Eastern Townships on the go!

2007-04-13, from Tourism Eastern Townships
Sherbrooke, April 2007 – It’s all go in the Eastern Townships this summer! New attractions include the Chemin des Cantons (Townships Trail in English), a driving route; Véloroute des Cantons, a designated bike route which lets you explore the region on two wheels; and the Orford Express, a tourist train that offers a variety of excursions - just a small sampling of the exciting new things on offer this summer, guaranteed to make your vacation a memorable one!

Two centuries of history and the grandeur of nature

Townships Trail, the new driving route, meanders around the countryside for 415 kilometres (260 miles), crossing 31 municipalities from Ulverton to Bromont. On the way, it winds through Danville, Dudswell, the Lennoxvile district of the City of Sherbrooke, Compton, Magog and Knowlton, to name a few of the scenic communities that are linked by this driving route.

The Townships Trail follows secondary roads around the region, all the better to appreciate the architectural and cultural heritage of the first wave of settlers. Many of the pioneers came from Great Britain and the United States, a characteristic pattern in the Eastern Townships and unique to the province of Quebec.

For an even more in-depth experience of the Townships Trail, drivers can pick up 2-CD pack which brings the region’s history to life in a dramatic and intereresting manner. A map and internet site will be available this spring. By June, signage will mark the driving route, making it easy to follow. Visit : www.chemindescantons.qc.ca  

Pedal power

The Eastern Townships is the premier cycling destination in Quebec, with 500 kilometres (311 miles) of trails along the Véloroute des Cantons. The route is divided into seven circuits designed to let cyclists enjoy the most scenic corners of the region. A variety of packages, attractions and activities, designed to appeal to cyclists, are available.

If you don’t have time to plan your own itinerary, you can take advantage of the one-stop-shopping packages offered online. Cyclists who do like to do their own thing can plan their tour with the help of an interactive map, also online. If you’re in the region already, you can request the Cycling the Eastern Townships Map either through our website or by phone.

The Townships is the most bike friendly region in Quebec with the greatest number of hotels, inns and B & Bs accredited as « Bienvenue cyclistes » (« Welcome cyclists ») a Vélo Québec designation. Mountain bikers can have fun too. There are three prime locations for mountain biking – Bromont, Coaticook and East Hereford. For information call 1-800-355-5755 or visit www.cantonsdelest.com.velo. 

From May to October, Manoir Hovey and Auberge Riipplecove & Spa will be offering a dream package for cyclists. It includes two nights’ accommodation in each of the two five-star properties, four breakfasts and gourmet dinners and three picnic lunches for peddlers. Prices start at $455 per person. Tel : 1-800-661-2421/1-800-668-4296 or check www.veloestrie.com  

Michael row the boat ashore….

… except with this one you don’t have to! Far from it. The 55-foot (18-metre) long, 16-foot (5-metre) wide Coudrier Megantic is a spiffy, glass-topped craft which carried 72 passengers. Custom-built for Lac Mégantic, the sightseeing boat operates from May to October. Sightseers can enjoy themed and dinner cruises on daytrips or overnight stays. (Packages are available which include accommodation and other activities.) What a great way to discover one of Québec’s most scenic regions! For information, call (819) 583-5557 or visit : www.croisierescoudrier.qc.ca.

A lovely adventure off the beaten track

Come aboard the magnificent Orford Express Tourist Train and enjoy the compelling landscapes of the Sherbrooke - Magog - Eastman and Bromont regions. The Orford Express tours will bring you to the very heart of a pastoral region where mountains, valleys, prairies and lakes lend themselves like paintings by the masters. Take a ticket for a unique and memorable adventure! Plunge into the fascinating world off the railway and discover the rich cultural heritage of our beautiful region.
Information: (819) 575-8081 / 1 866 575-8081 or visit : www.orfordexpress.com  

Fancy doing time?

The former Winter Prison in Sherbrooke, which, for over a century (1865-1990) kept inmates behind bars, is opening its doors. Visitors can imagine what it was like to do time (thankfully for only one-hour-and-a-half) by learning all about the daily life of the prisoners. An actress, playing the role of a captive, brings the past alive through anecdotes from the past.

Those who are brave enough can roleplay doing time for even longer – by spending the night in the prison and sleeping in a tiny cell, with dried bread and water for breakfast!
Information : (819) 791-0935 or http://prisonwinter.bravejournal.com
 
An Africamazing summer!

In 2007, the Granby Zoo will be almost unrecognizable because it’s turning into a fascimile of the African savannah! Feel the excitement of an African safari. Observe elephants, giraffes, zebras and rhinos in a colourful natural setting that will lure you into believing you’ve truly entered the heart of the Dark Continent…..

As you walk along themed paths, you’ll cross eight « countries ». And don’t forget to take your « passport » because the « authorities » keep their weather eyes open for « trespassers »! You’ll travel through the savannah, tropical forest and exotic islands, revelling in the feeling of moving though one African landscape to the next.

Round out your adventures in the animal kingdom with a visit to Amazoo Yoplait Water Park. Themed around the Amazon, it has a heated wave pool. The entry fee is included in the Granby Zoo African adventure. Information : (450) 372-9113/1-877-472-6299 or www.zoodegranby.com.  

The fascinating world of creepy-crawlies!

Argus Bleu is a museum dedicated to insects, with more than 1,600 species from some 50 countries. This intriguing collection can be found at Lac Drolet, not far from Lac-Mégantic and here visitors can learn all about the fascinating world of creepy-crawlies – their life cycle, the changes they go through and the useful roles they play in nature. You can also learn how to build your own insect collection. Guided visits and educational programs for schoolchildren.

From July 10 to 25, watch the magical process of caterpillars native to Quebec, transforming themselves into beautiful butterflies. Information : (819) 549-2059 or www.museelargusbleu.com 

Underground excursions

Capelton Mines is changing its name to l’Épopée de Capelton (Capelton Epic). A couple of new attractions are being added this summer - Tour du prospecteur (Prospector’s tour) and Visites nocturnes aux flambeaux (Underground visits by flaming torch). As well, the boutique and snack bar are being relocated to a new building. Visitors can buy regional produce and crafts at the market area on site and explore a nature trail around the former mine complex. L’Épopée de Capelton is near the village of North Hatley, alongside the Véloroute des Cantons. For Information : (819) 346-9545 / 1-888-346-9545 or www.minescapelton.com  

Sherbrooke station gets a new lease of life….as a market!

A former Canadian Pacific railway station bordering Lac des Nations in Sherbrooke is being tranformed into a new attraction for visitors and residents alike. The Station Market, scheduled to open on June 29th, will house a variety of enterprises selling regional fare. They include a butcher and sausage maker, a cheese shop, bakery and patisserie and a fancy ice-cream outlet which will offer sorbets and gelato. The market stores, open throughout the year, will be augmented by 16 open-air stalls on Fridays and Saturdays (8am-6pm).
Information : (819) 560-4280 or www.citedesrivieres.com  

A month of nothing but chocolate….mmmmm

In 2007, the organizers of the Fête du chocolat have decided to prolong the pleasure of all things chocolate by celebrating for the entire month of May. During Mois du chocolat, which runs from May 4-27, there will be tastings and seminars during a dozen delectable evenings.

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the chocolate festival and on May 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27, chocoholics will be able to indulge their passion in a variety of delicious ways - nibbling on new products, participating in gastronomic and cultural activities, watch a play adapted from a children’s novel ("Bing Bang!" by Robert Soulière) and attend workshops on such topics as chocolate and its orgins, the slow food movement and the sweet secrets behind the making of candy and other goodies.
Information : (450) 534-4078 or visit : www.feteduchocolat.ca  

And for worshippers of Bacchus….

Vignoble le Cep d’Argent is celebrating its 20th anniversary by launching a program of activities which wine lovers can enjoy throughout the entire summer into the fall – from a Mother’s Day Brunch (focusing on healthy food), to a romantic dinner among the vines and a day featuring special vintages. These activities, which augment the usual tours and tastings, will make the vineyards even more interesting to visit. The full program of attractions will be available later this spring. In the meantime, call (819) 864-4441/ 1 877-864-4441 for information, or visit www.cepdargent.com  

The new Vignoble Clos du Roc Noir in Fitch Bay, is in its first year of production. The winery is cultivating several varieties of « rustic » red and white vines known to produce blends with hearty, aromatic bouquets. Tastings and guided tours round out a visit to the « temple » of Bacchus!
Call (819) 876-7749 or e-mail : grengig@hotmail.com  

At Vignoble de l’Orpailleur there will be workshops showcasing the craft of the cooper (barrel maker) and a new exhibition explaining the harvesting of cork and how it is made into stoppers for wine bottles. Other attractions at the winery include tours, tastings and a unique collection of bottle openers. This summer, visitors will be able to sample the Vidal ice wine which won in the « best dessert wine » category of the 2006 All Canada Wine Championship.
Information : (450) 295-2763 or visit : www.orpailleur.ca  

There will be numerous activities this year throughout the 14 wineries along the Route des vins (Wine Route). For the full program, visit www.brome-missisquoi.ca  

Lavender as far as the eye can see…..

Bleu Lavande, the leading lavender producer in Canada with 220,000 plants, continues to expand. The company has just produced a video all about the « culture » of lavender and it has added 10 new cosmetic and culinary products to the items on sale in the boutique.

Every Tuesday in July and August, visitors will be able to picnic in the lavender fields to the soothing strains of classical music. Les Mardi Bleu Classique, as the concerts are called, are produced in conjunction with the Centre d'Arts Orford. Weeks themed around the cultivation of lavender and cooking with the fragrant plant, as well as artists painting in the fields, will add yet another dimension to this veritable slice of paradise. Information : (819) 876-5851 or visit www.bleulavande.ca

A treat for the senses

Savonnerie des Diligences, an artisanal enterprise based in Eastman, was born out of two of life’s vital senses – smell and taste. The company’s environmentally friendly products include soaps made from olive oil and skin products with a natural base – oils, body lotions, shea butter tree cream, deodorants, lip balms and the like. No animal testing is used. The soap makers share the secrets of their sensual art through workshops geared to all ages.
Information : (450) 297-3979 or check www.savonneriediligences.ca.

The four Arbour sisters, already well known in the Gaspé region, have opened a branch of Savonnerie Olivier on Magog’s Main Street. The soap manufacturer is a family business renowned for its therapeutic skin care products and for promoting the health benefits of olive oil. Visitors can drop by to watch demonstrations explaining the history of soap making and bodily hygiene, and of course, purchase a wide range of skin care products. For information, call (819)843-5738/1-866-990-5738 or visit : www.les4soeursarbour.com  

A taste of honey

Miellerie Lune de miel is very much a family destination and this year it has created a new animation film all about bees which is sure to appeal to small fry. A new playground has been added to the petting zoo. Adults, with a bit of manual dexterity, can extract fresh honey to take home with them – a sweet delight!!! Also in the line-up of attractions are a tour of a giant beehive, a demonstration of how a beekeeper gathers the sweet crop from his busy insects and a boutique selling all manner of honey products made from candies to candles.
Information : (819) 346-2558 or www.miellerielunedemiel.com  

The best ice cream in the world!

Laiterie de Coaticook offers a behind-the-scenes look at how butter, cheese and ice cream is manufactured. Watch the masters at work through large glass windows. Stop by the milk bar to savor the famous cheeses or the delicious ice cream which comes in some 20 flavors. Call : (819) 849-2272 /1-800-846-7224 or visit www.laiteriedecoaticook.com  

The Townships immortalized in print

The Townships region is renowned for its good restaurants and outstanding regional produce, showcased by food writer Michèle Foreman in her new cookbook « Flavours of a Region Eastern Townships ». The book is packed with all things culinary – the favorite recipes of leading chefs, trips along country roads in search of great food and encounters with personalities involved in agritourism whose passion for their produce shines through the pages. Published by Éditions Stellaire.

Stop the world, I want to get off!

What better way to rest after a day of activities in the Townships than chilling out in one of the region’s spas?

Auberge & Spa West Brome in West Brome has gone the route of relaxation by upgrading and expanding its property with a health centre. A new member of Spas Relais santé® this 25-room hotel, which is decorated in country style, offers body therapies, massages and esthetic treatments. The house specialty is regional cuisine. For information call (450) 266-7552 / 1-888-902-7663 or visit www.awb.ca.  

Un Temps d'arrêt - Spa relais détente is a charming, century-old house near Racine, nestled in the depths of the tranquil countryside. The spa offers a wide range of treatments – from massages to aquatherapy - in a relaxed, warm setting. Simply irresistible! Information : (450) 532-5990 or www.untempsdarret.ca  

Jacques Lussier, actor and innkeeper

The recently opened Chez Mr. Robinson, a B & B in Waterloo, is the brainchild of Jacques Lussier, the actor son of a hotelier. Built in 1834, the hostelry is a handsome stone building in the Loyalist style, surrounded by landscaped grounds. The interior, with its spacious bedrooms, is hung with modern and traditional works of art. Healthy cuisine and a relaxed ambience are the hallmarks of this hostelry which is part of the network of « bienvenue cyclistes », a designation given by Vélo Québec. If you’re an artist or a performer you even get a break on the price of staying here!
Call (450) 539-1162 or visit www.chezmrrobinson.ca.  

Music, music, music

This year’s Festival Orford - the 56th edition - runs from June 22 to August 11. Many big names from the world of music will be performing on the main stage of salle Gilles-Lefebvre. As in previous years, Beaux concerts de la relève and Orford sur la route will be on the program. Full details will be available from mid-April onwards.
Information : (819) 843-3981/1-800-567-6155 or visit : www.arts-orford.org

The visual arts

Jean-Paul Lemieux at Sherbrooke’s Fine Arts Museum

An exhibition featuring 18 works from the peak of Jean-Paul Lemieux’s career (1950-1975) will be on show at Sherbrooke’s Fine Arts Museum, from June 21 until October 9, along with 20 of the original prints that illustrated La Petite Poule d’eau, a novel by Gabriel Roy. The artworks, drawn from across Quebec and from the Fine Art Museum’s own collection, pinpoints the artist’s « classical » period which won Lemieux recognition and boosted his reputation on the national and international art scene.

Born in Quebec City in 1904, Lemieux apprenticed at the studio of Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzon-Coté, before enrolling at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal. Later he became a professor there, receiving a multitude of honors throughout his productive career. He continued to paint right up to the end of his life, at age 86.
For further information : (819) 821-2115 or visit www.mbas.qc.ca

Frederick Simpson Coburn at Valcourt Cultural Centre

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Joseph Armand Bombardier, Centre culturel Yvonne L. Bombardier in Valcourt will be presenting an exhibition (April 15-September 16) entitled Frederick Simpson Coburn / Joseph-Armand Bombardier - L'art et la technologie dans le Val Saint-François.

Painter Frederick Simpson Coburn (1871-1960) specialized in recording scenes of rural activities such as lumbering and the pleasures of travelling through the countryside - the very same landscapes that were home territory to Joseph-Armand Bombardier (1907-1964) and which he loved.

Themed around winter transportation, the artwork featured in the exhibition is on loan from the Fine Arts museums of Quebec, Montreal and Sherbrooke and from private collections. Information : (450) 532-3033 or www.centreculturelbombardier.com  

Check our website

For up-to-date information on events and other new attractions in the Townships this summer, please visit the media section of our website at www.cantonsdelest.com/medias  
Source:
Danie Béliveau
Media Relations
819 820-2020 / 1-866-963-2020
db@atrce.com

 
 

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