Luc Lavigne & Pascal Benjamin From St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu
Just half an hour away from Montreal's downtown and just a stone throw from the US border, the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (on the Richelieu River) has a lot to offer.Besides the renouned Chambly Fort (erected during the French colony) there is a whole network of canals to visit either by foot, bicycle or boat. The St-Grégoire mountain has many hiking paths that culminates at the summitt for a view of the region. The other old fortifications of Fort Lennox are a must see. If boating is your thing, the many locks on the canal will enable you to access Lake Champlain . The Old section of St-Jean, bordering the canal, has been greately improved and renovated and is excellent for byking and hiking. One can also feast on a variety of dishes served in different cool cafes and restaurants all usually very open to LGBT's. The Lubie restaurant offers a very good trendy new cuisine kind of menu while the Capitaine Pouffe has a succulent fish & chips. Salads, sandwiches and coffees are always served at the Mannekinpiss Café and the Pacini restaurant, gay owned and operated, has an Italian cuisine with a friendly atmosphere were you'll meet some of the local LGBT's.