Ready to live an active lifestyle in a charming town surrounded by mountainous landscapes, thousands of crystalline lakes and lush forests? Head to Québec’s magical Laurentians region. Located just north of Montreal, the Laurentians have long been a four-season playground for people who enjoy the outdoors in addition to the comfort of a luxury home.
From small villages in idyllic settings to vibrant mini-cities and resorts that offer world-class cuisine and bustling night life, there’s something for everyone in the mountains. Winter is all about snow sports, where you can try your hand at downhill skiing, ice-climbing, snowboarding, dog sledding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Come spring and summer, plunge into the crisp water and enjoy paddle-boarding, canoeing, kayaking and white-water rafting.
The real estate market here boasts high-end properties for every taste and budget – from rustic cottages to sprawling lakefront retreats. Here are five of the most sought-after areas to live in the Laurentians.
With more than 150 years of history, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts is home to the stunning Lac des Sables in the centre of town, along with year-round outdoor activities – all less than an hour’s drive from Montreal.
Surrounded by three navigable lakes and bordered by a forest and endless hiking and cycling trails, Estérel is tucked in the heart of the Laurentians. Tee off at one of several nearby golf courses or enjoy a wealth of nature activities in the water or in the mountains.
Looking for fine dining, summer theatre, art galleries and live concerts? Sainte-Adèle offers a wide variety of cultural activities, gourmet cuisine and spas – all surrounded by exquisite vistas over its 122 square kilometers. The city is the perfect blend of peaceful lakes, winding rivers and world-class sporting infrastructure within 45 minutes of Montréal or two hours from the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
If your tastes run towards more bucolic residential settings, the municipality of Piedmont will capture your heart with its panoramic landscapes and many outdoor activities including ice-skating, cycling, tubing, golf and snowshoeing. There are also many art galleries, antique dealers, spas and summer theatre to enjoy.
Young professionals and families who live in Saint-Sauveur – or ‘Saint-Sô’, if you’re local – love it because it’s one of the gems in the Laurentians. Bursting with community spirit, Saint-Sauveur has lovely pubs, bars, independent shops and cafés that come alive – especially during summer festivals. Artisans have set up unique boutiques to make shopping an adventure. Outdoor public markets in Durocher Park are a highlight of summer Saturdays.
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