The region takes its name from the chain of mountains which runs down its northern side, and is part of the great Canadian Shield, which covers most of Quebec north of the St. Lawrence River. Covering 22,000 square kilometers, the Laurentians span lakes, forests of maple and pine and, above all, the mountains themselves, making this the top ski getaway on Canada's eastern coast.
The main point of entry by air is Montreal. You could also come in via Ottawa.
Mont-Tremblant's small airport also has some direct flights from the US, mostly in the winter season only.
The Laurentians are only an hour of drive from Montreal on Autoroute 15 North.
Parc Régional Bois de Belle-Rivière, 9009 Arthur-Sauvé Boulevard, Mirabel (midway between Saint-Eustache and Lachute, On Highway 15 North take the exit 640 West, then take exit 148 North West (blvd. Arthur Sauve) until Parc de Bois de Belle-Riviere.), ☎ +1 450-258-4924. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. 27 mile long network of trails winds across the lawns and through the gardens and arboretum-style forest.
Maison et Jardins Chénier-Sauvé, 83 rue Chénier, Saint-Eustache, ☎ +1 450-473-0149 (fax: +1 450-473-0149), . Local flowers, perennials, trees, shrubs and beautiful riverside scenery within a 20th century eclectic garden created by Thérèse Romer, a well-known Quebec conservationist.