The beginning of industrialization
Here, the memory of New France pioneers emerges, as does that of the heroes of the country’s commercial and industrial epic, including the fur trade, iron smelting, wood, paper, and even hydroelectricity.
Lanaudière-Mauricie is the cradle of Quebec’s development as we know it today. It’s the birthplace of the settlement along the St. Lawrence River, which for centuries was the only major route taken by the Indigenous people (referred to as Indian Americans by Jacques Cartier) to cross the province, as well as the new French arrivals.
The heritage of 17th-century New France is felt and seen in every corner. From the geographic shape of the regions embracing the river and the legacy of seigneuries, to the Chemin du Roy, the first carriageway between Montreal and Quebec City that passes through Lanaudière and Mauricie, and cultural symbols like traditional music that have transcended eras.
Lanaudière and Mauricie invite you to discover their complete history through their historic sites, significant witnesses of the past, as they have many pages of stories to tell.