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Coordinates: 46°46′N 73°50′W / 46.767°N 73.833°W / 46.767; -73.833Coordinates: 46°46′N 73°50′W / 46.767°N 73.833°W / 46.767; -73.833
CountryCanada Canada
ProvinceQuebec Quebec
Regional County
Municipalities (RCM) and Equivalent
Territories (ET)
 • Regional conference of elected officersGaétan Morin (President)
 • Land12,422.23 km2 (4,796.25 sq mi)
 • Total471,748
 • Density38/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 10.0%
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code
Area code450, 579

Lanaudière (French pronunciation: ​[lanodjɛʁ], locally [lanod͡zjaɛ̯ʁ]) is one of the seventeen administrative regions of Quebec, Canada, situated immediately to the northeast of Montreal. It has a total population (2006 census) of 429,053 inhabitants.


The region of Lanaudière is part of central Quebec and is located between the Saint Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains, between Mauricie and the Laurentides. Lanaudière attracts a good deal of interest from vacationers due to its unique character founded largely on the harmony between its culture and the surrounding natural environment. Lanaudière's area of 12,413.73 square kilometres (4,792.97 sq mi) stretch northwest from a shoreline of 60 kilometers (37 mi) on the Saint Lawrence River. Lanaudière is generally rural, while the urban areas are generally concentrated in the south of the region, such as Repentigny, Terrebonne and Berthierville. The altitude rises as one goes northwards; it is 20 meters (66 ft) near the Saint Lawrence River to almost 800 meters (2,600 ft) at the top of mountains near Saint-Donat and Saint-Zénon.

Lanaudière is made up of three distinct geographical groupings: the southern plain has cities and farming villages and includes many historical locations; the piedmont in the centre has become a vacation spot due to its numerous lakes and natural attractions, and the Laurentian Plateau in the far north in the forested country is known for its fishing and hiking.

The three main ports of entry for Lanaudière are all in the south: Terrebonne, Repentigny and Berthierville.

Lanaudière's road network was developed according to three north-south axes (25-125, 31-131, 347), all of which have few links with the neighbouring regions. Even though this internal network is almost exclusively composed of secondary roads, it is well-designed for long automobile trips or for biking. Lanaudière has two wildlife preserves, the Rouge-Matawin and the Mastigouche, as well as part of the Mont Tremblant park. Further to the north, about an hour away from Saint-Michel-des-Saints, there is the Atikamekw indian reserve of Manawan.


The region of Lanaudière owes its name to history - it perpetuates the memory of Marie-Charlotte de Lanaudière, daughter of the lord of Lavaltrie and wife of the businessman Barthélemy Joliette, descendant of the famous explorer Louis Jolliet. The name Lanaudière evokes the lineage of the lords De Lanaudière who contributed, over seven generations, to the defence and the development of the French colonies in America, of France and of the region.[citation needed]


Regional County Municipalities

Regional County Municipality (RCM) Population
Canada 2011 Census[2]
Land Area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of RCM
D'Autray 41,650 1,247.55 km2 (481.68 sq mi) 33.4 Berthierville
Joliette 63,551 418.43 km2 (161.56 sq mi) 151.9 Joliette
L'Assomption 119,840 255.71 km2 (98.73 sq mi) 468.7 L'Assomption
Les Moulins 148,813 261.38 km2 (100.92 sq mi) 569.3 Terrebonne
Matawinie 49,516 9,527.58 km2 (3,678.62 sq mi) 5.2 Rawdon
Montcalm 48,378 711.59 km2 (274.75 sq mi) 68.0 Sainte-Julienne

Indian Reserve

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  1. ^ a b "Lanaudière, Quebec (Code 2450) and Quebec (Code 24) (table)". Census Profile. Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. 2012-05-29. pp. Catalogue no. 98–316–XWE. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census divisions, 2011 and 2006 censuses". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 14 August 2013.

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