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The '''Laurentides''' [[]] (or '''Laurentians''') are a popular touristic destination and a range of mountains in [[Quebec]], north of Montreal, popular as a tourist destination.
{{quickbar| image=[[Image:F0001000005.jpg|250px|]]| language=French}} ==RegionsUnderstand== A country with a fascinating history as grand as the wide-open spaces of the Laurentians themselves, it's a rich territory that has always been coveted. A wealthy land of a thousand different aspects, it unfolds slowly to the visitor and will conquer the heart of the most fervent city-dweller with its broad peaceful lakes set among immense forests of maple and pine. The Laurentians is 22,000 square kilometres of pure delight just north of Montreal. The great diversity of its ecosystems opens up ever-new horizons, providing an outstanding natural experience to suit visitors of every ilk. 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. Its lively Covering 22,000 square kilometers, the Laurentians span lakes, forests of maple and picturesque villages offer visitors a warm pine and lasting welcome. The Laurentian region is also a meeting place for sports men and women who come to practice their favourite sporting activity , above all year round. Visitors come from far away to enjoy , the many attractionsmountains themselves, and over making this the years the region has forged an enviable reputation to the extent that it has become Quebec'''top ski getaway''' on Canada's premier four-season holiday areaeastern coast.
* [[Mont-Tremblant]] - ski resort
* [[Oka]], a lakeside village technically in the Laurentians region but far from the mountains
* [[Sainte-Adéle]] - ski resort and tourist destination
* [[Sainte-Anne-des-lacs]] - small village next to Saint-Sauveur, with it's 22 lakes it is ideal for cottages.
* [[Sainte-Agathe]]
* [[Saint-Joseph-du-Lac]] - a small village in the lower Laurentians with opportunities for agrotourism
* [[Saint-André d'Argenteuil]] - fomerly named Saint-André-Est and Carillon, these two towns were joined in 2000 to create the new municipality. Carillon is home to the Carillon Canal Historic Site which boasts the highest lock in Quebec. The lock is connected to the Carillon hydroelectric dam which can also be visited.
==Get in==
===By plane===
The main point of entry by air is [[Montreal]]. You could also come in via [[Ottawa]].
Only an hour of drive [[Mont-Tremblant]]'s small airport also has some direct flights from Montrealthe US, mostly in the winter season only.
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (airport code: YUL), formerly called Dorval Airport (a name still in use by many locals), in the City ===By car===The Laurentians are only an hour of Dorval, serves all international and domestic passenger traffic. Trudeau airport is approximately 20 km drive from downtown [[Montreal. For more information ]] on the airport, check out the Airports of Montreal homepageAutoroute 15 North.
==Get around==
* <see name="Parc Régional Bois de Belle-Rivière" alt="" address="9009 Arthur-Sauvé Boulevard, Mirabel" directions="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." phone="+1 450-258-4924" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m." price="">27 mile long network of trails winds across the lawns and through the gardens and arboretum-style forest.</see>
* <see name="Maison et Jardins Chénier-Sauvé" alt="" address="83 rue Chénier, Saint-Eustache" directions="" phone="+1 450-473-0149" email="" fax="+1 450-473-0149" url="" hours="" price="">Local flowers, perennials, trees, shrubs and beautiful riverside scenery within a 20th century eclectic garden created by Thérèse Romer, a well-known Quebec conservationist.</see>
Indeed, visitors come from around the world to be charmed by the beauty of its unique landscape and tourist attractions.
In each season, nature transports the traveller into a unique universe, so much so that the Laurentians is a place to rediscovered over and over again: it's always a pleasure to return. So come and find your special corner of the Laurentians to which we are sure you'll want to keep coming back: it's one of North America's true natural paradises.
Fine regional produce and innovation combines with the know-how of Laurentian chefs to bring out the very best in what the region has to offer to gourmets: a simply delightful experience by any standard.
==Sleep== Auberge Laurentides []
==Get out==
[[WikiPedia:Laurentides (region)]]
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