Regional Portraits

Laurentides (15)


Geography and administration

The Laurentides region is bordered to the west by the Outaouais region and by Ontario, and to the east, by the Lanaudière region. To the south, the region runs alongside Rivière des Mille-Îles and to the north, it extends to the Mauricie region.

The region is comprised of 76 municipalities, which are divided into 7 regional county municipalities (French acronym MRC):

The Laurentides region also has 12 territories, including the Doncaster Indian reserve.

The Thérèse-De Blainville MRC is the most populous of its regional county municipalities, and Saint-Sauveur, in the Pays-d’en-Haut MRC, has long been known for its sports and cultural activities.

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Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Laurentides region is blessed with a variety of climates. Many different crops are grown there. The Lower Laurentian area is full of orchards where people can pick their own apples. The apple sector is in fact a pillar of the region’s economy. Market garden production also takes place in the region. The Upper Laurentian area is well suited for growing forage crops.

There is important agricultural production in such areas as dairy, beef cattle, sugar maple products and ornamental horticulture.

The region has the largest number of agrotourism businesses in Québec, along with well-established public markets. It is the region that tourists visit most.

The cottage-type production of alcoholic beverages such as cider, wine, mead and maple alcohol has fostered the growth of the bio-food industry. From agriculture to retail trade and food services, by way of food processing, all bio-food sectors have experienced growth in recent years.

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Economy and employment

The Laurentides region is characterized in particular by companies operating in the aeronautics, forestry and wood processing sectors.

Over the years, companies in the transportation equipment manufacturing sector, especially aeronautics, have set up shop in the municipality of Mirabel and other surrounding municipalities. These high-tech companies contribute to the region’s development through investment and job creation. The construction and retail trade sectors are also expanding in the southern part of the region, in particular due to its strong demographic growth.

The prosperity of the tourism industry generates significant economic benefits in the food and consumer services sectors (accommodation, recreation, commerce, etc.) and helps create jobs. Moreover, manufacturing companies in the pulp and paper and textile sectors, as well as a fairly extensive agriculture sector in the south, contribute to the region’s development.

Lastly, the Laurentides region is characterized by a diversity of sectors of activity throughout the entire territory.

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Tourism, recreation and culture

The Laurentides region is a year-round holiday destination located near the urban areas of Montréal and Ottawa-Gatineau, which provides access to a major source of tourists. Visitors can enjoy the abundance of wildlife and aquatic resources of the Laurentian mountain range, which is also easily accessible.

Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, which the Laurentides region shares with Lanaudière, offers beautiful scenery and numerous lakes, which attract enthusiasts of outdoor activities, fishing and camping. One can participate in sliding sports and go golfing and rafting there as well.

The region offers a wide variety of resort establishments and cultural activities. The many restaurants and local products provide varied and high-quality culinary experiences. Wellness centres are also among the tourist attractions of the region, meeting the needs of an international clientele.

The “P’tit Train du Nord” Linear Park, Canada’s longest linear park, offers activities all year round. The Mont-Tremblant International Airport (La Macaza), in the Upper Laurentian area, also helps boost tourism in the region.

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