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The Valley of the Rivière Saint-Maurice is located halfway between Montréal and Québec City, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence RiverSt. Lawrence River. The cradle of Canada's first major industry, Mauricie has always been an industrial region. Nevertheless, the vast countryside surrounding the towns remains primarily an area of mountain wilderness covered in dense forest, perfect for hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. The Bois-Francs region, on the other side of the St. Lawrence river, takes its name from the hardwood (bois-francs) forests that made the reputation of cabinet-making businesses in the surrounding villages.


Halfway between Montréal and Québec City, Trois-Rivières remains a city redolent of Old-World charm with its many cafés, restaurants and bars on Rue des Forges, and the terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence.

The Parc National de La Mauricie ($3.50/person for one day; Shawinigan; 538-3232) is also known as Mauricie National Park. It is the perfect setting for outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Hidden among the woods are several lakes and rivers, as well as natural wonders of all kinds.


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