Central Laurentian

Saint-Jérôme, Sainte-Sophie, Prévost, Saint-Hippolyte, Saint-Colomban, Saint-Sauveur, Sainte-Adèle, Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs, Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson, Estérel, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Mont-Tremblant, La Minerve, Labelle, Bréboeuf, La Conception, Lac-Supérieur, Val-Morin, Mont-Blanc, Val-David, Montcalm, Arundel, Huberdeau, Morin-Heights


Between nature and culture. Or cottage life … every day!

The Pays-d’en-Haut is a great place to live … but beyond the clichés of nature living, what defines this quality of life so perfectly in the Pays-d’en-Haut?

Would you like to know a little more about history? The region really started to develop under the initiative of Curé Labelle during the second part of the 19th century, with the construction of the Le P’tit Train du Nord railway, which linked Montreal to Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts (and later to Mont-Laurier). In 1892, the western part of the territory was also accessible by rail thanks to the Chemin de fer de la colonisation de Montfort. The train played an important role in the economic development of this region: it favoured the settlement of French-speaking people and the establishment of the resort industry around certain lakes in sectors which became the municipalities of Morin-Heights, Montfort (a sector of Wentworth-Nord) and Lac-des-Seize-Îles.

However, at the turn of the 20th century, subsistence colonization gave way to vacationing and Nordic skiing. Today, the Pays-d’en-Haut has become a place to escape or spend vacation time for many Montrealers and Quebecers. To its population, it represents a living environment immersed in nature.

Crédit photo Alain Denis Photographe

The RCM today

In 2022, the RCM experienced an unprecedented increase in population, surpassing 47,000 permanent residents, to which were added more than 30,000 vacationers, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of tourists/excursionists that we welcome each year, all year long.

Numbers relating to the RCM:

  • 10 municipalities
  • 734 square kilometres
  • more than 75% of the territory is forested
  • 85 square kilometres of public land
  • 350 lakes
  • 470 km of cross-country ski trails
  • 255 km of hiking trails
  • 204 km of snowshoeing trails
  • 137 km of mountain biking trails
  • 89 km of fatbike trails
  • And much more…

One vision

In 2012, the Pays-d’en-Haut RCM adopted a strategic vision statement for its community.

By 2020, it aims to provide its population with:

  • A quality living environment
  • A desired living environment
  • A desired standard of living

All of this, in a protected environment made up of lakes, rivers, forests and mountains.

As a new decade begins, this vision remains and is reinforced by several strategic initiatives.

High & strong!

In 2022, the RCM will adopt a new graphic identity, resolutely focused on the rich environment that defines us, accentuated by the cultural, economic and community dynamic, three essential components that have shown great resilience in recent years.

Culture, tourism and the great outdoors … all economic drivers!

Culture is an important component of the population’s quality of life and economic development, as well as a major factor contributing to cultural tourism. In 2006, the RCM adopted its very first cultural policy, a tool by which it recognizes the importance of the cultural dynamic within its territory.

Cultural, tourist and recreational institutions - more than 300 festivals, hundreds of kilometres of trails offering a unique outdoor experience - have contributed to the reputation of our territory, making it a much sought-after attraction and contributing to the economic growth of our region.

A dynamic community

Although only thirty minutes away from Montreal, the Pays-d’en-Haut RCM has a strong, distinctive identity, based mainly on its natural capital. The quality of life and the beauty of the landscapes are the two qualifiers that describe us perfectly!

Residents, whether they have been living here for several years or have only moved recently, benefit from a constantly growing range of services and employment opportunities are diversified and distinctive. Our work is more recognized inside the region and climbing the ladder can be quicker. The active transportation offer is constantly evolving, human-scale businesses are establishing themselves and local purchasing energizes the economy. The territory has eight elementary schools (six French and two English), a high school, an adult education centre and a hotel school. The upcoming opening of the Centre sportif Pays-d’en-Haut will certainly enhance this level of service for residents aged 7 to 77! The numerous challenges that we still have to face as a community will assuredly lead to an engaging and promising future!

The Pays-d’en-Haut RCM, higher and stronger than ever!

The Laurentides RCM, much more than tourism!

The Laurentians start here … vibrant and exciting!

Located in the heart of the Laurentian region, the territory of the Laurentides RCM is made up of 20 municipalities and towns spread over more than 2,500 square kilometres, including two main urban centres located alongside Highway 117 and Highway 15, namely Mont-Tremblant and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.

Traffic is non-existent here. Did you know that the Laurentides RCM offers public transportation? The Inter des Laurentides runs along the 117 between the cities of Rivière-Rouge and Saint-Jérôme. As for the City of Mont-Tremblant, you can travel between the different hubs within the city by bus, free of charge! The RCM’s transportation network is complemented by taxi buses so that all the towns that make up the Laurentides RCM enjoy public transportation. If you choose to travel by car, be aware that traffic is mostly caused by deer and wild turkeys crossing the road! So, you can get from your home to work in a flash by car, bus, bike or on foot!

A great place to play and stretch your legs

This is a vast territory full of mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, agricultural plains, picturesque villages and year-round sports and cultural activities. A true paradise for nature lovers, outdoor and sports enthusiasts, as well as for art and music lovers.

Of course, skiers will be pampered with the 4 alpine ski resorts. For those who prefer hiking, there are plenty of places to enjoy such as the Parc National du Mont-Tremblant, the Parc Eco Laurentides or even the Parc régional Val-David-Val-Morin! The Sentier des Cimes is a great place to visit. This large wooden walkway with a 40-meter high observation tower allows you to contemplate our beautiful region and admire a landscape like no other.

Train, Park and Festivals

The P’tit Train du Nord is a bicycle path on the former railroad right-of-way of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It crosses 8 of our municipalities over 75 km. In all, this linear park is 232 km long spanning from Saint-Jérôme to Mont-Laurier.

Whether you want to bike, hike, run or simply observe nature, the Aerobic Corridor Park is a 58 km outdoor trail with sublime scenery and a wide range of activities. From Morin-Heights to Amherst, the Aerobic Corridor Park presents the wonders of the western Laurentians.

As for culture and festivals, we are spoiled with the Festival de conte des Laurentides, the Festival International de Blues de Tremblant or even Les Dimanches en scène in Val-David, to name a few, which children and adults will enjoy! The theatres and concert halls in our RCM offer entertainment with comedy, theatre and concerts. There is something for everyone!

A territory that welcomes with open arms

We are welcoming and accommodating. The total population of the Laurentides RCM is 50,213. In its desire to attract newcomers, the Laurentides RCM is heavily involved in initiatives and concrete actions to provide a warm welcome to those who choose our wonderful territory. Organizations in our territory are here to help immigrants. The COFFRET supports newcomers settling in our region while the Centre d'intégration en emploi Laurentides offers employment services for immigrants.

Here, we’re all about real life! Because there is life before and after work, choosing a living environment that allows you to recharge your batteries is essential. No endless transportation to get to enjoy your favourite activity, a wide range of activities for all tastes and ages: our playground is huge and varied. In our region, cycling or walking to work and enjoying nature on the way to work is an everyday occurrence. Living here means choosing a place to live.

The only thing missing is you, because this is where you’ll find pure happiness!

RCM de La Rivière-du-Nord serving its people!

La Rivière-du-Nord RCM is located 30 minutes from Montreal and covers 448 km⊃2;. Its vast territory is home to over 130,000 residents. It is located in the Central Laurentian administrative region, which includes 8 RCMs.

This region is comprised of dynamic cities and has everything to offer for those who want to settle, study, have fun or work. It includes:

  • Prévost
  • Saint-Colomban
  • Saint-Hippolyte
  • Saint-Jérôme
  • Sainte-Sophie

These cities are family-oriented and offer a variety of services along with a hundred or so parks and green spaces. One thing is certain: the Rivière-du-Nord RCM is a great place to live.

Because of its distance from Montreal and its growing population, the RCM has developed numerous public service infrastructures. The city of Saint-Jérôme, the regional capital of the Laurentians, is the core of the RCM, which emphasizes its urban character as well as to its economic and cultural vitality.

Saint-Colomban, Prévost and Sainte-Sophie give the RCM its semi-urban and rural profile. On the other end, Saint-Hippolyte is known for its resort attractions.

Crédit photo Film Laurentides


The RCM strives to promote a harmonious vision of economic, social and environmental development. Its territory has a wide range of services, equipment and infrastructure where economic, cultural and sports activities are in full swing.


A wide range of state-of-the-art health services are available. Whether for public or private medical care, a wide range of establishments offer high quality services.


From pre-school to university, dozens of educational institutions are ready to offer superior services. The campus of the Université du Québec en Outaouais is located in the heart of Saint-Jérôme.


If you wish to invest, develop or start your own business, there is a business support service offered by the RCM’s economic development department. On top of that, a wide range of businesses operating in various fields are constantly looking for new talent. There are a variety of stimulating career opportunities!


A public transportation network, as well as collective transportation service and paratransit are available to meet the needs of the many users in the region.


There is always a good reason to move, ski slopes are all around the area. A new sports district with one of the largest skateboard parks in Quebec, a unique multi-sport park and a nature park are located in Saint-Jérôme.

Also, the Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park, a 234 km long trail that follows an old railroad line, crosses the territory. Whether you want to go biking, in-line skating, cross-country skiing or even winter biking, you will find restaurants and lots of cultural activities, art galleries and boutiques along the way.


The Rivière-du-Nord RCM is a regional attraction in terms of culture and history. The Place des Festivités, the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (MAC LAU) and the Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, the largest concert hall in the Laurentians, are all located in Saint-Jérôme.


Community assistance is one of the great strengths of the Rivière-du-Nord RCM, whether in terms of employment, housing, education, health or other areas, a wide variety of support organizations offer help to citizens based on their needs.