D’Autray is one of the most scenic regions in Quebec, Canada. It is a vast territory strategically located between Montreal and Trois-Rivières. Not only does it boast of scenic beauty, there are also several attractions with unique charms that you can only find here.
This regional county is made up of 15 municipalities and covers an area of more than 1240 square kilometers. Some of these include; Lavaltrie (at the western end of D’Autray), St. Nobert and Mandeville which stretches out north.
Lakes, Islands, And Other Water Bodies
“They are a natural remarkable sight and are also a part of the Lake Saint-Pierre archipelago”
D’Autray MRC is bounded by the St. Lawrence River and to the north by the Laurentians river system. Among the natural attractions present in D’Autray are the Isles of Berthier. They are a natural remarkable sight and are also a part of the Lake Saint-Pierre archipelago.
Lake Saint Pierre has a total of 103 islands which form a labyrinth of land and water. Given its magnificent beauty, this site was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2000. The islands are home to rich flora and fauna. They are also home to several geographical features such as the lacustrine plain and the Peatland Ecological Reserve of the Lanoraie delta among others.
There are a lot of activities that take place here which include hunting and fishing and other nautical activities. It’s also important to note that 90% of the territory has still been untouched over the years thereby making it a great place to experience adventure and to learn new things.
“Home to a rich agricultural plain”
D’Autray is also home to a rich agricultural plain which forms the backbone of the agri-foods industry in this region. There are a variety of agricultural produce in the D’Autray region which includes potatoes, storable vegetables as well as certain processing vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. There is also a large number of tree nurseries here (one of the largest in Québec) and is a major poultry producer as well.
The region also offers a wide variety of processed products. Many companies are concentrated in the meat, bakery, tobacco, brewery, and winery (with industrial winemaking facilities) sectors and the maple by-products sector.
The Mountainous Ranges
D’Autray is not only home to lakes and other water bodies but also features many forested hills and mountains. To the north, you will be able to find the meandering rows of the piedmont hills (the Upper Laurentians). Further north you will find a number of mountains, forests, lakes, fast rivers and falls.
It’s a great place for nature enthusiasts.
Art And Culture
“Its art and culture scene is a great place to be in.”
The natural and scenic beauty of D’Autray is just a beginning of what this region has to offer. Its art and culture scene is a great place to be in. This region is home to some of the best artists in the whole of Canada. Every year, there are a number of markets and festivals which showcase this such as the Café Culture de la Chasse-galerie, the Tout pour la Musique Festival in Berthierville and the Les Pêchés Mignons de Lanoraie among others.
Get immersed in the autréenne culture by visiting the museums, art workshops, auditoriums and historical sites which detail the rich culture and talent of the region and its locals.
Sport And Outdoor Activities
There are several ways of fully experiencing the outdoors in this region. You can head on out for trails in some of the unique nature trails that are in the region or experience the hilly regions by foot or ATVs.
It’s also one the first regions in Canada to introduce year-round fishing.
A Diverse Region Of Scenic Beauty And Rich Culture
Given its unique ecosystems, reserves, and art culture, D’Autray is definitely a privileged place for discovery. It’s a place where beauty and calm meet; from the coquettish villages found on the north to the majestic squash of Sainte-Elisabeth. There are also numerous places to visit and art and culture centers that you can marvel at.
If you are thinking of visiting D’Autray, the there is no doubt that you will love the welcoming pulse of this region; and in the words of a famous Canadian leader;