A charming little waterfront village, designated Cœur villageois, Piopolis was founded in 1871 on the western shore of Lake Mégantic by Papal Zouaves as a reward for their loyalty to the papacy. Small businesses, an inn, a B&B, a wharf, a marina, a beach, and a campground add to the enjoyment of vacationers and those passing through, and contribute to the tempo of the day-to-day lives of its residents. The Halte des Zouaves rest area and a six-stop heritage route highlight the unique history of this postcard village. The breathtaking vistas on Rang des Grenier and Des Pionniers roads merit a side trip. From June to December, the Saint-Zénon-de-Piopolis festival features high-calibre classical music concerts in the village’s church. A network of hiking and riding trails winding through forests and along the river provides additional activity options.