Every year, this community of about 3600 residents welcomes thousands of vacationers seeking quiet pastime. Surrounded by 85 lakes, wonderful forests, and mountains, St-Adophe-d’Howard is a little paradise for tourists.
The magnificent Lake St. Joseph offers facilities and infrastructure for leisure to every taste. An ideal spot for open-air activities, St-Adophe-d’Howard offers nine parks, each one featuring different landscapes, three beaches, the Mont Avalanche sports resort, and other attractions.
The village was founded in 1878 as a catholic mission. In the 1880-s, it attracted many colonists by its wide-open spaces and forests.
The first settlers chose the southern edge of the territory, and later residents settled around Lake Saint-Joseph, where they built sawmills. As time went by, the village developed its tourist infrastructure, hotels, boarding houses, and vacation camps. The YMCA set up one of the first holiday camps in Quebec on one of Lake Saint-Joseph islands.
In 1959, the Canadian Armed Forces set up a military base and installed radar detection equipment near the village. This base played a great role in the economic development of the community.
Since the opening of the Highway 15 (Laurentian Highway), St-Adolphe-d’Howard has become an easily accessible and even more popular tourist destination.
Nowadays, it is one of the major vacation centers in the Laurentians.