Regional Portraits

Lanaudière (14)

 

Geography and administration

Lanaudière is one of Québec’s central regions. To the south, it borders on the Laval and Montréal regions as well as on the Fleuve Saint-Laurent. To the north and east, it is bordered by Mauricie, and to the west, by the Laurentides region.

The Lanaudière region is composed of 58 municipalities, divided into 6 regional county municipalities (French acronym MRC):

Lanaudière also has 13 territories, including the Manawan Indian reserve.

The main towns are Repentigny, Terrebonne and Mascouche.

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Agriculture, fisheries and food

The region enjoys an enviable geographical location because of its proximity to the largest population base in Québec. It is also blessed with a favourable climate and fertile soil.

Diversity of production is characteristic of the region. Lanaudière stands out for its cultivation of potatoes and storable vegetables (cabbage, carrots, beets, rutabagas, parsnips), as well as certain processing vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower). It also includes the largest number of tree nurseries in Québec and is a major poultry producer as well.

The region also offers a wide variety of processed products. Many companies are concentrated in the meat, bakery, brewery and winery (with industrial winemaking facilities) sectors and the maple by-products sector.

Due to its proximity to Montréal, small and medium-sized farming enterprises in the region have developed direct farm sales and short marketing circuits that avoid major highways for the distribution of their products.​

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Economy and employment

In the past several years, the Lanaudière region has experienced a solid increase in employment. Population growth is contributing significantly to this boom.

The Lanaudière region particularly stands out for the diversity of its economy. Agriculture largely dominates economic activity in the primary sector. Employment in Lanaudière’s secondary sector, which includes construction and manufacturing, is quite high. Lastly, the tertiary sector, or service sector, is the main employer of the region.

The region has two niches of excellence: Alliance Métal Québec (metal production) and Design d’ameublement (furniture design). The first niche is mainly composed of companies in the metal production sector, and the second, companies in the furniture and wood products sector.

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Tourism, recreation and culture

Resort vacations, tourist recreation activities, and outdoors activities, along with snowmobiling, typify what the Lanaudière region has to offer. In addition, wildlife reserves, regional parks and outfitters offering all kinds of nature experiences will appeal to lovers of the great outdoors. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, Québec’s largest park, is renowned for the quality of the summer and winter sports that can be enjoyed there. In Joliette, when the snowy season arrives, Rivière L’Assomption becomes Québec’s largest skating rink.

Tourist routes and tours of gardens and natural and heritage sites are all ways to discover the region. The Chemin du Roy, a land route used since 1737, crosses three regions, including Lanaudière, and provides an opportunity to admire heritage gems and visit a pilgrimage site.

Many local products can be sampled during various activities, among the most appreciated being stops at U-pick farms and visits to farms and interpretation centres.

The region’s tourist attractions include the Festival de Lanaudière, dedicated to classical music, and the Musée Gilles-Villeneuve, honouring the memory of the legendary Formula 1 driver.

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