Map of Laurentians (Quebec, Canada). Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Laurentians

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Map of Laurentians (Quebec, Canada). Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Laurentians

Laurentians

Quebec's ultimate vacation destination, the Laurentians spread over 22,000 km2, from Riviere des Mille-lles in the south, past Mont-Laurier in the north, and from the Outaouais in the west, to the Lanaudiere region in the east. The area is marked by contrast and therefore offers something for every taste: mountains and plains, valleys and hills, urban scenes and pastoral retreats, gourmet cuisine in charming country inns, home-cooked meals in sugar shacks, or pick-your-own produce. Sports in the Laurentians similarly come in all shapes and sizes: conquer snow-covered summits on skis or snowboards, plunge down wild water-slides, go horseback riding or mountain climbing-the choice is up to you. Wildlife is bountiful in the Laurentians, so remember to bring your camera.

Hawkesbury [D2]

Founded in 1813 just outside the nearby Hamilton Mills sawmill, Hawkesbury's Main Street was once a bustling center of commerce and industry, sporting a buggy manufacturer, garment factory, forge, furriers, and bootmakers. Today, at least six Main Street buildings retain their original appearance.

Morin Heights [A5]

A town celebrated by skiers and snowboarders for its famous slopes, Morin Heights also provides a fabulous setting for many other outdoor winter activities, including skating, snowshoeing, and a 150 km network of cross-country ski trails on the Aerobic Corridor, which in summer doubles for cycling or hiking. Visitors can also take advantage of the public beach with its adjoining children's playground.

Oka [E6] Just outside this friendly village lies the Oka Monastery (Abbaye Cistercienne d'Oka), one of the oldest monasteries in North America, where French Trappist monks settled in the early 1880s. Oka is a popular summertime destination, thanks to Oka Park's long sandy beach, campsites, and ecological pathways. Don't forget to sample the superb local cheese.

Sainte-Adele [A6] One of the largest municipalities of the region (pop. 9,440), Sainte-Adele draws residents and tourists alike for its peaceful lakes, aquatic park, golf courses, downhill ski centers, summer theaters, art galleries, concerts, festivals, fine dining, bicycle trails, horseback riding centers, and hiking trails.

Saint-Eustache [D7-8]

On the shores of Lac des Deux-Montagnes and the Riviere des Mille-lles, the city of Saint-Eustache magically blends city and country living. Founded in 1739, it is celebrated for its architecture and heritage. The church—situated on the battlefield of the Patriotes Rebellion of 1837—is used today as a recording studio for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the seigneurial Globensky Manor houses an historical museum that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Don't miss Legare Mill, the oldest water-driven flour mill operating in Canada.

Saint-Jerome [B6-7]

Founded in 1834, Saint-Jerome was the first settlement in the Laurentians. Today, it's the industrial and retail business hub of the region. For a review of the city's history through displays plus a spectacular view of the river, take a short walk along the Riviere du Nord, from the bridge on De Marti-gny street to the bridge on Saint-Joseph street.

Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts [A5-6] A resort town cradled in the mountains just 45 minutes from Montreal, Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts treats thousands of vacationers from around the world to its charms every year. With its lively theaters, bars, and dance clubs, main street is the place to be at night. In winter, skiers flock to Mont Habitant and Mont Saint-Sauveur, and with the arrival of summer, Saint-Sauveur's AquaPark becomes the coolest place to beat the heat.

ATTRACTIONS

HAWKESBURY

Long Sault Bridge Grand Trunk Railway

Station L'Ascension Church Saint-Jude Church Saint-Dominique Church

MORIN HEIGHTS

Ski Morin Heights Morin Heights Beach

OKA

Oka Park Open-Air Theatre The Farm Tourism Trail Oka Monastery

Grande Baie Ecological Path

SAINTE-ADELE

Sainte-Adele Arts Pavilion Doncaster River Park Super Splash Aquatic Park Marie-Claude Chocolate Shoppe Martin-le-Pecheur Fishing Centre Au Pays des Merveilles Indoor-Outdoor Amusement Park Zenon Alary Museum

SAINT-EUSTACHE

Globensky Manor Legare Mill Cabane a sucre Lalande (Lalande sugar shack) Saint-Eustache

Autodrome Exotarium Inc.

SAINT-JEROME

Saint-Jerome Cathedral Vieux Palais Visual Arts Interpretation Centre Pare regional de la Riviere-du-Nord (Du Nord River Regional Park)

SAINT-SAUVEUR-DES-MONTS

Saint-Sauveur AquaPark

Galeries des Monts (The Mountain Galleries)

 

Map of Laurentians (Quebec, Canada). Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Laurentians