Located in Québec’s Montérégie region, the Grande région de Saint-Hyacinthe area invites you to discover the perfect blend of rural and urban environments.
Agri-tourism is a key feature of the Maskoutain tourist offer. The Jardin Daniel A. Séguin offers laid-back summertime tours of its 16 theme gardens. Only a few kilometres away from Saint-Hyacinthe, the interpretation centre Chouette à voir!, located on a spectacular natural site, opens visitors’ eyes to the mysterious, often misunderstood world of Québec’s birds of prey. Completing the agri-tourism offerings is a vast array of tasty regional culinary products, each one surpassing the other. Located in the heart of downtown, the farmers’ market is without doubt one of the venues for savouring the local fare.
Culture lovers are also well served, for the City is the proud home to a state-of-the-art performance hall, the Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde, as well as Expression, a contemporary art centre renowned throughout Québec. In addition, the City boasts an impressive religious heritage, with a number of holy places welcoming visitors. The Musée du Centre Élisabeth-Bergeron, among others, presents the life and work of the woman who founded the Soeurs de Saint-Joseph of Saint-Hyacinthe teaching community.
Lastly, visitors can escape the urban hustle and bustle and sample the great outdoors and magnificent local landscapes by practicing numerous sports and outdoor activities, such as walking in the Parc Les Salines, cycling, boating along the river, golfing, cooling off on the water slides or horseback-riding, to name but a few.
An impressive variety of festivities, festivals and exhibitions runs all year long. Among these crowd-pleasers is the highly popular Expo de Saint-Hyacinthe, which draws thousands of visitors every year, as it has been doing for over 170 years. The event features a diverse program of musical festivals, craft fairs, and antique shows, among others.
With the largest hotel complex and regional convention centre in Québec, Saint-Hyacinthe is a perfect place to hold conventions and meetings, regardless of the size. These amenities are optimally located near large cities, and offer a vast choice of excellent infrastructures within easy reach, including some 30 facilities outfitted to meet the many different needs of convention organizers and participants.
Discover Saint-Hyacinthe on a guided bus tour, or enjoy one of the many specialty tours catering to specific tastes and featuring different aspects of our heritage: farm tourism, religion, history and culture.
The Maskoutain region boasts a vast selection of accommodations and restaurants, with its more than 500 rooms, numerous campsites, and nearly 100 restaurants, including everything from quaint, country-style dining establishments to maple sugar houses.
For over 20 years, the Bureau de tourisme et des congrès de Saint-Hyacinthe has had the job of promoting and developing tourism in the Maskoutain region. It runs a year-round tourist information office, offering services to individuals, businesses and groups. It also produces the local tourist guide and map, as well as an organizer’s guide for those in charge of planning conventions. Updated on an ongoing basis, the website is an invaluable resource for people seeking more information about the area or the latest event updates, or planning their next get-away or business meeting in the area.