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Eastern Townships Trail

Over 30 quaint and incredibly historic municipalities are set along a 418-kilometre course – otherwise known as the Townships Trail. Divided into eight territories, the southeastern reaches of Québec offer everything from farms and parks to historic sites, boutique shops, and unique eateries.

Haute-Yamaska

Set in the eastern Montérégie region, Haute-Yamaska connects the stunning Appalachian Mountains to the St. Lawrence Plains of southeastern Quebec.

Must See
The Haute-Yamaska territory features eight towns and villages, the largest of which being Granby – with roots tracing back to 1810. Check out Granby’s popular heritage tours, including the Mountain Street Sector and the Patrick Hackett Bridge.

Local Guide
Waterloo is found just east of Granby, and features its own heritage tours. Discover historic sites like the St. Luke’s Anglican Church, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and the Waterloo Cemetery.

Outdoor
Waterloo features a number of award-wining bike trails, including l'Estriade, la Campagnarde, la Montagnarde, and la Route Verte. The Estriade Trail also courses through Shefford Township – a municipality offering outdoor recreation on Shefford Mountain and the nearby Parc écologique Jean-Paul Forand.

Brome-Missisquoi

Now we’re in the heart of agricultural Quebec. The Brome-Missisquoi territory features dozens of vineyards, farms, and outdoor fun in the Sutton Mountains.

Must See
The Brome-Missisquoi area is home to over 20 vineyards, many of which are set along the Wine Route Brome-Missisquoi – Quebec’s lone marked wine-themed road tour. Some wineries include Val Caudalies in Dunham, Pigeon Hill Vineyard in Saint-Armand, and Vignoble Domaine Bresee in Sutton.

Local Guide
Brome-Missisquoi is also ideal for Quebec agritourism. Check out the stunning Bleu Lavande in Stanstead, the bee farm at Les Trois Acres in Dunham, or try apple picking at Au Coeur de la Pomme S.E.N.C. in Frelighsburg.

Outdoor
From the Sutton Mountains to Brome Lake, Brome-Missisquoi is alive with outdoor fun. The territory features downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing for winter visitors, and hiking, biking, horseback riding, and kayaking in the summer. Check out Canoë & Co. in Sutton, or even golf at Club de Golf Cowansville in Cowansville.

Memphrémagog

Settled in the south-central sector of the Eastern Townships, Memphrémagog yields a few scenic regions within its own territory like Magog-Orford, the Massawippi Valley, the Missisquoi Valley, and the border region with America.

Must See
Picturesque museums and art galleries are scattered throughout Memphrémagog. Visit Stanstead for the Granit Central Museum, the Colby-Curtis Museum, and the Ye Olde Blacksmith Art Gallery. Magog features the Courtemanche Art Gallery, while Eastman offers the Galerie d'Art Place du Village.

Local Guide
For a break from the car, grab a seat on the L'Orford Express for a thorough and gorgeous tour of the Memphrémagog landscape – maybe best seen by train window.

Outdoor
The Memphrémagog territory is known for its fantastic golf courses. Tee off at the 18-hole Golf Mont Orford in Orford, the championship Golf Owl's Head in Mansonville, and the 36-hole Club de Golf Venise on Lake Magog.

Coaticook

Neighboring New England, the Coaticook Territory is also known as the Coaticook River Valley. Here you’ll find historic sites, fishing spots, and yes, cheese.

Must See
A heavily historic region, Coaticook features important stops like the Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site in Compton, Beaulne Museum in Coaticook, and the interactive Pioneer Trail.

Local Guide
The Coaticook River Valley is also cheese country. Try goat cheese at Domaine de Courval, cottage cheese from the Centre d’Interpétation de la Vache Laitière & Ecomuseum, or visit Compton for Les Comptonales and the Fromagerie La Station de Compton.

Outdoor
Fishing spots are aplenty in Coaticook. Hook trout in Baldwin Pond or at the Parc Découverte Nature – where you can also ice fish, check out the “Fishing Tales” exhibit, or try their fly-fishing workshop.

Sherbrooke

A cityscape amongst the Eastern Townships, Sherbrooke is located at the confluence of the Magog River and St. Francis River. Consisting of six unique bouroughs, Sherbrooke is Quebec’s sixth largest city.

Must See
The architecture of Sherbrooke is not to be missed. Be sure to see the St. Michel's Cathedral & Basilica, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke, and anything found along Wellington Street.

Local Guide
Check the event calendar at the Maurice O'Bready University Cultural Centre of Sherbrooke – Quebec’s fourth largest city. Traveling with children? Try the many interactive exhibits at the Sherbrooke Nature & Science Museum.

Outdoor
Sherbrooke yields a number of local parks for those looking to stretch their legs. Mont Bellevue Park – the largest in town – features 30 kilometres of trail, plus winter activities like tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Haut-Saint-François

The second largest territory in the Eastern Township, Haut-Saint-François encompasses 14 municipalities.

Must See
The entire Haut-Saint-François region is found within the International Dark Sky Reserve Mégantic. Be sure to visit the ASTROLab within the Parc National du Mont-Mégantic.

Local Guide
More than a few heritage museums are found throughout the territory, including the Cultural Centre of East Angus, Cultural Center Weedon, and the Dudswell House of Culture.

Outdoor
The aforementioned Mont-Mégantic National Park offers more than just stargazing. Enjoy 50 kilometres of hiking trails, 33 kilometres of snowshoeing trails, and 27 kilometres of cross-country skiing paths.

Des Sources

The northernmost territory of the Eastern Townships, Des Sources yields incredible architecture, agritourism, and of course, plenty of history.

Must See
Explore the legendary, Victorian architecture of Danville with the “A Heritage City” walking tour. Schedules and maps are found at the Danville Tourist Information Office.

Local Guide
Known as an oversized botanical garden, the Parc Marie-Victorin is located in Kingsey Falls on 29 acres. Explore six unique gardens, a stunning tropical greenhouse, an open laboratory, and cascade-side picnic spots.

Outdoor
For incredible views of the Eastern Townships from on high, hike to the top of Mont Ham for 360-degree views of Des Sources – plus 16 kilometres of hiking trails.

Val-Saint-François

Known as the Gateway to the Eastern Townships, Val-Saint-François is an artistic region featuring the usual highlights of southeastern Quebec: scenery, history, and culture.

Must See
The wholly impressive Crystal Mine located in Bonsecours was established as a museum in 1989. Set in the Appalachian Mountains, Crystal Mine offers guided tours, the onsite Crystal Workshop, and even concerts with only crystal instruments.

Local Guide
This artistic territory features a number of galleries and museums throughout the region. Check out the Art Centre of Richmond, the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre in Valcourt, and the Museum of the Historical Society of Richmond County in Canton de Melbourne.

Outdoor
Head to Lake Boissonneault in St. Claude for canoeing, kayaking, and pedal boating – plus fishing for rainbow trout, pike, perch, whitefish, and brown bullhead.