Rigaud is a town in the Montérégie region of Quebec about 75 km west of Montreal. While in many ways a typical rural Quebec town, it features Mont-Rigaud, a small mountain in the otherwise flat Ottawa River valley. The mountain attracts skiers, hikers, maple syrup and beer enthusiasts and religious tourists. It can make for a pleasant stop for an hour or two on the way between Montreal and Ottawa.


Visitor information

Get in

By car Rigaud is within sight of exit 9 of Quebec Autoroute 40 (aka the Trans-Canada Highway). Turn left after the exit onto St-Jean-Baptiste street and drive about 1km to town centre.
From Montreal, this takes 45-60 minutes except at evening rush hour, when it can take up to 2 hours.
From Ottawa, take Highway 417 east, which becomes Autoroute 40 at the Quebec border. Turn left after the exit onto St-Jean-Baptiste street and drive about 1km to town centre. The trip takes around 90 minutes.

By bus From Montreal, Greyhound busses depart daily at noon and midnight from Montreal's central bus station on Berri Street for Ottawa, which will stop in Rigaud if requested. From Ottawa, there are also two Montreal-bound Greyhound busses that depart at noon and 2:30am, which will stop at Rigaud if requested. Check schedules here:

Effective July 1, 2010, a commuter bus run by CIT La Presqu'Ile runs twice per weekday in the evening to Rigaud, departing from John Abbott College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue in Montreal's West Island, which also connect with Vaudreuil Train Station. It returns from Rigaud early in the morning on weekdays. The bus does not run on weekends. Check the CIT website for schedules:

By bicycle If you are biking along the Quebec portion of the south side of the Ottawa River, you will pass through Rigaud. If you are coming from Ontario or the Carillon ferry, you will reach it via Chemin de la Baie. If you are coming from the Montreal/Hudson direction, you will reach it along Chemin de l'Anse.

By train Effective July 1, 2010, Rigaud no longer has direct train service. There are some busses available to Rigaud that connect from Vaudreuil train station (see the "By Bus" section above). Schedules for AMT trains from Montreal to Vaudreuil are available here.

Get around

The centre of town is very small, mainly lying along the two streets at the base of Mont-Rigaud. It can be crossed on foot within minutes. However, most of Rigaud's main attractions (ski slopes, maple sugar shacks, hiking trails, restaurants) lie scattered around the mountain. Some of Rigaud's more secluded attractions are on different highway exits than the one that leads to the centre of town. You may need to drive for 10 or 15 minutes between different sites in Rigaud.




There are a few fast food places in the town centre. If you want authentic Quebec poutine (french fries, gravy and cheese), you can't go wrong.



Go next

Routes through Rigaud

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