water levels in spring clean out the island and neutralize the acidity, preserving the local flora at the same time. The sight of this tall wader with its trailing feet has bewitched more than one person…
The Montérégie has long been an outpost for protecting the colony against the Iroquois, the English and the Americans. Fort Chambly is a fascinating example of this past. In Quebec, the memory of the rebellion of the Patriotes (1837-1838) against the British forces is still very much alive. The Maison nationale des Patriotes (Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu) tells you all about this uprising, which took place in an era in which Canada was still a colony of the British Crown (since the Conquest in 1763), and in which French-speaking people in Lower Canada had very little power. The rebellion was born out of this diplomatic impasse.
A little history
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