Vaudreuil-Dorion is the result of the merger of two towns, Vaudreuil and Dorion. Vaudreuil-Dorion offers a range of infrastructures and many recreational tourism activities near Montreal.
Vaudreuil-Dorion is located north-east of the Suroît region. Vaudreuil-Dorion is an off-island suburb of Greater Montreal. It is on the south shores of the Lake of Two Mountains (French: Lac des Deux Montagnes) at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, just off the western edge of Île Perrot.
The city consists of two non-contiguous parts: its eastern part is the larger main area along Lake of Two Mountains where the population centres of Vaudreuil and Dorion are located; the western portion is a smaller rural area that borders Rigaud, and is separated from the eastern portion by Saint-Lazare and Hudson.
In 1702, governor of New France Louis-Hector de Callière gave a seigneury to Philippe de Vaudreuil, who was governor of Montreal at the time. Rigaud de Vaudreuil later became governor of New France.
In 1725, the region had only 38 inhabitants. About 1742 people began to be interested in the region and Vaudreuil's population rose. 381 people lived in Vaudreuil in 1765. With the creation of the Grand Trunk Railway, people began to live in Dorion, which was called Vaudreuil Station and named after its first inhabitant Daria Istayeva. Dorion became a village in 1891.
Dorion was bisected by Autoroute 20 which links Downtown Montreal and Toronto via Highway 401 in Ontario. Housing developments began in the 1950s and continued well into the 1970s. Throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, housing began sprouting north and east of Dorion.
Vaudreuil and Dorion merged in 1994, becoming the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion.
The city is the point of intersection Autoroute 20, Autoroute 30, Autoroute 40. The Autoroute 20 (connecting the Windsor-Quebec City corridor) continues into Ontario as Highway 401 and connects to Toronto; Autoroute 40 is part of the Trans-Canada Highway and connects to Ottawa; while Autoroute 30 is Montreal's southern bypass.
From Montreal, AMT operates commuter trains to Vaudreuil and Dorion stations.
- 1 EXO Vaudreuil Station, 3101, boulevard de la Gare, ☏ . Train station.
- 2 EXO Dorion Station, 60, rue de l'Église, ☏ . EXO Transit Rail Station.
A ferry operates for most of the spring, all of the summer, and most of the fall, carrying cars, people, and bicycles from Oka to Hudson across Lac des Deux Montagnes. It departs from Main Road, just east of Bellevue Street. In winter, the lake freezes over and it is sometimes possible to drive on ice across the lake from the ferry terminal in Oka (depending on weather conditions and ice thickness).
Local bus service is operated by CIT La Presqu'Île (Exo), connecting to the Vaudreuil and Dorion stations on the Vaudreuil-Hudson commuter rail line.
- 1 Maison Trestler, 85 Chemin de la Commune, ☏ . M-F 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00, Su 13:00-16:00. Former residence/general store (1798). Art galleries. Tour of house and 3 galleries: adult $5, 7-16 $3.50, 6 and under free.
- 2 Maison Valois, 331 Saint-Charles, ☏ (choose option 6). M-F 09:00-16:30 (Sep-late Jun: closed 12:00-13:00), Sa Su 13:00-16:30; closed on holidays. Heritage building (1796) in the middle of a park by the same name. It serves as the municipal arts and culture centre. Adults $7, seniors $6, students $5, children 7-12 $4, children 6 and under free, family $16.
- 3 Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (English: Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional Museum), 431 Saint-Charles, ☏ . Former boys' school in Old Vaudreuil. It was built in 1859 and converted into a regional museum in 1955.
- 4 Église Saint-Michel de Vaudreuil (English: Saint-Michel Church of Vaudreuil), 414 Avenue Saint-Charles, ☏ . Historic church was completed in 1787; designated a historical monument by the Government of Québec in 1957.
- 5 Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil, 186 de l'Anse (House facing Lac des Deux-Montagnes), ☏ . Former house of renowned Québec poet and songwriter Félix Leclerc.
- 6 Parc des Ancres, Pointe-des-Cascades (north of Parc St Pierre). A park containing many old anchors in the locality of a disused lock on the Canel de Soulanges with a light house. free.
- 1 The Kieffer stable (L’écurie Kieffer), Montée d'Alstonvale, ☏ . Riding stable.
- 2 Woohoo, 25 Boul de la cite des jeunes, ☏ . Indoor playground; largest family entertainment centre in Canada and home to the largest play structure maze in all of North America.
- 3 Historical Park Pointe-du-Moulin, 2500 Boulevard Don Quichotte, Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot, ☏ .
- 1 Bakery (Boulangerie), 1446, avenue Saint-Charles, ☏ . Bakery.
- 2 Bakery AMOOL (Boulangerie AMOOL), 578, avenue Saint-Charles, #7, ☏ . Syrian restaurant.
- 3 First Moisson Bakery Vaudreuil-Dorion (Boulangerie Première Moisson Vaudreuil-Dorion), 189, boulevard Harwood, ☏ . Bakery
- 4 Délices de Bruxelles, 289, boulevard Harwood, ☏ . Pastry-confectionery.
- 5 Vignoble Côte de Vaudreuil, 2692, route Harwood, ☏ . Vineyard offering a range of wines.
- 6 Les Avenues Vaudreuil, 22800 Chemin Dumberry. M-W 10:00-28:00, Th F 10:00-21:00, Sa Su 10:00-17:00. Shopping centre with 75 stores.
- 1 Au Vieux Duluth Restaurant, 250, boulevard Harwood, ☏ . Greek restaurant.
- 2 Apna Punjab Di Rasoi, 2500, route Henry-Ford, ☏ . Restaurant.
- 3 Bâton Rouge Steakhouse & Bar, 3130, boulevard de la Gare, ☏ . Restaurant with dining room and bar.
- 4 Cafe Campagne, 3673 Route Harwood, ☏ . Daily 07:00-15:00. Canadian country-style cuisine with a slight tropical twist. Home-style meals with an extensive variety of teas, salads, soups and homemade desserts.
- 5 Coco Fruitti Vaudreuil-Dorion, ☏ . Lunch restaurant.
- 6 Nokoraya, 3100, route Harwood, ☏ . Asian restaurant.
- 7 Pacini Vaudreuil-Dorion, 2925, boulevard de la Gare, ☏ . Italian restaurant.
- 8 Patate et Persil, 9 avenue St-Charles, ☏ . M-W 11:00-20:00, Th 11:00-21:00, F 11:00-22:00, Sa 09:00-22:00, Su 09:00-20:00. Home cooked fast food. Burgers, quesadillas, salads, poutine and fries.
- 9 Pizza Gino, 280, rue Bourget, ☏ . Pizzeria.
- 10 Pizzeria Quatre Saisons, 440, avenue Sainte-Charles, ☏ . Pizzeria.
- 11 Pizza Tipo 00, 120 Joseph-Carrier, suite 102 (corner of St. Charles), ☏ . Tu-Sa 11:00-22:00, Su 16:00-22:00. Pizza cooked in a 1000-degree coal oven using 00 flour (one of the lowest in gluten content), meatballs, baked chicken wings, fresh sandwiches and salads.
- 12 Restaurant Dorion, 297, boulevard Harwood, ☏ . Pizzeria.
- 13 Restaurant El Hornello, 401, boulevard Harwood, #1b, ☏ . Italian restaurant.
- 14 Restaurant La Chinoise, 486, avenue Siant-Charles, ☏ . Chinese restaurant for consumption on site or to take away.
- 15 Restaurant Mr.India & Bar, 3187, route Harwood, ☏ . Indian and Pakistani halal cuisine.
- 16 Souvlaki Authentique Vaudreuil/Hudson, 3239, route Harwood, ☏ .
- 1 Bar Billard L'ivoire, 2555, rue Dutrisac, ☏ .
- 2 Bar Sportif Biggs Vaudreuil, 3100, route Harwood, suite 115, ☏ . Sports bar.
- 3 Duke & Devine's, 429 Avenue Street, ☏ . M-F 11:30-01:00, Sa Su 12:00-01:00. Irish pub with comfort food menu and a grill.
- 4 La Cage, 47, boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, ☏ . Sports brewery.
- 5 Pub irlandais McKibbin's, 3036, boul. de la Gare, ☏ . Irish and rustic style pub.
- 6 Trois-Lacs - Microbrasserie, 434, rue Aimé-Vincent, ☏ . Irish and rustic style pub.
- 1 Chateau Vaudreuil, 21700 Trans Canada Highway, ☏ , toll-free: . 10 hectares of carefully landscaped gardens and lawns on the shore of Lake Deux-Montagnes. A luxury hotel reminiscent of a French chateau, with an entrance hall with marble floor, brass fittings and high ceiling. Pedal boat, canoe, tennis, bike, playground for children, fitness centre, business centre. From $130.
- 2 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Vaudreuil-Dorion, an IHG Hotel, 33, boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, ☏ , toll-free: . From $130.
- 3 Motel La Bourgade, 300, boulevard Harwood, ☏ . From $85.
- 4 Motel Vaudreuil, 255 Boisvert. Free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms have a desk and a TV with cable channels. Views of the mountains, garden or city in some rooms. The dining area includes a table, microwave, coffee machine and refrigerator. Shuttle service with surcharge. A garden, a terrace and a shared lounge area. From $85.
- 5 Motel Seigneurie de Vaudreuil, 154, boul. Harwood (trunk of Highway 20 crossing Dorion), ☏ , toll-free: . Wireless High Speed Internet Access. Rooms are equipped with refrigerator, microwave, air conditioning. Single $60-170, double $65-175.
- 6 Camping D'Aoust, 3844, route Harwood, ☏ . Campground offering spacious shaded, sunny or wild sites. The land has two swimming pools with surveillance, a small farm, a convenience store and snack bar.
- 4 Vaudreuil-Dorion Library, 51, rue Jeannotte, ☏ . Public library.
- 5 Aréna de Vaudreuil-Dorion, 6, rue Jeannotte, ☏ . Municipal arena.
|Routes through Vaudreuil-Dorion|
|Elgin ← Montréal ←||W E||→ Sept-Îles → Blanc-Sablon|
|Rivière-Beaudette ← Côteau-du-Lac ←||W E||→ Les Cèdres → END|
|Saint-Télesphore ← Saint-Polycarpe ←||W E||→ Saint-Lazare → END|
|Pointe-Fortune ← Rigaud ←||W E||→ END|
|Kingston ← Becomes ← Salaberry-de-Valleyfield via ←||W E||→ West Island → Montreal|
|END ← Salaberry-de-Valleyfield ←||W E||→ Chateauguay → Sorel-Tracy / Quebec City via|
|Ottawa ← Becomes ← Hudson ←||W E||→ West Island → Montreal|
|Kingston ← Cornwall ←||W E||→ Montreal/West Island → END|
|END ← Hudson ←||W E||→ West Island → Downtown Montreal|
- 1 Hudson A town on the Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes (Ottawa River), Hudson is blessed with a magnificent urban forest. It is a city of visual arts, music, culture and the outdoors. This city has a great history dating back to the days of New France. It offers many infrastructure and recreational tourism activities, in particular thanks to its shore on the Ottawa River and its large marina. It has many arts and crafts shops.
- 2 Oka In Oka, great local history mixes with agritourism, foodie attractions and public events. The marina bears witness to a river past where leisure and business navigation was the soul of the locality. Visitors have fun in many facets: Oka calvary, Oka recreation park, historic streets, various mountains, restaurants and accommodations. Oka offers a magnificent historical circuit with nine points of historical interest. This is a quaint town with a cheese-making monastery, a large water park and a Mohawk Indian reserve.
- 3 Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac A municipality bordering Lac des Deux-Montagnes, in the western suburbs of Montreal, where cultural and community life is intense. Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac offers a variety of infrastructure and recreational tourism activities: parks and green spaces, sports fields, water games, room rentals, bike path, skating rinks and boat ramps. Boating and other nautical activities are intense on Lac des Deux-Montagnes.
- 4 Montreal Metropolis of Quebec, Montreal is a cosmopolitan, island and port city. Its metropolitan area has 4.2 million inhabitants. Montreal is the economic, commercial and financial heart of Quebec. Montreal is considered the “best student city” on the planet and the “university metropolis of Canada” thanks to six universities and 450 research centers. This city is also a major cultural center for the design of video games, cinema and design. Every year, Montreal hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada and numerous festivals, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the FrancoFolies and the Just for Laughs festival. Its metro system and other public transit infrastructure in the city is one of the most efficient in North America.
- 5 Pincourt One of the four municipalities of Île Perrot, Pincourt occupies the western part of the island. Its territory faces the Ottawa River, which meets the St. Lawrence River to the south. Thanks to the Daoust and Pincourt bays, pleasure boating is developed. Despite its small territory, Pincourt offers a variety of infrastructures and recreational tourism activities.
- 6 Les Cèdres Its hybrid territory (agricultural and urban) stretches along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, in the western suburbs of Montreal, offering resorts and recreational tourism activities (eg boating and other nautical activities). The Soulanges Canal has a heritage character and offers bike paths. The municipality offers an infrastructure (ex.: outdoor base, bike paths, municipal parks) and a range of recreational and tourism services (ex.: sports or leisure activities).
- 7 Saint-Lazare Landlocked in the middle of the land between the Ottawa River and the St. Lawrence River, Saint-Lazare offers a countryside, forest and urban landscape (in the villages of Saddlebrook, Cedarbrook, Maple Ridge and Saint-Lazare). Saint-Lazarre offers sports and leisure facilities, as well as recreational and tourist activities (eg National Day on June 24). Its municipal recreation book demonstrates the intensity of community life.
- 8 Rigaud Rigaud is a city that is both picturesque and modern, offering a wide range of infrastructures and recreational tourism activities, thanks to resorts, boating on Lac des Deux-Montagnes, Vieux-Rigaud and Mont Rigaud. The mountain particularly attracts skiers, hikers, climbers, snowshoers, maple syrup and beer lovers and religious tourists.