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2019-2020 OFFICIAL TOURIST GUIDE

Centre-du-Québec


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regional overview 6 Can’t-miss Experiences 11 Profile of the Region 120 Map 86

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Regional Events Culture & Heritage Nature & Outdoor Activities Winter Fun Regional Flavours Additional Activities

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accommodation and places to eat 92 Places to Eat 98 Accommodation

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112 General Information 114 Travelling in Québec 116 Legend of Symbols 117 Index 119 Advertisers index

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TRAVEL TOOLS Web resources to help you plan your trip

Tourism Centre-du-Québec offers several web-based tools for visitors seeking trip planning information in the area. You can download this guide in a PDF version.

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regional overview 6 Can’t-miss Experiences 11 Profile of the Region 12 Drummondville and

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CAN'T-MISS EXPERIENCES BY ÉRIC LEFEBVRE Éric Lefebvre

Member of the National Assembly and Chief Government Whip

Victo et ses Oies Being able to witness this snow goose show in the heart of Victoriaville is a veritable gift from nature. Every fall, thousands of birds flock through the Beaudet Reservoir to gather their strength, much to the delight of nature and culture enthusiasts, who come together to admire the species in action. It’s a source of pride to be able to welcome people from all over Québec and to showcase the regional talent, all this just a few steps from our magnificent downtown. And while you’re visiting, you can do a bit of exercise or simply enjoy a casual stroll on the 5-km trail that circles the Beaudet Reservoir, while admiring the show from a new perspective at each one of the trail’s turns. 6

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Le Festival du bœuf d’Inverness Get out your cowboy hats and boots, and get ready for the festive atmosphere of rodeos, float parades and horse pulls in the heart of Inverness. The festival’s 30,000 attendees make this a unique annual event, and one of the most popular in all of Québec. If you’re more of the type to enjoy shows, musical performances or dances, you will love the festival’s varied program. Whether you come with family or friends, you can plan to spend a few days enjoying every feature of this one-of-a-kind experience.


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CAN'T-MISS EXPERIENCES BY YVAN MARTINEAU Yvan Martineau Sports journalist

Must-see in the Bois-Francs region

Must-see in the Nicolet-Yamaska region

I am often bombarded with breathtaking pictures from people vacationing (for far too short a time) in the Victoriaville region. And I repeat, breathtaking! Cycling tourism, stunning landscapes, elusive hills, magnificent views from the summits and more. And then there were the local product tastings! Oh boy those restaurants looked so good! And that fabulous botanical garden that is the Parc Marie-Victorin! And Les Bois-Francs, it’s the El Dorado! And it’s all right here on our doorstep! We’re definitely going back, but this time with our gravel bikes to criss-cross the dirt roads.

I went back to Nicolet-Yamaska to film a cycling video. When I watch the episode now, I’m still pleasantly overwhelmed by the exuberant natural setting, the waterways and that river the one that Europeans just can’t get enough of! Plus, the drone shots that highlight the impressive setting. Needless to say, I’m always amazed. This is an underestimated little-known part of the country that is so clearly the perfect spot for those looking to spend time in nature and who are looking for a change of scenery. As Félix Leclerc said, "Art makes for an excellent sanctuary."Well, this sanctuary is more than your basic work of art.

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CAN'T-MISS EXPERIENCES BY ALAIN LEMAIRE Alain Lemaire

Co-founder of Cascades

Mont Gleason

Fromagerie du Presbytère

Mount Gleason isn’t just a family ski resort, snow park, boutique, snowshoe trails and snow tubing it’s also a beautiful mountain in any season with exceptional hiking trails and cycling paths. With an organization that is creative and vibrant, a festive atmosphere and spaces that are perfect for major events, you definitely won’t be bored at Mount Gleason!

La Fromagerie du Presbytère is truly a treasure in our region! It’s a great place to taste award-winning local cheeses from all over Canada. In the charming little village of St-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, you will be greeted by devoted staff that are very friendly and happy to answer any questions you have about cheese! And don’t miss their famous Friday evening feasts throughout the summer season!

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CAN'T-MISS EXPERIENCES BY STEVE VEILLEUX Steve Veilleux Singer, songwriter

L’Établi Brasserie Urbaine Drummondville

Parc du Sanctuaire La Plaine

L'Établi is where I go to have a great time in a lively musical ambiance. The atmosphere is inviting, they serve delicious food, and the free shows on Thursdays and Fridays are a great way to discover new music and revisit old favourites. It’s an ideal place for an after-work cocktail or just to get a bite to eat with friends.

The Parc du Sanctuaire La Plaine is so inspiring that it has become a must-see. The trails in the Forêt Drummond are mature and well-groomed, making them superb for some excellent hikes in the great outdoors. I like to walk my dog there several times a week so I can take in lots of fresh air and just relax among the trees. I often come across cyclists riding on the Route verte, a bike path that runs along the Saint-François River. It’s a taste of the country in the city!

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CAN'T-MISS EXPERIENCES BY DOROTHÉE LESSARD Dorothée Lessard Gourmet Columnist

Pub L’Ours Noir I discovered Pub l’Ours Noir and its local food platter (perfect for omnivores) with some good friends. We stopped by on a Saturday evening in the winter and sipped on some tasty beers from the microbrewery! The atmosphere is cozy, and the menu has something delicious for everyone’s tastes. From duck drumsticks in a whiskey sauce to crispy duck pogo sticks, or beef tartare with Espelette pepper and pistachios (my personal favourite) to seafood and saffron risotto... In a nutshell, they have something for everyone! Psst! For those with a sweet tooth, you can even try the peau d’ours dessert! Delight your taste buds at this fabulous pub! 10

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La Tomaterie de Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets I discovered the delicious world of La Tomaterie Saint-Pierre-Les-Becquets while cooking during a show at the Marché Godefroy. We made a pizza in the wood-fired oven, but the real culinary treat was in La Tomaterie’s BBQ pizza sauce! It was simply exquisite! Since then, the delightful owner, Guylaine Roy, has introduced me to their fragrant range of products made from tomatoes, cranberries, but most importantly, lots of love! My personal favourite? Their sundried tomato pesto...a summer getaway awaits!


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PORTRAIT OF THE REGION

On the Road Again! The roads are beautiful in the Centre-duQuébec, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop by! Why not travel around the region, by car, bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, or quad? No matter which road you choose, you will discover an authentic and amazing tourist region where tradition and terroir (local products) go hand in hand. Bounded by the majestic St. Lawrence River and the Appalachian foothills, the region is located just south of the St. Lawrence and the Lac Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve and near several major urban centres. As you drive along highways 20 or 55, you will inevitably travel through the Centre-du-Québec.

You’re bound to make interesting discoveries no matter which road you choose. For example, Route 116 will take you through towns and cities ranging from the most urban to the most rural. Or, if you opt for Route 132, you will be rewarded with a more panoramic view as you hug the St. Lawrence River and travel along the Navigators’ Route. Here, you’re always greeted with a smile. Wherever the road may take you in the Centre-du-Québec, folks are friendly, and the tourist attractions are many!

Not far from the highways are the region’s main cities (Bécancour, Drummondville, Nicolet, Plessisville, and Victoriaville) and its many charming quaint towns… yours to discover.

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Drummondville and the surrounding area Renowned for high energy and a festive atmosphere, Drummondville invites you to enjoy celebrations in its popular Parc Woodyatt. Located near the city’s downtown core with its terraces and shops, the park is the perfect setting for numerous events. Other places not to be missed during your stay: the Village Québécois d’Antan pioneer village, Rose Drummond, and Arbre en Arbre Drummond (tree-top adventure site) with the Saint-François River as the backdrop.

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concerts, talent is expressed in many ways. Effervescent cultural scene! Hungry? The variety of our restaurants and ambiances is impressive. Traditional or exotic food? Appetizing! In Forêt Drummond as in Woodyatt Park, the St. François River is always part of the scenery. Panoramic bicycle trails and d'Arbre en arbre (p. 14) adventures are great for stretching legs. Natural Drummondville! And, thanks to our variety of hosting services “with a smile”, you are sure to appreciate our hospitality. A welcoming city! Drummondville, the capital of development... creating happiness!

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Drummondville undoubtedly deserves its festive reputation. From poutine to stand-up comedy, from music to beer, opportunities for enjoyment abound. And New Year's Eve celebrations are held downtown, under the stars. Swing your partner! At the Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville (p. 15), at the Musée de la photo (p. 16), in the art galleries or at outdoor

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Arbre en arbre Drummondville

526, rang Sainte-Anne, Drummondville 819 397-4544  •  1 877 397-4544  reseauxpleinair.com

980, rang Watkins, Drummondville 819 857-0143  •  3futs.com

Located in the woods of Forêt Drummond, Arbre en arbre Drummondville (TreeGo) is a recreational park featuring more than 90 treetop adventure challenges spread over two demonstration trails, one children's trail and four junior/adult trails. Set up along the St. Francois River and the Spicers rapids, the Arbre en arbre Drummondville site includes a park with seven zip lines, a treetop adventure trail and ESCALABRE. Guaranteed thrills! Open: May 4 to October 27. See our website for complete schedule.

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Axart

219, rue Heriot, Drummondville 819 477-0278  •  axart.ca

A few minutes from downtown Drummondville, come to visit our winery and taste our organic wines (red, white and rosé) along with our red wine jelly. Meet the owners to learn more about the art of winemaking. Visit the vineyard, wine tasting, on-site wine sales and terrace. Guided tour available upon reservation (4 persons or more). Visit our website for more details. Open: June 1 to October 28. Variable hours. At other times, upon reservation. Ferme du Bassin

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1 040, rang Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Drummondville 450 568-6991  •  ferme.ca Ferme du Bassin gives you the opportunity to get close to a wide variety of animals. 100 different breeds and hundreds of animals onsite. Several unique workshops let you pet, hold, or feed your friends the animals. Open: June 22 to August 31. Visit our website for a list of activities and detailed schedule.

The Axart centre for dissemination and artistic development is a showcase for artists from the region. Under one roof we find two exhibition halls, merchandise and handicrafts. Open: year-round, Thursday to Sunday. Circuit des arts de la MRC de Drummond

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Drummondville 819 477-2230  •  mrcdrummond.qc.ca

2250, rue Demers, suite 110, Drummondville 819 850-0788  •  laserforcequebec.com

The Drummond MRC offers visual art enthusiasts a tour featuring a dozen workshops, art galleries and museums within its borders. Immerse yourself in the passion and talent that inspires our local artists. A brochure describing the tour is available in Centre-du-Québec's vistor information centers and on the MRC's website. Many happy discoveries! Open: year-round. Variable hours.

LaserForce is THE place for immersive entertainment! LaserForce Drummondville is an out-of-this world experience of futuristic fun that will thrill you and get you moving. Our activities include Laser Tag, Virtual Reality, Arcade, UV dodgeball, Nerf, archery tag, bubble soccer and much more. Open: year-round. Variable hours.

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Le Village Québécois d’Antan

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1 425, rue Montplaisir, Drummondville 819 478-1441  •  1 877 710-0267 villagequebecois.com Experience today all the pleasures of yesterday! Meet the villagers in their houses, learn about the trades of yesteryear, and experience the everyday life of the past. The streets are full of entertainment with theatrical scenes depicting days of yore, period games, traditional music, and much more! An enjoyable adventure for the whole family with Children's Village, Face painting, the waterpark La Bassine and Les p'tites enquêtes. Other seasons: Haunted Village, Illuminated Village and Sweet Village. Open: June 6 to September 2. See our website for our complete schedule. [pub. p. 16] Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville

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175, rue Ringuet, Drummondville 819 477-5412  •  1 800 265-5412 artsdrummondville.com (In French only) In summer 2019, the focus will be on theatre, with "Monarque" presenting the comedy Les Voisins by Claude Meunier et Louis Saia. Guy Jodoin et Jean-Michel Anctil will play the first roles, Marie-Chantal Perron, Brigitte Lafleur, Pier-Luc Funk, Catherine Brunet, Rémi-Pierre Paquin and Marilyse Bourke will join them, with André Robitaille directing. Dinner-theatre packages including accommodations available. Open: summer theatre: July 5 to August 17. Other shows presented year-round. See our website for detailed schedule.

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Marché Public Drummondville

Musée National de la Photographie

445, rue Saint-Jean, Drummondville 819 472-7123  •  marchepublicdrummondville.com

400, rue Heriot, Drummondville 819 474-5782  •  museedelaphoto.info

Flowing with every season of the year, the Drummondville Public Market is a friendly spot that redefines the pleasure of eating by bringing together unique and sumptuous local products. Come and say hello to our local producers and artisans while making delicious discoveries. Located right in downtown Drummondville, this is a marketplace with an authentic feel where you can try a few samples, get advice about food and purchase fresh produce. Time to treat your taste buds! Open: Saturdays and Sundays, year-round. Mid-May to October, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The National Museum of Photography is dedicated to promoting the technical as well as the aesthetic history of photography. The museum, which houses a significant collection of cameras, from the oldest to the distinctly modern, as well as several original images, showcases identical replicas of the world's first cameras. At the crossroads of art, history and science, photography opens up a universe filled with surprises to discover and has something for everyone. Temporary and permanent exhibits as well as a range of activities are offered. Open: year-round, Tuesday to Sunday.

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Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville

175, rue Ringuet, Drummondville 819 477-1056  •  osdrummondville.com The Drummondville Symphony Orchestra produces educational series, chamber music concerts and "classico-popular" off-series concerts. The richness of the orchestral formation allows him to express all the sensibilities of a repertoire combining traditions, contemporary works and unpublished research. The Drummondville Symphony Orchestra is the largest professional music organization in the Center-duQuébec region and is part of the select group of nine professional symphony orchestras in Quebec and the forty-five pillars of orchestral practice in Canada. Open: visit our website for our concert's schedule.

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Parc Woodyatt

53, rue du Pont, Drummondville 819 478-6550  •  drummondville.ca

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Located in the very heart of Drummondville, Woodyatt Park brings nature and urbanity together in perfect harmony. The bordering St. François River also makes for a great birdwatching location. With a string of islets, large green spaces, majestic trees, and a recreational area featuring a water-play zone, the park is the perfect place for family recreational activities or picnics.

2 095, route 122, Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover 819 478-0601  •  fromagerie-lemaire.ca

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This cheese factory welcomes you to its cheese counter to savour the best daily fresh cheddar cheese. There's nothing better than a soft ice cream after enjoying a poutine at our country-style restaurant! Come and enjoy our other restaurant, La Halte chez Lemaire (p. 93), in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham. Open: year-round.

210, boul. Lemire Ouest, Drummondville 819 474-3488  •  1 888 767-3210 rose.ca Come and discover the only cut flower producer in Quebec: two hectares of greenhouses in which roses, gerberas, and alstroemerias bloom daily. We also produce tomatoes and cucumbers, a great way to get vegetables ripened on the plant as in Grandma's garden. A coffee shop section has been added to the boutique so you can stop and taste a fresh and healthy meal on your way! Rose Drummond... for a memorable stop on the highway 20. Open: year-round.

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Saint-Bonaventure Ferme Bel Alpaga et Bon Autruche

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1 331, 2 rang, Saint-Bonaventure 819 396-1498  •  fermebelalpaga.com e

During your visit, you'll be captivated by the softness and gentleness of the alpacas. You'll also be fascinated with the curious eyes of the ostriches, and our petting zoo with its vast array of animals, both of which will delight people of all ages. Here you'll find a gift shop brimming with soft, warm alpaca wool products made in Québec and elsewhere; a number of ostrich-based products: oils, soaps, capsules, pomade, balms, shampoo; as well as ostrich and alpaca meat. Open: daily, June 24 to August 23 for guided tours. By reservation during the rest of the year. Boutique open year-round.

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83, rang de l’Église, Saint-Guillaume 819 396-2022  •  1 888 868-2022 fromagestguillaume.com Travel back in time to 1940 and discover the cheese-making process at the St-Guillaume Cheese Dairy. Explore historical photographs, videos and stories in real-time. Peer through the large windows and cameras located directly inside the factory. This is the only remaining small-town co-op in Québec and in 2015, it celebrated its 75th birthday. Come and try the best cheddar cheese curds fresh out of the pot, complete with that quintessential "squeak". And then there is the incomparable Baya grilling cheese, not to mention our entire range of products that have won prestigious competitions. Come and visit us with your friends or as a group. We'd love to see you! Open: year-round. Closed on Mondays from Thanksgiving day to mid-May.

260, 10e rang, Saint-Pie-de-Guire 450 784-2408  •  essarts.org Essarts is a sculpture park with the mission to promote contemporary sculpture. Mouvement Essarts frequently welcomes artists from various countries to participate in on-site work (symposium). Visitors are invited to wander along the park's trails, day or evening, to admire the collection of more than 50 works created by 38 artists from 15 different countries around the world during symposiums dating back to the year 2000. Open: self-guided tours year-round. Guided tours upon reservation.

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Wickham

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Located on route 139, the municipality of Wickham is known for its animated and diverse services, including an elementary school, credit union, pharmacy, church, post office, gas stations, shops, businesses, local housing authority, campground, and more. There are also municipal infrastructures in place such as a community centre, outdoor skating rinks, soccer fields, baseball field, library, splash pads in the summer months and toboggan hill in the winter. For cycling enthusiasts, la Route verte #4 weaves its way through our region! Wickham offers visitors a very active lifestyle and they can count on many activities to meet the needs of the population.

St-Félix de Kingsey is situated amongst rolling hills and is bordered by the Rivière Saint-François. It's a truly charming location. The Chemin de la Rivière is perfect for cycling, there is a panoramic view from the top of the mountain, the illuminated cross is nearby and there are two campgrounds open in the summer. Maple sugar bushes, berry farms, and Christmas tree farms. Plus, the church at Sydenham Place, the Trenholm United Church and Cemetery and Catholic Church, all classified as heritage buildings.

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1062, route 139, Wickham 819 741-0098  •  vergerblanchard@bellnet.ca Come mid-July, apple picking season begins at the Verger Blanchard and then ends around mid-November. The orchard has over 4,000 standard and semi-dwarf apple trees with 11 varieties. An annual event that is the perfect activity among family or friends, as a couple or even in a big group. Come and visit us at the orchard and the boutique! Open: Pick your own: end of July to mid-November, daily. Alpagas de Camily

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210, chemin Porter, Ulverton 819 826-3157  •  moulin.ca Travel back in time to the era of the first textile industries at the Moulin à Laine d'Ulverton woolen mill! With its original turbine and machines for producing woolen thread, this is the last remaining woolen mill in Québec. Guides will lead you into the machine rooms for a remarkable experience. Workshops and treasure hunt for children. Sheep pens. 5 km of trails, terrace, and gift shop featuring local products. Free access for children (12 years and under). Brunches served every Sunday. Fun for the entire family! Open: end of May to mid-October. Guided tours at fixed hours.

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750, 7e rang, Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey 514 978-5652  •  alpagasdecamily.com We have a passion for alpacas that we're anxious to share with you. You will spend some quality time cuddling and admiring several animal species including alpacas, llamas, rabbits, various breeds of hens and Indian Runner ducks. Participate in a workshop and expand your knowledge. We also offer pet therapy sessions and meditation with alpacas. Before you leave, don't forget to visit our charming little shop where you can purchase stunning creations made with alpaca fibres and various fair-trade products. Open: year-round. Variable hours.

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Victoriaville and the surrounding area An area where agriculture flourishes, Victoriaville and surroundings are ideal for discovering locally produced food. Cranberries, fine cheeses, duck, wine—come and stock up on supplies from our producers while discovering their expertise. Mark the "Balade Gourmande" gourmet food tour on your calendar. This is the autumn event par excellence for admiring the blazing colours of the Appalachian foothills.

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385, boul. Marie-Victorin, Kingsey Falls 819 363-2528  •  1 888 753-7272 parcmarievictorin.com Three Cascades plants to visit! Discover industrial recycling processes and the manufacturing methods for various paper products through a guided tour of a Cascades plant in full operation! First you'll view a presentation on the rapid rise of this multinational company owned by the Lemaire brothers, pioneers of recycling in Quebec, and then explore the plant along especially designed passageways. Don't miss to see the solar plant. Open: year-round. Variable hours. Visit our website for complete schedule. [pub. p. 1]

Kingsey Falls 1 928 habitants

Located about 25 kilometres from Victoriaville, Kingsey Falls invites you to discover the cycling trail linking the town to the Route verte. Parc Bernard-Lemaire and the municipal park equipped with playground equipment and picnic tables, both along the Nicolet River, are ideal family stops. A footbridge made of recycled materials spans the river and provides access to Parc MarieVictorin (p. 22).

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15, rue Lajeunesse, local 700, Kingsey Falls 819 960-8065  •  miellerieking.com What's more fun than learning new things and having fun at the same time! The Miellerie King is the newest agrotourism stop where, in addition to learning more about bees and beekeeping, you can visit our facilities and taste our honey products. In addition to food products such as our pure honeys, our honey caramel and our sauces, you will have the chance to taste our alcohols made with our honey, whether our mead or our famous mistelle. The duration of the visit and the tasting is about 30 to 45 minutes. Open: visit our website for our detailed schedule. Cascades (industrial visit)

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385, boul. Marie-Victorin, Kingsey Falls 819 363-2528  •  1 888 753-7272 parcmarievictorin.com Stroll through this oversized garden that pays tribute to Marie-Victorin, nestled in his home town. The entire family will be amazed! Admire the astonishing giant 3-D mosaicultures and gigantic reproductions of insects made of recycled metal as you follow the self-guided or audio-guided trail wandering through six theme-based gardens. Explore a tropical greenhouse, learn more about botany at the laboratory, see the "Passerelle des bâtisseurs" on the river and enjoy unusual activities and tastings. Open: June 1 to October 14. Visit our website for complete schedule. [pub. p. 1]

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Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick

Brûlerie des Cantons

Fromagerie du Presbytère

4, rue Beauchesne, Warwick 819 358-9177  •  bruleriedescantons.com

222, rue Principale, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick 819 358-6555  •  fromageriedupresbytere.com In 2005, the Morin family decided to give new life to an old Presbytery, and they chose cheese as their speciality. Located conveniently close to the family farm, they just knew it was the perfect place to bring their dream of making artisanal cheeses to life. Their cheese is made using milk from their very own farm and is crafted carefully every day. You can visit the church at any time of the year and see how they transformed it from its traditional use into an ageing area for their product. In the summer, you can even enjoy your cheese while taking in the spectacular landscape that surround. Open: year-round. Closed on Sundays, January and February.

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Attractive town located at the foot of the Appalachians, Warwick is known for its industrial and agricultural vocations. Pleasant place to visit, it has been the winner of the province's cities and towns in bloom competition a number of times, thus earning it the nickname, "The bloom of the Bois-Francs". Its beautiful parks, covered bridge over the rivière des Pins (Pine River), Maison de la Culture, rest area for cyclists (in the old train station), and lovely homes with their distinctive architecture will more than charm you.

Coffee house roasting and retail sales. Sunny terrace in summer, warm interior in winter: the coffee counter features an exceptional atmosphere in which to relax. The staff is specially trained to provide information and advice on coffee and how to prepare it. Don't be shy to ask questions! Come and savour our espressos, filtered coffees, cappuccinos, lattés, iced mochas. Rest stop with picnic tables for cyclists. Open: year-round. Le Verger Canard Goûteux

49, route 116 Est, Warwick 819 960-4783  •   canardgouteux.com This farm's traditional approach respects the animal's and the environment's well-being and is reflected in its outstanding products. Meet the owners who will guide you through a tour and share their culinary tips to prepare their amazing products. You can treat yourself to simple, healthy and delicious products, including duck rillettes, confit, breasts or foie gras and with apple products: juice, pies, apple mousse cake, vinegar, syrup. Visit our website for information on the events at our farm. Open: year-round. Closed on Sundays from January to the end of May.

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67, rue Saint-Louis, Warwick 819 358-2790

Saint-Rémi-de-Tingwick 441 habitants

Enjoy apple time! Family business specializing in apple production and processing. Pick up various products: juice, apple butter, jelly, pies, cider vinegar, etc. in the shop. Open: pick-your-own: Saturdays and Sundays in September and October. Shop: year-round.

This municipality, founded in 1881, is in the heart of the mountains. With breathtaking scenery, it opens its doors to a broad diversity of tourist sites. Here, farmland and sugar bushes co-exist with vacation sites. The banks of Trois-Lacs are awe-inspiring and a source of tranquility. Agritourism is booming. Musée des outils anciens de Saint-Rémi-de-Tingwick

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1 690, chemin de l’Aqueduc, Tingwick 819 850-3391  •  vignoblegavet.com Discover scenes reminiscent of Tuscany at the limits between Warwick and Tingwick when visiting this vineyard in an enchanting location flanked by verdant hillsides. Discuss wines and winemaking with passionate winemakers. Taste white, rosé, red, and Porto-type wines in the winetasting room. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the covered terasse offering a stunning view of the vineyard and surrounding landscapes. Open: June 1 to September 15. By reservation the rest of the year.

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1460, rue Principale, Saint-Rémi-de-Tingwick 819 749-1072  •  museedoutilsanciens.com Come and discover one of the largest antique tool collections in Canada. A guided tour and themed workshops will help you relive most of the traditional trades of yesteryear when items used in daily life were made by hand, with tools also made by hand. An opportunity to reawaken memories among older folks and provide a history lesson for the younger set. Vending machines and microwave ovens available for visitors wishing to bring a meal or snacks. A door to the past is open - all you need to do is enter. Open: May 1 to October 13, Wednesday to Sunday. Sentiers équestres aux mille collines

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Saint-Rémi-de-Tingwick 819 350-2107  •  sentierseamc.com For all the horseback riding lovers out there, whether it's on a saddle or sleigh, we have more than 30-km of trails that cross some breathtaking landscapes. There is lots of free parking available and trail stops equipped with picnic tables and horse tying gear. The trails are groomed, in excellent condition and accessible from mid-May until they are no longer accessible due to snow accumulation. Open: mid-May to early winter.

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Picturesque rivers and mountains provide this village (located along Route 161) with spectacular vistas. Take time to enjoy the municipal park, appreciated by young and old. Discover local products, a fishing site (Pêche Nicolet p. 78), and the village's heritage. Meditate at the shrine located near the church built in 1940, one of the region's rare neoclassical churches. La Grange Pardue

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301, route 216 Ouest, Ham-Nord, 819 740-8511  •  philanglois@gmail.com La Grange Pardue brewpub is located in the heart of nature, in Ham-Nord. In this quaint municipality, visitors can see the village and its impressive bell tower on one side, and Mount Ham in the foreground on the other side. You can indulge in a delicious agritourism experience during the beer tastingyummy beverages made with locally-grown ingredients of distinctive quality, while taking in the region's stunning landscapes. La Grange Pardue's mission is to unite customers and producers by giving them an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating craft of beer-making through guided tours of the site and its facilities. Opening Summer 2019. Open: Thursday to Sunday. Open year-round for groups upon reservation.

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416, av. Pie-X, Saint-Christophe-d’Arthabaska 819 752-4729  •  ecolecinqchicots.com This wooden school was built in 1903 and welcomed students until 1960. In 1988, it was turned into an interpretation centre on life in old rural Quebec schoolhouses. Miss Hermine Faucher, the first schoolmarm, invites you to step back in the past to visit her schoolroom, and her tiny and cold bedroom, to take a look at her teaching tools. As a bonus: Interpretation panels feature school inspectors, normal schools, leading figures in education, "reward" books, etc. In addition, in 2019, the schoolhouse proposes "Go play outside!", an amusing look at sports equipment of yesteryear. Open: June 24 to September 2. Closed on Mondays and mornings on weekends.

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7300, route 161, Chesterville 819 202-1000  •  1 877 795-9039 valchester.com For a short visit or a full day, alone or with your family, we offer you a peaceful resort where nature is everywhere, right in the heart of the forest, at the edge of the beautiful Nicolet River. Located 15-km from Victoriaville, in Chesterville. Accommodation service in a cottage or campsite, pond and river fishing. you can even book our beautiful large log room. Customized meal service or our specialty beef and pork. We invite you to browse our website to discover our offers. Open: May to October.

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Victoriaville is a modern, prosperous, vibrant city that has everything you need to live an active, healthy lifestyle. It's a choice destination for sports enthusiasts whatever the season. In addition to the Mont Arthabaska (p. 77) mountain bike trail network, the ice skating loop in the city centre and the picturesque bridge over the Beaudet reservoir (p. 31), the city is crisscrossed by 58-km of bicycle paths that link up with the Route verte. Clean and welcoming with abundant green space, Victoriaville is a family-friendly town that hosts a wide variety of sports and cultural events. The city boasts a rich architectural heritage and is home to the Musée Laurier (p. 30) and the Musée de l'Hôtel des postes (p. 30), both dedicated to the exposition of fine art. Alpagas D'Ham Nature

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Our farm is the perfect place to discover everything there is to know about alpacas! Our guided tours invite you into the world of alpaca farming so you can get to know these interesting animals even better. Learn about their personalities, their fleece and so much more! You will even have the opportunity to feed them and give them a little pat while they're in the pen! During your visit, you will also discover the workshop and store where we make our alpaca merchandise by hand. See how we transform the fleece step-by-step and take a look at the fair trade products we have in store. You won't want to leave! Open: year-round. Variable hours.


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Atelier-Galerie d’Art Victoriaville

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39, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville 819 752-4224  •  ateliergaleriedartvictoriaville.com The Atelier-Galerie d’Art Victoriaville brings together some of the region’s visual artists. Some 200 works are exhibited at the gallery. This studio-gallery wishes to shine a light on the artists as well as feature painting in all of its forms by organizing classes, conferences, guided or freestyle workshops, and shows. Visitors are welcome. Open: year-round, Wednesday to Saturday. Captif Victoriaville

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271, boul. Bois-Francs Sud, Victoriaville 819 809-5777  •  captif.ca

Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger

(In French only) Your mission awaits in the heart of Victoriaville. Our scenarios provide for a unique immersive experience. You'll be trapped and have to find a way out. To this end, you'll rely on your keen sense of observation, wits, and ability to solve riddles. You will have 60 minutes to find the key to each obstacle and escape. Will you be part of the small minority of people who succeed in the challenge? Open: year-round. Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger

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150, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville 819 752-9912  •  centredartauger.com The Centre d'art Jacques et Michel Auger is an exhibition centre dedicated to contemporary visual arts from near and far. Located in Le Carré 150, Victoriaville's beautiful cultural space, this art centre holds gatherings and activities that are accessible to all. Varied exhibitions are presented here each year, along with a cultural and educational activities program. Open: year-round. Wednesday to Saturday and on performance nights.

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101, rue de l’Aqueduc, Victoriaville 819 752-6821  •  fromagerievictoria.com Make it a point to stop at this small-scale cheese factory and through a window watch cheese being made. Accessible by bike via the cycling path, Fromagerie Victoria is a great place for friendly family gatherings, this business offers a full range of fine cheeses and homemade products, not to mention the well-stocked dairy bar and the restaurant where poutine is the star product. Open: year-round. La véloroute des Appalaches

Victoriaville et sa région 1 888 758-9451  •  velorouteappalaches.com Beginners and experts alike will truly enjoy cycling on the Véloroute des Appalaches! Each of its 12 routes is original and just waiting to be discovered. Some of the trails are ideal for those interested in making gourmet discoveries, while others are better for the quiet, nature-loving types. And there are even options for the thrill-seekers. Whatever you choose, you're sure to be in awe of the beautiful landscapes that surround you! This cycling route offers over 835-km of trails, all marked according to level of difficulty. It's as easy as ride, relax, repeat! [pub. p. 1]

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Le Carré 150

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150, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville 819 752-9912  •  lecarre150.com More than 200 shows presented annually! SUMMER 2019 : do not miss the two original productions presented in the room Les-frères-Lemaire: the comedy drama L'EMBARDÉE and the musical show JE REVIENS CHEZ NOUS. Return of the intimate performances STUDIO SESSIONS, presented in the cozy atmosphere of the Monique-Bourgeois studio, and comedy shows at the cabaret presented as part of A SUMMER SHOW AT CABARET. New: live PIANOMAN EXPERIENCE, with Christian Marc Gendron in a dinner show at the cabaret! Open: year-round. Visit our website for complete schedule. [pub. p. 33] Le Carré 150

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150, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville 819 752-9912  •  lecarre150.com (In French only) Meet Pierre-François Legendre, Geneviève Rochette and Louis Maufette in this comedy drama directed by Jean-Simon Traversy. After the fatal car accident of a well-known businessman, his two sons are gathered to put him in the ground and pay a last tribute to the great man he was. But the funeral takes an unexpected turn when a woman comes to the living room, an hour before the start of the visits, and refuses to leave without getting answers to her questions about the deceased's professional past... Open: June 28 to July 27. [pub. p. 33] L'Embardée / Le Carré 150

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150, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville 819 752-9912  •  lecarre150.com

1A, boul. Jutras Ouest, Victoriaville 819 604-4388  •  minigolfvicto.com

Je reviens chez nous is a musical show in the image of Quebec: varied, huge, unique. With Marc-André Fortin, Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Jean-Philippe Audet, Simon Frechette-Daoust and Frédérique Mousseau. Find the words of Desjardins, blooming in the infinite forests of Rouyn; Vigneault's poetry, pushed into the tides of Natashquan; but also these interpreters who transported us on the Island of Orleans, the Manicouagan, in Montreal and all along the St. Lawrence... A musical show which returns on kilometers of songs in our French very ours!). Open: August 7 to 31. [pub. p. 33]

American-style and quite different from the traditional mini-putt due to its theme park and the length of its greens, Minigolf Victo is popular for its greens running through a cave, over streams, by a lake, and to an island. One green is set up on a mountain with spectacular waterfalls. Beautiful landscaping adds to the mini-putt's décor to make it a grandiose course. Minigolf Victo also features an ice-cream stand with a heated outdoor patio that seats up to 60 people, enabling you to relax among friends, family, or a group. What better than a little refreshment after a game of minigolf. Open: daily, early May to the end of September.

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405, boul. Jutras Est, Victoriaville 819 752-4647  •  lecentredevictoriaville.com In Victoriaville, visit this big-box shopping centre with lots of stores including Buropro, Canadian Tire, Métro Plus, l'Aubainerie, Dollarama, Ardène, l'Équipeur, Écono Fitness, Mr Jack Café Rasoir/ Cuisine, Électronique Hébert, Boutique d'animaux Victoriaville, Hockey Expert, Meuble Perreault, Hart, Lunette Dépot, Thaï Express et A&W. Horaire : year-round. Variable hours.

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Musée Laurier

Musée de l’Hôtel des Postes

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949, boul. Bois-Francs Sud, Victoriaville 819 357-2185  •  museelaurier.com Located just steps from the Laurier museum, the Hôtel des Postes museum is an imposing building in the Second Empire style built in 1910, which housed a post office from 1911 to 1967. A permanent exhibition recreates a post office from the early twentieth century. You'll also be able to admire the impressive original clock mechanism and its second-by-second operation. Temporary art exhibitions are also presented, featuring a panorama of art past and present. Included in the admission is a visit to the Laurier museum (p. 30), located nearby. Open: early April to December 22. Variable hours.

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16, rue Laurier Ouest, Victoriaville 819 357-8655  •  museelaurier.com Discover the elegant residence of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first French Canadian to become Prime Minister of Canada (1896-1911). This heritage site is located in a Victorian home built in 1876. Upstairs is a permanent exhibition dedicated to Laurier's life and career. Temporary historical exhibitions are also presented. In 2019, as part of the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, a commemorative exhibition will be dedicated to him. The visit of the Musée de l'Hôtel des Postes (p. 30), a few steps from the Museum, is included in the entrance fee. Open: year-round. Variable hours.


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Parc du Réservoir Beaudet

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rue Garand, Victoriaville 819 758-1571  •  819 751-4521 (été) In summer, activities for the whole family are available at the service building: kayak, pedal boat, and canoe rentals, a splash pad (Place Elliot-Tardif), a bike path that runs along the lake, play structures, and picnic areas. The Parc du Réservoir Beaudet is an excellent area for bird-watching: more than 200 species have been found here. The concentration od Snow Geese is exceptional in October, and they take centre stage during the ornithological art symposium "Victoriaville et ses oies" (p. 70). Pavillon Arthabaska

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100, chemin du Mont-Arthabaska, Victoriaville 819 751-4520  •  montarthabaska.com

Parc du Réservoir Beaudet

Spectacular lookout point with a platform overlooking the region, and a 24-m-high lit cross that can be seen from nearly 25-km away. This is the site of a park well-known to birdwatchers, with a picnic area, walking trails, and mountain biking trails (p. 77). In winter, cross-country ski and snowshoe trails for beginners and the more experienced. Snow tubing runs with a mechanical lift ($). The reception pavilion with its restaurant-bar, terrace, and hall is available for a corporate event, show, or wedding.

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Centre d'interprétation de la canneberge

From the end of September to mid-October, the Centre d'interprétation de la canneberge rolls out its red carpet of fruits for the pleasure of visitors from across Quebec. As a group, by yourself or with your family, come and attend to the spectacular cranberry harvest. Accompanied by a guide, you will have the privilege to visit a cranberry farm. A boutique and free tastings will top off this cranberries feast! Open: end of September to mid-October.

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Princeville

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Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, Plessisville and area are the site of breathtaking panoramas. Those who are more physically active may choose to visit the area by bicycle; others will opt to travel by motorcycle or car. Regardless of your mode of transportation, you’ll enhance your stay by including historic tours, a visit to the Musée du Bronze, and activities in the vicinity of lovely Lake William.

The town of Princeville is family-oriented and well-known for its dynamic residents. A number of major activities take place here every year, including the Festival du Cheval horse festival (p. 65) and the Foire Bières, Bouffe et Culture (p. 66) , which attract thousands of visitors. Golf enthusiasts can play their favourite sport on two courses (p. 81) and vacationers can have fun at one of the two campgrounds (p. 106). The town also hosts two provincial hockey tournaments (Bantam-Midget and Novice-Atom). Not to mention the many activities held at the Parc multisports throughout the year: the Carnaval d'hiver winter carnival, Opération Bougeotte (a day of festivities promoting physical activity), the Fête nationale celebrating Québec's national holiday, and much more!

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Jardinerie Fortier

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99, route 116 Est, Princeville 819 364-5009  •  jardineriefortier.com The Jardinerie Fortier is a producer of quality annual plants and organic vegetable seedlings. It is also a prime horticulture destination in Quebec. Its dynamic team is always ready to offer you the best possible service to provide an exceptional experience. You will find a range of products such as plants, horticulture products, fresh vegetables, and field berries, as well as decoration items. Starting on October 15, Christmas magic infiltrates the Jardinerie Fortier, creating a Christmas decoration shop, complete with countless gift ideas. Open: March 1 to December 30. Fermette Majo

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768, route 263, Princeville 819 960-9081  •  fermettemajo.com Fermette Majo offers its visitors the chance to have direct contact with farm animals in an educational manner, while respecting the animals and catering to everyone's likes and dislikes, human and animal. A visit to this mini farm is a special opportunity to spend time with your family, learn about something new and enjoy the great outdoors. Get your crew together and discover the nearly 200 animals on site, divided into 27 different animal species. Open: May 15 to October 31, upon reservation.

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196, 10e rang Ouest, Princeville 819 364-3377  •  petitsfruitsdevelyne.com In addition to picking blueberries, here you can enjoy an experience with family or friends. You can learn how our fruit is grown and more about Quebec farming and its various types of production by visiting our educational mini-farm. You can have a picnic in the heart of nature, and children can enjoy the playground. You can also buy our home products! Open: June to September. Variable hours. Verger des Bois-Francs

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304, route 116 Est, Princeville 819 364-5783  •  vergerbois-francs.com Our family operation, founded in 1942, welcomes you to two different sites. In Princeville, we offer several varieties of fresh apples, natural apple juice, alcoholic cider, nonalcoholic apple must, other apple-based products, maple products and honey. Come pick your own apples in Plessisville. Tractor rides, playground, picnic tables, everything for a great family or school outing. Open: Plessisville: pick your own, August 31 to October 14. Open daily in Princeville, year-round.

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Plessisville is located in the foothills of the Appalachians. Where the rivière Bourbon (Bourbon River) runs through town, there is a wonderful park, an ideal spot to relax, have a picnic or enjoy activities organized by the Carrefour de l'Érable. When you visit this charming site, you will discover a lovely footbridge created by expert sculptor Armand Vaillancourt. You can also explore the magnificent walking trails along the river and the new kid-friendly splash pads. Whatever the season, Plessisville's great restaurants, cosy accommodations, and outdoor activity facilities will be pleased to welcome you. Circuit de découvertes chemins Craig & Gosford

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Délices Érable & Cie

The Craig and Gosford Trail Discovery Tour offers a true journey through the 19th century. As you go along these paths of history, you will discuver the rich cultural heritage of our Scottish, Irish and English ancestors. A brand new historic rally is offered. Pick up your rallye card at the L'Érable tourist information office. A challenge that will please both young and old.

Discover "Délices Érable & Cie" a gourmet experience with a real sense of terroir. Our redesigned boutique have everything a food lover or fan of the sweeter things in life could possibly wish for! A free tasting comes with product explanations. Explore our assortment of maple, honey and cranberry products including maple syrup, dried cranberries, cooking honeys, spices, vinaigrettes, and our Italian style mapple ice cream (gelatos) and mapple sherbets! The products aremade with 100% pure Quebec maple syrup or maple sugar. Open: year-round. Variable hours.

Circuit patrimonial « L’Érable entreprenante »

1 280, av. Trudelle, Plessisville 819 621-1333  •  1 800 360-2989 erable.ca/tourisme A trip through the history of the builders who helped shape the identity and character of our regional county municipality! The 30 stories (on 30 panels in 11 municipalities) presented on this tour were chosen because today they are still a stimulus to our entrepreneurial spirit, which is strongly influenced by the agricultural and industrial sectors.

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Fraisière Talfor

775, route 116 Ouest, Plessisville 819 362-1141  •  info@talfor.ca Talfor is a strawberry, rasberry, and corn farm. Pick your own berries and discover the steps in berry growing, from planting to your plate. You can also purchase other produce and many other excellent products featuring the fruits of our labor: pies, jams, butters, donuts and many more products. Open: June 22 to September 20.

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Parc éolien de L’Érable

Saint-Ferdinand

1 280, av. Trudelle, Plessisville 819 621-1333  •  1 800 360-2989 visiteeoliennes.com

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Visit L'Érable wind farm which will allow you to examine closely one of the most impressive Quebec wind farms while enjoying the landscapes of the top of the mountains. You will see the presentation of a video on giant screen lasting about twenty minutes before going by bus on the road to admire our giants wind turbines in all their splendor : panoramic view of the Park and a wind measurement tower, stops at the control station and at the foot of a wind turbine. Open: upon reservation. [pub. p. C-2]

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185, route 165, Irlande 418 428-9381  •  produitdelerable.com You'll be amazed by the extensive variety of maple products at the boutique located on the premises of the processing plant. A short video presentation explains how the products are made. Guided tours available. Open: year-round.

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Founded by Scottish immigrants in 1829, Inverness still has several tangible reminders of Scottish culture. The bronze capital of North America, this municipality is home to two foundries and their art galleries as well as a bronze interpretation museum. The town is dotted with works of art that you can discover as you stroll through and enjoy the pastoral landscape. Inverness is known as one of the loveliest villages in Québec for its landscapes and heritage. Let yourself be soothed and enchanted as you delight in a most picturesque tourist route.


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The impressive bronze sculptures in the Inverness open-air gallery tell a story of creativity and realism. In keeping with the public art trend that is happening in major cities, the bronze sculpture tour featuring Québec artists is your chance to explore art from museums and galleries in a delightful setting. This open-air gallery is unique in Québec and has more than 25 bronze sculptures on display for you to admire, while learning more about each artist's inspiration and methodology. This walk is 1.2 km in length. Open: year-round. Musée du Bronze d’Inverness

Lyster

Located on the shores of the rivière Bécancour (Becancour River), the municipality of Lyster in an enchanting site for outdoor enthusiasts. Close to the Bois-Francs linear park, the Lyster train station, one of the oldest in North America, has kept its original cachet and serves as a cycling rest stop. Another attraction for visitors is a magnificent Neo-Gothic style, wooden church. A popular stop is the Sault-Rouge waterfalls, with a campground nearby.

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1 760, chemin Dublin, Inverness 418 453-2101  •  museedubronze.com Centre of bronze, The Musée du Bronze d'Inverness is the only museum in Quebec where you can touch works of art. Enjoy the guided tours, explanation of foundry techniques, and the boutique. Every year, the Museum presents a apecial summer exibition based on a theme where many artists from throughout Quebec participate. Finally a walk on Dublin Street permits you to admire more bronze sculptures. Open: end of May to early October. Closed on Mondays. [pub. p. C-2]

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Parc des chutes Lysander

chemin Gosford, Inverness 418 453-2512  •  municipalite-inverness.com Enjoy a stop in one of Quebec's prettiest villages. Admire the 15-metre high Lysander waterfalls just outside of the village at the rest area. Parc des chutes Lysander is an ideal site for picnics and hiking!

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Bécancour and the surrounding area With the St. Lawrence River at its doorstep, Bécancour and vicinity have several roadside stops where you can admire the sights. Gourmet stops, gift shops, cafés, and historic sites like the Moulin Michel (flour mill) are perfect excuses for a visit that will be full of discoveries. Traveling as a family? A wide range of activities awaits you!

Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent 880 habitants P Sitting atop some impressive cliffs, Deschaillons-surSaint-Laurent has an exceptional geographical location with a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River. This quaint town is a holiday destination like no other. Here, tourists and boaters can visit some magnificent spots with all the conveniences they could dream of: the Eschaillons nautical club's marina, the camping Cap-à-la-Roche (p. 107) and the Domaine d'Eschaillons (p. 105). For those looking for an exciting outdoor adventure or activity,

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there are plenty of recreational options available such as hiking and cycling trails, tennis courts, a skating rink, cross country skiing paths and snowmobile trails. If you are looking for a window into local life, the rest stop hosts a renowned public market every Saturday in the summer. The Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent municipality is a must-see destination on the Route des Navigateurs. Marché public de Deschaillons

1596, route Marie-Victorin, Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent 819 292-2085  •  deschaillons.ca

Every Saturday, from mid-June to mid-September, the Deschaillons public market invites visitors to fill up on flavours and artisan products. Ideally located on a charming site with a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River, this little market will appeal to everyone thanks to the delicious flavours of the agri-food producers and the skills of local artisans. Take a seat at one of the picnic tables on site to enjoy your nibbles. Plus, every Saturday they have music and special themes! Open: mid-June to mid-September.

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Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets

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1 142 habitants

rue du Quai, Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets 819 263-2622  •  st-pierre-les-becquets.qc.ca

Along with 200 summer residents, citizens enjoy the panoramic scenery of the coast of the St. Lawrence River. The municipality is fortunate to have a variety of facilities. The sports and cultural centre provides an arena and the high school opens its indoor pool and new fitness center to the public. Our numerous resident artists catch the imagination of curious visitors and there's market gardening boasting a variety of vegetables, berries and our famous tomatoes. There are several tourist attractions: La Tomaterie (p. 45), Bleuets et cie (p. 45), a walking tour of historic sites, the church dating back to 1839, our river park, and a tomato-themed park. This municipality also hosts part of the Route des Navigateurs. Bleuets & cie

Located directly facing the Fleuve Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence River), this look-out site provides a magnificent view of the river and has picnic tables.

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Located near the St. Lawrence River, Bleuets & cie offers pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, Morello cherries, sea buckthorns, red currants, and black currants, or you may also buy a basket of these fresh-picked berries. Take the opportunity to visit the Centre d'interprétation des petits fruits (berry interpretation centre) or to enjoy one of the many available products: jams, dressings, jellies, confits, etc. A picnic area and a large terrace make it a welcoming and gourmet stop. Open: July 6 to September 2. Variable hours.

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With spell-binding beauty, Sainte-Sophie-de-Lévrard is located in an enchanting setting. Admire the 12.2-m, century-old elm tree transformed into a giant sculpture by renowned Saint-Jean-Port-Joli sculptor, Maurice Harvey, and surrounded by exceptional flower gardens, a pool, fountains, and the mayor's clock. Throughout the summer, the village gossip will be waiting for you inside the church to show you its splendour and to relate its history. From the 1904 Casavant organ to the works of art on display, she will describe the lives of our ancestors through the permanent exhibition of period farm machinery sculptures by Clément Fournier. In August, the public is invited to attend an exceptional family event at which exhibitors, special activities, and musical performances by renowned artists will be featured: Le Festival des 5 sens de la MRC de Bécancour (p.66).

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Discover authentic local cuisine. The gift shop offers a range of products with the flavours of yesteryear, prepared onsite. In addition, on an enchanting site along the St. Lawrence, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Saint-Pierre-lesBecquets tomato, renowned for its unique taste. Open: April 17 to December 31, daily. Nouvelle-France

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1 000, route des Flamants, Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford 819 298-2455  •  1 800 944-1285 rivieregentilly.com The Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly offers quality accommodations in the heart of nature. It has a campground, chalets, as well as ready-to-camp units. Hiking, moutain biking and family activities. Open during the winter time! Fatbike trails available for the entire family, snowshoeing and ski hok. The Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly is a go-to destination for families looking for outdoor activities year-round. Open: year-round.

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Featuring recreational opportunities along the St. Lawrence Lowlands and a rich culture and heritage, Bécancour is a lively city in terms of its economy, social life, culture, and environment. Dynamic and attractive, Bécancour is welcoming, in tune with the public's needs, and a great place to live. There is always something going on, with a number of events throughout the year that give it a festive atmosphere. Here there is a focus on the environment and quality of life to ensure that everyone has the best possible experience. Bécancour is a region rich in resources, modern infrastructure, and the quality of its workforce. Its residents enjoy a healthy way of life and benefit from numerous, high-quality services. Bécancour is a modern, flourishing, recreational community that is part of the Route des Navigateurs. [pub. p. 41] Atelier-Boutique L’Angélaine

Atelier-Boutique L’Angélaine

14 935, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 222-8181  •  1 866 600-3822 langelaine.com At the Atelier-Boutique L'Angélaine, you'll find a wide assortment of knit items made from mohair fibres. Many of them are hand knit, reflecting the expertise of our experienced knitters. Of course you'll find our famous Kidmohair socks for which L'Angélaine has been well-known for several years. Before leaving, you'll want to take home one of our new knitted garments, designed especially for the summer season. They're light, soft, silky and available in vibrant colours! Mohair, the perfect garment fibre since 1980! Open: year-round.

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Let them guide you through by the heritage of a people. "The incredible history of the Acadians", dedicated to the Acadian odyssey and the coming of the Acadians in the region. "A mill not so banal!», which revives the old windmill, and where a multimedia presentation plunges the visitor into the daily life of the Gregorians of yesteryear. Without forgetting our other two exhibitions: "Congregation of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, schoolteachers", as well as "Naval shipbuilding in Saint-Paul Lake", highlighting Acadian expertise in naval carpentry. Open: June 19 to September 2, Wednesday to Sunday. Chemin

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Let yourself be tempted by an experience in the heart of biodiversity. Dive under the waters of the river in Voyage au fond du St-Laurent. Explore the exhibition Le retour des géants de la préhistoire and jump back among cavemen, mammoths and dinosaurs. In season, "Faune urbaine, drôles de voisins!" you will discover closely raccoon, otter and several others. New: Night immersive circuit of 1.8 km "L'écho des origines, et si la forêt nous racontait?". Also available: 4 km forest trails and traveling exhibition with different themes. Open: year-round. Visit our website for detailed schedule. du Terroir

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Jardin des lilas de Bécancour

1 4825, boulevard Bécancour 819 266-7602  •  facebook.com/distillerieduquai

1 295, av. Nicolas-Perrot, Bécancour 1 888 233-4676  •  tourismebecancour.com

The Distillerie du Quai, an excellent spirits producer, welcomes you to its stunning tasting area, and offers guided tours of its facilities and small museum detailing the history of the local village of Ste-Angèlede-Laval. Open: year-round.

Ce magnifique jardin réunit environ 70 variétés de lilas et de nombreux massifs de fleurs annuelles et vivaces, le tout jumelé à des sculptures et des poèmes invitant le promeneur à poursuivre ses découvertes vers un petit pont surplombant le ruisseau.

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Do you appreciate good wine and vibrant flower gardens? Discover our 11 000-plant vineyard nestled among our gardens. Savour one of our wines in the tasting room. If you've packed a lunch, stop for a picnic on our amazing terrace overlooking the vineyard, the St. Lawrence, and our flower gardens. Production of red, white, rosé wines and our flagship product, a late-harvest wine. Free wine-tasting. Products available for purchase. Open: May 1 to November 30. Upon reservation the rest of the year. Baleines

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3 225, boul. du parc Industriel, Bécancour 819 297-2107  •  fermedujoualvair.com Enjoy a 2- to 5-day horseback excursion in a natural setting! This farm features a winding trail through the region and well-organized getaways that include lodging and meals. Our packages have gained international repute and offer an excellent price/ quality ratio. One of our unique activities is the "city slicker" game. Shorter excursions are also available. Open: daily, May to the end of October.

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La Maison de Bibi, café-boutique

14 840, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 222-5800  •  1 866 550-4336 lamaisondebibi.com Gourmet shop featuring homemade products from the P'tit Café de la Maison de Bibi: fudge, desserts, jams, and salad dressings. Here you'll also always find local products enabling you to savour home-grown flavours. Open: year-round.

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La Route des Clochers de la MRC de Bécancour

819 233-4636  •  1 888 233-4676 tourismebecancour.com The Steeple Route (Route des Clochers) brings stories to life! As you observe the rich religious heritage of the churches, onsite guides will relate the events that shaped these parishes: the Revenant de Gentilly (the spirit that haunted Gentilly), parish rivalries, the bishop's visit, the war between evil and good ("coqs noirs" versus the "coqs blancs"), and much more! You can also explore the themed exhibitions featured in some churches. Open: July 3 or 10 (depending on the churches) to August 18. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. La Maison de Bibi, savonnerie

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14 840, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 222-5800  •  1 866 550-3436 lamaisondebibi.com The soap-making shop offers a range of hand-made body care products formulated from sunflower oil that are especially moisturizing and nourishing for the skin. On site, you'll discover the history of soap, a production workshop, a café, and a gift shop. Upon reservation, we will make you discover the soap world with a workshop on handicraft soap making. A not-to-be missed activity for all ages. During your visit, take the time to discover local flavours at the café or in the gourmet shop at Maison de Bibi. Open: year-round.

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Magnificent vineyard located on ancestral land along the Sainte-Marguerite River, Le Fief de la Rivière offers you white, red and rosé wines, as well as a new winter wine. The Fief de la Rivière garnered recognition at the international wine competition, the 2014 International wine Championship, with its Globul A + red wine winning a gold medal. In 2015, the Fief de la Riviere won the Platinum medal for his label ,over 2500, around the world. Open: May 30 to October 15, Thursday to Sunday. By appointment the rest of the year. Chemin

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1 700, av. Descôteaux, Bécancour 819 233-3700  •  marchegodefroy.com In the friendly atmosphere of an authentic public market, come and meet the producers and artisans of Godefroy Market. Under the tent, producers are offering you regional products with which you can whip up delicious meals for your family and friends. You can also enjoy sustain on our terrace at the sound of our musician or by attending our chef's culinary demonstration. Picnic area on-site. Next to the Fromagerie l'Ancêtre cheese factory. In December, visit our Christmas market. Open: Saturdays and Sundays, mid-May to the end of October. Christmas market, December weekends. Moulin Michel de Gentilly

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675, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 298-2882  •  1 866 998-2882 moulinmichel.qc.ca Built in the 18th century, the Moulin Michel is one of the few flour mills that has retained it's original vocation. During your visit, see its hydraulic mechanisms grind the grain on grindstones ancestral way. In season, enjoy a good meal of buckwheat crepes and patties at the Crêperie champêtre. Visit the shop for freshly ground organic buckwheat flour, local products and local crafts. Open: daily, from mid-June to September 1. Visit our website for detailed schedule.

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17 105, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 294-6500  •  1 888 233-4676 tourismebecancour.com Come and enjoy the walking paths of the Godefroy ecological park and bring a picnic. Interpretative panels of fauna and flora have been installed for all to enjoy. In addition, the natural location is a stopping place and habitat for many birds wich will delight birdwatchers. Open: year-round. Parcours aux saveurs d’ici

819 233-4636  •  1 888 233-4676 baladodecouverte.com Discover a world of flavours! Come meet creators of flavours through the Parcours aux saveurs d'ici circuit, located in Bécancour, in the Centre-du-Québec region! This discovery route, featuring stops at vineyards, orchards, cheese makers, gourmet restaurants, berry producers, and buckwheat flour mills, will help you discover unique landscapes, making this an enjoyable getaway! Download the BaladoDiscovery app for this route. Open: in the respective opening periods of the attractions.

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With both cultural and natural features, Nicolet and its nearby surroundings are ideal for outings. In the spring, thousands of geese put on a show as they arrive to make their nests on the flooded banks of the St. Lawrence River. The Musée des religions du monde (world religions museum) and Musée des Abénakis are presenting very interesting and amusing exhibits yearly. In Baie-du-Febvre starts your journey on the Route des Navigateurs.

Founded in 1672, Nicolet is one of the oldest towns in Quebec. With its ideal location at the confluence of the rivière Nicolet (Nicolet River) and the Lake St. Pierre, Nicolet is part of the Village-relais network and offers activities, services and attractions in a rural setting interspersed with dairy and field crop farms. It has a rich architectural, cultural, historical and religious heritage. The cathedral in this town is an outstanding example. Created by Jean-Paul Charland of Nicolet, the stained glass window on the front is unique because of its dimensions. In the morning and noon sun, it is stunning. The cathedral also boasts a Casavant organ dating back to 1909. This municipality is a delightful combination of a charming location and vivacious people and host part of the Route des Navigateurs.

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Galerie-Boutique Manu Factum

77, place du 21-Mars, Nicolet 819 293-3360  •  boutiquemf.com The Galerie-Boutique Manu Factum is a non-profit organization grouping together some 30 artists from various disciplines, created by and for artists to make their creations available to the public. During your stop, you'll get to meet an artist and discover his or her work as well as that of the other members of the organization. Each purchase directly supports the artist who created it. When you enter Manu Factum, it's like visiting 40 artists all at once. Come and meet them! Open: year-round. Closed on Mondays. Maison et atelier Rodolphe-Duguay

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195, rang Saint-Alexis, Nicolet 819 293-4103  •  rodolpheduguay.com Dating back to the early 19th century, this magnificent home was the birthplace of painter/engraver Rodolphe Duguay, recognized in the arts community as having been one of Canada's masters of engraving in the first half of the 20th century. A guided tour will introduce you to this artist's world and also that of his wife, writer Jeanne L'Archevêque. The site includes the ancestral home, the Ermitage studio, and the property's natural setting. Themed exhibitions featuring the painter's works as well as those of other Quebec artists, and activities. Open: May 25 to October 31. Closed on Mondays. By reservation only for the rest of the year.

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900, boul. Louis-Fréchette, Nicolet 819 293-6148  •  museedesreligions.qc.ca Unique in North America, the Musée des religions du monde (museum of world religions) invites you to share the foundations of the world's major religious traditions to promote a better understanding and develop greater tolerance of differences. Travel the world by exploring the similarities and the differences between the five major world religions. Discover permanent and temporary exhibitions each as unique as the next! Open: year-round. Closed on Mondays, January 2 to May 14. [pub. p. 61] Parc écomaritime de l’Anse du Chemin Port des Cantons

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The brand new wooden footbridge erected on pylons crosses wooded areas and swamps. Featuring a very diverse wildlife, it leads to the the St. Lawrence River and its Lac-Saint-Pierre World Biosphere Reserve. Rest areas, observation sites and a 12-metre tower are built into the walkways (length 2700 feet). Open: year-round. Baleines

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Réserve naturelle du Boisé-du-Séminaire

Rue Mgr-Suzor, Nicolet 819 293-6960  •  1 866 279-0444 nicolet.ca Covering an area of 10 hectares, these reserves constitute a first in Quebec, right in the middle of an urban setting. The Réserve Naturelle du Boisé-duSéminaire is comprised of two forest blocks: The Séminaire part and the St-Joseph part, which are separated by the Boisé des Soeurs de l'Assomption. A majestic white pine in the reserve was listed in the 1994 edition of the "Forêt conservation" directory as one of the 38 most notable trees in Quebec. Plan a getaway and discover over a century of history!

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Baie-du-Febvre is located on a bird migratory route. This municipality is known for its exceptional biodiversity (site of the Lac Saint-Pierre World Biosphere Reserve) and welcomes almost 500 000 snow geese during their spring staging; their flights are very impressive! Baie-du-Febvre is a farming area but its main asset is its residents who will introduce you to the area's attractions. The many cultural activities, including those at the Challenge 255 (p. 67) racing event, the Centre d'interprétation (p. 58) interpretation centre, and the Théâtre Belcourt performance hall, will liven up your stay. In terms of outdoor activities, there are rest areas, and ATV, snowmobile, and cross-country ski trails. Discover the gourmet side of Baie-du-Febvre residents through the Grande Tablée du Lac St-Pierre gastronomic event, local producers, and the Jardin de pluie rain garden behind the interpretation centre.

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Discover the largest migratory staging area for snow geese, located in the heart of the Lac-Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve. The permanent exhibition on the floodplains, audiovisual room, rally, and observation zones will shed light on this unique natural world! Temporary exhibition, Ingéniosité au naturel (natural ingenuity), and edible plants rain garden! You can find the Centre d'Interprétation de Baie-du-Febvre on the Centre-du-Québec's bird-watching tour and on the Navigators' Route. Open: March 15 to early May. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Nouvelle-France

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Located on the banks of the St. François River, Québec's first Aboriginal museum invites you to live a captivating cultural meeting. Visit our exhibitions, the Odanak church and chapel and our gift shop Kiz8bak "daylight". Close to the museum, the Tolba walking trail allows you to discover the wildlife and plant life of the Abenaki community. Aboriginal meals and special packages are available for groups upon reservation. Open: year-round. Closed December 24 to January 2. [pub. p. 61]


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Grand-Saint-Esprit Verger Nicolet

5 760, rue Principale, Grand-Saint-Esprit 819 289-2101  •  vergernicolet.com From mid-July to late August, visitors are welcome to pick their own blueberries. In early fall, thousands of visitors flock to the orchard to pick their own fruit and take a big bite of the joy that comes from eating fresh-picked apples in such a peaceful, natural setting. Picnic areas have been set up near an artificial lake where ducks, ducklings and Canada geese paddle around. Guided educational tours, a shop that offers local delicacies, wagon rides as well as a playground will entertain the whole family. Open: blueberry-picking: mid-July to mid-September. Apple-picking: end of August to mid-October. Jardins de Cristal

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200, rue Jean-Clermont, Saint-Célestin 819 383-2975  •  scperformance.ca The place for some real thrills! Have you dreamed of getting behind the wheel of a race car? Now you can with our karts featuring 13-hp motors (90 km/h). Experience the thrills of a professional racer: qualification, pre-final, and final events. For groups of all kinds: families, friends, or co-workers. Also onsite, new and used karts and accessories for recreation or competition. Our services include training, mechanics, and a bistro. Easy access off Highway 55, 10 minutes from urban centres. We'd love to share our passion for racing with you. SC Performance Karting awaits! Open: April to November. Visit our website for detailed schedule.

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486, rang des Sapins, Sainte-Eulalie 819 225-4088  •  jardinsdecristal.com Welcome to the Jardins de Cristal: Once upon a time... the Gardens of Eden, with its timeless work and life size characters sculpted out of crystal. Experience a sense of happiness and peace at the very core of your being! Concerts featuring bowls made of crystal quartz, a celestial harp, and bells. Enjoy moments of creativity and awakening, a crystal fusion workshop, stained glass classes, seminars, "silenced teepees" rental, country gardens, and picnic areas. Open: year-round.

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127, rue du Traversier, Sorel-Tracy 450 846-2958  •  stateraexperience.com A one-of-a-kind immersive experience capturing the spellbinding beauty of the Sorel Islands. Located on the Sorel-Tracy ferry wharf along the mighty St. Lawrence river, Statera is a celebration of the careful balance between the natural and industrial worlds. This epic three-part adventure features an interactive display in the dark (day/night) , the island at night with a 360° dome projection (night) and a cruise into the heart of the 103 Sorel islands. Open: June 6 to September 21.

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Cycling Cycling tours Shuttle service Mountain biking Hunting, Fishing Hiking Motorcycle touring Golf

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Dogsledding Ice skating Quadding Snowmobiling Snowmobile and/or ATV relays Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and fatbiking

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Sugar shacks Vineyards Orchards Pick-your-own Artisanal cheese-makers Public markets

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REGIONAL EVENTS

May 2 to 5, 2019

May 16 to 19, 2019

Festival de l’Érable de Plessisville

Festival des sucres de Saint-Pierre-Baptiste

Come and discover a wealth of maple products through a variety of activities being held all weekend long for the 61th edition: public market with culinary demonstrations, agri-food tour, and so much more! Shows throughout the weekend and traditional maple taffy on snow.

62nd edition. Family sugaring-off party, unique in Quebec. At an enchanting site, taffy on snow, folklore gala, bingo, musical mass, inflatable games, and various other activities.

Plessisville 819 621-5285  •  festivaldelerable.com

May 13 to 19, 2019 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville

Victoriaville 819 752-7912  •  fimav.qc.ca This year, the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville celebrates its 35th edition with 4 days of concerts, sound art installations in public spaces, experimental short films and visual arts!

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Saint-Pierre-Baptiste 418 453-2663  •  festivaldessucres.com

May 17 to 20, 2019 Symposium l'Accueil des grands peintres

Chesterville 819 795-9963  •  symposiumdechesterville.com Painting will be highlighted during this weekend symposium. The event will bring together some 2o well-known artists chosen for their talent. The event will include an art exhibit, opportunities to meet the artists, workshops, booths featuring local products, and other cultural activities.


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June 6 to 9, 2019 Festival du Cheval de Princeville

Princeville 819 357-0091  •  festivalducheval.com This festival will thrill you with its two rodeos and horse pull. Country & western performances presented non-stop, a parade through the streets of town, friday supper, country mass, kid zone and lots more. June 8 and 9, 2019

Salon des Antiquaires du Parc Marie-Victorin

Salon des Antiquaires du Parc Marie-Victorin

Kingsey Falls 819 363-2528  •  1 888 753-7272 parcmarievictorin.com Exhibitions, sales in the beautiful gardens, and an auction on Sunday will please you for sure! Take advantage of this to visit the General Store and it's antiques's collection! June 8 et 9, 2019 Bronze, Art et Fusion à Inverness

Inverness 418 453-3434  •  tourismeinverness.ca

Fromages, Bouffe & Traditions de Victoriaville

June 25 to July 2, 2019

Visit of art foundries, commercial and artisanal bronze casting exhibitions, visit of the Bronze Museum, and of the open-air gallery, a multidisciplinary art collective.

Festival des Amateurs de Théâtre à Victoriaville

June 14 to 16, 2019

The Festival de Théâtre Amateur de Victoriaville is an event featuring the province's best amateur theatre groups. More than a dozen groups will present the fruits of their labour. Professional-quality theatre presented by amateur actors.

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Fromages, Bouffe & Traditions de Victoriaville

Victoriaville 819 751-9990  •  1 855 751-9990 fromagesbouffetraditions.ca

Cheeses, Food and Traditions of Victoriaville is the blend of a gourmet universe, cheese makers and good food with traditional entertainment to remind us of our valued heritage! More than 40 agri-food exhibitors, funny theatrical scenes, food trucks, family activities, etc.

Victoriaville 819 751-1636  •  fatv.ca

July 4 to 7, 2019 Festival Hommes Forts Warwick

Warwick 819 358-5160  •   festivalhommesforts.com Guaranteed fun for everyone! Competitions: professional strong men, amateurs, strong women and Cross Fit. Children's section that features inflatable games and shows. Three nights with major shows and well-known singers to entertain you!

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July 6 et 7, 2019

August 1 to 4, 2019

Lyst'ART

Festival du Cochon

Lyster 819 389-5787  •  lystart.com

Sainte-Perpétue 819 336-6190  •  1 888 926-2466 festivalducochon.com

The artistic event Lyst'ART is the gateway to the art in Centre-du-Québec. Come and meet more than 50 daring artists in visual arts and crafts arts. Recognized for its programming out of the ordinary, come live creative activities and see artistic performances. July 10 to 14, 2019 Festival Country de Sainte-Monique

Pigs take centre stage in the many entertaining activities put on during the Festival du Cochon. This celebration is known for its races, which give the event a playful, cheerful and unique ambiance. Some of Québec’s biggest artists make an appearance, highlighting the importance of the event’s creative component.

Sainte-Monique 819 289-2185

August 1 et 3, 2019

The Festival Country de Sainte-Monique presents a diverse musical program over a five-day span. Country artists performing a variety of different shows. On Sunday, the festival closes with an amateur gala. In addition, a space is set up for festival-goers to dance. Come and party with us!

Drummondville festivaldelablague.com

July 26 to 28, 2019 Rock Fest de Saint-Pierre-Baptiste

Festival de la Blague

(In French only) This summer, visit the Drummondville Fringe Festival and laugh yourself silly! This is the festival's 3rd edition and it is sure to be a bundle of laughs. Make a stop at the comedy clubs where emerging artists and well-known comedians take the stage in a stand-up style show.

Saint-Pierre-Baptiste 418 453-2663  •  lerockfest.com

August 6 to 11, 2019

Rock Fest is a three-day cultural event highlighting the region's many talented artists. Music, dancing, dinner, and family day with games and activities for children, all in a unique festive atmosphere. Come rock with us!

Princeville 819 364-3333  •  foirebbc.ca

July 31 to August 4, 2019 Festival des 5 sens de la MRC de Bécancour

Sainte-Sophie-de-Lévrard 819 840-4746  •  festival5sens.qc.ca Are you looking for a truly unique festival? Then this is the one for you! Free activities, a great atmosphere, interesting discoveries, conferences, a few fairy tales and performances that everyone can enjoy! Mark your calendars and be sure to attend the Festival des 5 sens de la MRC de Bécancour

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Foire Bières, Bouffe et Culture

Free event in downtown Princeville! On the program: 20 stands featuring products from Quebec microbreweries as well as 7 food trucks. Lives performances, vintage cars exhibition, built-heritage artisan exhibition, cultural exhibition with 30 exhibitors. August 9 to 12, 2019 Rock La Cauze

Victoriaville 819 350-4002  •  rocklacauze.com The mission of the organization is to provide high quality entertainment to the people of the region. For its second year, Rock La Cauze adds an evening to the programming. Friday will be dedicated to rock music for a wider audience. Saturday will still be punk.


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August 15 to 19, 2019 Challenge 255 de Baie-du-Febvre

Baie-du-Febvre 819 519-0255  •  challenge255.com Experiment the thrill of drag racing featuring heavy trucks, pickup and motorcycles. A guaranteed adrenaline rush! Heavy truck Show'n Shine, a sound and light show, a family zone with games and entertainment and shows in the evening. Activities for the entire family.

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August 22 to 24, 2019 Festival de la Poutine

Drummondville festivaldelapoutine.com Drummondville's Festival de la Poutine invites you to its 12th edition that will be held outside of Centre-Marcel-Dionne. On the menu: family activities, three major concert evenings, ten guests restaurateurs and a contest for the best poutine. August 25, 2019 La Classique des Appalaches

Festival des 5 sens de la MRC de Bécancour

Victoriaville 819 758-945  •  classiquedesappalaches.com The Classique des Appalaches is a cycling event with foodies and a recreational and a competitive offering on three unique circuits. You'll be charmed by the breathtaking scenary and by the resident's warm welcome. Visit our website for more information! August 27 to September 1, 2019 Festival du Boeuf d'Inverness

Inverness 418 453-2592  •  festivalduboeuf.com

Festival du Cochon

This festival has something for everyone! Explore the rodeo, country-themed shows and family activities... it's fun for the whole family guaranteed. For one whole week you can experience a parade, delicious beefy meals and even a strong man competition. This is a colourful festival to say the least!

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September 7, 2019

September 19 to 22, 2019

Le Grand BBQ Warwick

Festival de la Paix de Victoriaville

Warwick 819 358-6408  •  819 352-6408 legrandbbqwarwick.com

Victoriaville 819 552-3511  •  festivaldelapaix.ca

The Grand BBQ Warwick is, above all, a gathering of friendly barbecue enthusiasts taking place in Parc Anne-C. Picard park. For BBQ lovers! Amateur chef battle (prize for the best spare ribs), culinary workshops, microbrewery, music and much more.

4 days of activities to instill more happiness in your daily life! Shows, family activities, discovery workshops, and conferences (themes: couple, family, traditional native skills, health, stress management, environment, etc.). Come fill up on hope and leave with a smile in your heart!

September 14, 2019

September 20 to 22, 2019

Défi du Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

Gleason en poutine

Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford 819 298-2455  •  1 800 944-1285 defigentilly.com

Tingwick 819 359-2300  •  montgleason.ca

The Défi du Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly enables participants to experience an adventure course while enjoying the magnificent backdrop of Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly. Triathlon (mountain biking, racing, and kayaking) moutain biking, racing and youth versions.

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Come and taste different varieties of poutines concocted by restaurant owners in Centre-du-Québec and elsewhere. Several food trucks on site.


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September 28 and 29 October 5, 6, 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Gleason en couleurs

Tingwick 819 359-2300  •  1 888 349-2300 montgleason.ca Three magical weekends to admire the colours of our magnificent region. Come and enjoy the mountain's fresh air. Activities are available for all the family and surprises await the young and old alike! Hike the mountain or take the lift. A large sale of new and used ski and snowboard equipment.

Défi du Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

September 28 to November 2, 2019 Le Village hanté du Village Québécois d’Antan

Drummondville 819 478-1441  •  1 877 710-0267 villagequebecois.com Brand new concepts each year: 3 km of streets and trails, more than 25 haunted places, a hundred actors and entertainment throughout the site. Intended for a specialized audience of horror fans and for families. Meal packages available by reservation. Visit the website for all the details.

Le Village hanté du Village Québécois d’Antan

October 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2019 Balade Gourmande

Victoriaville et sa région 819 751-9990  •  1 855 751-9990 baladegourmande.ca A true haven of fine food, the Balade Gourmande has designed several well-marked routes through the colorful autumn countryside of the region. Visitors will be able to enjoy free tastings of more than 180 different products from more than 100 agrifood businesses.

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October 19 and 20, 2019

February 6 to 9, 2020

Victoriaville et ses oies, une envolée artistique

JPL Victo Jazz

Victoriaville 819 350-7757  •  victoetsesoies.com On the banks of the Réservoir Beaudet, classified as an Important Bird Area in Quebec, this event brings together painters, sculptures, photographers and other professional artists in ornithological art. Come to Victoriaville to observe the largest gathering of snow geese in Canada! December 5, 2019 to January 2, 2020 Le Village illuminé Desjardins  du Village Québécois d’Antan

Drummondville 819 478-1441  •  1 877 710-0267 villagequebecois.com Le Village illuminé Desjardins is a unique place to find the spirit of the Holiday season! Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas and experience our most beautiful family traditions. Visit a magical village decorated with over 25,000 lights! Meal packages available by reservation. February 1 to 28, 2020 Festival Célébrons l'hiver !

Ham Sud 819 828-3608  •  montham.ca The Mont-Ham regional park, a must-see destination for nature lovers, is proud to present the 3rd edition of its winter festival "Célébrons l'hiver". An exciting program that takes place over 28 days and that includes 4 thematic weekends, invites the local and regional public to get outside and enjoy some winter activities, as a family or with friends, in complete safety.

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Victoriaville 819 752-9912  •  jplvictojazz.com The festival JPL Victo Jazz has a varied program of shows that everyone will love, young and old alike. Additionally, the festival has a competition component. For more information about the festival's program, simply check the website. March 6 to 8, 2020 Symposium des Arts de Drummondville

Drummondville 819 475-2064  •  symposiumdesarts.com Art lovers are invited to this big gathering where more than 90 artists meet each other. Meetings with very talented artists on the program, in short everything to fill the happiness of art lovers.


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top things to do | culture and heritage  Antique dealers

CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Antique dealers Victoriaville and the surrounding area Antiquités Lauraine Gaudet

149, route 261 Nord, Maddington 819 740-1509  •  antiquiteslaurainegaudet.sitew.ca Antiquités Lauraine Gaudet has been open for 50 years. You will find jewellery, curtains, clothing, dishes, lamps, tools,general store goods, advertising material, period furniture, etc. Everything you need to embellish your home decor. Enjoy your visit! Open: May to October. Closed on Sundays. By appointment during the rest of the year.

To visit the Antiques Roadways and Byways, order your brochure at

Nicolet et ses environs Antique 3A

706, rang des Cèdres, Sainte-Eulalie 819 225-4112  •  antique3a.com Antiques, custom reproductions, manufacturing and restoration of kitchens, furniture stripping, finishing, decorations, hardware, Les Anciens Ébénistes products as well as a vast range of Livos environmentally sustainable products. Open: year-round. Les Poêles d’Antan

805, rue Principale (route 161), Saint-Wenceslas 819 224-7914  •  poelesdantan.com Purchase, sale and restoration of antique wood stoves. Also, replacement parts (new and used) for antique wood stoves and bread ovens. Open: year-round. Saturdays and Sundays, by appointment.

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top things to do | culture and heritage Boutiques, art galleries and workshops AND SUMMER THEATER AND PERFORMANCE VENUES

Boutiques, art galleries and workshops Drummondville and the surrounding area Axart

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Nicolet et ses environs Galerie-Boutique Manu Factum

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Summer theater and performance venues Drummondville and the surrounding area Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville

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top things to do | nature and outdoor activities  Cycling, CYCLING TRAILS, SHUTTLE SERVICE

NATURE AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Cycling The Centre-du-Québec region is the perfect destination for cycling getaways and vacations. From the St. Lawrence River to the Appalachian foothills, our cycling trails are ideal to explore and our circuits follow beautiful, safe country roads where there is little traffic.

Order your free official cycling map and discover our cycling packages at cyclingcentreduquebec.com

Shuttle service Navette fluviale Bécancour – Trois-Rivières

819 233-4636  •  1 888 233-4676 Meeting points: South shore: Sainte-Angèle-de-Laval’s wharf North shore: Port of Trois-Rivières Open: Saturdays and Sundays, from mid-July to the end of August. Vélo sur la rivière entre Pierreville et Saint-François-du-Lac

Pontoon boat service 1 866 279-0444  •  450 568-2124 Meeting points Federal wharf, sector Notre-Dame-de-Pierreville Marina Mr. B, Saint-François-du-Lac Open: June 24 to Labor Day, Thursday to Sunday.

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MRC Arthabaska/Érable 819 758-6414  •  parclineairebf.com [pub. p. 1] Véloroute des Appalaches

1 888 758-9451  •  tourismeregionvictoriaville.com [pub. p. 1] Plessisville and the surrounding area The Maple Routes

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Victoriaville and the surrounding area Parc du Mont Arthabaska

100, chemin du Mont-Arthabaska, Victoriaville 819 751-4520  •  montarthabaska.com

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Plessisville and the surrounding area Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées

1 280, av. Trudelle, Plessisville 819 621-1333  •  parcdesgrandescoulees.com

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Bécancour and the surrounding area Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

1 000, route des Flamants, Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford 819 298-2455  •  819 384-5634 1 800 944-1285  •  rivieregentilly.com

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top things to do | nature and outdoor activities  HUNTING, FISHING AND HIKING

Hunting Victoriaville and the surrounding area Pourvoirie Destination Le Mirage

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20, rue Doucet, Victoriaville 819 357-9011  •  1 877 557-9011 destinationlemirage.com Pourvoirie Destination Le Mirage offers migratory bird hunting packages (snow goose, Canada goose, duck and others) in the Victoriaville region. More than 42 hunting sites on rented private land spread out over a maximum 25-km radius from Réservoir Beaudet in Victoriaville. This body of water is a stopping ground for close to 150 000 birds annually during migratory periods, making it one of Eastern Canada's major staging areas. Guided small game hunting packages also available. Open: April 1 to December 1.

Hiking Victoriaville and the surrounding area Jardins et Sentier Les Pieds d'Or

Fishing

1266, rue Saint-Joseph, Tingwick 819 359-2443  •  tingwick.ca

Victoriaville and the surrounding area Pêche Nicolet

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44, rue Principale, Notre-Dame-de-Ham 819 344-5844  •  pechenicolet.com Discover a unique fishing route in Quebec only 15 minutes south of Victoriaville, along the Nicolet River! More than 60 natural and developed fishing holes accessible midstream via well-maintained trails. Brook, brown or rainbow trout are stocked each week. Two sectors reserved for fly fishing only and three mixed sectors (light casting allowed). Treat yourself to a peaceful and charming site! Access fee. On site lodging available upon reservation. Open: April 26 to September 22, daily. For fishing permit, access fee and live bait, visit Notre-Dame-deHam's convenience store (11, Principale Street).

Take a pleasant stroll in the woods along this 5-km walking trail, featuring 65 natural art arrangements composed of mosaicultures, rock gardens, a waterfall, and a Japanese garden created by artists, families, and local associations. Onsite educational panels describe the region's flora and fauna, while historical panels recount the origins of Tingwick. Two pavilions equipped with removable awnings for weather protection can host gatherings and parties with up to approximately one hundred people. In the winter, visitors can explore marked snowshoeing trails. Electricity and washrooms onsite. Open: year-round. Sentier des trotteurs

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Sainte-Hélène-de-Chester 819 604-7651  •  sentierdestrotteurs.com Located in the Trottier sector of Sainte-Hélène-deChester, the Des Trotteurs trail offers a 6-km loop (Sentier des Cascades) and 10-km loop (Sentier du Pic) in a magical décor. You can also enjoy the Appalachians's treasures by hiking the trails in one direction for 26 km to Mount Arthabaska where you'll also find a 10-km loop. Open: year-round except during hunting season.

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Parc régional du Mont-Ham

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103, route 257 Ouest, Ham-Sud 819 828-3608  •  montham.ca

Plessisville and the surrounding area Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées

The Parc régional du Mont-Ham is a destination renowned for its hiking trails and for its peak that offers a spectacular view. Mont Ham is a small isolated mountain emerging from the ground in the Eastern Townships, at the juncture of the ChaudièreAppalaches and Centre-du-Québec regions. At its rocky peak, you may enjoy a 360-degree view of the magnificent landscape: a breathtaking experience. From beginner to expert levels, there are 18 km of marked trails that meander around the mountain. Children as young as 6 years old and their families may enjoy the challenge! Open: year-round. [pub. p. 2]

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Forêt Ancienne sector: Route du Plé, Plessisville Grande Tourbière sector: chemin du Canyon, Villeroy 819 621-1333  •  parcdesgrandescoulees.com The Parc Régional des Grandes-Coulées has two areas: the 10-km Forêt Ancienne sector is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, geocaching, GPS rally with equipment rental and snowshoeing and the 3-km Grande-Tournière sector takes you through an unusual milieu over a 1,1-km boardwalk. Discover our trout fishing, our interpretation routes, our adventure course and our GPS rally . The heated shelter offers rustic lodging that includes basic equipment. Open: Forêt Ancienne sector: year-round. Grande Tourbière sector: May 1st to October 31. [pub. p. C-2] Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

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1 000, route des Flamants, Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford 819 298-2455  •  1 800 944-1285 rivieregentilly.com

Parc régional du Mont-Ham

The Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly boasts an important network of hiking trails. The particularity of this site is its close proximity to rivière Beaudet (Beaudet River), rivière Gentilly (Gentilly River), and the chutes à Thibodeau (Thibodeau Falls)! During winter, snowshoeing and fatbiking are possible. Rentals available on-site. Lodging: rustic camping along the water, camping with services, and rustic cottage rentals. Activities: fishing, mountain biking. Open: year-round

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top things to do | nature and outdoor activities  Motorcycle touring AND GOLF

Motorcycle touring If you’re planning to go on a motorcycle trip in Centre-du-Québec, you can visit our website at: tcdq. com/moto. Here, you can find helpful information about tours that will lead you from the St. Lawrence plains to the Appalachian foothills. Our recommended tours will introduce you to exciting attractions, rest stops with beautiful terraces and safe accommodation options that welcome motorcyclists with open arms. GROUPS AND MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATIONS: Need a helping hand for planning your outings and activities? Contact us today!

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Victoriaville and the surrounding area Club de Golf Cristal

251, chemin de la Grande Ligne, Saint-Rosaire 819 751-4653  •  1 888 751-4646 cristal.qc.ca Par: 72 Services : J ö ¶

Plessisville et ses environs Club de Golf de Plessisville

328, rang du Golf, Plessisville 819 362-3387  •  1 877 362-3387 golfplessisville.com

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Number of Holes: 18 Length (yards): 6 400

Golf Drummondville and the surrounding area Club de Golf de Drummondville

400, chemin du Golf, Drummondville 819 478-0494  •  golfdrummond.com Par: 72 Services : J ö ¶

Club de Golf Heriot

4 205, chemin Tourville, Drummondville 819 398-5255  •  golf-heriot.com Number of Holes: 18 Length (yards): 6 427

2 064, boul. Lemire Ouest, Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham 819 475-1177  •  819 388-8297 golfemeraude.com

Number of Holes: 18 Length (yards): 6 200

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Club de Golf l’Émeraude

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Club de Golf des Bois-Francs

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Bécancour and the surrounding area Club de golf Godefroy

17 500, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 233-2255  •  golfgodefroy.qc.ca Number of Holes: 18 Length (yards): 6 058

Par: 71 Services : J ö ¶

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top things to do | winter fun  DOGSLEDDING, ICE SKATING AND QUADDING

WINTER FUN

Dogsledding

Ice skating

Plessisville and the surrounding area Randonnée Mïcklà

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320, route 116 Ouest, Plessisville 819 362-1212  •  819 362-7394 traineau.ca A unique experience! Hit the trails driving your own dog sled or be chauffeured by an experienced guide! For the uninitiated, an outing of an hour or two will get you hooked. Enthusiasts will be thrilled with a 3-hour adventure. Enjoy one of our many packages, including : the Aux Plaisirs partagés B&B, Manoir du lac William, etc. Hiking trails and restaurant on site. Open: departures at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. weather permitting. [pub. p. C-2]

Victoriaville and the surrounding area Érable Rouge - Sentiers de patinage en forêt

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3 324, route 161, Saint-Valère 819 353-1616  •  erablerouge.com In the winter, the Érable Rouge sugar shack offers guests an opportunity to explore the forest on its ice trail made of several loops over a length of no less than 5-km. In addition, children can meet the animals on the petting zoo featuring horses, goats, rabbits, and chickens. Hiking trails and snowshoeing are also featured onsite. Open: weather permitting.

Quadding (ATV) More than 1010-km of trails accessible in winter. In summer, there are 260-km on which to practice your favourite sport.To purchase a trail permit, contact one of the region’s 4 ATV clubs.

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top things to do | winter fun  QUADDING, SNOWMOBILING AND SNOWMOBILE AND/OR QUAD RELAYS

Club de motoneige Alléghanish des Bois-Francs

To explore our trails order your ATV trail map: tcdq.com/atv

Club Sport 4 de l’Érable

Plessisville 819 362-5001  •  clubsport4delerable.fqcq.qc.ca Les Baroudeurs

819 691-6758  •  centreduquebec.fqcq.qc.ca Moto-Club Bois-Francs

Victoriaville 819 758-0014  •  motoclubboisfrancs.com Moto Club Drummond

Drummondville 819 474-2952  •  motoclubdrummond.fqcq.qc.ca

Snowmobiling The region offers 1268-km of snowmobile trails that reveal the charm of the St. Lawrence Valley and the beauty of the Appalachian foothills. To purchase a trail permit, contact one of the region’s two snowmobile clubs.

Victoriaville 819 752-3535  •  alleghanish.com Club motoneige Riv-Bec

Bécancour 819 740-8200  •  819 294-2479  •  clubrivbec.com

Snowmobile and/or quad relays Victoriaville and the surrounding area Domaine du lac Louise

950, route 263 Nord, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford 819 364-7002  •  domainelaclouise.com Rest stop, unloading area, sale of ATV and snowmobile trail permits. Open: end of December to mid-March. Plessisville and the surrounding area Relais Mïcklà

320, route 116 Ouest, Plessisville 819 362-1212  •  traineau.ca Formerly named the Sucrerie d’antan, Relais Mïcklà now houses a sledding dogs business and a snowmobile relay. Licensed relay. Open: daily from mid-December to the end of winter. By reservation during summer.

To explore our trails order your snowmobile trail map: tcdq.com/snowmobile

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top things to do | winter fun  DOWNHILL AND CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, SNOWSHOEING, SNOW TUBING AND FATBIKING

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280, chemin du Mont-Gleason, Tingwick 819 359-2300  •  1 888 349-2300 montgleason.ca

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Parc du Mont Arthabaska

100, chemin du Mont-Arthabaska, Victoriaville 819 751-4520  •  montarthabaska.com Parc régional du Mont-Ham

103, route 257 Ouest, Ham-Sud 819 828-3608  •  montham.ca

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1 280, av. Trudelle, Plessisville (poste d'accueil) 819 621-1333  •  parcdesgrandescoulees.com Drummondville and the surrounding area La Courvalloise

526, rang Sainte-Anne, Drummondville 819 397-4544  •  1 877 397-4544 reseauxpleinair.com Bécancour and the surrounding area Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

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top things to do | regional flavors  SUGAR SHACKS

REGIONAL FLAVORS

Sugar shacks

Victoriaville and the surrounding area Aux Petits Plaisirs

Drummondville and the surrounding area Le Village sucré du Village Québécois d’Antan

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1 425, rue Montplaisir, Drummondville 819 478-1441  •  1 877 710-0267 villagequebecois.com

Sugar time all year round! We offer processed, traditional and innovative maple products as well as a maple interpretation visit. Our sugar shack meals are well known for their authentic and delicious taste. Also, take advantage of our "Experiential Packages" to discover the secrets of maple production. Finally, take 5 minutes to admire the scenery of the sugar bush, you will be convinced to come back! Open: upon reservation.

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Experience an incomparable sugar shack! An exceptional historical decor, sleigh rides, interpretation of the olden days sugar shack, music played by the Village's musicians, entertainment, our delicious maple donut and, of course, our succulent traditional meals. Schedule: Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch upon reservation. Open: Saturdays and Sundays, March 2 to April 28 upon reservation.

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top things to do | regional flavors  SUGAR SHACKS, VINEYARDS, ORCHARDS, PICK YOUR OWN, ARTISANAL CHEESE MAKERS AND PUBLIC MARKETS

Érable Rouge

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3 324, route 161, Saint-Valère 819 353-1616  •  erablerouge.com Érable Rouge offers real old fashioned sugaring-off parties: all-you-can-eat homemade cuisine served at the table; guaranteed 100% pure maple syrup; musical entertainment; horse-drawn wagon rides; sap gathering in the bush entirely tapped with buckets; tour of the family cabin where the maple syrup is made; souvenir shop. Taffy on snow available year round! We make our own snow! Groups, social organizations, seniors clubs, family associations, corporate activities, speakers, general meetings, training sessions, and others are all welcome. Open: year-round, by reservation.

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Victoriaville and the surrounding area Vignoble Les Côtes du Gavet

p. 24

Bécancour and the surrounding area Domaine du Clos de l’Isle

p. 49

Le Fief de la Rivière

p. 50

Orchards

p. 36

Fraisière Talfor

p. 37

Bécancour and the surrounding area Bleuets et Cie

p. 45

Artisanal cheese makers Centre d’interprétation de la Fromagerie St-Guillaume

p. 18

Fromagerie Lemaire

p. 17

Victoriaville and the surrounding area Fromagerie du Presbytère

p. 23

La Fromagerie Victoria

p. 27

Public markets Drummondville and the surrounding area

Drummondville and the surrounding area Verger Blanchard

Plessisville and the surrounding area Les petits fruits d’Evélyne

Drummondville and the surrounding area

Drummondville and the surrounding area Domaine des 3 Fûts

Pick your own

p. 19

Victoriaville and the surrounding area Verger Canard Goûteux

p. 23

Verger des Horizons

p. 24

Marché public Drummondville

p. 16

Bécancour and the surrounding area Marché Godefroy

p. 51

Marché public de Deschaillons

p. 43

Plessisville and the surrounding area Verger des Bois-Francs

p. 36

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top things to do | additional activities  HEALTH CENTRES

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Health centres

Victoriaville and the surrounding area Azur Groupe Santé Beauté

Drummondville and the surrounding area Bioterra Spa santé Urbain

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4 960, rue Dubois, Drummondville 819 472-4886  •  1 800 789-7174 spabioterra.ca In a luxurious, pampered setting, guests are offered a choice of massage techniques from around the world, California hot tub, Finnish sauna, advanced beauty treatments, an orthotherapy clinic, a barber shop and relaxation packages. A unique sensory experience! Open: year-round.

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19, boul. Arthabaska Est, Victoriaville 819 758-5454  •  centreazur.com A team of body care and beauty treatments professionals welcomes you in a warm setting. Types of care: rain massage therapy, hot stone therapy, four-handed massage, hot seashell massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, massage, bamboo massages, orthotherapy, reflexology,lymphatic drainage, sanding and body wrap, pressure therapy, therapeutic baths, esthetic treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, laser hair removal, and dietary program. Access to the pool and spa. Our goal is to provide you with a personalized approach so the care you receive is memorable. Open: year-round. Closed on Sundays.

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top things to do | additional activities  HEALTH CENTRES

Le Sainte-Hélène Auberge & Spa Nordique

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Spa détente du lac William

442, rue de l'Église, Sainte-Hélène-de-Chester 819 202-0202  •  lesaintehelene.com Le Sainte-Hélène is an old schoolhouse that was converted into a Nordic inn and spa. Located in the heart of the village of Sainte-Hélène-de-Chester, in the foothills of the Appalachians, this new establishment has opened its doors officially in November 2018. The perfect place to recharge your batteries, Le Sainte-Hélène has an outdoor Nordic spa, an enclosed glass gazebo for the ultimate relaxation experience, a 19-hectare property and a charming little lake. In the winter, why not go for a snowy hike or enjoy a bit of cross-country skiing? Open: year-round. Natureza Spa Resto Chalet

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13, rang Dion, Saint-Norbert-d’Arthabaska 819 261-0660  •  naturezaspa.com A small, genuinely peaceful haven where you can have a unique thermal and sensory experience. Natureza Spa Nordique features a eucalyptus hammam, dry outdoor sauna, two California-type hot baths, a hot whirlpool bath, a Nordic waterfall, a lake,indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, massage rooms, and beauty treatments. Enjoy a personalized experience through a complete range of treatments, health services, and opportunities for relaxation. Open: year-round.

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3 180, rue Principale, Saint-Ferdinand 418 428-9188  •  1 800 428-9188 manoirdulac.com Enjoy the experience and feel the difference! An intimate setting, a warm, welcoming atmosphere, professional care with excellence spa certification. Nordic spa and indoor pool. Also, 13 treatment rooms, relaxation room, indoor Jacuzzi, infrared sauna, massage therapy, body care, beauty treatments, treatments for children and pregnant women. Packages available with or without lodging. Open: year-round.Nenvirons Nicolet and the surrounding area Les Centciels Spa urbain

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1 141, rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Nicolet 819 293-2922  •  1 855 293-6262 hotelmontfort.ca Whether to relax alone, with friends or with your spouse, le spa Les Centciels will fulfill your needs. Located at Hôtel Montfort Nicolet, the spa Les Centciels has recently expanded and now offers new facilities and a varied range of services to its customers. The new spa, with its urban look, is open all year long. Our experienced team is always ready to welcome you. Open: year-round.

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PLACES TO EAT

Price range $: under 15  $$: 15-30 $$$: 31-50 $$$$: over 50 Meals 1: breakfast  2: lunch  3: dinner Legend of symbols p. 116

Drummondville and the surrounding area À la Bonne Vôtre

207, rue Lindsay, Drummondville 819 474-0008  •  1 866 474-0008 alabonnevotre.ca $$$$  2, 3  †÷ú If you love fine local cuisine, À la Bonne Vôtre will definitely tickle your fancy. Located in the heart of Drummondville, this restaurant is situated in a charming ancestral home. While the restaurant seats 90 people, it maintains a cozy atmosphere thanks to its timeless décor and romantic ambiance

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Au Vieux Duluth

565, boul. Saint-Joseph, Drummondville 819 477-2233  •  auvieuxduluth.com $$  2, 3  3á÷ Close to Highway 20 in Drummondville, this restaurant that is part of the Au Vieux Duluth chain features steak, brochettes, seafood and chicken-based dishes as the restaurant's specialities. Bring your own wine restaurant. Terrace. L'Établi Brasserie Urbaine Drummondville

154, rue Lindsay, Drummondville 819 850-3030  •  letablibrasserie.com $$-$$$  2, 3  †÷µ The Établi brasserie urbaine brewery is a warm, festive place that serves great food. The perfect place for a happy hour beer... or two... or three! The fun, friendly concept is the work of a team united by a single, shared goal: the joy of bringing people together to have a drink and eat good food


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Nambu Restaurant

Halte chez Lemaire

194, rue Heriot, Drummondville 819 472-9888  •  nambu-restaurant.com $$-$$$  2, 3  †÷

182, boul. Industriel, Saint-Germain-de-Grantham 819 395-5327  •  fromagerie-lemaire.ca $  1, 2,3  ÷

Nambu Restaurant is a fun spot to get together with family or friends for a really delicious meal. Located in downtown Drummondville, we offer a varied menu that will suit everyone's tastes and preferences. We have sushi, barbecue, seafood and meat, and it's always fresh. Our meals are cooked with care by our talented chefs. Whether you want to book a party or a romantic dinner with your sweetheart, we have the perfect ambiance to enjoy some time together.

La Halte Chez Lemaire offers you the best fresh cheddar of the day. Located between Montréal and Québec City, stop by to enjoy a good poutine served at our restaurant which has a country setting. We have a second address to serve you at 2095 route 122, Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover.

Restaurant Globe-Trotter

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600, boul. Saint-Joseph, Drummondville 819 478-4141  •  1 800 567-0995 globe-trotter.ca $$  1, 2, 3  2†ú Located in the Hôtel et Suites le Dauphin in Drummondville, the Restaurant Globe-Trotter is known for its fine dining and warm atmosphere. With its 8 private lounges, the Globe-Trotter is the perfect place in Drummondville for any type of event. Restaurant La Verrière

915, rue Hains, Drummondville 819 478-4971  •  1 800 711-6047 universel.com $$  1, 2, 3  3†÷ú At La Verrière Restaurant, you will find a variety of dishes that will satisfy your appetite. In the dining room or on the terrace, enjoy one of our specialties.

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Victoriaville and the surrounding area Restaurant La Belle Québécoise

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1100, rue Principale, Daveluyville 819 367-2508  •  1 866 530-2508 bellequebecoise.com $  1, 2, 3  †÷ A restaurant for all your family with french canadian meals. Our waitresses are welcoming and will be happy to serve you!

Rôtisseries Scores

120, boul. Saint-Joseph, Drummondville 819 478-6060  •  scores.ca $$  2, 3  † Located close to Hwy 20, Rôtisserie Scores welcomes you in a friendly atmosphere and offers you a tasty soup and salad bar.

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Complexe Évasion

Price range $: under 15  $$: 15-30 $$$: 31-50 $$$$: over 50

19, boul. Bois-Francs Sud, Victoriaville 819 758-7176  •  levasion.com $$  2, 3  3P†÷

Meals 1: breakfast  2: lunch  3: dinner

Come and live the Total Experience as proposed by Complexe Evasion. Everything you ever wished for is located under one roof. High-end, but affordable family restaurant, lounge, Irish Pub, live band... Everything you need to meet with friends or family, we can give it to you!

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Restaurant Dépanneur Rioux

Le Communard

10, rang Smith, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford 819 364-7004 $  1, 2, 3  † Located near Highway 20 and in operation since 1989, Restaurant Rioux offers a variety of services: gaz, diesel, convenience store, flea market, local products, reception hall (65 people), meeting room (10 people). Restaurant (daily menu, breakfast, canadian -style food and pizzas).

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WISKI pub

280, chemin du Mont Gleason, Tingwick 819 359-2301  •  1 888 349-2300 montgleason.ca $$  1, 2, 3  †÷ The Gleason WISKI pub is a cozy inn where you can gather among friends or family. They have a gas fireplace that is the centerpiece of this inviting and stunning space. They have something for everyone's tastes; cocktails, thin crust pizza, nachos and other appetizers that you won't be able to resist! Cactus Resto-Bar

139, boul. Bois-Francs Sud, Victoriaville 819 758-5311  •  cactusrestobar.com $$  2, 3  3†÷µ Cactus Resto-Bar offers you a much diversified menu (grill, quesadillas, chicken wings, etc.), a large variety of draft beers and a festive and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy shows at night or share a meal with friends and family on their large terrace.

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633, boul. Jutras Est, Victoriaville 819 758-7588  •  lecommunard.com $$$  2, 3  3† Savour the fine and multi-flavoured cuisine of Victoriaville's Le Communard restaurant, with its unique ambience and décor. Located five minutes from downtown, Le Communard offers four- to seven-course evening meals as well as a menu perfectly suited to business lunches. O'Connell Pub Irlandais

19, boul. Bois-Francs Sud, Victoriaville 819 758-7176  •  levasion.com $$  2, 3  †µ The O'Connell Irish Pub is the only place in the region to offer a unique Irish atmosphere! With more than 20 draft beers and its impressive choice of whiskeys and spirits, the O'Connell is really a must! Restaurant Le Laurier

19, boul. Arthabaska Est, Victoriaville 819 758-0533  •  1 877 845-5344 hotelsvillagia.com  $$  1, 2, 3  2†ú Certified Terroir et Saveurs, Restaurant Le Laurier serves passionately prepared cuisine that will surprise with its delicate, comforting and flavourful dishes.


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Restaurant Luxor

Pub L’Ours Noir

213, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville 819 752-2022  •  restaurantluxor.com $$  1, 2, 3  3†÷

4, rue Saint-Joseph, Warwick 819 358-5108  •  publoursnoir.com $$$  2, 3  †÷

Located in downtown Victoriaville, Café Luxor is a restaurant with a well-established reputation in the region. It offers a diversified menu that can be adapted to anyone's tastes. It also has a liquor license and an interesting wine cellar.

This restaurant features regional products and specialties such as game and tartar scotchs and whiskeys from around the world. You will enjoy your time in downtown Warwick, near the bike path. Plessisville and the surrounding area

Shad Café

309, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville 819 751-0848  •  shadcafe.com $  2, 3  †÷ Shad Café is located in downtown Victoriaville and offers free Wi-Fi while you indulge in one of our paninis, salads, nachos, or pizzas. It is the perfect place to chat with friends while you savour a local beer or an excellent café latté. Fromagerie Victoria

82, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Warwick 819 559-8600  •  fromagerievictoria.com $  1, 2, 3  ÷

Manoir du lac William

3 180, rue Principale, Saint-Ferdinand 418 428-9188  •  1 800 428-9188 manoirdulac.com $$$  1, 2, 3  2P†÷ú The dining room and terrace at Manoir du lac William provide a magnificent view of Lake William. Table d'hote menu (5 course) included in packages and a la carte menu available every day. You'll be delighted with the buffet lunch on weekdays and brunches on weekends.

Since 1946, Fromagerie Victoria has been making fresh cheese curds on a daily basis. We use traditional production methods to craft our cheeses since they are made from 100% milk. Aside from cheese, we also have a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and poutine is the star dish. In the summer, you can cool down at the dairy bar.

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Ô Quai des Brasseurs

Price range $: under 15  $$: 15-30 $$$: 31-50 $$$$: over 50 Meals 1: breakfast  2: lunch  3: dinner Legend of symbols p. 1166 Bécancour and the surrounding area Auberge Godefroy

17 575, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 233-2200  •  1 800 361-1620 aubergegodefroy.com $$$  1, 2, 3  3P†÷ú Auberge Godefroy proposes high quality culinary discoveries in a modern decor. Their specialized crew prepare well-balanced and delectable dishes while taking great pride in using sought-after locally grown trendy products found nearby. They are experts at seducing the most discerning palates. Café de la Maison de Bibi

14 840, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 222-5800  •  lamaisondebibi.com $$  1, 2  †÷ Creative breakfast, lunch, and snack menu featuring local products. Specialties: crepes bretonnes, French toast, grilled cheese, salads, bagels, coffee, and fresh fruit juice. Craft beer and local wine are perfect companions to the lunch-time delights. Unique ambiance, year-round holiday atmosphere!

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805, av. des Nénuphars, Bécancour 819 489-8388  •  oquaidesbrasseurs.com $$  2, 3   †÷µ Located at the Bécancour marina, this microbrewery is the perfect place to dig into delicious local products while taking in a view of the majestic St. Lawrence River. Have a seat on their stunning terrace and watch the marine traffic come and go at the boat launch. Restaurant Subway

16 660, boul. des Acadiens, Bécancour 819 233-2429  •  subway.ca $  1, 2, 3  ÷ Looking for a place to eat a quick and healthy meal with your family ? Subway offers you bread baked on the premises, different toppings and fresh vegetables to create your own sandwiches. Nicolet and the surrounding area Resto-Bar Chez Esther

347, rue Principale, Baie-du-Febvre 450 783-2000 $$  1, 2, 3  †÷ Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch or a table d'hôte dinner option, they have a menu with plenty of choices to satisfy everyone's tastes. For special events or theme evenings, they offer karaoke and many other forms of entertainment! It's a great place in Baie-du-Febvre to make a quick stop before heading out to see the snow geese or the Ducks Unlimited conservation area.


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Table d’hôte dinner, one-night accommodation and breakfast Rooms starting at

4150 $

Per person, double occupancy, service included, plus taxes

Business rate from Sunday to Thursday

5499 $

115 rooms • Motel Condos • Luxurious Suites • Bar Reception & Meeting • 24 h Restaurant • Snowmobile and ATV Relay ROOMS Classic or luxurious

Chambre classique

Chambre luxueuse

Condo

Smoking or non-smoking

SERVICES Wireless Internet • TV 32`` • Refrigerator • Coffee pot • 1 or 2 beds • Laundry • Secure enclosed garage (motocycle, snowmobile and ATV) Large well-lit parking lot with camera surveillance for your vehicles and trailers

819 477-0222 | 1 800 567-3823 www.motelblanchet.com

225, Saint-Joseph Blvd West Drummondville (Quebec) J2E 1A9 Exit 177 North of Highway 20

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ACCOMMODATION

Price range $: under $75 $$$: $101-150 $$$$$: $200

Grand Times Hotel

$$: $75-100 $$$$: $151-200

819 474-5555  •  1 844 474-5550 grandtimeshotel.com 140 units  $$$  Jiº

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Hôtel & Suites Le Dauphin

Hotels Drummondville and the surrounding area Best Western Hôtel Universel

★★★★

915, rue Hains, Drummondville 819 478-4971  •  1 800 711-6047 universel.com 118 units  $$  3J¶i  [pub. p. C-4] Comfort Inn

★★★

1 055, rue Hains, Drummondville 819 477-4000  •  1 877 574-6835 drummondvillecomfortinn.com 58 units  $$  3JÂ  [pub. p. 99]

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530, rue Saint-Amant, Drummondville

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★★★★

600, boul. Saint-Joseph, Drummondville 819 478-4141  •  1 800 567-0995 le-dauphin.com 120 units  $$  3JP¶iº Hôtel Quality Suites Drummondville

★★★★

2 125, rue Canadien, Drummondville 819 472-2700  •  1 866 572-2700 les-suites.ca 71 units  $$  3JPÂiº ★★★ 105, boul. Saint-Joseph Ouest, Drummondville 819 478-4614  •  1 800 266-4614 hoteldrummond.com 43 units  $  JP¶  [pub. p. 100] Hôtel-Motel Drummond


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accommodation and places to eat | accommodation  Hotels

Price range $: under $75 $$$: $101-150 $$$$$: $200

Victoriaville and the surrounding area

442, rue de l'Église, Sainte-Hélène-de-Chester 819 202-0202  •  lesaintehelene.com 11 units  $$  Jp¶

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Motel Alouette

1 975, boul. Mercure, Drummondville 819 478-4166  •  1 866 478-4166 motelalouette.com 22 units  $  JÂ Motel Blanchet

Hôtel Quality Inn & Suites Victoriaville

★★★

1, boul. Arthabaska Est, Victoriaville 819 330-8888  •  1 855 330-7825 quality-inn-victoriaville.com 82 units  $$$  3JPpiº  [pub. p. 101] ★★★

225, boul. Saint-Joseph Ouest, Drummondville 819 477-0222  •  1 800 567-3823 motelblanchet.com 115 units  $$  3J¶  [pub. p. 97]

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Le Sainte-Hélène Auberge & Spa Nordique

$$: $75-100 $$$$: $151-200

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Le Victorin Hôtel et congrès

★★★★

19, boul. Arthabaska Est, Victoriaville 819 758-0533  •  1 877 845-5344 hotelsvillegia.com 152 units  $$$  3Jp¶iº  [pub. p. 102]


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Z Plaza Hôtel

1 000, boul. Jutras Est, Victoriaville 819 357-1000  •  1 866 537-8967 hotelzplaza.com 50 units  $$  J  [pub. p. 102]

★★★

Plessisville and the surrounding area Motel Le Phare

★★

745, av. Saint-Louis, Plessisville 819 362-1121  •  1 866 362-1121 motellephare.com 21 units  $$  JÂän  [pub. p. 103]

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Price range $: under $75 $$$: $101-150 $$$$$: $200

Bécancour and the surrounding area Auberge Godefroy

$$: $75-100 $$$$: $151-200

★★★★

17 575, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 233-2200  •  1 877-282-0282 aubergegodefroy.com 71 units  $$$$  3JPp¶eiº 

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[pub. p. 103] Complexe hôtelier Le Cinquante-Cinq

★★★

4 810, av. Fardel, Bécancour 819 233-2929  •  1 877 569-2929  •  le55.ca 29 units  $$  JP¶än ★★

Motel Bécancour

3 735, boul. Bécancour, Bécancour 819 298-3144  •  1 855 372-6818  motelbecancour.com 38 units  $$  J Nicolet and the surrounding area Hôtel Montfort Nicolet - Centre de Congrès

★★★★

1 141, rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Nicolet 819 293-6262  •  1 855 293-6262 hotelmontfort.ca 83 units  $$$  3JPp¶iº  [pub. p. 60]

Complexe hôtelier Du Pré

★★

555, rue Saint-Jacques Est, Princeville 819 364-5333  •  1 866 364-5333  dupre.ca 20 units  $$  J¶än Manoir du lac William

★★★★

3 180, rue Principale, Saint-Ferdinand 418 428-9188  •  1 800 428-9188 manoirdulac.com 56 units  $$$  2JPp¶eib  [pub. p. C-2] B

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Motel Marie-Dan

311, rue des Bouleaux, Sainte-Eulalie 819 225-4604  •  motelmariedan.com 16 units  $  J¶ Photo credit: Francis Pelletier

★★


accommodation and places to eat | accommodation  Bed and breakfasts AND COTTAGES

Bed and breakfasts Cottages Drummondville and the surrounding area

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À la Bonne Vôtre

207, rue Lindsay, Drummondville 819 474-0008  •  1 866 474-0008 alabonnevotre.ca 4 units  $$  JD+,¶ Gîte Prés et Vallons

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4, rue de l’Église, Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton 819 336-6009  •  gitepresbytere.steclotilde@yahoo.ca 3 units  $  JD+,æ

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80, av. Pie-X, Victoriaville 819 604-1777  •  gitelacledart.ca 3 units  $$$  D, Aux Plaisirs partagés

★★★

375, route 161, Saint-Christophe-d'Arthabaska 819 350-8215  •  shackogiguere.com 5 units  $$$$$  J@ Max. capacity of the largest unit: 8 Natureza Spa Resto Chalet

★★★

13, rang Dion, Saint-Norbert-d’Arthabaska 819 261-0660  •  naturezaspa.com 4 units  $$$$  bBóY& Max. capacity of the largest unit: 4P Plessisville and the surrounding area Les Chalets Garou

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164, rue Saint-Louis, Warwick 819 358-9560  •  auxplaisirspartages.qc.ca 5 units  $$  JD+,¶ Bécancour and the surrounding area Domaine D’Eschaillons Gîte

Victoriaville and the surrounding area Les Shack’O Giguère

Victoriaville and the surrounding area

Gîte La Clé d’Art

Maisonsetchaletsalouer.com

819 826-2633  •  1 877 526-6879 maisonsetchaletsalouer.com 8 units  $$$$$  Jb Max. capacity of the largest unit: 52

415, route Mooney, Durham-Sud 819 858-2782  •  pres-et-vallons.ca 3 units  $$$  J,¶

Gîte Presbytère Sainte-Clotilde

Drummondville and the surrounding area

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300, route Marie-Victorin Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent 819 292-2380  •  domainedeschaillons.com 5 units  $  Jæ,le

★★★

1 096, rue Labbé, Saint-Ferdinand 418 428-4245  •  chaletsgarou.com 2 units  $$$  Jnrb& Max. capacity of the largest unit: 8 Bécancour and the surrounding area Domaine D’Eschaillons Chalets

★★

300, route Marie-Victorin, Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent 819 292-2380  •  domainedeschaillons.com 5 units  $$$  eb@Â Max. capacity of the largest unit: 5

Plessisville and the surrounding area La Maison Blanche

151, rue Grenier, Laurierville 819 291-1013 5 units  $$  J+eän

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Price range $: under $75 $$$: $101-150 $$$$$: $200

Other type of accommodation

$$: $75-100 $$$$: $151-200

Nicolet and the surrounding area

Legend of symbols, p. 116 Nicolet and the surrounding area La Maison d’Alice

★★

Centre récréatif La Visitation

★★★★

19-21, rue Principale, La Visitation-de-Yamaska 450 564-2818 lavisitationdeyamaska.net/centre-recreatif 32 units  $$$$$  JY;f

2 464, rang Saint-Joseph, Sainte-Perpétue 819 336-6666  •  lamaisondalice.ca 1 unit  $$$$$  J„ Max. capacity of the largest unit: 8

Campgrounds

Resort

Camping des Voltigeurs – SÉPAQ

Drummondville and the surrounding area

Drummondville and the surrounding area Centre Normand Léveillée

★★★★

950, chemin Hemming, Drummondville 819 478-1201  •  centre-normand-leveille.ca 88 units  3JeróY;

Club Naturiste Loisirs Air Soleil

Bécancour and the surrounding area ★★★

1 325, av. des Pensées, Bécancour 819 602-8956  •  faubourgmontbenilde.com 109 units  $$  J¶ingY

Camping Saint-Majorique

1 224, route 139, Wickham 819 398-6636  •  campingdessources.ca 726 campsites / 4 ready-to-camp ½40%  $32-44  Jv”™ÂÑ

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2 125, boul. Saint-Joseph Ouest, Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham 819 471-4885 167 campsites / 2 ready-to-camp ½60%  $27-42  Jv”™Âö Camping Plage des Sources

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238, chemin Allard, L’Avenir 819 394-2556   •  loisirsairsoleil.com 414 campsites / 13 ready-to-camp ½50%  $45-60  Jé”™Ñ

Youth hostel Faubourg Mont-Bénilde

★★★★

575, rue Montplaisir, Drummondville 819 477-1360  •  1 800 665-6527 sepaq.com/ct/vol/ 297 campsites / 14 ready-to-camp ½80%  $33-60  Jv”™Âö 

★★★★


accommodation and places to eat | accommodation  Campgrounds

Victoriaville and the surrounding area ★★★

Centre de Plein Air Val Chester

7300, route 161, Chesterville 819 202-1000  •  1 877 795-9039  •  valchester.com 34 campsites / 1 prêt-à-camper ½70%  $30-48  ”v@lb Camping Lac des Cyprès

★★★★

175, chemin des Cyprès, Sainte-Séraphine 819 336-3443  •  campinglacdescypres.com 140 campsites  ½60%  $42-46  Jv”™Ñ Camping Domaine du lac Louise

★★★★

950, route 263 Nord, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford 819 364-7002  •  domainelaclouise.com 339 campsites  ½75%  $38-48  Jv”™ÂÑ Camping Domaine du lac Cristal

★★★★

245, chemin de la Grande-Ligne (route 162), Saint-Rosaire 819 752-4275  •  1 888 852-4275  •  cristal.qc.ca 561 campsites  ½40%  $30-61  Jé”™ÂÑ

★★★★

Camping Plage Paquet

640, route 263 Nord, Princeville 819 364-5753  •  campingplagepaquet.qc.ca 325 campsites  ½50%  $43-48  Jv”™Ñö ★★★

Camping des Bois-Francs

826, chemin Gosford, Saint-Pierre-Baptiste 418 428-3528  •  campingdesboisfrancs.com  148 campsites  ½50%  $31-37  Jv”™Âö Bécancour and the surrounding area ★★

Camping équestre du Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

5125, rue des Chênes, Bécancour 819 298-2455  •  1 800 944-1285 rivieregentilly.com 16 campsites  ½45%  $59-96 

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Camping Parc de motorisés Godefroy

★★

185, av. Godefroy, Bécancour 819 606-0200  •  pdmgodefroy.com 19 campsites  ½30%  $49-54  Jé”™Âö

★★★

Camping de la Rivière Nicolet

32, 16e rang Est, Wotton 819 828-0108  •  campingrivierenicolet.com 23 campsites / 6 ready-to-camp ½75%  $35-45  ”vebw Plessisville and the surrounding area Camping Tropical

★★★

430, chemin Sault-Rouge, Lyster 819 389-1225  •  campingtropical.ca 242 campsites  ½60%  $35-48  Jv”™ÂÑ Camping Mon Plaisir

★★★★

149, route de Sainte-Sophie, Plessisville 819 362-7591  •  campingmonplaisir.ca 204 campsites / 3 ready-to-camp ½40%  $31-45  Jv”™Âö Camping Plage des Sables

Camping Parc de motorisés Godefroy

★★★

Camping Cap à la Roche

1 820, route Marie-Victorin, Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent 819 292-1212  •  capalaroche.com 199 campsites  ½10%  $32-57 

Jé”™ÂÑ

★★★

1 450, route 116 Ouest, Princeville 819 364-5769  •  camping-plagedessables.com 193 campsites  ½50%  $30-44  Jv”™Ñ

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accommodation and places to eat | accommodation  CAMPGROUNDS AND Rustic lodges

Price range $: under $75 $$$: $101-150 $$$$$: $200

Rustic lodges

$$: $75-100 $$$$: $151-200

Plessisville and the surrounding area Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées

Legend of symbols, p. 116 ★★

Camping du Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

1 000, route des Flamants, Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford 819 298-2455  •  1 800 944-1285 rivieregentilly.com 75 campsites / 10 ready-to-camp ½60%  $37-71  Jv”™Âö

2, route du Plé, Plessisville 819 621-1333 poste 1285 1 800 360-2989 poste 1285 parcdesgrandescoulees.com 1 unit  $$  ó&@ Max. capacity of the largest unit: 8  [pub. p. C-2]

Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées

Bécancour and the surrounding area Camping Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

Nicolet and the surrounding area Camping de la Rivière

★★★

108, rang du Moulin Rouge, Saint-Léonard-d'Aston 819 399-2442   •  campingdelariviere.ca 76 campsites / 1 ready-to-camp ½50%  $31-39  Jv”™ö Camping Val-Léro

1 000, rang Val-Léro, Saint-Célestin 819 229-3545   •  1 855 229-3545 campingval-lero.com 297 campsites  ½65%  $34-42 

Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly

1 000, route des Flamants, Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford 819 298-2455  •  1 800 944-1285 rivieregentilly.com 6 units  $$  óY&@ Max. capacity of the largest unit: 17

★★★★

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useful information 112 General information 112 Tourist Information on

Centre-du-Québec

112 Québec-wide Tourist Information 113 Quebec tourist regions 113 Getting there

114 Travelling in Québec 116 Legend of symbols 117 Index 119 Advertisers index


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GENERAL INFORMATION Tourist Information on Centre-du-Québec Tourisme Centre-du-Québec

25, rue Saint-Jacques Est, C.P. 2030, Princeville (Québec) G6L 5H1 819 364-7177  •  1 888 816-4007, ext. 300  •  Fax: 819 364-2120 tourismecentreduquebec.com

Official visitor information centers are identified by the "?" pictogram on roadside signs in tourist brochures. Tourisme Érable

( Permanent Centers Tourisme Bécancour

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Office du tourisme de Drummondville

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1 005, boul. de Port-Royal, Bécancour 819 233-4636  •  1 888 233-4676 tourismebecancour.com

20, rue Notre-Dame, Nicolet 819 293-6960  •  1 866 279-0444 tourismenicoletyamaska.com

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? Seasonal Centers

1 350, rue J.-B. Michaud, Drummondville 819 477-5529  •  1 877 235-9569 tourisme-drummond.com Office de tourisme de Nicolet-Yamaska

1 280, av. Trudelle, Plessisville 819 621-1333  •  1 800 360-2989 erable.ca/tourisme June 1 to September 5, daily. Victoriaville: (Vélogare)

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20, rue de Bigarré, Victoriaville 819 758-9451  •  1 888 758-9451 Information available year-round by phone.

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) Tourist Information Stand (unstaffed)

Saint-Léonard-d’Aston: Madrid 2.0

180, rang du Moulin Rouge Exit 202 off Highway 20

Québec-wide Tourist Information

Phone: 1 877 BONJOUR (266-5687) E-mail: info@quebecoriginal.com Online: quebecoriginal.com Social media: #QuebecOriginal /tourismequebec /tourismequebectq /+TourismeQuebecTQ /tourismequebec /tourismequebec

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Brick and mortar: Centre Infotouriste in Montréal, Québec, Rigaud, Dégélis or Rivière-Beaudette (permanent visitor information centers that provide a range of tourist services and products) 112

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The Ministère du Tourisme du Québec is proud to provide support to locally-based tourism businesses. The goal of its website, QUÉBEC ORIGINAL, is to promote the province as a destination to both local residents and international visitors. Explore, plan and book at QuebecOriginal.com.


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Québec tourist regions 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

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18 et 22 17 16 15 14

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20 8

Îles-de-la-Madeleine Gaspésie Bas-Saint-Laurent Québec Charlevoix Chaudière-Appalaches Mauricie Cantons-de-l’Est Montérégie Lanaudière Laurentides Montréal Outaouais Abitibi-Témiscamingue Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Côte-Nord | Manicouagan Côte-Nord | Duplessis Baie-James Laval Centre-du-Québec Nunavik Eeyou Istchee

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Getting there Radisson Matagami

101 117

North Bay

69

11

148

Gatineau Ottawa

Ontario

7

400

12

90

30

416

11

381

155

175

Tadoussac

170

10

55

90

États-Unis

Edmundston

Fort Kent

2

11

8

89 91

New Hampshire

Massachusetts 90

Boston

Portland

Moncton

2

95

Nouvelle-Écosse

101

103

0

100

Souris

104

Saint-Jean 1

Maine 201

93

Île-duPrinceÉdouard

NouveauBrunswick

Fredericton

89

Connecticut

It is illegal to transport or use radar detectors in Québec.

Îles de la Madeleine

Bangor

New York

Syracuse

Gaspé

132

185

289

Drummondville 173 112 Montréal Chambly Sherbrooke 35

Île d’A nticost i

Rimouski

20 116 73

40

15

ent aur nt-L 132 Sai e v u Fle Matane

Rivière-du-Loup

138

Baie-Saint-Paul

Vermont 81

90

Laval

417

401

Toronto Buffalo

SaintJérôme

50

172

Québec TroisLévis 55 Rivières

15

105

17

169

Saguenay La Tuque

Kegaska

Sept-Îles

138

Godbout Baie-Comeau

167

Québec

117

11

389

Chibougamau 113

RouynNoranda

Fermont

167

109

200 km

Drummondville 1 km = 0,6 mi Montréal 111 Gatineau-Ottawa 210 321 Québec 463 253 153 Toronto 802 399 546 657 Trois-Rivières 688 135 352 142 71

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Halifax

Victoriaville Boston 497 520 76 512 163 722 361 618 124 867 705 596 73

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Bus

Tourisme Victoriaville et sa région

Terminus d’autobus de Drummondville

819 758-9451  •  1 888 758-9451 tourismeregionvictoriaville.com

1 175, rue Jannelle, Drummondville 819 850-2111  •  orleansexpress.com Terminus d’autobus de Victoriaville

1 215, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville 819 752-5400  •  819 850-2111 orleansexpress.com

Gaz station Garage P. Bédard & Fils

291, route 265, Villeroy 819 385-4422  •  garagepbedard.com Convenience store, liquor outlet.

Hospitals

Tourisme Érable

819 621-1333  •  1 800 360-2989 erable.ca/tourisme Office de Tourisme Nicolet-Yamaska

819 293-6960  •  1 866 279-0444 tourismenicoletyamaska.com Office de Tourisme Bécancour et sa région

819 233-4636  •  1 888 233-4676 tourismebecancour.com

Plane Aéroport de Drummondville

675, rue Saint-Jean-Batiste, Nicolet

4 789, boul. Allard, Drummondville 819 472-1011  •  aeroportdrummondville.com Landing strip and take-off runway, hydro base, custom service and fuel supply. Limited maintenance during the winter time.

Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska

Aéroport régional André-Fortin

5, rue des Hospitalières, Victoriaville

402, chemin de l’Aéroport, Victoriaville 819 752-6560  •  victoriaville.ca Landing strip, take-off runway and fuel supply. Limited maintenance during the winter time.

Hospital Sainte-Croix

570, rue Heriot, Drummondville Hospital du Christ-Roi

Organized group tours Office du Tourisme de Drummondville

819 477-5529  •  1 877 235-9569 tourisme-drummond.com

Train Via Rail – Drummondville

1 888 842-7245  •  viarail.ca

TRAVELLING IN QUÉBEC Bars, casinos and purchasing alcohol

You must be at least 18 years old to enter bars, pubs, nightclubs and casinos, as well as to purchase or consume alcohol (be prepared to produce ID if asked). Wines and spirits are sold through the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), the provincial liquor board. 114

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Beer is available at grocery and convenience stores, which also stock a limited selection of wines.

Canadian currency

The legal currency in Québec is the Canadian dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and coins in denominations of 5, 10 and 25


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cents as well as 1 and 2 dollars. Bank cards and major credit cards are also accepted almost everywhere.

Driving in Québec

Since Canada uses the metric system, speed limits and distances are posted in kilometres per hour (km/h) and gasoline is sold by the litre (l).

Emergencies Emergency

911, 310‑4141 ou *4141 (from a cell phone) Info-Santé (medical advice)

811

Québec Poison Control Centre

Cell phones Use of a hand-held cell phone that does not have a hands-free function is prohibited while driving. Road conditions For information on road conditions or other aspects of trip-planning, call 511 or 1 888 355-0511 or visit quebec511.info.

1 800 463‑5060

Making a comment or conveying dissatisfaction

If you wish to comment on or are dissatisfied with the tourism services you received in Québec, please contact: Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec

Winter tires From December 15 to March 15, all taxis and passenger vehicles registered in Québec must be equipped with winter tires. This requirement also applies to rental passenger vehicles in Québec. Tourist routes The official tourist routes are clearly marked with blue signs. They are designed to highlight the attractions of the regions through which they pass, and to enable visitors to discover the extent of Québec’s natural and cultural treasures. quebecoriginal.com/

tourist-routes

Tourist signage In Québec, tourist regions and directions to services, attractions and activities are indicated by blue road signs. For more information, visit panneaubleu.com and tourisme.gouv.qc.ca/signalisation (in French only). Village-relais accredited services If you feel like taking a break or require assistance while on the road, look for the Village-relais signs. These point to towns that, together with local businesses, offer a range of accredited services and a safe and pleasant place to stop. villages-relais.qc.ca

1 877 686-8358 info@alliancetouristique.com

Taxes Québec has two taxes: the 5% federal goods and services tax (GST), and the 9,975% Québec sales tax (QST). An accommodation tax of 3.5%/night also applies in Centre-du-Québec.

Tipping Tipping is customary in restaurants, bars and taxis. The amount, which is not included in the bill, is generally equivalent to 15% of the total bill before taxes. For quick tip calculations, Québecers normally add up both taxes. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag).

Voltage In Québec, the standard voltage is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Since the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you will need to bring or buy an adaptor.

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LEGEND OF SYMBOLS ú Accommodation D Air conditioning á BYOB æ Cash only ” Comfort station w Cottage rental r Cross-country skiing Y Cycling P Electric vehicule charging station é Electricity v Electricity 30 amps ö Equipment rental @ Fishing

º Fitness room $ Free admission J Free Wi-Fi 2 Fully accessible g Golf & Hiking j Hospital i Indoor pool † Licensed restaurant e Outdoor pool 5 Paid admission 3 Partially accessible ÷ Patio ( Permanent visitor information centre

Pet-friendly Places to eat Pump-out station Playground Private bathroom Pull-through Quadding Regional airport Restaurant with live music þ Route des Navigateurs 0 Seasonal operation ? Seasonal visitor information centre  ¶ ™ ; , Ñ ä < µ

+ Shared bathroom . Shelter f Skating n Snowmobiling ó Snowshoeing B Spa „ Theatre venue ) Tourist information stand k Village-Relais accredited services b Water access p Wellness centre ½ % of shady sites

Accessibility Access for persons with impaired mobility — Kéroul

514 252-3104  •  keroul.qc.ca

Kéroul assesses the accessibility of different businesses based on a set of criteria recognized by Tourisme Québec. Kéroul offers a wide range of cultural and tourism information for visitors with impaired mobility.

2 Visitors with impaired mobility can move about without assistance in the business.

3 Visitors with impaired mobility must have

assistance to move about in the business.

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Companions of disabled individuals with this sticker are admitted free of charge to participating tourism, cultural and recreational attractions.


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INDEX A Access to the region................... 113 Accessibility............................... 116 Accommodation.......................... 98 Additional activities..................... 88 Advertisers index....................... 119 Alpagas d'Ham Nature................ 26 Alpagas de Camily....................... 19 Antiques dealers.......................... 72 Arbre en arbre............................. 14 Art galleries................................. 73 Artisanal cheese makers.............. 87 Atelier-Boutique L’Angélaine...... 47 Atelier-Galerie d'Art Victoriaville............................... 27 ATV (quad)................................... 82 Aux Petits Plaisirs........................ 86 Axart............................................ 14 Azur Groupe santé beauté........... 88

B Baie-du-Febvre............................ 58 Bécancour.................................... 47 Bécancour and the surrounding area...................... 42 Bed and breakfasts.................... 105 Bioterra Spa santé Urbain........... 88 Bleuets & cie................................ 45 Boutiques.................................... 73 Brûlerie des Cantons................... 23

C Campgrounds............................ 106 Can’t-miss experiences...................6 Captif Victoriaville....................... 27 Cascades...................................... 21 Centre d’art Jacqueset-Michel-Auger........................ 27 Centre de la Biodiversité du Québec................................ 48 Centre d’interprétation acadien..... 48 Centre d’Interprétation de Baie-du-Febvre.................... 58 Centre d’interprétation de la canneberge...................... 31 Centre d’interprétation de la Fromagerie Saint-Guillaume.... 18

Centre de vacances Val Chester.........................25,107 Circuit de découvertes chemins Craig et Gosford........................ 37 Circuit des arts de la MRC de Drummond.......................... 14 Circuit des traditions................... 76 Circuit patrimonial « L’Érable entreprenante »........ 37 Concert halls................................ 73 Cottages.................................... 105 Cross-country skiing.................... 84 Culture and heritage................... 72 Cycling trails................................ 74 Cycling ........................................ 74

D Délices Érable & Cie..................... 37 Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent.... 43 Distillerie du Quai....................... 49 Dogsledding................................ 82 Domaine des 3 fûts..................... 14 Domaine du Clos de l’Isle............ 49 Domaine du lac Louise................ 83 Downhill skiing........................... 84 Drummondville........................... 13 Drummondville and the surrounding area................ 12

G Galerie à ciel ouvert d'Inverness.....39 Galerie-Boutique Manu Factum..... 56 Galleries...................................... 73 Garage P. Bédard & Fils............. 114 Gaz station................................. 114 General information.................. 112 Gleason....................................... 84 Golf.............................................. 81

H Health centres............................. 88 Hiking.......................................... 78 Hotels.......................................... 98 Hunting....................................... 78

I Ice skating................................... 82 Inverness..................................... 38

J Jardinerie Fortier......................... 36 Jardins de Cristal......................... 59 Jardins des lilas de Bécancour.... 49 Jardins et Sentier Les Pieds d'Or........................... 78

K Kingsey Falls................................ 21

E Érable Rouge......................... 82, 87 Events.......................................... 64

F Fatbiking..................................... 84 Ferme Bel Alpaga et Bon Autruche........................ 18 Ferme du Bassin.......................... 14 Ferme du Joual Vair.................... 49 Fermette Majo............................. 36 Festivals....................................... 64 Fishing......................................... 78 Fraisière Talfor............................. 37 Fromagerie du Presbytère........... 23 Fromagerie Lemaire.................... 17 Fromagerie Victoria..................... 27

L La Courvalloise............................ 84 La Grange Pardue........................ 25 La Tomaterie de Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets.......... 45 Laser Force................................... 14 Le Carré 150 ............................... 28 LE Centre de Victoriaville............. 29 Le Fief de la Rivière...................... 50 Legend of symbols.................... 116 Les Centciels Spa Urbain............. 89 Les petits fruits d’Evélyne............ 36 Lyster........................................... 39

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Madrid 2.0................................. 112

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Maison d’école du rang Cinq-Chicots................ 25 Maison de Bibi, café-boutique.... 49 Maison de Bibi, savonnerie......... 50 Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville........................ 15 Maison et atelier Rodolphe-Duguay.................... 56 Marché Godefroy......................... 51 Marché public de Deschaillons... 43 Marché Public Drummondville... 16 Miellerie King.............................. 22 MiniGolf Victo.............................. 29 Mont Apic.................................... 84 Mototourism................................ 81 Moulin à laine d’Ulverton............ 19 Moulin Michel de Gentilly........... 51 Mountain biking......................... 77 Mouvement ESSARTS.................. 18 Musée de l’Hôtel des Postes....... 30 Musée des Abénakis.................... 58 Musée des outils anciens............ 24 Musée des religions du monde.... 57 Musée du Bronze d’Inverness..... 39 Musée Laurier.............................. 30 Musée National de la photographie................... 16

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Nature and Outdoors Activities.... 74 Natureza, Spa Resto Chalet ........ 89 Nicolet......................................... 55 Nicolet and the surrounding area...................... 54 Notre-Dame-de-Ham................... 25

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Office de tourisme de Drummondville.........112, 114 Office de tourisme de Nicolet-Yamaska........112, 114 Orchards...................................... 87 Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville................... 17 Organized group tours.............. 114

Q Quad (ATV)................................... 82

R Randonnée Micklà...................... 82 Regional Delights........................ 86 Regional map............................ 120 Relais Micklà............................... 83 Relays ATV/snowmobile.............. 83 Resorts....................................... 106 Rose Drummond......................... 17 Route des Clochers de la MRC de Bécancour................... 50 Réserve naturelle du Boisé-du-Séminaire.................. 58 Rustic lodges............................. 108

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P Parc des chutes Lysander............. 39 Parc du Mont Arthabaska...... 77, 84 Parc du Réservoir Beaudet.......... 31 Parc écomaritime de l’Anse du Port...................... 57 Parc écologique Godefroy........... 51 Parc éolien de l'Érable................. 38 118

Parc fluvial des Becquets............. 45 Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs....... 76 Parc Marie-Victorin...................... 22 Parcours aux saveurs d’ici............ 51 Parc régional de la rivière Gentilly... . ............. 46, 77, 79, 84, 107, 108 Parc régional des Grandes-Coulées........79, 84, 108 Parc régional du Mont-Ham..................... 79, 84 Parc Woodyatt............................. 17 Pavillon Arthabaska..................... 31 Pêche Nicolet............................... 78 Performance venues.................... 73 Pick your own.............................. 87 Places to eat................................. 92 Plessisville................................... 37 Plessisville and the surrounding area...................... 34 Plumes et pacotilles.................... 53 Portrait of the region................... 11 Pourvoirie Destination Lac Mirage................................ 78 Princeville.................................... 35 Produit de l’Érable St-Ferdinand B.......................... 38 Public markets............................. 87

Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey................. 19 Saint-Ferdinand........................... 38 Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets............ 45 Saint-Rémi-de-Tingwick............... 24 Sainte-Hélène Auberge et Spa Nordique........................ 89 Sainte-Sophie-de-Lévrard............ 45

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SC Performance Karting.............. 59 Sentier des trotteurs.................... 78 Sentiers équestres aux milles collines.................... 24 Shuttle service............................. 74 Shows.......................................... 73 Snowmobiling............................. 83 Snowshoeing............................... 84 Snow tubing................................ 84 Spas (Health centres)................... 88 Spa détente du lac William......... 89 Statera Expérience....................... 60 Sugar shacks................................ 86 Summer theatres......................... 73

T Tourisme Bécancour..........112, 114 Tourisme Érable.................112, 114 Tourism information.................. 112 Tourisme Victoriaville and the surrounding area....... 114 Travel tools.....................................4 Travelling in Québec................. 114

V Various Activities......................... 88 Véloroute des Appalaches........... 27 Verger Blanchard......................... 19 Verger Canard Goûteux............... 23 Verger des Bois-Francs................ 36 Verger des Horizons.................... 24 Verger Nicolet.............................. 59 Victoriaville.................................. 26 Victoriaville and the surrounding area...................... 20 Vignoble Les Côtes du Gavet....... 24 Village Québécois d’Antan.......... 15 Village sucré (Village Québécois d’Antan)..... 86 Vineyards..................................... 87

W Warwick....................................... 23 Wickham..................................... 19 Winter Fun................................... 82 Workshops................................... 73

y Youth hostel.............................. 106


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ADVERTISERS INDEX A

Auberge Godefroy..................... 103

B

Best Western Hôtel Universel ....................... C-4

C

Centre de la Biodiversité............. 46 Comfort Inn Drummondville....... 99

M Motel Blanchet............................ 97 Motel Le Phare.......................... 103 Moulin Michel de Gentilly........... 52 Municipalité de Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent.... 44

P Parc régional du Mont Ham...........2

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Qualily Inn & Suites Victoriaville............................. 101 Québec à moto............................ 80

Hôtel Montfort Nicolet................. 60 Hôtel-Motel Drummond............ 100 Kéroul.......................................... 40

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Le Carré 150................................ 33 Le Victorin.................................. 102

Tourisme Érable.......................... C-2 Tourisme Nicolet-Yamaska.......... 61 Tourisme Victoriaville et sa région..................................1

V Village Québécois d’Antan.......... 16

Z Z Plaza Hôtel.............................. 102

T Tourisme Autochtone.................. 71 Tourisme Bécancour.................... 41 Tourisme Drummondville........... 68

Production: Tourisme Centre-du-Québec General manager: Yves Zahra Project supervisor and advertising: Caroline Baril Collaboration: Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec Cover picture credit: Buzz Productions Translation : Sarah Bekeris Printer: Norecob Graphic design: Odace Communication

This tourist guide was produced by Tourisme Centre-du-Québec in collaboration with its partners. Only members of the regional tourist association are featured in this booklet. The information was accurate as of fall 2018 and is subject to change without notice. Tourisme Centre-du-Québec shall not be held liable for any involuntary omissions or errors found herein. The next edition will be published in spring 2020. © Tourisme Centre-du-Québec Legal deposit: — Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, 2019 — Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, 2019 ISBN 978-2-922720-37-2 ISSN 1495-852X

This tourist guide is printed on paper manufactured in Quebec. It contains chain-of-custody certified fiber, including 10% post-consumer fiber. This guide was also entirely produced and printed in Québec. Please pass this guide along before recycling! tourismecentreduquebec.com

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