In these unusual times, we’d like to share our recommendations for both at-home activities and agricultural tourism businesses and restaurants with delivery and takeout options. Residents of the Laurentians: keep supporting your local businesses while complying with the directives issued by the government. Here are our suggestions:Continue Reading
To the delight of many, the Christmas market tradition is back with increasing popularity in Quebec! This tradition is an integral part of the Holiday season in many countries, such as Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and several other European countries. In Quebec, these festive markets have become a celebration, featuring local artisans and food producers.
The Laurentians are clearly no exception to the rule, with the region boasting over thirty markets, shows, fairs, and exhibitions throughout the region. Without further ado, head out to discover unique gems by passionate creators. Here are the best Christmas markets and craft fairs to look out for:
In the Laurentians, explore the treasures and revelations of the Chemin du Terroir. The route’s 29 businesses will open the door to a world filled with culinary delicacies, sweet treats, culture, history, parks, gardens and animals. These artisans share their passions as they invite you to discover and rediscover their products.
The Chemin du Terroir is a 226-kilometre trail marked with blue signs that winds its way through rural areas in the Lower Laurentians and Argenteuil. On this trail, we suggest a route to explore throughout the four seasons on trips lasting a day or longer. Why not prolong your getaway and take the opportunity to stay in the region’s inns, hotels and resorts?
For many, March is sugaring season! Maples have made spring a party with their sweet sap, annually bringing together families and friends for sugaring time. The Laurentian region has many sugar houses where joy always awaits in the pure traditions of the past. Your getaway is a great chance to stay in the region’s inns, hotels and resorts. We invite you to come experience the flavours of maple sugar in the Laurentians:
The sun is just rising over the Laurentians and already it’s a fine warm day. In fact, it’s going to be another magnificent day. The only thing left to do is see which activity gets the short straw! That’s summer in the Laurentians: an unrivalled variety of activities to dream about. For relaxation, sport, culture and nature itself, or any other way you might like to enjoy summer at its best, it’s the destination par excellence.
What’s up this summer Spring/Summer 2016
Route des Belles-Histoires
The “Route des Belles-Histoires” allows visitors to discover the Laurentian region from another aspect. Its historic thematic perspective highlights the development of its various forestry, agricultural and touristic sectors. Running over 284 km from Saint-Jérôme to Mont-Laurier, following Route 117 and the “P’tit Train du Nord” linear park, you’ll track along one of the routes used by the early settlers. Several side-trips will take you to sites of particular heritage interest. In addition, you can visit old railway stations and museums, or use interactive terminals and view short video presentations, all providing glimpses of local and regional history. From the story of log jamming days to the Huberdeau Calvary with stopovers at Chute aux Iroquois, Espace Claude-Henri-Grignon, the Laurentian Ski Museum and the various heritage and historical circuits… more than 60 locations of interest to be discovered. Everything is in place for some fun and adventure along the Route des Belles-Histoires, a rendezvous with yesteryear, today in the Laurentians.
Espaces boutiques Métiers d’art Laurentides
The Conseil de la Culture des Laurentides (CCL) and its partners are proud to be providing four boutique spaces for the Métiers d’Art Laurentides. All year round, this public display presents the best of the creations being produced by the most talented professional craftspeople in the region. During your visit to the Laurentians, take time to enjoy the sheer beauty of the surrounding countryside, and prolong your enjoyment by surrounding yourself with the works of our local creators. Buy a local handicraft at one of the four outlets located at: Maison de la Culture et du Patrimoine (Manoir Globensky) in Saint-Eustache, the Laurentian Tourist Information Bureau at the Porte-du-Nord (exit 51 on Highway 15), at the Laurentian Ski Museum in Saint-Sauveur or at the Tourist Welcome Bureau located on Montée Ryan in Mont-Tremblant.
In company with a guide/interpreter, visitors can discover the history of the village site, founded at the end of the 18th century, which was the scene of one of the major episodes of the 1837 rebellion. In summer, there are a number of pedestrian tours to do, or you can be taken around the back streets with an audioguide, available year-round. A theatrical tour leads visitors on a tour of six historic frescoes painted on different buildings along the rue Saint-Eustache. Presented in collaboration with the Théâtre de la Petite Comédie, this tour provides an opportunity to enjoy a series of short theatrical pieces with an historical yet amusing background, inspired by the frescoes of Old-Saint-Eustache that you will see along the way. Guided tours and heritage attractions start on June 20, 2016 and there will be five representations on the theatrical circuit offered from July to September.
Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
New in 2016: the Odyssée Map of the Rivière des Mille Îles: a new self-guided tour has been developed with some 29 points of interest for stops along the way. Four tours of various lengths are proposed allowing visitors to discover some of the lesser known sections of the Rivière des Mille Îles. Part of our fleet of watercraft has been renewed (rabaskas, canoes, rowboats, single and double kayaks). Like to amble along in a rabaska with no paddling to do? Yes, this is now possible. An animated tour lasting one and a half hours on board a motorized rabaska is just the ticket for those not wanting to paddle. The guide will share stories and facts concerning the history, flora and fauna of the Rivière des Mille Îles. Day Camp: 100% outdoors. Activities include fishing, bike rides and lots of discoveries for youthful explorers.
Les Vergers Lafrance
As of this spring, the Cabane à Sucre Lafrance will be boiling its own sap. With 1,500 trees tapped, the maple grove will allow them to produce maple syrup and other derivative products that you can obtain at the brand new boutique, which will open its doors in fall 2016. The maple grove is located up on the mountain and has walking trails and picnic areas. Something new this year to take your breath away!
At the 2016 Québec Cider Competition, the ice cider Cuvée Spé- ciale 2011 won the Grand Or Medal, having been awarded the highest note in the competition. A silver medal was also awarded to the Domaine Lafrance ice cider. Both these ice ciders are available at the Boutique des Vergers as well as in branches of the SAQ. The first organic cider will be available in the spring of 2016 in the 204 Métro grocery stores around Québec. The Cuvée 525 BIO, a pleasant cider produced from organically grown fruit at the orchards and by means of a manufacturing process approved by Écocert Canada, is sure to please everyone.
Auberge de l’Abbaye d’Oka
Auberge de l’Abbaye d’Oka welcomes you in a former abbey of the Cistercian monks. A one-of-a-kind lodging experience in a great setting with a unique architectural style. Escape the daily routine and enjoy the great outdoors, tourism, art and culture. Rooms starting from $85 per night (double occupancy). The Inn also offers: Catering services, weddings (church on site), sports equipment rental and 35 kilometers of mountain biking or hiking trails.
Super Aqua Club
This specialist in aquatic fun only 30 minutes from Montréal offers visitors an exclusive new ride for summer 2016, the TSUNAMI. Winner of the best innovation at the 2015 IAAPA Convention, it combines the perfection of the shapely hills and valleys with maximum corners and curves accentuated by centrifugal force. Comfortably seated in your boat, this new water-jet propelled technology guarantees you some moments of Formula 1-like thrills on the water! Come and enjoy a unique experience and high adrenaline! A drop and dive sensation that will take your breath away! There’s not a shadow of a doubt, the whole family is going to love getting into the Tsunami. In addition, numerous improvements have been made over the course of the winter. The main entrance has been totally reworked to provide quicker access and a more efficient bag search, with distinct turnstiles reserved for season pass holders and online ticket purchases. A new season high in color is on the cards at Super Aqua Club!
Boutique métiers d’art nous•vous•ils
In Rosemère, come and discover the talent of more than 50 Québec artisans: decorative objects, crockery, jewelry, fashion accessories; all types of arts and crafts work are featured. Thanks to the boutique nous•vous•ils, you can pick up this year’s latest creations. Under the same roof, you will find the atelier-boutique of jeweler Dominic Dufour who, in addition to his own creative work, features the work of another 20 Québec jewelers.
Hélibellule is fuelling up on maple syrup! Take off for a tour of the skies over the Chemin du Terroir and discover the sugar shacks of Mirabel from up above or better still, heliport yourself off for a maple syrup-flavored meal from the base at Mirabel International Airport to a sugar shack in the Mirabel area. This package includes a personalized reception with a special maple cocktail and a thematic gift to take home of a special sweatshirt. Tariffs will reflect your own expectations.
Located in Blainville, Défis-Défis is an indoor amusement center unique in Québec! Come and experience a very different way of having fun with the family, friends or by forming teams in this large building with 4,000 square feet under cover. Before the sand in the hourglass runs out, you must complete the 12 challenges: the labyrinth, the snake, the table that tilts, the word bath, the golf-billiards test, the bugs, the bungee, the Swiss cheese, the fishing test, the barrels, the colors and the piping. All games are accessible to the 5 to 75 age group! Grandparents are welcome to come and try the challenges in company with their grandchildren!
Agritouristic and breeding farm for miniature horses. Educational visits and equestrian activities for families. A herd of more than 100 miniature horses, with dozens of births each year. Come and enjoy a unique experience: cuddle a mini! Depending on the time of year, you might even be able to hold a newborn foal in your arms! Indoor riding arena open year-round, ideal for workshops, visits, children’s birthday parties and day camps.
Parc du Domaine Vert
Come and discover the new aerial exercise course for the whole family at Parc du Domaine Vert: the Écureuils course, adapted for children aged 3 to 6; the Petits Aventuriers course is for 7 to 10-year-olds, the Grands Aventuriers course, a new course to discover with a height of 20 feet above ground level, for those aged 10 or over accompanied by an adult. The Adults course is reserved for those 12 and older who can meet the height requirement. A series of four different courses high in color and emotion, each more daring and vertiginous than the next.
Golf et FootGolf Sélect
Footgolf is practiced on a specially-adapted regular golf course with cups 53cm wide. It takes about two hours to complete all 18 holes. All you need are some runners and a soccer ball. Footgolf is an individual sport that can be practiced alone or in groups of 2 to 8 persons. With no experience or training needed to play, your group will have tons of fun whether the players are 4 years old or 75!
Located in the Lower Laurentians, a few kilometers north of Montréal, our countryside is unique, rich and diverse. As you travel along the Chemin du Terroir, you will discover all the best kept secrets of the region.
Take in all the splendour along the country back roads of Mirabel, where the architectural beauty of old heritage villages will charm you. In the Deux-Montagnes sector, enjoy the breathtaking views offered by the hills above Oka and Saint-Joseph-du-Lac. Lapped by the waters of the Deux Montagnes Lake, Mille Îles River and Ottawa River, these fortunate lands are surrounded by scenery of extraordinary beauty.
You like to wander off the beaten path? Discover real gems on the Chemin du Terroir as you explore the Oka National Park and enjoy the spectacular views offered by the Ottawa River from one of the many scenic roads of Argenteuil. You will be pleasantly surprised by the landscape, rich in contrasts and offering enormous opportunities for activities of all kinds, the variety of products and the region’s cultural diversity.
Chemin du Terroir, 226 kilometers of 4-season discoveries, bucolic countryside and gourmet getaways!
The holiday season is just around the corner and the Chemin du Terroir partners have many gift ideas and surprises in store for you.
At La Route des Gerbes d’Angelica, any occasion is good to celebrate and Christmas is the ideal time of year to dazzle visitors. Entertainment, shows, enchanting decor and boutique with great gift ideas for your loved ones. Why not offer a loaf of angelica artisan bread to your hostess?
With festivities comes good wine; the wineries of Le Chemin du Terroir offer many delicious products. Vignoble des Négondos was presented with three awards for its whites, Orélie 2011 and Cuvée Saint-Vincent 2011. The Chesnaie 2011, a red wine, was also recently recognized. Time to stock up!
Until December 22, Labonté de la pomme, verger et miellerie invites you to its Christmas General Store. Get a variety of local products made from appel and honey to complement your holiday shopping. Several gift packahe are also available.
Enjoy the convenience of the online ordering service and free gift wrap, with delivery at Vignoble Rivière du Chêne. In addition, a package including a tour of the vineyard and tasting is offered. A great way to please many family members for Christmas.
The boutique is filled with soft gift ideas at Alpage du Nord. Socks, scarves, hats and cute cuddly toys made from alpaca fibers will warm up your loved ones as they go out and play after a satisfying meal!
La Maison Lavande also offers an online ordering service, with products from the two boutiques – perfume shop and gourmet boutique. Open daily until Christmas.
Vergers Lafrance has also thought of something special for the holidays. Gift sets starting at $12, online orders and beautiful Christmas buffet with local flavors to bring home for your festivities. The entire team awaits you from January 16 to 19 for their annual winter event. Frozen apples picking, outdoor activities and comforting meal at the cafe terrace.
Set aside some time for the discovery of the Chemin du Terroir and its thousands of secrets. The 36 collaborating enterprises and their representatives will be more than happy to make your Christmas holidays even more memorable!
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