Winter fun in Quebec’s Eastern Townships
Sherbrooke, January 2011 – Clad in their mantel of snow, the Townships in winter are more beautiful than ever and they offer activities that appeal to all kinds of visitors - from sports aficionados, to spa-goers, to gourmets.
Cross country skiers and snowshoers, no matter what their level of skill, can enjoy their favorite sport within four national parks, Mont-Orford, Yamaska, Mont-Mégantic and Frontenac, as well as at several outdoor centres around the region. Together, they offer more than 1,000 kilometres (622 miles) of groomed trails.
Skiers and snowboarders too can choose between four ski centres : Ski Bromont, Mont Sutton, Owl’s Head and Mont-Orford. The mountains each have their own distinct personality and their trails are designed for all level of abilities – from beginners to seasoned skiers.
For families and couples, there is nothing quite so magical (and romantic!) as a sleigh ride with Randonnées Jacques Robidas. If you’re looking for more excitement, then hop on a dogsled at Nordik Aventures and enjoy being hauled along by a pack of enthusiastic dogs who like nothing better than running flat out.
Want to feel like a child again? Or just have some good outdoor fun? Then what better way than to spend a couple of hours tubing – a thrills and spills activity that will make you shriek with laughter! The main venues include Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, Haut Bois Normand in Eastman, Mont Bellevue in Sherbrooke, Base de plein air André-Nadeau and Complexe Baie-des-Sables in Lac Mégantic.
For skating with a difference, head to Sentier glacé de Magog, lac des Nations à Sherbrooke or Lac Boivin in Granby. These long, illuminated rinks are far removed from « regular » indoor rinks where you go round and round in circles and at night, the lights give the surroundings a festive atmosphere.
Not to be missed - especially if you have small fry in tow - is the Zoo de Granby. The zoo opens its doors to the public every weekend in January and February, as well as during the Spring Break (February 24 to March 8). A visit to the zoo is a great opportunity to visit the animals in their winter quarters and to watch how they react to snow. Seeing an exotic creature like a giraffe, amid a sea of white, is a sight to behold!
Cold keeping you indoors? Art lovers can opt for the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke or for Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke which is just next door. If you’re travelling with the family, pop into the Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke. Its state-of-the art interactive exhibits offer kids a hands-on experience that is both educational and fun.
Your taste buds will go into overdrive!
Feeling peckish after all those activities? No problem! There are plenty of great places to eat in the Eastern Townships. Our chefs have mastered the art of preparing the products of our terroir very well, whether those be duck from canard du Lac-Brome, rabbit from lapin de Stanstead, trout from truite des Bobines, Highland beef from bœuf Highland d’Au Diable Vert, or cheeses from fromages de l’Abbaye de St-Benoît-du-Lac, fromagerie La Station de Compton or fromagerie des Cantons in Farnham. Along with our tasty regional dishes, you can sample local wines - red, white, rosé and the prize-winning ice wine - produced by the Townships’ wineries
Taking a vacation is also an opportunity to relax, so a visit to a spa should certainly be on the agenda. There are more than 20 spas (of all types) in the Townships – Nordic spas, resort spas and a luxurious destination spa, Spa Eastman.
We have a formula too, for encouraging you to sleep like a baby…. Choose between a charming country inn, a quaint B & B or a cosy hotel. If you don’t mind roughing it, try a rustic refuge, a yurt, a tepee or a ‘treegloo’ – an igloo in a tree! Sweet dreams!
Packages at your fingertips
If you haven’t found what you’re looking for amid this plethora of activities (though we doubt it!!!), then please take a look at our website, www.easterntownships.org. It will help you hone in on just the right type of vacation for you, your family and/or your loved one, because it lists over 100 great packages and promotions (with some accommodations offering a third night’s stay for 50% off), themed around different activities - Romance & Spa, Outdoor Activities, Discoveries and Ski dans l’Est (Ski in the East). Happy hunting and happy holidays. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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