Lanaudière is one of the
seventeen administrative regions of Quebec, situated
immediately to the northeast of Montreal.
Map of Quebec highlighting the
has a total population (2006
) of 429,053 inhabitants.
of Lanaudière is part of central Quebec and is
located between the Saint Lawrence River and the Laurentian
massif, between Mauricie and the
a good deal of interest from vacationers due to its unique
character founded largely on the harmony between its culture and
the surrounding natural environment. Lanaudière's
(4,792.97 sq mi) stretch northwest from a shore of 60 km of
the Saint Lawrence River. Lanaudière is generally rural, while the
urban areas are generally concentrated in the south of the region,
such as Repentigny, Terrebonne and Berthierville. The altitude rises as one goes northwards; it
is 20 metres near the Saint Lawrence River to almost 800 metres on
the top of mountains near Saint-Donat and Saint-Zénon.
Lanaudière is made up of three distinct geographical groupings: the
southern plain has cities and farming villages and includes many
historical locations; the piedmont
center has become a vacation spot due to its numerous lakes and
natural attractions, and the Laurentian Plateau
in the far north in
the forested country is known for its fishing and hiking.
The three main ports of entry for Lanaudière are all in the south:
Terrebonne, Repentigny and Berthierville.
Lanaudière's road network was developed according to three north
south axes (25-125, 31-131, 347), all of which have few links with
the neighboring regions. Even though this internal network is
almost exclusively composed of secondary roads, it is well-designed
for long automobile trips or for biking. Lanaudière has two
wildlife preserves, the Rouge-Matawin
and the Mastigouche, as well as part of
Further to the north, about an hour away from Saint-Michel-des-Saints
, there is an
Amerindian reservation where Atikamekw (Manawan
of Lanaudière owes its name to history, for it
perpetuates the memory of Marie-Charlotte de
Lanaudière, daughter of the lord of Lavaltrie and wife of the businessman Barthélemy Joliette, descendant of
the famous explorer Louis
Jolliet. Lanaudière evokes the lineage of the lords De
Lanaudière who contributed, over seven generations, to the defense
and the development of the French colonies in America, to
that of France and to that
of the region.
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