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Take a tasty adventure in Montérégie

Montréal’s next-door neighbour is the perfect place to find the flavours of fall

If you’re on your way to Montréal, you must visit her neighbour, Montérégie. The region comprises five hills that form a line between the island of Montréal and the Appalachians, where fall flavours and outdoor activities beckon to those thirsting for a little adventure.

Apple orchards, maple sugar shacks, cheese factories, farms, microbreweries, cider houses and vineyards all offer the premium local ingredients that tickle visitors’ taste buds. Plus, the lakes, rivers and forests abound with outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and paddling.

Covering 11,000 square kilometres, the region offers plenty of opportunities to explore the mountains, two national parks, 12 regional and local parks, and two UNESCO-recognized natural reserves.

There are 1,000 kilometres of paved biking paths, plus hiking trails and numerous sites for canoeing and kayaking. Or, if you want to get a bird’s-eye view, you can take a hot air balloon ride to survey the countryside.

To immerse yourself in the region’s maple flavours, a visit to a sugar shack is mandatory. The Sucrerie de la Montagne, a Québec Heritage Site by Mont Rigaud, is open year-round.

Sucrerie de la Montagne


Vignoble et cidrerie Coteau Rougemont


It offers horse and buggy rides, and you can learn about the traditional methods used to make maple syrup. You can also indulge in a hearty, maple-infused meal, tap your toes to live music, shop in the general store and stay overnight in a year-round cottage accommodation.

Wine is another specialty of the region. Many vineyards are open to the public and a great way to become familiar with their products is to take the Montérégie Wine Route. Sparkling, white, red or rosé wines can all be sampled along the 414-kilometre trail with 21 stops.

For example, at Vignoble Côte de Vaudreuil in Vaudreuil-Dorion, you can sip and savour while enjoying classical music and the works of local artists. Or, at Domaine Cartier-Potelle in Rougemont, taste estate-made wines and take in the breathtaking view of Mount Saint-Grégoire and the Monteregian valley.

Potager Mont-Rouge

Sophie Corriveau / Tourisme Montérégie

For cider lovers, the 140-kilometre Cider Route has 10 attractions featuring ice cider, sparkling cider, apple must and brandy. One stop to consider is Cidrerie Michel Jodoin in Rougemont. The family operation has been in business since 1901 and is famous for its apple brandy.

Another is Cidrerie du Minot in Hemmingford, where you can sip ciders in a stone-and-wood tasting room.

To discover the region by bicycle, take La Route des Champs, a 40-kilometre path that winds through the region’s spectacular natural surroundings. Vineyards, orchards, restaurants, camping, hotels, inns, outfitters and sports stores dot the route.

La Rabouillère

Sophie Corriveau / Tourisme Montérégie

Breweries and mead houses can also be found throughout the area. At Bedondaine & Bedons Ronds Brasseur Artisan – Musée de la bière in Chambly, you can order one of the craft beers brewed on-site using traditional methods. Plus, there’s a beer museum with a collection of 27,000 items. Or, if you visit Bilpub Microbrasserie in downtown Saint-Hyacinthe, you can quaff one of the 12 house brews on tap.

Just outside Saint-Hyacinthe is La Rabouillère, a farm dedicated to agri-tourism since 1992. The distinct property is a breeding farm with an array of animals, including llamas, deer, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits. Read through the historical interpretation panels, then visit the boutique where you can buy meats from their farm, cold cuts, cooked dishes, plus jams, jellies and other treats. At the high-end, country-style restaurant, Table Champêtre, you can dig into a delicious homemade meal featuring farm-fresh products.

Envolée en montgolfière

International de montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Fine fare, including cheese, is a signature of the region. At Fromagerie au Gré des Champs in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, artisanal cheese made from certified organic raw milk is a specialty. Here, you can stock up on award-winning items, including Le Pont Blanc, with a flowered rind, and Le Frère Chasseur, with candied fruit and caramel overtones.

Cheese goes well with apples and there’s nothing like biting into fruit you’ve picked yourself. Montérégie has many orchards where you can climb a ladder and select your own or you can keep both feet on the ground and buy the homemade products in their shops. At Vergers Cassidy in Franklin, you can pick apples or pears, take a tractor ride, let the kids frolic in the playground, and enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches and pastries in the bistro. Another orchard in Hemmingford, Vergers Écologiques Philion, has more than 20 apple and eight pear varieties, hiking trails, wagon rides and views of the Adirondack Mountains.

If you are looking for flavourful foods, spectacular scenery and outdoor activities, look no further. Montérégie is just perfect.

Visit monteregiejustperfect.ca to plan your visit. We recommend calling ahead, since some businesses may close early for the season.

This content was produced by The Globe and Mail’s Globe Content Studio on behalf of Bonjour Québec. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.

CREDITS: Concept and oversight by JESSICA ROBINSON; Editing by ELIZABETH HOLLAND; Art direction by JEANINE BRITO; Design and development by AASHISH ARORA; Illustrations by MAIA GRECCO

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