Located on the west bank of Richelieu River, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is rich in history. The base of the city is Fort Saint-Jean, a military fort built by the French in the 17th century. The fort played an important role in the American invasion of Quebec during the American Revolution and remains a National Historic Site of Canada.
But today, the modern city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu wraps around the site. The area was made up of several smaller communities before 2001 when a municipal merger joined the populations together to form the regional centre of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu with about 92,000 residents. Traditionally a centre for transportation, the city is now a manufacturing hub for textiles, food and wood products. Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is also home to a Canadian Forces training facility which adds to the economy.
The city also attracts many tourists annually as the host of the Festival International des Montgolfières, an international balloon festival, during which more than 100 colourful hot air balloons take to the sky over nine days.
With a dose of history and plenty of amenities that include a maze, marina and paintball field, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is a great place to work and play, only a 20 minute drive from Montreal.