Longueuil

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Longueuil, Quebec, a city of 236,000 residents, is located on the east side of the St. Lawrence River across from Montreal. Four bridges connect the two cities and there are numerous ferry crossings.

Longueuil is made up of three boroughs. Vieux-Longueuil, which comprises the old cities of Longueuil and LeMoyne, stretches inland from the St. Lawrence River. Vieux-Longueuil stands on one of the earliest French settlement sites east of the St. Lawrence, and Longueuil visitors may come across several archaeological excavations while exploring the borough. Greenfield Park, the city’s commercial district, is in the south-central sector. Saint-Hubert is the westernmost borough, and its Chemin de Chambly area also recalls the era of the first European settlers in "New France." The greater Longueuil area includes the cities of Boucherville, Brossard, Saint-Lambert and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.

With more than 300 city parks and two national parks, opportunities for outdoor activities in Longueuil are boundless. Visitors carry bikes and hiking gear onto the ferry from Vieux-Longueuil to Îles-de-Boucherville national park, a group of islands in the St. Lawrence River perfect for hiking and cycling. A golf course and calm waters attract golfers and paddlers, too. Hiking in summer and skiing in winter are popular activities at Longueuil’s Mont-Saint-Bruno national park, northeast of the city. Visitors can also explore the park's Gabrélis arboretum.

Major city parks include parc Michel-Chartrand. Winter sports there include cross-country skiing and tobogganing; there is also a skating rink. With three lakes and a marsh, the park is a favorite for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Parc de la Cité hosts many Longueuil festivals, concerts and other large outdoor gatherings. The wooded park boasts 8 kilometres of hiking trails as well as a lake for pedal boating. Besides hiking, warm-weather activities include cycling and rollerblading. In winter, the frozen lake becomes a playground for skaters. Parc Marie-Victorin stretches along the St. Lawrence River. There are wildlife viewing sites in the Pointe du Marigot area, and footbridges along the bicycle path facilitate access to Vieux-Longueuil heritage site. A river shuttle transports passengers from Port de plaisance Réal-Bouvier to Old Montreal.

Hardcore cycling enthusiasts will find 235 kilometres of bicycle paths throughout greater Longueuil. Some of the pathways are part of Quebec's Route verte, the most extensive bicycle trail system in North America, boasting over 3,600 kilometres of trails.

Longueuil is also a great destination for art lovers and foodies. Theatre de la Ville has three performing arts spaces and presents professional touring shows and local dramatic productions. Art galleries include Plein sud, a contemporary arts and animation center, and Musée Marie-Rose Durocher, a church gallery of paintings and artifacts from the early 19th century. Gourmands will not want to miss Marché des saveurs, a showcase of local foodstuffs in the UPA (Union des producteurs agricoles) building. Visitors nibble, nosh and savour French specialities like rillettes and terrines, artisanal cheeses and local delights ranging from preserves and apple pies to maple sugar treats. All are located in Vieux-Longueuil.