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The Laurentians is an administrative region of Quebec lying on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. Its region number is 15. It is composed of seven regional county municipalities (RCMs) and 76 (?) Municipalities1. 
Situation The region is located northwest of the Greater Montreal Area. It covers an area of 22,518 km2, of which 20,546 km2 are terrestrial2, or 1.4% of Québec's territory. Named after the Laurentian mountain range, the wooded hills cover most of its territory, while the extreme south is an agricultural plain in the process of urbanization. The main gateway to the northwest of the province, its proximity to the Quebec metropolis gives it a dynamism despite its forest character. 
It is bordered to the south by the urban areas of Laval and Montreal and to the north by the resource regions of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Mauricie. It is surrounded on each side by two regions with which it shares many similarities: the Outaouais, in the west, and Lanaudière, in the east. 
The Laurentians have many rivers and lakes. Major rivers include the North River, Red River, Mascouche River and the Oak River. With regard to the lakes, there are of all sizes in large numbers. The most important are Baskatong Reservoir, Mitchinamecus Reservoir, Kiamika Reservoir, Whitefish Lake and Great Nominingue Lake. 
History The region was mostly colonized by French Canadian pioneers and farmers. The region of Saint-Eustache in the far south was colonized as early as the French Regime, while the territories a little further north and east were colonized at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The center of this low mountain region was populated in the late nineteenth century. 
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