Laurentian Mountains

Quebec Geographic coordinate system Mont Raoul Blanchard
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Laurentian Mountains
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Highest point
PeakMont Raoul Blanchard
Elevation1,166 m (3,825 ft)
Range coordinates47°19′N 70°50′W / 47.317°N 70.833°W / 47.317; -70.833Coordinates: 47°19′N 70°50′W / 47.317°N 70.833°W / 47.317; -70.833

The Laurentian Mountains (French: Laurentides) are a mountain range in southern Quebec, Canada, north of the St. Lawrence River and Ottawa River, rising to a highest point of 1,166 metres (3,825 ft) at Mont Raoul Blanchard, northeast of Quebec City in the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve. The Gatineau, L'Assomption, Lièvre, Montmorency, Nord and St. Maurice rivers rise in lakes in this mountain range.

Across the U.S. border to the south, the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, though sometimes mistakenly included with the Appalachian Mountains, are an extension of the Laurentians.[citation needed]

Although Laurentides is one of Quebec's official regions, the mountain range of the same name runs through six other regions: Capitale-Nationale, Outaouais, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord. Extending into central Ontario, the foothills of the Laurentian range are known as the Opeongo Hills, or the Madawaska Highlands.

The Laurentian Mountain range is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. It contains rocks deposited before the Cambrian Period 540 million years ago.[1] The Laurentians are the central part of the Grenville orogeny dating back to around a billion years.

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