Although Centre-du-Quebec is located within an hour and a half’s drive of metropolitan Montrea and Quebec City, and within close proximity to secondary centres such as Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, it feels a world away from hectic city life. The region is Quebec’s agricultural breadbasket, with fertile farmland, rolling fields and hardwood forests, as far as the eye can see. Centre-du Quebec’s agricultural products include livestock and poultry, dairy products, as well as food crops. It’s also renowned for its forestry industry, and for the craftsmanship and quality of its woodworking and cabinetmaking products.
While agriculture and forestry remain the foundation of its economy, Centre-du-Quebec is a dynamic region experiencing economic growth and diversification in the industries of textiles, clothing, food, paper, plastics, metal products, machinery and transportation.
But even as the region’s main centres of Drummondville, Victoriaville and Bécancour have been buoyed by new residential and commercial real estate development, all have retained their distinct authenticity and charm in their friendly neighbourhoods, historic architecture, lively local festivals and dynamic community life.