The name is derived from the Monteregian hills, virtually all of which are in the region named for them.
Montreal’s nearest neighbour, the Montérégie is recognized as Quebec’s kitchen garden due to the many leisurely and epicurean discoveries that await the visitor there. Its rich and diverse “agrotourism” appeal is sure to fascinate. Whatever you do, do not miss this opportunity to drop in on local vineyards and cider orchards along the Montérégie’s Wine Route or Cider Route. You’ll see why their reputation is so richly deserved.
The Montérégie is rife with attractions and activities for any age or taste. Whatever cultural or culinary activity you enjoy, you will be spoiled by the range of options the region has to offer. Alone, with your soulmate, as a family or with close friends, you are sure to find a place to spend some quality time.
The Montérégie is a prime destination for lovers of good times and adventurous outings. A number of historical and cultural sites await you with open doors and captivating stories: Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum and the Maison nationale des Patriotes a museum in St-Denis dedicated to the Patriotes movement. The region is also home to four Canadian national historic sites—all yours to discover!
Come and revel in magnificent vistas like Mont Saint-Hilaire, which was declared Canada’s first UNESCO biosphere site in 1978. Join in some of the region’s many festivals and events, notably the International Balloon Festival in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, where you can gaze in wonderment as the sky fills with hundreds of multicoloured hot-air balloons from around the world.
Do be sure to take a drive along the 265-km Route du Richelieu, the first official cross-border scenic route between Quebec and New York State. Learn all there is to know about an important corridor that shaped the histories of both Canada and the U.S. while you take in picturesque landscapes of exceptional beauty. The Montérégie also comprises two reserves, so you can absorb a little native lore along the way!
In terms of economic development, the Montérégie boasts over 3,000 businesses concentrated among a number of provincially important business centres. Nicknamed Quebec’s pantry, it is strategically positioned in terms of producing and processing food. Soil and weather conditions make the region ideal for truck cropping and market gardening. Conveniently located some 20 kilometres from the big city, the town of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville was recently named the best place to live in Quebec.
To make a long story short, the Montérégie will win you over with its charms.