Travel back in time and take in the old-world flavour of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, uncover the delights of charming French villages, lush green valleys, enchanted woods, and idyllic farmland. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, discover a land of enchanted forests, babbling brooks and peaceful lakes. Pedal along undiscovered country roads and specially designed bike paths through covered bridges, past serene monasteries, and spectacular round barns. Listen for the toll of local church bells. The perfect souvenir awaits your discovery among the many galleries, studios and antique shops that populate the many picturesque villages you’ll encounter. Each night settle into your cozy accommodation and be treated to first-class cuisine. You’ll never forget your visit to this breathtaking corner of Canada.
North Hatley, QC, Canada
Magog, QC, Canada
Eastman, QC, Canada
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
5 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
16 km (10 miles) daily average.
Land Cost (current year):
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Getting to North Hatley:
North Hatley (about 120 km east from Montreal): It is possible to reach Montreal by air from all major Canadian cities and most major American cities. A transfer from Montréal to the tour start can be arranged. If travelling by car from the United States, North Hatley is only a 1-hour drive north of the Vermont / Canada border via Interstate 5.
Arrive in North Hatley. If you arrive early enough, take some time to explore the town and take in the verdant beauty that made this area immediately attractive as a summer get-away for the wealthy. Wander down streets lined with stately Victorian mansions once owned by well-to-do southerners who preferred the Townships as a summer retreat following the American Civil War. It is said that many drew the blinds of their railway cars as they passed through New England, which they commonly referred to as “Yankeeland”.
Begin with a transfer out to the quiet university town of Lennoxville. Take a moment to delve into the history of the region or appreciate the work of a local artist in this culturally rich village. Your return route is an easy stroll to North Hatley along meandering river banks, through shady woods and down a forgotten rail trail. Savour the romance of the postcard-picturesque covered bridges you pass on your journey. Stop and head underground to explore Capelton Mine, one of the oldest copper mines in Canada.
Distance: 18 km, elevation gain 30 m.*
Today is quite literally a walk in the Parc (du Mont Orford, that is!). Choose the adventure that beckons you and we will look after the details. There are four alternatives, ranging from a short loop trail past lakes and lookouts to a vigorous trek over roots and rocks to a dazzling mountaintop vista. Whether you decide on the Etang, Mont Chauve, Mont Alfred-DesRochers or Pic de L’Ours walk, you will come away with a mind clear of troubles and a day full of memories. At the end of your day you will be taken to the lively town of Magog to discover one of its many wonderful restaurants. This lively town sprang up in the late 1700s around a saw- and flour-mill. Take the time to explore the shops and boutiques of Magog.
Distance: 6 up to 15 km, elevation gain 75 up to 660 m.*
Begin your day with a trip to the beautiful and contemplative Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey on the west shore of Lake Memphrémagog. Be sure to pick up a sample of the monks delightful cheeses and pies as well as a sampling of their potent apple ciders, before returning to Magog. You will then have the opportunity to explore the marsh trail along the Rivière-aux Cerises and along the north shore of Lake Memprémagog. Keep an eye out for the legendary lake creature – Memphré, that is said to inhabit the lake.
Distance: 8 km, elevation gain 50 m.*
Travel once again along the gravel pathways of the Route Verte for several kilometers as it winds its way through the Parc du Mont Orford. Traverse this extension of the Appalachian Mountain Chain, through temperate valleys covered with dense Maple forests and take in the majestic landmarks of Mount Orford and Mount Chauve. Witness the evolution of a landscape as you pass by large boulders – erratics – remnants of glaciers long forgotten. Cross the threshold of two streams and return to civilization as you finish your day in the relaxing spa town of Eastman.
Distance: 21 km, elevation gain 310 m.*
Enjoy a final few moments at your beautiful accommodation in Eastman before departing for home or another adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
This 107 year-old inn was begun by a Scottish family who welcomed guests who enjoyed the tea room and magnificent verandahs with gentle breezes from Lake Massawippi. Each room is decorated with antiques and the 3-course breakfast is superb. The hostess, Diane Brisson, has been known to dress in period costume to serve tea to the delight of guests. Eastern Townships recipient of Grands Prix du Tourisme Québécois award.
This beautifully restored heritage building is located downtown, steps from the theatre, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Each room has cozy bedding and a fireplace. Enjoy a healthy, gourmet breakfast in the solarium.
With an international reputation for their spa treatments, Spa Eastman also offers unique and tranquil accommodations that complement the spa environment quite nicely. Spread throughout seven different pavilions, the accommodations almost form a small country village and offer something for every taste.