Montérégie proudly bears the moniker of “Quebec’s pantry.” As it well should, being a highly popular gourmet destination – especially in the fall during apple picking season. In fact, Montérégie is the birth place of ice cider and the only region in the province to have a Cider Route. The region is crossed by the Richelieu River, and is home to a lush valley, a smattering of former military forts and two UNESCO–protected biosphere reserves.
City slickers will feel right at home in the towns of Longueuil, Brossard, Chateauguay, Mont-Saint-Hilaire or Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, where Montreal is easily accessible by car or public transportation. Even those who need to commute to downtown can still get home early enough for some outdoor fun.