Less than an hour’s drive from Montréal, a small city has big ideas.
Two landmarks stand out from the cityscape, surrounded by farmland. On one side, Rivière L’Assomption—a calm river perfect for recreation—and, on the other, the cathedral, a veritable museum in the heart of town. Inside, religious artworks by Québec painter Ozias Leduc hang permanently from the walls.
With its impressive collections and exhibits, Musée d’art de Joliette is also well
worth a visit, while the Arts Centre features everything from pop to classical music concerts.
Place Bourget is what you might call the town’s centrifugal force. The avenue surrounding the public square is packed with busy boutiques, bars, patios, cafés, and restaurants, where young chefs are cooking up a storm. Then choose from not one but two microbreweries for the finest lagers and ales.
Joliette is also renowned for its happening events and festivals. Don’t miss Festival de Lanaudière, october Blues, and Festival Mémoire et Racines (Memory and Roots) before the Joliette-Lanaudière Christmas markets end the year on a high note.
9 kilomeTres of frozen river did you know that Joliette boasts the longest river rink in Québec? And it’s free!