Province/Territory: Quebec

Make joie de vivre a part of your vocabulary

  • 60,000 bees make honey at Miellerie Lune de Miel
  • 200 years of culinary prowess shared
  • 05 bike routes take you to your next great meal

Celebrate the laid back lifestyle of the Eastern Townships with the best of its culinary delights.The area famous for its rolling farmlands and lush crops is as much a pleasure for the eyes as it is the tastebuds. The good life is defined differently here, measured in the taste of foie gras and the crispness of an apple just plucked from a tree. From the maple syrup running through the trees to the generations of locals who’ve perfected the art of turning grapes into wine, you’ll find plenty to fill your picnic basket. Whether you traverse the countryside on four wheels or two, the Eastern Townships offer the opportunity to drink in the fresh air, sights and sounds of a community that celebrates every meal. Fresh cheeses, honey straight from the hive, corn chowder generations in the perfecting. Spread out your lunch on green hills overlooking vast lands and red barns or on a patio amidst others who have come in search of the simple joys of this incredible area.

Why you should visit
  • Enjoy the seasons' best offerings with a stop at Paradis des fruits in Dunham
  • Hop on a bike through country roads to discover wines, culture and local products
  • Enjoy a glass of the area's best while overlooking the vineyard it started in following the marked wine route
  • Area sugar shacks offer lessons in the way to make and enjoy local maple syrup.

Weather

  • Summer brings warm temperatures and seasonal fruits to savour while a light jacket can be useful for rainy days or cool evenings, you'll meet mostly t-shirt weather from May - August with temperatures averaging a high of 25degrees Celsius.
  • Fall brings the beautiful changing leaves and milder temperatures perfect for long drives. Temperatures will begin to dip as you approach November. Expect a range from 10- 19 degrees Celsius.
  • By November winter arrives with stronger winds and cooler temperature. Expect cold days and nights (0 to -19 degrees Celsius in some areas). Dress for the cold with boots, coats and gloves and you'll find plenty to do outside and in.
Visitor information
  • Leave plenty of time in your road trip itinerary to stop and enjoy the views
  • Prefer to let someone else do the driving? From May – December the Orford Express train offers gourmet meals and tour information while you relax and enjoy the views
  • Choose from three cycling or three driving routes to discover the wine route or create your own with suggested Agrotourism experiences and wineries.
When to go
  • July and August bring the warmest weather (about 25 degrees Celsius)
  • Spring remains cool temperature-wise but is the perfect time to visit Maple syrup sugar shacks
  • 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.
  • And while the fruits are less plentiful in the winter, snowshoeing, skiing and other outdoor activities still make it possible to explore the area.
  • Plan your vacation to enjoy the Eastern Township's incredible festivals and events
Need to know
  • The growing season in the Eastern Townships is in the spring and summer months, and harvest is in the fall.
  • Winter months may mean difficult driving on country roads and snow tires are recommended
Getting Here
  • The Eastern Townships are a collection of townships in southeastern Quebec near the United States border.
  • Driving is the easiest way to reach the area. From Montréal and Ottawa use Autoroute 10.
  • The closest major international airport is Montréal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport which is about a 1-hour drive from the closest township of Granby and roughly 2-hours from the furthest of North Hatley.
  • You can take the VIA Rail train into Montréal from across Canada but there is no train service directly into the Eastern Townships.
  • Bus service into the townships is provided by Limocar from Montréal with stops in Granby, Magog, and Sherbrooke.