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About Lanaudière:

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 kilometres (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 (2,625 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.

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.

Local Club
Club d'Escalade de Lanaudière (CEL)

Rock Climbing Areas:
-Rivière Ouareau
-Les Contreforts
-Montagne du Tranchant
-Paroi Proximus
-Grande Dalle
-Paroi du Lac Clair
-Montagne Noire

Ice Climbing Areas:
-Lac Sylvère
-Montagne Noire
-Mont Ouareau
-Rivière Ouareau
-Les Contreforts
-Montagne du Tranchant
-Paroi des Chevaliers de Colomb
-Route de la Ferme
-Route 343
-Lac Kaël
-Mont Barrière
-Mont Grain
-Rivière David
-Rivière Mastigouche

Many Public cliffs are under the liability insurance of the Fédération Québécoise de la Montagne et de l'Escalade (FQME).
* Residents of Canada need to have:
-FQME 'Accès Montagne' membership (55$)
-For members of the Alpine Club of Canada an FQME 'Accès Montagne' upgrade (30$)
-Or purchasing a 10$ day pass.

This money is used to pay the liability insurance for landowners regardless if they are private citizens, municipal or provincial. The maintenance of cliffs and their access, replacing of fixed protection.

Guide des cascades de glace et voies mixtes
Stéphane Lapierre et Bernard Gagnon
Les éditions La Randonnée
528 pages
Guide updates (2012)

Guide d'Escalade de Lanaudière
Jean Claude Néolet (2009)
Available at La Cordée and Montain Equipment Coop

La montagne du Tranchant
Socrate Badeau