The Mauricie  stretches from the north shore of the St. Laurent River, about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, deep into the Laurentian Mountains. Populated by French settlers under the seigneurie system in the 17th and 18th century, it has some of the oldest towns and villages in Quebec. The St. Maurice River, which gives the region its name, meanders through Mauricie to its mouth at Trois-Rivières.
Immense forests and bottomless lakes 
You're sure to enjoy an invigorating stay in the Mauricie region, a land of contrasts, beauty, history and culture. With 85% of its territory untouched, it's a dream come true for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to the Rivière Saint-Maurice, some 17,500 lakes invite you to engage in water activities of all kinds. Nearly 2,500 km (1,550 mi.) of trails are groomed for snowmobilers, 1,125 km (700 mi.) of trails await ATV fans and 80 outfitters will ensure that hunting and fishing enthusiasts have everything they need. The Mauricie region is home to Canada's largest pilgrimage site dedicated to the Virgin Mary: the Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap (Notre-Dame-du-Cap Shrine). In its vast hinterland valley and along the Chemin du Roy (the King's Road), the first carriageway in Canada, discover the region's ancestral sites, its cities and towns—with festivals in abundance—and its wild beauty.