The Monteregie region is located in the southwestern Quebec, between Montreal, Ontario and US.
In Quebec, the Monteregie is well-known for its vineyards, orchards, spectacular panoramas, delicious products, and, of course, for the Monteregian Mountains or Hills, which gave this land its name. There are six peaks here, namely Rougmont, Saint-Hilaire, Yamaska, St-Gregoire, St-Bruno and Mont Rigaud. Let’s remind you that St-Hilaire was the first biosphere reserve of Canada.
The biggest cities of the Monteregie region are Boucherville, Brossard, Chambly, Granby, Longueuil, Rigaud, Sorel-Tracy, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Varennes, Vaudreuil-Dorion. Besides, Monteregie is the biggest Quebec’s administrative region after Montreal with about 1,410 000 inhabitants who live on 11,128 000 square kilometres (4,2897 square miles).
The Monteregie region was populated by the Iroquois when the Europeans first came here in the beginning of the VII century. Samuel de Champlain built here a few forts to do protect the colonists against the Iroquois and against the British. Some of the battles which decided the destiny of Canada, took place in Monteregie.
Guests riding along regional panoramic and picturesque roads, can see many heritage and ancestral buildings here. There are maple groves, famous traditional sugar shacks, where visitors cans taste of maple syrup and taffy on snow. Don’t forget that Monteregie is home to many international-scale festivals, such as International Balloon Festival of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the biggest in Quebec.
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