Province/Territory: Quebec

Escape By Car to New France

  • 418 km
  • 31 towns & villages
  • 17th & 19th century homes

To explore the mountains, valleys and villages of the picturesque Eastern Townships by car, three distinct routes await you. Embark on the 418 km Townships Trail and travel through towns dotted with 19th century Victorian homes, distinctive round barns, covered bridges and glorious churches. Trek past the highest mountain peaks in southern Quebec with an excursion along the 157 km Summit Drive. Drink in the incredible panoramic vistas. Meander through 15 quaint communities and, along the way, take a break to go for an invigorating hike. Enjoy a vintage day while winding along the 132 km Wine Route. Your journey will take you through seven of the most beautiful villages and hamlets in Quebec, and past the greatest concentration of vineyards in the province. Stop for a wine tour and a tasting. Linger over lunch, and enjoy a rosé and a gorgeous mountain view.

Why you should visit
  • Discover 17 vineyards in the grape-producing countryside of Brome-Missisquoi.
  • Savour the beauty of rural landscape and the taste of locally-grown produce in the Coaticook river valley.
  • Travel to Compton and visit the childhood home of Louis St. Laurent, Canada’s 12th Prime Minister.
  • Go stargazing at the very first dark sky reserve located in Megantic.
  • Spend a day at one of the area’s four provincial parks and enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing on endless kilometres of trails.
  • Park the car and take advantage of the Region’s wide open spaces, incredible views and groomed trails to rent a snowmobile and go sledding.

Weather

  • Summers are warm but short due to the higher latitude and the greater influence of Arctic air masses. Winters are long, cold and snowy. Temperatures range from: Spring 0° to 9°C; Summer 13° to 25°C; Fall 3° to 12°C and Winter -15° to -5°C.
  • Discover local weather. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
When to go
  • Visit all year round for scenic drives, hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, spa getaways, wine tasting and tours, cuisine and artisans.
  • With winter snow comes snowmobiling, skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Need to know
  • Wear comfortable, relaxed clothing and bring along sunglasses.
  • Plan for at least two-three days to fully explore the Eastern Townships.
  • Park your four wheels and rent two--a bicycle--and explore some of the Eastern Township's trails.
  • Map of Eastern Townships.
  • The Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS) gives the companion of a person with a permanent disability or mental health problem free access to tourist, cultural and recreational sites.
Getting Here
  • Less than an hour drive from Montréal.
  • Just 120 km drive from the Québec City region.
  • Become familiar with current highway conditions before travelling.