Over the summer we had an incredible opportunity to experience the Lanaudiere region of Quebec. I had never heard of this area before, which isn’t surprising since I’ve never visited Quebec. Lanaudiere is not necessarily taking a step back in time, but it is great for those wanting to indulge in a slower pace.
In order to get to this region you will need to fly into Montréal to the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport. There you can rent a car and drive yourself there. While you drive through this region you will see various landscapes including farmland, forest, hills, lakes, and more. Once you arrive in the area you will feel like you’ve dropped off the grid.
Things to do around Lanaudiere
Lanaudiere has some interesting things to do including adventure type activities, educational activities, animal interactions, and more.
At Arbraska Rawdon you will spend hours up in the trees zip lining, going through elaborate rope courses, climb up nets and through tubes, and more. They offer courses based on three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
We started on the intermediate because the beginner looked way to basic for us. However, I watched lots of people on the beginner course and the way they have it set up was ideal for newbies.
The intermediate was great for me, but the advance was definitely a challenge. Jonah finished the course, no problem, but it took me quite a while. Granted, I am scared of heights.
All in all, it’s the best ropes course we’ve ever done!
Located at 4131 Rue Forest Hill, Rawdon, QC J0K 1S0, Canada.
La Terre des Bisons
Learn all about bison aka buffalo at La Terre des Bisons. On-site they have a walk-thru museum where everyone can learn the history of bison in Canada and America. They have a long hiking trail. 1.2 kilometers, on the property where you can see animals, including elk and bison. Plus, there are educational signs along the way so you can learn while you walk. La Terre Des Bisons started out with three bison in 1992 and Elk were added a few years later. They have four types of bison for you to learn about. In the winter you can snowshoe this same trail for free.
They have a small store where you can purchase frozen or fresh bison and elk. They also have picnic areas so be sure to pack a lunch.
Throughout the year they host fun races.
Located at 6855 Chemin Parkinson, Rawdon, QC J0K 1S0, Canada.
Hike Dorwin Waterfall
You can easily see the 60 ft waterfall, Dorwin Falls, without having to go hiking, but there’s a nice hike there that is quite enjoyable.
Be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy after your hike. There’s a lovely park next to the parking lot where you can enjoy lots of shade. If you have little ones with you they will adore the playground here.
Located at First Avenue, Rawdon, Quebec J0K 1S0 Canada.
Where to Stay in Lanaudiere region
L’Auberge du Vieux Moulin
I highly recommend staying at L’Auberge du Vieux Moulin a cozy log inn. This is where we stayed and we loved it.
It’s set up perfect for families with a playground, water activities, mountain biking, gourmet food, a Nordic spa, and more.
The owner is a chef, so you can imagine how wonderful the food is!
This hotel is located at: 200 Chemin du Vieux Moulin, Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie, QC J0K 2K0.
I spent a bit of time looking for this specific property on a hotel booking site with no luck. You may need to book it directly. Their phone number is 1-866-884-0211 and their email is email@example.com.