A Region to Discover: The LaurentidesBetween lush nature and fascinating history, the Laurentides region is a true corner of paradise.
[Region to Discover is a new way to showcase the different regions of Quebec by presenting economic and real estate data, tourist attractions and more. A different region will be featured every month.]
Overview of the region
The population of the Laurentides administrative region was 620,264 inhabitants in 2019, according to data from the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
The region welcomes many visitors every year and is the leading four-season vacation destination in Quebec (https://www.laurentides.com/en/region).
This vibrant region is attracting a growing number of people who want to settle here. The Laurentides offers an ideal living environment, without traffic congestion. In addition, since the COVID-19 health crisis and confinement period, the need for open spaces and nature has never been felt more among the urban population. Now more than ever, the Laurentides region has the wind in its sails!
Tourist attractions in the region
Not far from the greater Montreal area, the Laurentides region is known for its breathtaking scenery and its four-season resorts. From art galleries to family activities such as the Santa Claus Village and Tremblant Village, there is no shortage of things to do.
A region for every season
There is something to discover every season in the Laurentides. In the summer, there are large expanses of water and forests, where you can enjoy sports such as kayaking, biking and golf. Fall is the season of colours. A hike is an essential activity for taking in the beautiful and mountainous landscape. In the winter, there are many mountains for downhill skiing and several trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Finally, the springtime is the perfect time to enjoy the area’s many maple groves and sugar shacks.
Le P’tit Train du Nord
Train du Nord linear park is the longest park of its kind in Canada. Formerly a
railway, it was converted into a trail of more than 230 km in the 1990s,
linking Laval to Mont-Laurier. Depending on the time of year, it offers a
variety of activities, making it a popular attraction in the Laurentides.
The terroir of the Laurentides
Living in the Laurentides also means taking advantage of the exceptional products offered by the many apple orchards, microbreweries, cheese factories, vineyards, maple groves, bee farms and lavender fields. Buying local is very easy and delicious.
The famous Tremblant
Tremblant is probably the best known and most visited tourist destination in the Laurentides. Known around the world, the city of Mont-Tremblant and the Mont-Tremblant National Park are home to a casino, a multitude of restaurants and bars, a ski resort with two slopes, several golf courses, outfitters, as well as mountain trails for biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hiking. Enjoy the lakes and rivers for boating, kayaking and snorkeling. The area also offers spas, toboggan runs, beaches and much more. Whatever the season, the choices are endless!
The real estate market in the Laurentides
Statistics for June 2020
The residential real estate market in the Laurentides region registered a significant increase in sales (+51 per cent) in June 2020 compared to June of last year. The median price of single-family homes also increased significantly compared to June of last year, rising by 17 per cent to reach $305,000. The number of active listings decreased by 31 per cent and the number of new listings fell by 7 per cent compared to June 2019.
Residential real estate market statistics for the Laurentides region based on data from the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database.
Statistics for the second quarter of 2020
The 2nd quarter of 2020 was marked by a 16 per cent decrease in sales in the Laurentides region. This slowdown was mainly due to the COVID-19 health crisis, which put the resale market on hold. The number of new properties for sale decreased by 31 per cent, for a total of 2,836 properties, while active listings dropped by 29 per cent. As for prices, the median price of single-family homes stood at $295,000, an 11 per cent increase compared to the second quarter of 2019.
For more Q2 real estate statistics for the Laurentides region, click here.
Zooming in on Antoine-Labelle
In the second quarter of 2020, 169 residential sales transactions were concluded in the Antoine-Labelle RCM, a 23 per cent increase compared to the second quarter of last year. The median price of single-family homes rose by 10 per cent to reach $170,000. In terms of supply, the number of active listings fell by 22 per cent in the second quarter of the year.