When to visit
- Very Favourable
What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Located almost on Montreal's doorstep, Lanaudière is an outdoor paradise boasting vast tracts of unspoiled wilderness, 10,000 lakes and rivers, waterfalls, wide plains, mountains and numerous beaches.
The region also has a rich heritage just waiting to be discovered, and offers a wide array of tasty local products and specialties to be sampled in charming country settings.
DORWIN FALLS PARK
Parc des chutes Dorwin is an enchanting site and a favourite with tourists and locals alike! It's the perfect spot to stretch your legs along a short hiking trail, enjoy a picnic lunch or simply admire the magnificent 60-foot waterfall from one of the lookout points. Caution: Do not attempt to get close to the river, as the rocks are extremely slippery and dangerous, and the water is fast!
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from mid-June to early September. In low season (mid-May to mid-June and early September until Thanksgiving, the 2nd Monday in October), open Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can enter the site for a small fee.
LA TERRE DES BISONS
The Terre des Bisons adventure began in 1992, when Josée Toupin and Alain Demontigny purchased a farm on this magnificent 400-acre site. A few years later, they began raising American Bison (buffalo) and today they have a large herd. They also began raising elk in 2012. You can observe the animals in their natural environment along a 1.2 km interpretation trail with information boards. Be sure to say hello to Buffy, a friendly tame bison who enjoys interacting with visitors, and pay a visit to the shop to sample some of the fresh products made on-site, including their famous Tartin.
New at Terre des Bisons: the Centre Grands Gibiers du Québec, an interpretive centre on the evolution and farming of large game animals throughout history, from prehistory to the present. The centre features stuffed animals, an exhibition hall with re-enactments, an interpretation room and numerous artefacts.
Open daily from May to October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours with a ride, interpretation and tasting are also available on Saturdays and Sundays.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
LES DÉLICES DE ROSA ($-$$) AND LES DÉLICES DE ROSA - GRILL ($-$$)
These two restaurants are owned by the Fuoco family, an Italian family that emigrated to Quebec. The adventure began in 2002 with their restaurant Les Délices de Rosa (Rosa is the mother's name!), in Saint-Lin-Laurentides, specializing in gourmet breakfasts.
Open every day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and almost everything they serve is prepared on site.
Their second restaurant, Les Délices de Rosa - Grill is in Saint-Calixte and specializes in typical Italian fare, carefully crafted using fresh quality ingredients. The pasta and pizzas are all homemade, and even the mozzarella di Bufala comes from their own farm!
Open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where to sleep ?
- Very Favourable