Eastern Townships

Eastern Townships : To please everybody

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Lose yourself in larger-than-life natural landscapes. Go adventuring in the parks. Climb the mountains. Dive into the lakes. Soak up the tranquility that surrounds you. Come and meet local artisans, food producers and shopkeepers. Discover picturesque villages, whose rich (and sometimes tumultuous!) histories, echo down the ages. Sample gourmet food, wines and unique beers—products of local microbreweries.

Hidden treasures

Besides a wide range of tourist accommodations, going from family-run B&Bs to full-service resorts, the Eastern Townships region features some rather unusual places to stay. The Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, for example, offers fully-equipped Huttopia tents, rustic shelters (suitable for groups) and the EXP, glass-walled “nature” cabins with an open-plan living space. Other unusual accommodations in the region include “troglos” (inspired by The Hobbit of J.R.R. Tolkien fame), “treegloos” (tree houses), yurts and tepees. One of the latest concepts is the eco-friendly “zoobox” – a loft-style, energy-efficient, 538-square-foot space with a glass wall, nestled in the woods.

 

Gastronomy

The Eastern Townships is a food-lover’s destination waiting to be discovered through its three gourmet brands: Chefs créateurs (Creative chefs), Cafés de village (Village cafés) and Créateurs de saveurs (flavour creators). Chefs créateurs share an enviable reputation and a mission to reinvent dishes using local products. They offer a refined dining experience with their innovative recipes featuring foods from the region and local flavours. Cafés de village are part of a select network of coffee shops where you can savour a piping hot beverage, along with regional and seasonal products, and discover the village’s well-kept secrets. These locations are welcoming, friendly and, above all, down to earth. They reflect the heart and soul of their corner of the world. Look for the Créateurs de saveurs brand, a symbol of quality for cheeses, cider, wine, honey, maple syrup, wild boar, black currants and more! Taste the Townships!
 
 

Outdoors

Get those lungs pumping as you march up a mountain or meander along a nature trail! The Townships offer all manner of ways to enjoy a walk in the fresh air, and the trails—from short to long—are designed for every level of ability. Some wind through four national parks—Mont?Mégantic, Frontenac, Mont-Orford and Yamaska—which offer a plethora of other outdoor activities such as camping, kayaking and canoeing. The Route des Sommets (Summit Drive), one of three tourist routes in the region, gives access to the loftiest peaks in this corner of Québec. Also, pedal power can get you from one end of the Townships to the other. The region has no fewer than 365 km (227 mi.) of designated cycling routes—some on former railway tracks, others along quiet country roads—leading through landscapes of rolling hills, interspersed with lakes, farms, vineyards and villages. Get a move on!
 
 

Winter

The Eastern Townships, our love of winter is expressed in our desire to awaken the senses in a warm and friendly atmosphere, against a backdrop of spectacular scenery. If you’re looking to escape into a winter wonderland by snowshoeing, hiking or cross?country skiing, there’s no match for the Eastern Townships. For a downhill getaway, take your pick of mountains: Bromont, Sutton, Orford, Owl’s Head or, better still, try them all! Enjoy the benefits of a massage or other body treatments, and take the plunge in a Nordic bath. At once tonifying and invigorating, the experience will bring you total relaxation. Want to practise your favourite sport in winter? Join the fat-bike craze, a fun way to make the most of the frosty season. With activities to please everyone in the Eastern Townships, the only problem you’ll have is fitting them all in! 
 
 
Bromont
Photo : Mathieu Dupuis

 

Did you know...

The Eastern Townships is the cradle of Québec viticulture, boasting two wine routes: the Route des vins de Brome-Missisquoi and the Route des vins de l’Estrie. The region accounts for over 60% of Québec’s wine production.

 

June 22 – July 2 2018

CÉRAMYSTIC 2018 15E ÉDITION         
248 Chemin de Mystic, Hameau de Mystic, Saint-Ignace de Stanbridge, QC J0J 1Y0
T. 450 248-3551   
 
The essential of Quebec ceramics, 30 experienced ceramists, as well as a glass artist, exhibit in our gardens and gallery. Considered to be one of the most beautiful hamlets in Quebec, and only 45 minutes southeast of Montreal, Mystic is pleased to welcome some thirty experienced ceramists including eight new participants. For this fifteenth edition of CERAMYSTIC, a must for Quebec ceramics, the garden and the gallery offer a wide range of recent creations including sculptures, decorative and functional objects, by Chantal Auger, Catherine Auriol, Frédérique Bonmatin, Martine Buczkowski, Eric Ciup, Benoît Daigle, Alexandra Daris, Catherine De Abreu, Marie-Josée Desjean, Stephanie Fauteux, Élisabeth Gauthier, Jean-Marie Giguère, Rachel Grenon, Makiko Hicher, Sébastien Houle, Mathieu Huck, Jacques Marsot, Sarah Mills, Richard O'Donoughue, Christiane Paquin, Marco Savard, Guy Simoneau, Andre Soucy, Michel Louis Viala, Vanessa Villarreal. Rest areas under umbrellas, ambient music, light BBQ menu, beer, wine and various juices to restore you.
 
 

july 5 - 8, 2018

SHERBLUES & FOLK
Centre-ville de Sherbrooke & Théâtre Granada
T. 819 565-5656 
 
An urban festival that presents more than 40 shows on 3 outdoor scenes and 5 indoor scenes. Renowned artists in a most festive atmosphere in downtown Sherbrooke. 
 
 

July 11 – Aug 18, 2018     

QUÉBEC ISSIME CHANTE STARMANIA
Place Nikitotek / 45, rue des Abénaquis Sherbrooke, QC  J1H 5H9 
 
In Sherbrooke, Québec Issime invites you to dive into the world of Starmania, the rock opera of Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger, 40 years after its creation! The show "Québec Issime sings Starmania" brings together on stage 7 singers and 12 musicians in a unique concert version. Supported by grandiose projections and lighting, this homage transports us to the heart of Monopolis, the capital of the world: from the high spheres of the golden tower of Zero Janvier to the underground depths of the Underground Café. The opportunity to hear again or discover the great tunes of STARMANIA
 
 

July 21 - 29, 2018 

EXPOSITION COLLECTIVE DES ARTISTES DU CIRCUIT DES ARTS MEMPHRÉMAGOG 2018
Centre d'arts visuels de Magog / 61 rue Merry Nord Magog, QC J1X 2E7 
 
The Memphremagog Arts Circuit offers a visit to the workshops of dozens of artists and craftspeople who will touch with their talent and originality. The end of July offers you a great cultural outing in the beautiful Memphremagog region. Artists and artisans open the doors of their workshop from 10 am to 5 pm from July 21 to 29, 2018. Painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelery and cabinet making are just a few examples of works that can be admired or painted. to obtain. Make a stop at the Magog Visual Arts Center, which is hosting the group show, for an overview and plan your route. This group exhibition will take place from July 18 to 29. This 25th year of the Circuit des Arts will 
 
 
Cantons de l'est
Photo : CHRISTIAN BLAIS   |   Photo : Orford express train touristique
 

Attractions 

PARC NATIONAL DU MONT ORFORD     
 
Hiking is definitely the best way to discover Parc national du Mont-Orford. It's the perfect way to get access to numerous viewpoints, which are said to be among the most spectacular of the Eastern Townships region. In the fall, the forest presents a show featuring the flamboyant colours of the sugar maples. The park is notably home to white-tailed deer and Great Blue Heron, which you can observe in their natural habitat. There is also a large variety of amphibian and reptile species. Beside two beaches, vacationers have a wide range of fun-filled activities to choose from. Come fall, colourful sugar maples treat hikers to a blazing show. Come winter, the park is a destination of choice for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing fans
 
 
PARC NATIONAL DU MONT MÉGANTIC      
 
Ascending Mont Saint-Joseph or Mont Mégantic, discovering ASTROLab and the astronomy observatories and exploring the mountain and the sky make Parc national du Mont-Mégantic a place where activities "from the Earth to the sky" come together in perfect harmony. This park, which was created in 1994, is an increasingly popular year-round outdoor destination. It is the only scientific attraction of its kind in Québec, at the heart of the first International Dark Sky Reserve. 
 
 
THÉÂTRE GRANADA       
53 Wellington Nord, Sherbrooke , QC J1H 5A9 
T. 819 565-5656 
 
The Granada Theater offers recreotourism and cultural events in downtown Sherbrooke, including musical performances, theater, humor or any other form of cultural and recreational tourism event. The corporation also offers a multifunctional hall for the corporations and institutions of the region.
 

ORFORD EXPRESS TRAIN TOURISTIQUE           
Quai McPherson Magog, QC J1X 3L2 
T. 819 575-8081 /  1 866 575-8081   
 
Limb aboard the Orford Express tourist train and treat yourself to a unique sensory experience, an exquisite meal, all the while taking in the great pastoral views that sweep the countryside between Magog, Eastman, Sherbrooke and Bromont. A great outing by train with a gastronomical meal served right on board from May to December, 2018. For the " Express " outing, Brunch outing, the Lunch outing or the Dinner outing, reserve now!.    
 
 
CROISIÈRES ESCAPADES MEMPHRÉMAGOG           
Quai MacPherson (horloge) Pointe Merry Magog, QC J1X 3L2 
T. 819 843-7000 
 
Enjoy an unforgettable trip characterized by refinement and elegance aboard Escapades Memphrémagog's new cruise boat. Sway aboard the Grand Cru over the waters of magnificent Lake Memphremagog, a natural wonder in the Eastern Townships. You'll be fascinated by the boat's luxurious interior, moved by its elegant setting, swept away by the poetry of the scenery... but above all, you'll indulge in pure pleasure thanks to an impressive and delicious menu. Take a break from the mundane and dive into one of the four getaways offered. Your cruise begins here... Be it for brunch, lunch, our Offshore "4 to 6", 3 to 5 or for dinner, you'll be delighted with your outing, about three hours from beginning to end.  Discover or rediscover one of the most beautiful lakes in Quebec, enjoy the beauty of the Eastern Townships, savour exquisite dishes... Treat yourself to a real and affordable cruise.  
 
 
Cantons de l'est
Photo : Jean-François Hamelin   |    Photo : David gunther

 

LODGING 

ESPACE 4 SAISONS HÔTEL AUBERGE      
4940 Chemin du Parc Orford , QC J1X 7N9 
T. 819 868-1110 / 1 877 768-1110 
 
Located directly at the base of Mount Orford and only at 5-minutes drive from Magog, the Hotel is the ideal spot for an elegant getaway stay in nature, where pleasure and comfort join forces to enhance your visit. Its warm atmosphere will charm you, its personalized services will respond to all your needs and desires. 54 new units, including 28 completely renovated units, indoor / outdoor 4 season pool, glass gym, fenestration reception rooms, outdoor terrace, bistro 4 seasons, Burger Pub, etc. The helpful and attentive staff will offer you impeccable service in terms of accommodation, events and receptions of all kinds. Find peace and quiet in a modern and warm environment.  
  
 
HÔTEL DU PARC ORFORD          
1259 Chemin de la Montagne Orford, Québec J1X 6X9 
T. 819 843-8887 / 1 800 567-3475 
 
The hotel is located in a rural, green decor at the entrance of the Mont Orford park. Within minutes you can discover the many attractions of the Lake Memphremagog, near bike paths, hiking, skiing and just steps from the golf course. The hotel has 42 standard rooms, 10 superior rooms and 1 deluxe room. Besides the rooms you can find a dining room and an auditorium for 120 people, a bar with a pool table and an outdoor heated pool. Our auditorium, completely renovated, offers the intimacy of a small cabaret. 
 
 
HÔTEL & SPA ÉTOILE-SUR-LE-LAC        
1200, rue Principale Ouest Magog, QC J1X 2B8 
T. 819 843-6521 / 1 800 567-2727
 
For holidays 4 seasons, hotel, spa and of luxurious condos situated on the shores of majestic Lake Memphrémagog welcome you. You will discover it an exceptional site and a panoramic view on the lake. In the door of the hotel, a littoral park of 2.5 km allows you to practise the bike and in winter, the track becomes a magnificent path frozen skaters. A multitude of packages adapted to the tourist attractions of the region is offered to you: ski, golf course, vineyards, shows, cruise, etc. Thefamous l'Ancrage restaurant with its heated terrace offers a fine and delicious Mediterranean meal. The team of the spa proposes you a complete range of body and esthetic care as well as fixed prices with or without accommodation. Also take advantage of the Jacuzzi, outside sauna and swimming pool.   
 
 

Restaurants  

BISTRO 4 SAISONS  
4940 Chemin du Parc Orford, QC J1X 7N9 
T. 819 847-2555 
 
The marvels of the satisfied palate. Located at the base of Mont Orford, the restaurant "Bistro 4 Saisons" offers a simple yet refined cuisine with a European flair in an atmosphere that is warm and casual. The inn would not be what it is without its gourmet offerings at Bistro 4 Saisons. The aromas that emanate from it truly reach culinary summits. While it is based on French cuisine, the menu also has a distinctively Québécois flavour. The renowned chef, Antoine Rheault loves mixing simplicity and refinement. Considered one of the best dining establishments in the region, the bistro serves dishes that fulfills the appetites of all who visit.