D’Autray region is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the Quebec province. It’s also home to some of the best artists in the entire region. Among some of its attractions include the Lake Saint-Pierre archipelago and the meandering hills in the northern regions which have some of the most exquisite nature trails in the whole of Canada.
We’ve compiled a list of 5 of the most interesting facts that will make you want to include this region in your next travel itinerary.
Has A UNESCO Reserve Site
The magnificent Lake Saint Pierre is home to a total of 103 islands which form a labyrinth of land and water. It is also home to a large number of flora and fauna. Thus, UNESCO declared it a World Biosphere Reserve in 2000. The lake also features several geographical features as well, such as the Lanoraie delta among others. It is one of the most unique features in D’Autray and a must-go site for all visitors.
Oldest Travel Routes
“D’Autray has two transport routes that are the oldest “
D’Autray has two transport routes that are the oldest in the whole of Canada and Northern America. These two include the St. Lawrence River and the Chemin Du Roy road. The earliest settlers used the St. Lawrence River to access most parts of present day Canada. D’Autray has a large part of its territory covered by the river thereby making it among the first places to have been settled on.
Given the increase in population in the region during those times, it necessitated the construction of roads. Among the roads built was the expansive Chemin Du Roy which passes through D’Autray. It was built from 1706 to 1737 making it one of the oldest roads in North America.
The Chemin Du Roy crosses three regions and it provides tourists with an opportunity to admire and marvel at different heritage and natural sites including those in the D’Autray region.
Home To Many Artists
” The region attracts many artists every year “
Behind the scenic beauty, nature trails and agricultural landscape lies a community of several artists and creators who have come to call D’Autray home. The region attracts many artists every year thanks to its serene ambience which is very different from the noise and bustle of major city centers. The artists are from different cultural sectors from musicians, writers, painters to sculptors. Some of them have even won accolades in the international scene as well.
However, many the artists are from the visual arts and crafts field probably due to the enchanting nature of the region. Most of the artists prefer living in country houses and transforming a large part of their home and subsequent land to a studio for creating their art pieces.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton
Has A Wide Range Of Bird And Plant Species
There are over 288 documented species of birds
The D’Autray region has a wide range of animal and plant species thanks to the Lake Sainte Pierre labyrinth. There are over 288 documented species of birds and a further 79 species of fish. Of the birds, 116 are considered nesting birds i.e. they are mainly found in the region and hardly migrate.
There is also a large number of migratory birds. Some of them make their first stop in the D’Autray region during the spring migration e.g. the St. Lawrence snow geese. The ecosystem is also home to several endangered species, 12 of which are birds and 2 are fish.
Furthermore, there more than 27 rare plant species found in this region.
Quick fact: The Lake Sainte Pierre Biosphere reserve is also home to the largest heron nesting ground in the whole world.
Find out more about different place that you can visit in D’Autray.
Did you know? This regional county is made up of 15 municipalities and covers an area of more than 1240 square kilometers.