From the banks of the St. Lawrence, the Mauricie extends into the heart of the boreal forest, covering 40,000 km2 (15,440 sq. mi.). The King's Road (Chemin du Roy), Canada's first carriageway, runs alongside the river as it travels through Trois-Rivières, midway between Montréal and Québec City. The backcountry, a vast forested domain punctuated with lakes and rivers, is a veritable outdoor paradise. Long the realm of the lumberjack and the log driver, the Mauricie has also developed a successful hydroelectric industry. With its colourful antecedents and immense natural beauty, the region today offers no shortage of contrasting getaways!