Located south of the Laurentians region, the city of Saint-Jérôme is attracting every year more and more young families and professionals looking for a quiet place to settle. With its various natural attractions and high quality of life, it is not surprising that the region has been experiencing since 1991, the largest demographic boom in the province.
Between history and modernism
If the numerous developments have changed the cityscape of Saint-Jérôme in the last decades, the city has not lost any of the charm that distinguishes it since its foundation in 1834. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of Saint-Jérôme which was built in 1900, as well as the magnificent Victorian houses nearby. You can also spend your afternoon at the Claude-Henri Grignon Community Art Centre, located in a building previously used as a courthouse and that houses today an auditorium, a library and the Laurentian Museum of Contemporary Art.
Feeling at home, indoors and outdoors
Good news for those who get cold sweats at the property price hikes of big cities: in Saint-Jérôme, you will find the most favorable property market in Quebec. Whether you wish to own a new home or to settle as a tenant, you will be spoiled for choice, regardless of your budget: in fact, there is a great diversity when it comes to housing units, condominiums, and houses of all kinds, not to mention the immense suburban lands which are also very affordable.
The P’tit-Train-du-Nord is a 200km long, recreational, touristic corridor crossing the Laurentians from the north to the south. Laid out between Saint-Jérôme and Mont-Laurier, it is one of the longest linear parks in America. The circuit gives people the chance to visit some tremendously charming cities and villages along the way, in addition to providing multiple summer and winter activities such as biking, rollerblading, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling, to name a few. The old train station, built in 1897, has also been renovated in 1997 to mark the city’s centennial anniversary, and was back in service to the pleasure of the whole neighboring area.
Rivière-du-Nord Regional Park
In addition to being divided by a linear park built on a former railway line, Saint-Jérôme is also the entrance point to the sublime Rivière-du-Nord Regional Park. It is impossible not to be seduced by the rustic beauty of its 34km hiking paths, 20km cycling circuits and 24km cross country skiing trails. The park and its numerous interpretive panels offer wilderness lovers the pleasure to be guided through the forest to a beaver pond… and what remains of the old pulp mill and hydro-electric installations. For the sports enthusiasts, it is also the perfect place for fishing, canoeing, pedal boating, kayaking and even wild camping.
Located in the city center between the Vanier and Lapointe bridges, the Rivière-du-Nord Promenade offers breathtaking views of the river and tells the story of Saint-Jérôme and the region. A must!
Whether you prefer to spend your days outdoors or to look for a dynamic and cultural environment, you will be spoiled for choice with a great number of festivals, civic celebrations, museums, art paths and centers. Your turn to create your story!