User-friendly urban life
Festivals, popular events, art galleries, museums, thematic tours, bars and restaurants – the cities of Authentic Quebec exude a festive energy, and it’s all yours for the taking.
In both summer and winter, the two regions of Authentic Quebec are bursting with exciting cultural events. The festival season opens with Danse Encore (Trois-Rivières), a huge party for the whole family, marking the start of summer. After that comes Le FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières, featuring the most popular singers and groups of the province and beyond. The Mémoire et Racines festival in Saint-Charles-Borromée is for fans of traditional arts, while Joliette hosts the Festival de Lanaudière, a celebration of classical music, in July. In mid-August, get your taste buds ready for the Fêtes gourmandes de Lanaudière (Saint-Jacques-de-Montcalm) which is now part of the Chefs’ Tour circuit known as Goûtez le Québec. During Indian summer, Trois-Rivières will host its gourmet celebration known as Délices d’Automne, just before Saint-Tite is transformed into the cowboy capital of Quebec with its famous Festival Western. Winter is no excuse for staying at home when events such as Christmas markets, tomcod fishing, Nuits Polaires (Trois-Rivières), Saint-Côme en glace, and les Festi-Glace de la rivière l’Assomption give you an opportunity to shake off the cold and have lots of fun!
Culture and fun in the streets
Did you know that Trois-Rivières was declared a Culture Capital of Canada in 2009? From June to October, the atmosphere is in full swing in concert halls and on the streets as the city becomes a hub of artistic expression, showcasing artists from Quebec and around the world. All summer long, the atmosphere radiates from Place Bourget, the city of Joliette’s centrifugal force, surrounded by delightful bars, terraces and restaurants, while things are hopping at Shawinigan’s 5e Rue and at the microbreweries. You can wander through the lively streets of Vieux-Terrebonne or the arts district of Assomption before stopping at an art gallery or an artisanal chocolate producer, or before going to admire the sunset on the banks of the Mille-Îles River. Here, the intimate, friendly side of the city is what matters most, with everything within reach and ready to be discovered at a leisurely pace.
Poetry without borders in Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivières didn’t usurp its title of poetry capital, awarded by Félix Leclerc in 1985. With 2015 marking its 31st annual edition, the International Poetry Festival, held over ten days in October, brings together some hundred poets from five continents to participate in nearly 350 activities. A highly anticipated event in this city that displays 400 poems on its walls and 5,000 in Parc Champlain, 365 days a year. • Trois-Rivières ı www.fiptr.com
An historic stop at l’Île-des-Moulins
A stop at l’Île-des-Moulins, not far from Vieux-Terrebonne, will allow you to discover not only a remarkable historical site – the second largest historic restoration site in the province next to Place Royale in Quebec City – but also a place that’s perfect for relaxation or recreational activities. A local favourite year-round.
Just a few minutes away from Montreal, Les Moulins is filled with treasures waiting to be discovered! With a heritage spanning over 350 years, reflected in both the architecture and the activities that promote knowledge sharing, it's easy to be enchanted by the charm and authenticity of the historic site of Île des Moulins and Vieux Terrebonne.Learn more
Discover, or rediscover, the delicious taste of the sugar shack! This small sugar shack has come a long way since its inception. Starting as a small business over 100 years ago, Érablière chez Lahaie has grown over generations and can now accommodate up to 185 people.Learn more
Even without a car, you can escape far from the hubbub of the city for a nature-adventure trip in the beautiful region of Lanaudière. No more car rental and scheduling with friends to get some fresh air! No more car rental, discover the culture, history and exceptional nature of the region thanks to outings with guided transport from Montreal by Bonjour Nature.Learn more
In Joliette, we believe in Santa Claus! Every year, downtown Joliette lights up, comes alive, and vibrates to the rhythm of the Holidays. During the month of December, dozens of artisans and local producers set up shop in the artisan village, comprised of charming little houses, to offer a multitude of original products and gifts.Learn more
425 square kilometers to have fun, sleep, and eat well! Defined as the "urban heart of Lanaudière," the Joliette area is located halfway between peaceful countryside and the excitement of the city. Here, you can enjoy nature, the flavors of agrotourism, including several microbreweries, as well as the vibrant culture that has always animated Joliette.Learn more