Travel back in time and take in the old-world flavour of Québec’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. The cross-Québec “Route Verte”, abandoned rail lines and forested pathways will lead you from stately Victorian Mansions and captivating covered bridges to the underground labyrinth of one of Canada’s oldest copper mines. Hunt for that one-of-a-kind memento in the shops and artists’ galleries you encounter along the way. Embrace the region’s storied past and culture in one of many scenic villages; enjoy your nights in cozy accommodations and remember to sample the finest in local cuisine. The romance of this landscape is sure to leave you with a lasting impression.
North Hatley, QC, Canada
Magog, QC, Canada
Eastman, QC, Canada
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
5 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: CAD $1,450
Single Supplement: CAD $375
Luxe Accommodation: CAD $1,750 (upgrade to Manoir Hovey in North Hatley)
Single Supplement: CAD $460
Trips in Quebec are subject to 15% tax.
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.
Hiking Distance: 8 up to 19 km, elevation gain 135 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 1700’s around a saw- and flour-mill. Take the time to explore the shops and boutiques of Magog.
Hiking Distance: options from 6 to 24 km, elevation gain up to 660m.*
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.
Hiking 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.
Hiking Distance: 18 km, elevation gain 287 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.
This Relais & Chateaux property is one of the finest in Eastern Canada. Superior rooms, each unique have lakeside views and the restaurant is superb. Located 3 km outside the town of North Hatley.