A muse is keeping watch somewhere in the silence of a Laurentian forest glen, attracting artists and writers in search of inspiration. The multiple odours, colours and savours of the Laurentians all stimulate creation. This charming combination of history and wild nature has led to the creation, sometimes in the peace and quiet of a forest glade and sometimes in front of an enthusiastic crowd, to astonishing works of art of all kinds.
Artists from here and elsewhere bring life to the region’s many cultural centres, including theatres and museums, fantastic sites for major shows and exhibitions, and of course the numerous art galleries. All artistic disciplines find a fabulous showcase somewhere in the Laurentians. And for history buffs, traces of the past bring back the legendary history lying behind what the Laurentians has become today. A rich heritage can be discovered in every corner of the region. There are also numerous events, including shows, exhibitions, theatrical productions and festivals that bring both citizens and visitors together every year in a wonderful mix of art and culture.
Thanks to this cultural and artistic bounty, the Laurentians also enjoys a certain renown well beyond its borders. Come and discover the magic of our historic sites and appreciate the unique personality of Laurentian artists, as well as all those who come here from around the world to enjoy a visit to the beautiful Laurentian Mountains.
What a pleasant way to discover a region, through the work of local artists and craftspersons. Many of them are more than willing to have visitors come and see them at work in their workshops or studios. If you wish to get a close-up view of the things in the world of Laurentian arts and crafts, you simply have to follow…the Route des Arts.
Rich in history and proud of its heritage, the Laurentian region offers numerous visits to historic sites: Old Saint-Eustache, the Carillon Canal, various historical circuits and many churches and old railway stations which follow the path of colonization opened up by Curé Labelle. And make sure you don’t miss the Huberdeau Calvary.
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In every Laurentian town and village, you are likely to find an art gallery or exhibition centre. Some localities are renowned for the high concentration of galleries and boutiques displaying the work of local artists and craftspersons. Val-David is a true artist’s village, but don’t forget to see the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides in Saint-Jérôme as well. Stopovers in Saint-Sauveur, Mont-Tremblant and Mont-Laurier, with its well-known Exhibition Centre, will also prove rewarding.