Map of Victoriaville. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Victoriaville area (Quebec)

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Map of Victoriaville. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Victoriaville area (Quebec)

The Bois-Francs

First settled by the French in 1825, the Bois-Francs stretches from the St. Lawrence plain to the Appalachian foothills and connects the Arthabaska and Erable regions. The Bois-Francs provides a wealth of historical sites and monuments, cultural activities and festivities for visitors. Agriculture is the backbone of the area; its dairy farms are the most attractive and the largest in all of Canada, and "Les Bois," as it is commonly called, is known around the world for its maple syrup. The Bois-Francs also inspired many famous personalities who helped shape Canada's political and cultural life, such as Wilfrid Laurier, artist Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote, and botanist Frere Marie-Victorin. The source of their inspiration is still alive and well today, and can be found in the riches of the region's many art galleries, theaters, museums, festivals, parks, and lakes.

Notre-Dame-du-Cap Shrine

Becancour [A1] Home to both the Abenaki First Nations reserve and Quebec's only operating nuclear power plant, this dynamic industrial city affords a window on the past through its covered bridges and mills that once harnessed the power of water and wind.

Black Lake [E8] The largest asbestos mine in North America sits on the site of the drained Lac Noir, whose surface once was said to appear entirely black. At a lookout point on Hwy 112, you can watch asbestos being mined through each step of the extraction process.

Cap-de-la-Madeleine [A1] Named after a historic seigneury, Cap-de-la-Madeleine has a rich and storied religious past. The Notre-Dame-du-Cap Shrine has been the site of pilgrimages since 1883. Each year, the city hosts the Public Entertainers Festival, a celebration of clowns, magicians, jugglers, tightrope walkers, and mimes.

Inverness [В7] Founded by Scottish immigrants, this town of 855 is home to many Quebe-cois clockmakers, artists, and sculptors. The latter display their bronze creations at the Art Foundry of Inverness, where you can view and purchase their works.

Plessisville [C6] Named for Maj. Joseph-Octave Plessis, the eleventh bishop of Quebec, Plessisville is the world's maple capital, producing three million kilograms of maple syrup a year! If you can't make the annual Maple Festival held in May, visit La Sucrerie d'Antan, a sugar shack that's operated the old-fashioned way, with buckets, panels, and work horses.

VlCTORIAVILLE [D4-5]

When the seigneuries along the St. Lawrence River became crowded, farmers came to clear new land in the hardwood forests of the Bois-Francs, and Victoriaville was born in 1861. Sir Wilfrid Laurier lived here for 20 years, and the brick house built for him in 1876 is now a museum. The economic heart of the region, Victoriaville was once famed for its hockey sticks, and still offers a myriad of sports activities, like the Great Challenge, a pentathlon of sports in August, and the Bois-Francs Linear Park, a cycling path running 77 km along an old railway through the Bois-Francs. Victo, as the locals call it, also boasts an acclaimed experimental music festival in May and the International Amateur Theatre Festival in July.

Warwick [E4] Named after the city of Warwick in England, this town is known for its handsome golf courses and elegant gardens. In June, a cheese festival invites cheese producers from across the province.

ATTRACTIONS

BECANCOUR

Wolinak First Nation Reserve Gentilly River Regional Park Gentilly-2 Nuclear Power Station Saint-Gregoire Windmill Biodiversity Centre

BLACK LAKE

Lab Chrysotile Mine Observation Point (Hwy 112)

CAP-DE-LA-MADELEINE

Notre-Dame-du-Cap Shrine Cultural Centre

INVERNESS

Art Foundry of Inverness Inverness Bronze Museum Lysander Falls

PLESSISVILLE

Maple Museum (Musee quebecois de I'erable) La Sucrerie d'Antan (sugar shack) Bourbon River Park

VICTORIAVILLE

Bois-Francs Linear Park Mont Saint-Michel Laurier Museum Sir Wilfrid Laurier

House Post Off ice (1910) Saint-Christophe Cathedral (1873) Sainte-Victoire Cathedral (1897) Cinq-Chicots Wood Schoolhouse (1903)

WARWICK

Warwick Gardens

Solar Clock Covered Bridge Mount Gleason Ski Centre

 

Map of Victoriaville. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Victoriaville area (Quebec)