Mont-Saint-Hilaire grew up on the flanks of the mountain that bears its name, gradually extending to the shores of the Richelieu River. The mills, the orchards, the hill and the river itself have inspired artists, authors and storytellers down through history. Even today, the city is renowned throughout the country and internationally for the apples and cider the area produces.
The forests that once blanketed the region have been replaced by houses, putting considerable pressure on the remaining natural and agricultural lands. The challenges facing Mont-Saint-Hilaire are great, and the town, proud of its nature, its culture and its past, now seeks to strike a balance between urban life and that invaluable legacy.