241, rue Coutu
This flower-filled village is close to the entrance of an ancient former glacial valley through which the Noire River once rushed. Here is the start of a branch of the Matawinie trail, which runs along the edge of a forest that seems limitless in size. Also, the closest outfitters to Montreal can be found here. Other attractions include a public beach, the National Trail (Sentier national), Lac Koël hiking trail, snowmobile trails, outdoor recreational centre, inns and gîtes (B&Bs). For superb panoramic views, take Rang de la Seigneurie, which brings you to Saint-Jean-de-Matha.