When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
The Eastern Townships region is known for its country pleasures, its picturesque villages with their theatres, art galleries, antique shops and cafes, its fine dining and its Route des Vins (wine tour).
The undulating hills and colourful landscapes of the Eastern Townships make this a unique destination and one of the most beautiful regions in Quebec in the fall.
MONT-ORFORD NATIONAL PARK
Come enjoy the mountains, lakes and mature sugar maple forests of Mont-Orford National Park.
PARC NATIONAL DU MONT-ORFORD
Season: The park is open year-round, but the periods during which services are available varies according to sector.
Entry fee: $8.75/adult/day and free for youth aged 17 and under. A parking fee of $8.48 / car or RV is payable in the summer season.
HIKE UP MOUNT ORFORD
One of the best ways to discover the park is to explore its many hiking trails or take the ski lift up to the summit of Mount Orford, where you will enjoy many spectacular views of the region (available only during the "Flambée des couleurs" from mid-September to mid-October).
You can also climb up to the television tower, which is not part of the national park, for a panoramic view .
LAC STUKELY BEACH
Stukely Lake is located within Mont-Orford National Park. Its beach is supervised and offers a playground for children. Swimming is possible from early July to early September.
The renowned Wine Route winds its way along scenic country roads and through 9 of Quebec's most charming villages along a 140 km signposted route, offering visitors and wine-lovers the chance to visit more than 20 wineries and their many products.
Plan to visit no more than 3 to 4 wineries in one day (a visit can last 30 to 45 minutes and guided tours take about 1 hr.). Most wineries offer wine tasting, a boutique and picnic facilities.
YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS:
ABBAYE DE ST-BENOÎT-DU-LAC
The Abbey is located near Lake Memphrémagog. Discover the serene beauty of a place of peace, silence and prayer. The boutique offers a wide variety of products made by the community such as cheeses, cider, jams and preserves. You can also take a guided tour. And be sure to take a stroll through the orchards to pick apples or simply admire the scenery.
The orchards are open Saturday-Sunday from early September to mid-October, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The boutique is open every day from early May to the end of October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from early November to the end of April from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1 RUE PRINCIPALE, SAINT-BENOÎT-DU-LAC / 819-843-4080
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN THE TOWNSHIPS!
The Townships Trail is a tourist route that winds its way through the region, introducing visitors to its most beautiful landscapes and its rich heritage. The history of the Eastern Townships was marked by the arrival of American, Loyalist, Scots and Irish settlers at the end of the 18th and through the 19th centuries.
Along the way, you will discover picturesque villages, covered bridges, a 12-sided barn, interpretation centres, museums, churches and much more. Keep your eyes wide open!
Don't miss our favourite villages: North Hatley , Knowlton (Lac Brome), Bromont , Sutton , Dunham and Frelighsburg.
LAKE MEMPHRÉMAGOG CRUISE
Discover majestic Lake Memphrémagog aboard the Grand Cru, a cruise boat that can accommodate up to 176 passengers. As well as taking in the magnificent scenery, you can enjoy a gourmet meal. Several different outings are offered, from May to October. Reservations recommended.
Les Excursions L’Air du lac offers more intimate cruises aboard the Entregens II, a pontoon that accommodates up to 12 passengers. The owner and captain, Jean Longpré, is passionate about his region and offers 2 narrated outings. The Chemin de Croix, which sails to Abbaye St-Benoît-du-lac and lasts 2.5 hours, includes tastings of cheeses made by the Abbey's monks and smoked trout mousse. Departures every morning at 10 a.m. during summer. The 1-hour Route du Montre leaves at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations required.
QUAI MACPHERSON, MAGOG (PARKING: 345, DU MOULIN)
BROMONT WATER PARK
This mountain water park offers a range of attractions that will refresh and amuse the whole family. These include 4 heated pools, including a wave pool, and several water slides of varying thrill levels. The entry fee includes mountain activities such as the Biking Experience, Alpine Luge and a chairlift ride to admire a panoramic view of the region. Restaurants, shops and entertainment on site. Open in summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / 5 p.m. / 6 p.m., depending on the period.
150 RUE CHAMPLAIN, BROMONT / 1-866-276-6668
A visit to the zoo is a busy day of fun for the whole family. The zoological garden houses an extensive collection of animals from Asia, Oceania, South America and Africa. The site also features a large water park to cool off and an amusement park with rides to provide a few thrills. There are also several restaurants.
The zoo is open year round, but the operating hours vary according to the season and activity. During the summer season, from mid-May to early September, the zoological garden is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / 7 p.m. / 8 p.m. The water park follows the same schedule from early June until the end of August, while the amusement park opens at noon.
1050 BOULEVARD DAVID BOUCHARD, GRANBY / 1-877-472-6299
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
LE FUMOIR SMOKEHOUSE URBAIN ($-$$)
This new addition to the North Hatley eating scene specializes in smoked meat. Its short "food truck"-style menu offers such staples as ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken tacos, and Mac n' Cheese.
Open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
BISTRO 4 SAISONS ($$-$$$)
The restaurant at Auberge Espace 4 Saisons offers an enjoyable dining experience that will not disappoint. The menu features simple yet refined French cuisine with a distinctively Quebecois flavour.
Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday.
MICROBRASSERIE MEMPHRÉ ($$-$$$)
If you are in the mood for a good artisanal beer, this is the place for you! Sample the dozen beers brewed on-site, accompanied by pub-style food such as grilled meats, burgers, cheese fondue, poutine, salads, shared dishes, and much more. Don't expect fine cuisine: the star attraction is the beer.
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You won't want to miss their salmon tartare, handcrafted charcuteries, beef tartare, blood pudding or the magret of duck. Chic but warm and inviting atmosphere and a beautiful terrace when the weather is good.
Open Monday-Wednesday from 5 p.m to 9 p.m, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m and Saturday from 5 p.m to 9 p.m.
LE HATLEY - MANOIR HOVEY ($$$$)
Le Hatley Restaurant at Manoir Hovey, with its panoramic view of Lake Massawippi, is renowned for its friendly, personalized service and for its innovative terroir-driven Quebec cuisine, which uses the finest local and regional products. Manoir Hovey is a proud member of the prestigious French hotel association, Relais & Châteaux.
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays) and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
575 Rue Hovey, North Hatley / 819-842-2421
Where to sleep ?
Festival des traditions du monde
Dates: August 12 to 16, 2020
Description: Through the interpretation of professional and amateur performances, culinary offerings, artistic creations and sports competitions, the region's various cultural communities work together to present and showcase, during the five days of the event, the beauty of their heritage and traditional values.
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