The first orchards in the Mont Saint-Hilaire Biosphere Reserve date back to 1751. Over the last century, several orchards have disappeared to make room for forests or houses. However, there are still orchards surrounding the mountain that provide it with a protective greenbelt. It is probably thanks to this combination of mountain and orchards that the region’s apple season draws so many people and the apple-growing industry is so flourishing. The mountain, for its part, benefits from the increased protection and is all the more beautiful when dressed up in its orchard finery.