Southwestern Quebec is a region located in eastern Canada province of Quebec, with the cultural melting pot and French-speaking city of Montreal as its main attraction. The Laurentian Mountains are a popular skiing destination and border this region from the north, together with St. Lawrence River. Many lovely small towns, wide farms, as well as rolling hills and breathtaking views border this Canadian frontier from the south. There are simply lots of things to see, lots of activities to enjoy and participate in, not to mention a bevy of new things to experience that would be such a delight to one’s senses, making this area a top vacation destination for both local and foreign tourists, year in year out.
The Southwestern Quebec region is highly accessible wherever you might be coming from via Trudeau International Airport or the Sherbooke minor airport. It is further sub-divided into several different regions and no traveler can say that their tour of this part of Canada is complete without traversing each of these areas one by one. First stop is the Eastern Townships, or what the locals christened as Cantons de l'Est. Accessible to visitors in a various numbers of ways, you can reach Eastern Townships by whichever mode of transportation you deem fit to travel, may that be through air, by driving, or accessing a variety of public transportations. Once arrived, those who thirst for heart-stopping action can go straight to Bromont for hiking, back country skiing or mountain biking. Others can also spend time marveling at the majestic animals at the international horse shows.
Lying east of Montreal is the vast countryside of Monteregie. Aptly called for being a mountain region, Monteregie boasts of quite a number of tourist attractions, starting with the scenic Mont-Saint-Hilare and its numerous hiking trails. Other most recommended sites to see includes French fort built in the 1700’s, Fort Chambly, the native reserves of Kahnawake and Akwesasne, Granby Zoo, the enthralling safaris, as well as the numerous hiking and skiing adventures. Any visit to this part of Southwestern Quebec is not complete without sampling their maple syrup, as well as participating in the Brome County Fair or the International Hot Air Balloon Festival in August.
Laurentides, on the other hand, lies in the mountain range region of Quebec, north of Montreal. It is one of the most popular skiing destinations, thanks to the world-renown Mont Tremblant Ski Resort. This top winter destination is a favorite amongst tourist for a multitude of enjoyable sporting activities to do. Other must see destinations in this part of the region include the ski resorts of Sainte-Adele and Saint-André d'Argenteuil. While you are there, make sure to stop by the regional park of Bois de Belle-Rivière, as well as the beautiful gardens at Chénier-Sauvé.
Checking out the key cities in the region is another way to go about your Southwestern Quebec travel adventure. Make sure to stop by the Recreatheque and the space museum in Laval, check out the famed forest and the park of Lucien-Blanchard in Sherbrooke, the International Percussion Festival, as well as the cheap paperbacks and great cappuccino at Longueuil, go on a romantic cruise on Lake Memphremagog in Magog and visit the lovely city of Montreal, while you are there.