A laid-back town nestled near the Yamaska River, Saint Hyacinthe’s downtown area is lined with quaint boutiques, restaurants and a local farmers’ market. You’ll find a blend of urban and rural attractions in Saint Hyacinthe, from art galleries and cultural complexes to horseback riding and boating excursions.
Things to do in Saint-Hyacinthe
Start your holiday in Saint Hyacinthe by visiting the Daniel A Seguin Garden, which offers alluring summertime tours of its 20 colourful themed gardens. You can admire around 50,000 plants spread over 4.5 hectares and the largest collection of annuals in Quebec, then learn about the different vegetation.
For a dose of culture, meander through the halls of Expression, an art center with exhibits of contemporary art, workshops and conferences. Afterward, visit the state-of-the-art Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde, a performance hall where you can watch live theatre, music and dance performances.
Outdoor lovers can visit Ecurie l'escapade for a day of horseback riding, where riders of all ages and skill levels can soak up views of Saint Hyacinthe’s changing foliage and natural splendors. If water sports are more your thing, The Nautique Centre offers plenty of family-friendly fun with its boating, canoeing and kayaking excursions.
Take a break from sightseeing with a quiet picnic in Les Salines Park, which also has eight kilometers of trails ideal for hikers and mountain bikers. You can also enjoy a round of golf at Club de Golf de Saint Hyacinthe, which offers a full-service pro shop and dining facilities.
Getting around Saint-Hyacinthe
Saint Hyacinthe is a one-hour drive from Montreal and Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. There are buses and taxis in town, yet most sites in Saint Hyacinthe are within walking distance of each other.