The Eastern Townships is Quebec’s third most popular tourist destination. It attracts millions of visitors every year. It boasts four parks and four ski centers. There are a lot of reasons to visit the region in the winter, from skiing to ice fishing, snowmobiling, and tubing. Also, the Eastern Townships is home to santiers de randonnée pédestre et raquette. If you are planning to visit the region in winter, below are some activities you can take part in:
Skiers and snowboarders flock to Ski Bromont, Mont Orford, Sutton, and Owl’s Head every year. If you are new to skiing or snowboarding, Owl’s Head and Bromont provide great choices. Bromont offers night skiing while Owl’s Head offers ski-in, ski-out accommodations. Owl’s Head presents an economical ski vacation at a family-friendly resort.
Hiking, Skiing, and Snowshoeing
The Eastern Townships have 236 lakes, 23 beaches, and 4 parks. During the coldest months of the year, you can hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski at Mont Orford, Yamaska, Frontenac, and Mont Mégantic parks. Torch-lit snowshoeing offers a truly unique experience.
Tubing runs are available at Coaticook Gorge and Haut Bois Normand in Eastman but you can also play at Parc du Mont-Hatley where tows take you up the hill to enjoy 15 tube runs. Children can play in the kid-friendly area at the foot of the hill.
Granby Zoo Visit
This animal park is open in the winter. It features around 1, 000 animals that represent 200 species.
Visiting the zoo in the winter lets you observe animal activity that is different than in summer. The zoo has an intimate feel and modern amenities. There are many scheduled activities every day.
Chefs créateursis a group of 19 upscale restaurants specialise in a high-quality regional flare. The famous Bistro 4 Saisons in Orford offers unmatched service. It serves food as art on a plate. If you want to sample regional fare, visit one of the 16 Cafés de village, which is a network of small eateries situated throughout the Townships.
Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey Visit
This tourist spot is open to the public. It is overlooking Lake Memphrémagog. Its entry hall is lined with plaques that show the history of the Abbey and the life of the monks. You can purchase the famous sparkling cider and cheese that the Benedictine monks produce in their retail store. Make sure to try the award-winning cheese called Bleu Bénédictine.