Bird’s eye view of Fort Lennox, Montérégie © Tourisme Montérégie/L. Lucuix

Montérégie

Steeped in history (Richelieu Route, Aboriginal culture), Montérégie is Québec’s cider, wine, maple and apple country. It’s a pleasant mix of city and village a stone’s throw from Montréal and the U.S., between Québec City and Ottawa. The tourist routes make it fun to explore. Come see for yourself!

Location and access

Bordered by the St. Lawrence and bisected by the Rivière Richelieu, the region can be accessed from Ontario via highways 401 and 417 and from New York State via the 87.

Ferme Guyon, Chambly © Tourisme Montérégie/graphestudio.com
The International de montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu hot air balloon festival © Tourisme Montérégie
Droulers Tsiionhiakwatha Archaelogical Site, Saint-Anicet © Tourisme Montérégie
Domaine St-Jacques vineyard © Tourisme Montérégie
Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville © M. Dupuis

The Cider Route

Dotted with orchards and splendid views, the Route des cidres (Cider Route) is worth the trip. On a sunny day, you can take in breathtaking vistas atop Saint‑Grégoire, Rougemont and Saint‑Hilaire mountains as well as from Covey Hill.

The region’s cider houses proudly welcome visitors to sample the products they make from the land. In fact, as a pioneer of Québec’s cider industry, Montérégie produces a prolific array of ciders. Discover still and crackling ciders, sparkling and ice ciders, and, of course, the aperitif ciders, mistelles and apple spirits. Innovative and impressively creative, Montérégie’s cider producers are contributing tremendously to the vitality of the industry. Not surprisingly, their products are also enjoying ever-growing popularity.

A new trend is emerging in the cheese-tasting scene. Indeed, traditional wine-and-cheese combinations are being replaced with subtle cider-and-cheese pairings. Discover again and again the harmonious combinations of these two delicious products. 

Richelieu Route

Over 265 km (165 mi.), the Route du Richelieu (Richelieu Route) follows the banks of the Richelieu River on either side of the Canada-U.S. border, taking you from Lacolle to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in Sorel-Tracy.

This cross‑border tourist route between Québec and New York State highlights the historical facts that marked Canada’s and the United States’ development. You’ll enjoy the idyllic countryside and shorelines brimming with natural, cultural, heritage and historical treasures.

Along the route, you’ll explore Québec’s past through riverside village and urban landscapes. What’s more, the route boasts archeological dig sites, historic landmarks and small towns steeped in history. To cap off your stimulating cultural experience, stop at any of the route’s dedicated pleasure boating sites and take time to let it all sink in.

Montérégie is home to several Canadian national historic sites: Fort Chambly, Fort Lennox, Battle of the Châteauguay and Coteau‑du‑Lac.

The Montérégie Wine Route

The Route des vins de la Montérégie (Montérégie Wine Route) comprises numerous wineries along a 100‑km (62 mi.) stretch, giving you the chance to tour the vineyards, learn about the production process and, of course, taste the wines!

The Route’s winemakers delight in welcoming visitors to sample their 100% Québec-grown-and-made products. After 30 years, these pioneers are now reaping the fruits of their determination, conviction and passion.

With its short summers and cold winters, the Québec climate holds its share of challenges for viticulture. Each year, Québec winemakers fear winter’s deep freezes, a late spring thaw or an early freeze in fall. That said, our Nordic climes are a distinct advantage on other fronts. In fact, it’s what has given life to our internationally acclaimed ice wines.

Several Montérégie winemakers have won awards throughout the world for the quality of their ice wines!

When the picturesque rolling hills of Montérégie lie blanketed in snow, outdoorsy types can enjoy discovering and rediscovering the region’s many hidden treasures. To hike, snowshoe, cross‑country ski, skate in the forest or tube‑slide in these glorious surroundings is a thoroughly joyful experience. For those who like to get their hearts pumping, the region also has a number of recreation centres as well as a new indoor climbing centre.

As the cusp of spring approaches, Montérégie comes alive with that “nectar of the gods” for sweet-tooths: maple syrup! In fact, our region is the undisputed kingdom of maple products, the crown jewel of the Québec terroir.

Home to both Mont‑Saint‑Bruno and Mont Rigaud, Montérégie is known as the cradle of downhill skiing in Québec.

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