Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel

Notre-Dame-de-Mont-Carmel is a charming locality, located in Lower-Mauricie, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, in the regional county municipality of Les Chenaux, in Mauricie, in Quebec, in Canada.

The village is located at the junction of chemin du rang St-Flavien (east and west) and rue des Vétérans. Highway 157 which bypasses the village on the northeast side generates a long-term shift in commercial activity.

In the past, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel was perceived as a winter tourist destination, mainly because of the alpine ski center on Mont Carmel, which ceased to be in operation in 2012, but was reactivated a few years later. Nevertheless, this winter vocation continues in other forms, notably with cross-country ski trails, snowmobiles, quads and icy trails in the Lost Forest area. In addition, summer recreational tourism activities are popular in particular: hiking, cycling, camping, vacation camp at Villa du Carmel, the hebertism trail at the “Domaine de la forêt perdue” (Domain of the lost forest) and the suspended labyrinth.

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The territory’s economic vocation is mainly focused on agriculture, forestry (especially along the Saint-Maurice River and in the northern part of the territory), several businesses, several recreational and tourist activities (eg: camping, sugar bush, trails) , public services (eg: CPE, schools, municipality) and residential character. In addition to the main village, several residential or resort hamlets are spread over the territory, notably around Lake Doucet, Lake Morin, Lake Bellevue, Route des Vétérans and Mont Carmel (southwest side).

Formerly, the territory of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel was part of the seigneury of Cap-de-la-Madeleine.

Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel is located along the Saint-Maurice River (north shore), its northwest side bordering Shawinigan-Sud (merged since 2003 with Shawinigan); it borders on Saint-Louis-de-France, on the east side. Its north-west side comprises a large area of marsh extending to the east of the Saint-Maurice river between Lake Trotochaud and the cove at Rocheleau, up to ‘au lac Noir which turns out to be the body of water. head of the Rivière des Chutes and which is located to the east of Lac à la Tortue.

The territory has seven ranges: rang des Grais (on the edge of Saint-Maurice), rang St-Louis (North-West side and South-East side), St-Flavien range (North-West side and South-West side) and rang St-Félix (North-West side and South-East side).

The area near the Saint-Maurice River is rather covered with forest. The northern zone of the municipal territory has a predominantly agricultural vocation.

Tributary of the Saint-Maurice river (upstream of the La Gabelle dam), the Cachée river flows on 17.6 km (10.9 mi) crossing Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel. The sinuosity of this river at the bottom of a flow in the lower part of its course explains the origin of its toponym. In the past, several road accidents occurred in the Cachée Coast of the old road segment linking Shawinigan-Sud and Cap-de-la-Madeleine.

Flowing mainly in agricultural areas, the Brûlée river flows over 14.1 km (8.8 mi) in Saint-Maurice. It flows onto the northwest shore of the Champlain River.

The village of Notre-Dame-de-Mont-Carmel is accessible by road (cars or buses), ATV and snowmobile trails.

  • From Montreal (162 km (101 mi). Time: 1hr 53 min. From Montreal, take highway 40 (north shore) eastbound, to Trois-Rivières (Cap-de-la-Madeleine sector); Route 157 (northbound), crossing the village of Saint-Louis-de-France, to the village of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel.
  • From Quebec City (114 km (71 mi). Time: 1 hr 31 min. From Quebec City, take highway 40 westbound; take route 352 (northbound) through the village of Saint-Maurice; turn left at rang St-Félix; turn right at rue Landry and drive to the village of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel.

The MRC des Chenaux adapted and collective transport service allows you to travel to Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan, as well as certain trips within the MRC. Information: 819-840-0968. Internet: https://www.mont-carmel.org/citoyens/transport-collectif

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