Lanaudière appeals to all the senses with its long tradition of music and culture! Indeed, the « green region » could as easily be called the « musical region ». Here the music seems to flow from the land, with the natural harmony of landscapes and colours, the gentle melodies of the rivers and waterfalls, and the lyricism of the local place-names.
Lanaudière has always been a cradle of music and musicians: many of Quebec’s best-loved folk music groups and singers sprang from here. This is also the birthplace of one of the world’s biggest singing stars, Céline Dion, who grew up in Charlemagne. And each year, Lanaudière plays host to the most important summer classical music festival in Canada.
In 1706, the governing council decided to build a highway alongside the St. Lawrence River linking Quebec City with Montreal. It was the first highway in Canada to be navigable by carriage and became the principal conduit for travellers and mail. Much of Quebec’s history and character can be traced and enjoyed here: from heritage sites to the magnificent scenery.
Lanaudière loves to celebrate! All year long, you’re invited to enjoy our many festivals and cultural events: craft fairs, markets and local produce, ice sculptures, street festivals, summer theatres, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Acadian Festival of Saint-Liguori, the symphony of fall foliage colours, and so much more.
The colourful tapestry of Lanaudière’s history can be observed and enjoyed today in the town centres: (Berthierville’s Rue Frontenac or Joliette’s Boulevard Manseau and Place Bourget); in the villages (Rang York in Saint-Barthélemy, Rang Saint-Louis and the unique block-houses in Saint-Esprit, or Rang Saint-Albert in Saint-Thomas, with its former tobacco dryers); in the peacefulness and beauty of the religious sites (Repentigny’s Purification Church or the church of Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier); in historical sites such as Terrebonne’s Île-des-Moulins and its imposing 19th century buildings; and in Le Chemin du Roy (King’s Road), Canada’s earliest major highway.
Source : Guide touristique officiel de Lanaudière edition 2005-2006.