A change of scenery just a stone's throw from your home! The L’Érable region in Centre-du-Québec is pure bliss, less than an hour from Québec City and Trois-Rivières, and less than two hours from Montreal. Find new surroundings and discover a universe of nature, relaxation, gastronomy and family activities. This summer, think about cycling on the Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs or in the countryside, visit a regional park for hiking and fishing, tour the art foundry and learn about bronze, see two splendid lakes and stuff your face with tasty discoveries!

The L’Érable region: your playground

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Located in Plessisville, the sector of the Forêt ancienne (old forest) in the Grandes-Coulées Regional Park is the perfect playground for the whole family. And when we say "the whole family", that obviously includes your dog! Walk along the charming 10 km of trails following the magnificent Black River, and enjoy activities accessible to all: hiking (low steepness), trout fishing, plant and wildlife interpretation and cycling. Families will particularly appreciate the hebertism course and the GPS rally activity. And it’s free to enter! (Website available in French only)

Pure bliss on a bike!

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In the L’Érable region, a bike ride means heading out to explore more than 50 km lined with mountains, plains, lakes and historic roads. Bike paths on roads range from 21 to 73 km, some appeal to lovers of wide open spaces and others for fans of spectacular scenery. On a ride near the Appalachian foothills, you’ll see one of the most imposing wind farms in Quebec! And don’t forget about the Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs, a 77-km-long section of the Route verte #1, built on an old railroad track. (Website available in French only)

Learn about bronze

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The municipality of Inverness, known as the national bronze capital, proudly stands out for its contribution to the art bronze industry in Quebec. Discover the bronze museum- an interpretation centre of the foundry, featuring a virtual reality experience, exhibits (yes, you can touch the works!) and activities, as well as the open-air gallery which presents more than 30 bronze sculptures and 10 points of interest in a bucolic setting! After discovering the uniqueness of bronze in Inverness, take advantage of your visit to experience the lively cultural and artistic life of the L'Érable region! (Website available in French only)

Food that’s sure to satisfy!

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During a trip to the L'Érable region, it goes without saying that your cravings will guide you! Passionate food producers and artisans welcome you with open arms and will make you fall in love with their 100% local products: berries, cheeses, microbrewery beers, meats, bakery items, fresh and pickled vegetables, and much more! And for those who want a taste of maple, even though it’s summer, nothing is impossible. Maple products are in the spotlight in the L’Érable region! Once you’ve stocked up, have a picnic in a magnificent spot and sample your delicious finds! (Website available in French only)

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