In hidden valleys, giant basins of cranberry bushes sway in the warm breeze as they await their final journey to a public market. Here, in Quebec’s breadbasket, farmers are hard at work in their fields, while in Nicolet, young police technology students prepare to be the best law enforcement officers they can be.

Nestled between Montreal and Quebec, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence and in proximity to the smaller municipalities of Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, the Centre-du-Québec region is an ideal antidote to the frantic pace of the big cities. Contrary to what you may have heard, the Centre-du-Québec region is far from boring.

A must-see historical site in the tourism and cultural landscape, the Village Québécois d’Antan (an old-time Quebec village set in the years 1810 to 1930) is an iconic stopover featuring everything that shaped the local heritage, notably habits and customs, trades, professions, folklore, clothing, modes of transport, farming methods and cooking styles.

Watching for the snow geese to return to the floodplain of Lac Saint-Pierre is a yearly ritual and an unforgettable springtime sight. In the fall, the roads winding through the Appalachian foothills explode with the colours of autumn and the best leaf peeping in the world. Fine cheeses, cranberries, orchards, farms and vineyards have adorned the epicurean trail with flavours unique to this part of the world.

Once called the “Bois-Francs” (hardwoods) region, the Centre-du-Québec is bound by the Mauricie region to the north, the Estrie (Eastern Townships) to the south and the Chaudière-Appalaches region to the east. It comprises 79 municipalities divided into five regional county municipalities (RCMs): the Arthabaska RCM, the Bécancour RCM, the Drummond RCM, the L’Érable RCM and the Nicolet-Yamaska RCM. It is also home to two native reserves: Wôlinak and Odanak.

Life in the Centre-du-Québec is an invitation to step outside and recharge your batteries. Cyclists have long known that they can pedal across the entire Centre-du-Québec by taking the old railway path from downtown Quebec City, or by heading up from the Eastern Townships all the way to the Mauricie. Visit the Sir Wilfrid Laurier home in Victoriaville, spend an afternoon engaging in tree-to-tree adventure in Drummondville, kayak on the famous Lac Saint-Pierre near Sorel-Tracy, take a bracing hike through the Gentilly River regional park or Mont Arthabaska’s renowned Sentier des Trotteurs. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities in Centre-du-Québec.

Whether you’re a sharp investor on the lookout for prime real estate to develop or a newcomer seeking to move into a luxury villa in the airy spaces of towns like Drummondville or Victoriaville, or even an incurable romantic looking for that charming country cottage, this is where you can find what you’re looking for. How can anyone resist the appeal and tranquillity of this haven of earthly delights?