Never a dull moment in the Townships

2006-10-25, from Tourism Eastern Townships
Sherbrooke, October 2006 – Winter’s white mantle and its cool, crisp sunny days, bring to the Eastern Townships a host of new pleasurable and relaxing activities for visitors to enjoy.

New media section on the website

Tourisme Cantons-de-l’Est has launched a media micro site to better serve the needs of journalists. Within the media section you’ll find news releases from the Tourism Association and its members, story ideas, press revues and, in the near future, a photo bank. Please visit: www.easterntownships.org and click on media.

Slope-side news

The ski centres in the Eastern Townships are constantly being upgraded. In 2006 alone, millions of dollars have been invested in the ski industry to improve facilities for visitors.

Already this year, Ski Bromont has spent $7 million in upgrades, bringing its total infrastructure investment during the past seven years to $33 million. Three trails (Versant des Épinettes, Versant du Midi et Versant and la Côte Ouest) will bring the total of new trails to seven. Le Versant du Midi will be served by a new Doppelmayr quadruple lift. (The existing ski lifts give access to the other new slopes.)

Four trails have been adapted for night skiing, bringing the total of illuminated trails up to 50 and turning Ski Bromont into the largest night skiing area in North America. The ski school has some new offerings as well - namely courses for groups of adult skiers on Monday mornings, Wednesday evenings and on weekends, as well as one-on-one, evening lessons for all ages of skiers (Wednesday to Saturday). The ski school also offers packages for beginners.
For information call: 1-866-276-6668 / (450) 534-2200 or www.skibromont.com

Mont Orford is offering a combined day/night skiing ticket in collaboration with two other ski centres - MontJoye and Mont St-Bruno. The DUO pass gives skiers access to the trails at Mont-Orford during the week and in the evening at Montjoye or Mont St-Bruno, for as little as $178 (MontJoye) and $199 (St-Bruno).
For information call: 1-866-673-6731 / (819) 843-6548 or www.orford.com

Lots of news announced for SUTTON, My mountain resort! and many more are still to come such as a new, larger and more convivial daycare; new lower price for school groups; new promotion - ski more pay less on two mountains (Sutton and Owl’s Head); new efforts on other activities such as cross country skiing and snowshoeing for an all winter vacation.
For information call: (450) 538-2339 or www.montsutton.com

… and in the parks

Parc national du Mont-Orford (Mount Orford National Park) is once more offering numerous winter activities - cross country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking. While getting a good workout, you can enjoy the stunning view points over the park and the beautiful surrounding region of Magog-Orford. The park encompasses more than 50 kilometres of cross country trails (including 26 km of skating runs) and over 30 km of snowshoe trails. This winter, Mount Orford National Park will also be running outdoor programs, guided by knowledgeable naturalists.
For details, call: 1-800-665-6527/(819) 843-9855 or www.sepaq.com

At parc national de Frontenac, (Frontenac National Park) in the region of Lambton, visitors can stay in the heart of the wilderness. The park has two chalets (Cyr 1 and Cyr 2) and a rustic camp, available for rent (mid-November onwards). As in past years, the trails are open for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Tel: (418) 486-2300, ext. 221 or visit www.sepaq.com

The parc national du Mont-Mégantic (Mount Megantic National Park) will be open for winter activities from December 2 until April 1. Vacation breaks designed for stargazers and nature lovers include Forfait de la neige aux étoiles (From the snow to the Stars), a package which includes one or two nights’ accommodation; Forfait Souper – Flambeaux – Astro, a getaway with dinner, five kilometres of torch-lit trails and an evening of astronomy; and Forfait Montées au sommet du mont Mégantic en véhicule, with a drive to the summit of Mount Megantic. There are also various activities during the Semaine Blanche (White week) which runs from March 3-11, 2007.
Information: 1-800-665-6527 / (819) 888-2941 or www.sepaq.com

Christmas market and the Wine Route

For unique, quality Christmas gifts, drop by the Marché de Noël sur la Route des vins (Christmas Market on the Wine Route). At the l’Orpailleur winery, you’ll find beautiful, hand-crafted objects and paintings created by local artisans and artists. Les Blancs Coteaux sells the products of the land (« terroir » to foodies in the know). At Fleurs de Pommiers (a cider producer) you’ll find Christmas trees. Of course, all along the Wine Route, you can also buy locally-produced wines and ciders, sold also at four other wineries: Domaine de l’Ardennais, Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise, Les Trois Clochers and La Mission. From November 10th, 2006 to January 8th, 2007.
For more information call: 1-888-811-4928 or www.brome-missisquoi.ca

Ready for some serious cocooning?

The recently opened Auberge Aux 4 Saisons d’Orford on the doorstep of the ski slopes, has all the ingredients for some serious cocooning. Situated at the foot of Mont-Orford, the inn has 16 spacious rooms and four loft-style suites. The hotel bistro features Californian fusion food and if you need to pick up a snack after a hard day on the slopes, you can pop into the grocery store (it’s on the premises) which sells local produce and gourmet specialties.

A haven for leisure and relaxation, Auberge Aux 4 Saisons d’Orford is the jumping off point for a slew of outdoor winter activities. As the only «ski-in and ski-out» hotel at Mont-Orford, it couldn’t be handier for the slopes. The auberge is also geared to small business groups, with three conference rooms able to handle from 10 to 70 people, a business centre and WI-FI internet access.
Tel : 1-877-768-1110 / (819) 868-1110

Auberge Estrimont in Magog-Orford has undergone a $7-million renovation, which has transformed it into an enlarged, more comfortable, up-to-date and cosy property now called Hotel Estrimont Suites & Spa. Among the new facilities are a state-of-the-art health spa, outside pools (open year round), a dry sauna and a bistro offering a wider range of menu choices than before. The « new look » Hotel Estrimont Suites & Spa now has 91 suites.
Tel: 1-800-567-7320 / (819) 843-1616 or www.estrimont.ca

Savor the flavor of the Townships

The dining rooms of the Eastern Townships serve some of the best food in the land and our chefs love to showcase the regional produce, which changes according to the season. How about sampling the famous Lake Brome duck? Or venison from Highwater, rabbit from Stanstead and cheeses from Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey? And let’s not forget Bobines trout, our sweet maple products and the locally-produced wines. Our regional produce is all unique and mouthwateringly delicious! For a memorable meal, consult the restaurant list at www.easterntowships.org

You may never want to leave

After the dinner of a lifetime, why not stay for a night and enjoy the hospitality of our B & Bs and country inns? The Townships is known for its warm, welcoming ambience. As one of Québec’s premier tourist regions, we’ve been welcoming guests for more than 150 years. An embarrassment of choices awaits you.

Spa initiation

Coaticook’s spa Menthe Fraîcheur, offers spa-goers a range of beauty and health treatments, among them: massages, floating baths and esthetic treatments. Mint is one of the main ingredients in the oils and creams. Another novel idea is the initiation program for children designed by owner, Annick Savaria, which is aimed at introducing youngsters (they must be accompanied by parents) to the health benefits of visiting a spa.
Tel: (819) 849-3256 or www.menthefraicheur.com

A not-to-be-missed century celebration

2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous inventor Joseph-Armand Bombardier and it provides the perfect opportunity to update the À la poursuite d’un rêve (In pursuit of a dream) exhibit which has been a feature of the museum since 1990. The revamped exhibit, tentatively entitled Joseph-Armand Bombardier 1907, naissance d’un inventeur, (Joseph-Armand Bombardier 1907 – the Birth of an Inventor) will highlight the inventor’s innovative role in creating an industrial empire centred around almost every mode of transport. The Musée J. Armand Bombardier will be closed while renovations are under way. It’s scheduled to re-open on February 6th, 2007. A calendar of events to celebrate this special anniversary will be announced shortly.
Tel : (450) 532-5300 or www.museebombardier.com

Visit our website

For information about any of the other winter activities in the Eastern Townships or to plan a trip to the region, please visit our website: www.easterntownships.org. You can order the 2006-2007 Eastern Townships Tourist Guide, brochures and the new snowmobile route map online.

Source:
Danie Béliveau, Media Relations
1-866 963-2020/ (819) 820-2020
E-mail : db@atrce.com
 
 

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