The Mauricie region extends from the banks of the St. Lawrence into the heart of the boreal forest, covering about 40,000 square kilometres or 15,440 square miles of land. The region is locates midway between Montr/al and Quebec city (one hour and a half from both cities), and its administrative centre is Trois-Rivieres city, the third town, founded in Canada by the European settlers on the confluence of the St.Maurice and St.Lawrence, in the 18th century.
Its population of 260,000 inhabitants is spread out in two urban centres - Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan, as well as in rural area and small picturesque towns.
The Mauricie takes its name from the Saint-Maurice River, 587 kilometres long, one of Quebec’s principal waterways. Let’s remind you as well that the Mauricie region offers housing costs that are among the lowest in Canada.
The local industry combines natural resources, the processing sectors and the knowledge-based economy with a diversified structure. It provides a number of jobs in such industries as metallurgy, light metals, lumber, pulp and paper, energy, environment, etc.
The number of small and medium enterprises is rising, and the opening of the Vallée du Saint-Maurice Technopole is a good sign for the economy of the Mauricie. Besides, the Mauricie is a one of reputed centers of hydroelectric industry in Quebec
The Mauricie has an university whose students come from 50 countries,
The immense natural beauty of the Mauricie, the region offers no shortage of attractions. Indeed, the backcountry of the Mauricie region is a vast forested domain punctuated with rivers and lakes. Alongside the St.Lawrence runs the Road 138 known as the King’s Road or Chemin du Roy, Canada’s first highway (well, we’d better call it a carriageway)
The Mauricie National Park of Canada covers over 536 square kilometres or 205 square miles and its visitors can enjoy some of the Mauricie’s most spectacular panoramas. A number of other parks and major nature reserves, such as Mastigouche and St-Maurice park form the backdrop to some of the most breathtaking rivers.
In winter, visitors can add ice fishing, cross-country skiing, dogsled driving and skating to their menu.