Hiking - Eastern Townships, Québec, Canada

Best way to explore the Townships? Your own two feet!

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During the fall season and its abundance of colors, hiking is the perfect way to enjoy the nature and beautiful scenery. It is also a suitable time for hunting and certain areas give priority to hunters.

 

As the hunting season has begun, please take note that some trails are closed while others have a variable schedule during this period.

 

Furthermore, hunting is prohibited in many areas such as national parks and some areas share the territory with hunters. It is therefore best to wear colorful clothes for safety reasons and to be vigilant during your hike.

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You really don’t need an excuse to take to the trails on your own two feet! Hiking is such an enjoyable activity - whether you want to observe the flora and fauna, give your muscles a good workout up mountain paths or meander at leisure through a forest - all the while filling your lungs with fresh air, resulting in a wonderful feeling of well-being!

 

The Eastern Townships offers a plethora of places to hike - wooded areas, mountains, protected green spaces (from Quebec’s national parks to nature reserves), interpretation centres, designated hiking routes, regional parks, outdoor centres, historic sites and ecoforests. The choice is yours…

 

Few regions are as suited to hiking as the Eastern Townships. Not just because of the impressive choice of venues, but also due to the fact that 80% of the region is comprised of parkland and forest. 

 

The Townships boasts no fewer than four Quebec national parks - from family-friendly, accessible areas, to tracts of wilderness, more suited to diehard adventurers - Frontenac, Mont Megantic, Mont-Orford and Yamaska. The region has some 24 lofty peaks, lying over 3,300 feet (1,000 metres) above sea level. The Summit Drive (it’s signposted) winds through 20 picturesque mountain villages.  

 

Enjoy guided hikes by consulting the calendar of activities from Les Sentiers de l’EstrieParc d’environnement naturel de Sutton and the Parc régional du Mont-Ham. Guided hikes by moonlight are also available.

 

Other places to enjoy a hike include two networks of walking trails totalling 500km (311 miles) and 100 designated paths designed for short and medium-length walks. Add to those, wetland areas with interpretative boardwalks, a historic site where gunpowder used to be manufactured, a former woollen mill, an enchanted forest and more…..  What a choice! 

 

A hike for every mood and inclination (in both senses of the word!) - set against the backdrop of the Eastern Townships’ stunning scenery!  

 

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  • Top Spots for Fall Foliage
    Top Spots for Fall Foliage

    During September and October, fall’s most beautiful spectacle is on display throughout the Eastern Townships.

  • Autumn Hikes for the Family
    Autumn Hikes for the Family

    One of the greatest gifts you can give the kids is to introduce them to hiking at an early age. In the Eastern Townships you’ll find lots of trails, tailor-made for little adventure lovers.

  • Accommodations with “Bienvenue randonneurs” (welcome hikers) certification
    Accommodations with “Bienvenue randonneurs” (welcome hikers) certification

    Find an accommodations with services adapted to hiking activities.

  • Looking for a hiking challenge?
    Looking for a hiking challenge?

    After testing one’s resistance and endurance, pleasing the senses is part of a hiker’s well-deserved rest.

  • Let the view take your breath away!
    Let the view take your breath away!

    We don’t mean to brag… but our sceneries are beyond compare so why be shy about it? Check them out!

  • Taxi-Vélo-Rando
    Taxi-Vélo-Rando

    Day tripper who are too tired to peddle any further, who have broken down or who simply don't want retrace their route, can now call the Taxi-Vélo-Rando - a " bike taxi for bikers and hikers " - to get them back to base. This innovative service is available all along the designated bike trails, every single day, around the clock.

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  • Pleasures of the Townships: Walking and wine, in and around Sutton

    Pleasures of the Townships: Walking and wine, in and around Sutton

    Gîte Vert le Mont

    Beautiful walking for all tastes. The best of local vineyards. A lovely village known for good food and drink.

    Starting at
    $115CADPer pers., double occ.

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  • Equestrian package for lovers

    Equestrian package for lovers

    Auberge Andromède

    Romantic getaway for horseback riding lovers on our majestic trails. Jacuzzi, wood stove, snowshoeing trails, and a hearty meal await you in a cozy atmosphere.

    Starting at
    $121CADPer pers., double occ.

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  • The Day Tripper Package

    The Day Tripper Package

    Auberge Restaurant La Mara

    Near Mont Ham, discover the spellbinding decor of a country-style inn and the local food at our restaurant.

    Starting at
    $116CADPer pers., double occ.

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