Montérégie: A perfect playground right on Montreal’s doorstep

An 11,000 km2 territory brimming with a wealth of attractions and discoveries of all kinds

Just a few minutes drive south of Montreal is the Montérégie region, an 11,000 km2 territory brimming with a wealth of attractions and discoveries of all kinds.

The fertile soil of this unique area and the passion of its artisans justly earned it the nickname of “Quebec’s Garden.” Here you’ll find one of the largest concentrations of vineyards in the province, which you can discover along the Montérégie’s Wine Route. Meet local producers and sample some of their exceptional products, which are sure to delight both novices and connoisseurs alike.

Just as inviting, the Cider Route offers visitors a three-season experience bursting with flavour. It all begins in May, when the apple trees are in bloom and the Montérégie region’s myriad orchards, especially around Rougemont—a.k.a. the apple capital of Quebec—are a wondrous sight to behold, awash in seas of pink and white blossoms.

The enjoyment continues through the summer and into the fall, when the apples are ripe and many orchards open to the public for apple picking, one of the region’s fall traditions and a wonderful way to spend a day with family and friends.

The Montérégie region also produces abundant harvests of other crops. Besides apples and berries, visitors can load up on a wide variety of veggies. Tomatoes, squash, pumpkins and artichokes are also popular with u-pickers. Both summer and fall are perfect for stocking the pantry with fresh produce and local flavours.

Generously blessed by Mother Nature, this region also offers scores of fun and relaxing outdoor activities, such as cycling, kayaking, hiking and paddle boarding.

Need to recharge your batteries and escape into nature? A refreshing change of scenery awaits you just a short hop from the city. Two great getaways you can enjoy during your stay are the Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville, an archipelago in the St. Lawrence River, and the Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno, with its hiking trails and five lakes.

And for a truly one-of-a-kind adventure, treat yourself to one of this region’s premiere attractions: a ride in a hot air balloon! Admire the spectacular beauty of the Monteregian hills from the air.

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