The region of Lanaudière is situated between the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains, and between the regions of Mauricie and Laurentides (Laurentians). Picturesque scenes await visitors : Herons congregating at the archipelago...the fiery red hues of the Laurentian foothills in autumn. And, farther north, images recalling great fishing stories, mountains of glistening snow for skiers enjoyment and snowmobile adventures. Lanaudière is gradually building an international reputation as an important destination, with its beautiful beaches and waterfalls. One of the most impressive is the famous Dorwin Falls on the Ouareau River in Rawdon.
Heavenly music fills the air in JOLIETTE as top classical musicians from around the world performat the Festival international de Lanaudiere in the city's unique churches and an outdoor amphitheatre. For four weeks each summer Joliette succumbs to the world's greatest symphonies, opera companies, artists and young musicians out to conquer the world. At the Musee d'Art you can take in an impressive collection of artwork from the XIIIth century to present day, including an exhibition on Canadian painters from the XIXth and XXth centuries. ST-DONAT, is a beautiful scenic village in the heart of the Laurentians. It is the only village in Quebec with two huge lakes side by side, Lake Archambault and Lake Ouareau. In the heart of the Lanaudière region, the Festival Mémoire et Racines (memories and roots festival) takes place every year on the last full weekend of July outdoors on the banks of the L'Assomption River. For three days, the FMR presents more than 100 artists who celebrate the living traditions of Québec and elsewhere through music, dance, song and storytelling. The Saint-Pierre Lake Archipelago is a unique wetland area that recalls the bayous of Louisiana. Among the countless islands of the area, carved up by numerous channels like a jigsaw puzzle, lies the largest heron breeding area in Québec. The Berthier Islands, which along with the Sorel Islands make up the Lac St-Pierre archipelago, have been officially designated a "world biosphere reserve" by UNESCO.
Lanaudiere is truly a land of green spaces alive with music