The first road open to vehicles in Canada
Completed in 1737, the Chemin du Roy was the first road linking Québec City and Montréal and is considered the longest artery for traffic and communication developed in the north along the St. Lawrence River. The Chemin du Roy hugs the shoreline of this great waterway and is dotted with places and names that bear witness to over three centuries of history, reflecting its rich heritage.
A panoramic and historic road that extends 102 km from Maskinongé to Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade
Turn off the highway and follow the crowns! In the Mauricie, the Chemin du Roy winds its way through postcard villages along the river. Breathtaking views of rustic and urban landscapes will have you stopping time and again to enjoy a feast for the senses. Visitors are enchanted, too, by the many delightful discoveries along the way - quaint villages, historic sites, one-of-a-kind attractions - where history, heritage and culture mix and mingle. You’ll fall under the spell of this lovely, smiling countryside suffused with the sense of days gone.
Getaway packages of one or more days are yours to choose from! Treat yourself to a little B&B in any of our region’s warm and welcoming bed-and-breakfast establishments, country inns or hotels. For suggestions, check out a map or visit http://www.lecheminduroy.com and click under Daily Packages.
The Green Road (Route Verte)
Cycle along the Chemin du Roy and breathe in the soul and history of its land and people. Referred to as the Green Road from one end of the territory to the other, it offers thousands of kilometres of groomed bicycle paths. Outstanding views and surprising discoveries combine for an unforgettable cycling adventure! And what’s more…
Many developed areas for picnics and the enjoyment of nature
Take advantage of the many places along the road to enjoy a family picnic or just let your hair down and relax a while…What better way to escape…
Pick up a map!
You can obtain a map with a detailed itinerary and suggestions for visits at various tourist information offices or by ordering one before leaving.
Go back to a time when flags, optical signs and the telegraph were used for maritime communications. Experience the signals office as if it was still in operation. Enemy submarines, fog, high tides,... ( Next )
During its three centuries of history, the estate was home to three famous figures from Québec’s past. These costumed characters recount to visitors the events of their lives. Meet the fiery... ( Next )
For groups (with reservations) : Most walking tours are available year-round: maximum 20 people. For bus tours, the bus must have a microphone. The guide can get on the group’s bus or a bus can... ( Next )
Business sector : City tours -
Painters and travellers, you’ll be pleased to know that the artist Jeanne d’Arc Trudel has opened a workshop at the inn La Maison des Leclerc. During your stay here, take advantage of this... ( Next )
Business sector : Art galleries -
Located along the majestic St. Lawrence River, the Royaume Bleuets et Fraises is the perfect place to pick your own strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Our fi elds are specially designed for... ( Next )
Visit this fl our mill dating from the time of the seigneurs and the sawmill built in the mid-20th century. The exhibition “Maître meunier” (master miller) teaches about the daily life of the... ( Next )
Delicatessen open 7 days a week until 5:30 p.m. Maker of fine cheeses, certified organic by Québec Vrai. Try Baluchon the 2009 Canadian Champion in the “organic”category, the Réserve la Pérade... ( Next )
Business sector : Chemin du Roy - Agrotourism - Idées de sorties pour les passionnés de découvertes -
Built in 1855, the church of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade attracts thousands of visitors every year. Since 2010, for the fi rst time in its history, the crypt is accessible. Dare to explore and discover... ( Next )
The Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap is the second largest Marian shrine in North America (after Guadelupe in Mexico). It has been welcoming pilgrims and visitors since 1988 and is part of Québec’s... ( Next )