Regional Portraits

Mauricie (04)

 

Geography and administration

Located on the north shore of the Fleuve Saint-Laurent, the Mauricie region extends north to the border with Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and Nord-du-Québec. It is bordered to the west by the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Lanaudière regions, and to the east by the Capitale-Nationale region.

Mauricie includes 42 municipalities and 7 other types of territories. Most are grouped into 3 regional county municipalities (French acronym MRC):

The municipalities of La Tuque, Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan are not part of an MRC. However, their administrations exercise certain powers normally assigned to an MRC. Outside of the MRCs, the region also has three Indian reserves, Coucoucache, Obedjiwan and Wemotaci, each home to an Atikamekw community.

Mauricie’s population is mainly concentrated in Trois-Rivières, the most populous city in the region.

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Agriculture, fisheries and food

A mild climate, proximity to water, and fertile soil foster the development of the agri-food industry in Mauricie.

The region has more than 1,000 farming enterprises, the majority of which specialize in animal production, mainly dairy and hog production.

Market gardening plays an important role in crop production. Strawberries, corn, leeks, potatoes, and asparagus are the major crops cultivated in the region.

Lastly, the processing sector is mainly represented by animal slaughter and meat cutting. Several large processing companies are engaged in these activities.

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Economy and employment

Mauricie’s economy has historically seen strong industrial development. In the past, many sectors of activity were represented, including natural resources, textiles, clothing, pulp and paper, and hydroelectricity.

The wood, furniture, and metal, electrical and electronic products sectors, as well as the agri-food processing, hospitality and tourism industries, enjoy a strong, dynamic presence in the region.

In recent years, the region has diversified its economy, making more room for value-added niches, composites, information technology, the knowledge economy, and energy and green technology, due in part to support provided for entrepreneurship development.

The tertiary or service sector represents more than three quarters of all jobs in the region. The manufacturing, construction, and primary sectors then follow in importance.

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Tourism, recreation and culture

The region offers a wide range of tourist, cultural, sporting, and historical activities and attractions. The Chemin du Roy, Canada’s first carriage road, which hugs the Fleuve Saint-Laurent, crosses Trois-Rivières halfway between Montréal and Québec. We also find:

  • museums
  • pedestrian paths and trails
  • golf courses
  • agrotourism farms
  • religious sites
  • a national park
  • two wildlife reserves
  • controlled harvesting zones (French acronym ZEC)

A number of large-scale festivals and events enliven the region during both the summer and winter months, for example the Festival de la galette de sarrasin (buckwheat pancake festival), the International Classic Canoe Race of Mauricie, and the celebrated Festival western de Saint-Tite (country and western festival), which has put the region on the map.

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