Province/Territory: Quebec

Farm to Table experiences with views you'll remember forever

  • 18 vineyards on the Routes de Vins (Wine Route)
  • 129 miles of trails to ski across 7 mountainsides
  • 100 year-old Saint-Benoit-du-Lac is home to over 50 monks

Bump along on country roads as you drive yourself away from the city and into farmland. Rolling green hills and deep blue lakes are there as expected but the genuine welcoming of the locals rises up to greet you too. Whether you're here in the spring when the maple trees are offering up their sweet nectar, in the summer when bright sunny days offer plenty to tempt you outdoors, in the fall when the leaves put on a show of gold and red or in the winter when skiing offers choice for every level, you'll find you can be happily active here. And if all that calls you here is the local cuisine, you've chosen well. From hot apple cider with a sparkling kick to ice wine; from perfected delicacies like duck confit to the must-be-tasted-to-be-believed sugar pie your stomach will thank you. Pick your own farms, cheesemakers, and more and you'll never be short of the perfect fixings for an impromptu picnic. And when you're ready to explore, history and culture are waiting. Discover the French Canadians who have long called this home and the impact left by American Loyalists who migarted after the American Revolution. Stroll the main street in Magog, sleep in quaint bed and breakfasts with camera-worthy views. Relax, meander and get to know the townships.

Outdoor adventure

  • Camp among the region’s highest summits at Parc d’environnement naturel Sutton.
  • Fish, hike and watch for turtles, ducks and other wildlife at Centre de la Nature de Farnham.
  • Peer into the Coaticook Gorge -formed during the last ice age 50,000 years ago - from the longest suspension bridge in the world.
  • Bike on the route National Geographic named the world’s best biking trail - the Estriade - through the Eastern Townships.

Nature & Wildlife

  • Pause at the foot of Bolton Falls before starting your massage and nordic bath in a perfectly placed spa.
  • Ride horseback along the groomed trails in Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook.
  • Go for a drive and take a picnic with a vista view in the Bromont Mountainsides.
  • Book an adventure with one of the many outfitters among the peaks of the Parc national du Mont Mégantic or Parc national du Mont Orford.
  • Camp out under the stars with the family and start and end your days with a swim in forest waters at The Parc national de la Yamaska.

Arts & Culture

  • Tour the works of over 90 painters and sculptors at the Bromont Art Fair.
  • Shop for the perfect local artist's memento (from oil paintings to blown glass) at the Knowlton Gallery. Then browse the shops on the main street for antiques.

Food & Drink

  • Visit the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey store for fresh cheeses, ciders and apple cider made by the monks. Stay for the Gregorian chanting.
  • Choose from an abundance of local food, including 22 different varieties of apples, plus berries, pears, plums and grapes at Paradis des Fruits Dunham.
  • Taste icewine in a medieval wine cellar or hop on the wine route with potential stops at one of 18 wineries along the winding roads.

Events & Festivals

  • Watch North America’s premier snowmobile racing event at the annual Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt.
  • Stargaze with like-minded enthusiasts at the Astronomy Festival in the hillside village of Notre-Dame-des-Bois.
  • Join 50,000 other visitors over two weekends at the Brome Lake Duck Festival.
  • Quebec winter carnivals are world renowned. Pop in to Magog throughout February for a peek.
  • Time your visit to match the Fete du chocolat in Bromont in Mayand satisfy your sweet tooth.

Weather

  • Summer brings warm temperatures. While a light jacket can be useful for rainy days or cool evenings, you'll meet mostly t-shirt weather from May to August with temperatures averaging 25°C.
  • Fall brings the beautiful changing leaves and milder temperatures that will begin to dip as you approach September. Expect a range from 10°C to 19°C.
  • By November winter arrives with stronger winds and cooler temperature. Expect cold days and nights, with temperatures ranging from 0°C to -19°C. Dress for the cold with boots, coats and gloves and you'll find plenty to do outside and in.
  • Spring arrives in March/April as the snow disappears it is still wise to have a jacket handy and an umbrella in the car just in case.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 10,195 sq-km
Capital City: Quebec City
Largest City in the region: Sherbrooke
Total Population: 300,917
Official Languages: English & French (French predominent
Provincial Motto: “Je me souviens” (I remember)

When to go
  • Take to miles of groomed trails by ski, snowmobile or snowshoe during the winter then hid away in a spa.
  • Stargazing in the spring by a campfire is pleasant. As blooms open and trees begun to bud, locals come out to celebrate with spring festivals and vineyard openings.
  • Warm summer weather means that you can make the most of the beautiful blue lakes and green landscapes waiting to be explored. Pack a cooler! Long drives that take you through the regions towns offer the potential of gourmet food stops and regional offerings at farms and vineyards along the way.
  • Autumn boasts eye-popping fall colours in rich reds, auburns and golds. With your camera at your side and a light sweater in the back seat you'll be perfectly poised to explore harvest celebrations.
  • Plan your vacation to enjoy the Eastern Townships incredible festivals and events.
Getting Here
  • The Eastern Townships are a collection of townships in southeastern Quebec near the United States border.
  • The closest major international airport is Montréal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL). The smaller Sherbrooke Airport (YSC) is serviced from Montréal and other Canadian cities.
  • Driving is the easiest way to reach the area. From Montréal and Ottawa Autoroute 10 is quick and easy. Visitors coming in through Vermont will want to take Interstate 91.
  • Bus service is available.
Getting around
  • The easiest way to get around the townships is by car. Make sure your car is well tuned and snow tires in the winter are strongly suggested.
  • The Orford Express train tours offer gourmet meals and the option of a one night overnight stay.
  • Wine lovers will want to check out the "Routes des vins" (wine route) which boasts 18 wineries in and amongst the rolling hills of the townships.
  • The Townships Trail offers a charming historical self-guided tour celebrating the impact of American Loyalists, Scotts and Irish immigrants to the region.
  • Those who like to cycle or hike will enjoy The Summit Drive which offers panoramic natural views.