Love Winter? Come to the Townships!

2007-10-18, from Tourism Eastern Townships
Sherbrooke, October 10, 2007 – Let the Eastern Townships be your winter destination of choice for rest, relaxation, a place to unwind, wonderful attractions and yes, even shopping! Make the Townships your favourite venue for the coming winter season.

The zoo in winter

The zoo has a program where visitors can spend the night but now they can also come to the animal park during the winter. Starting December 26th, the Granby Zoo will open its doors to allow animal lovers to meet the inmates. (School visits can also be arranged.) Some zoo residents can also be booked as the star attraction for a children’s party – a much more original idea than hiring a clown! For information: (450) 372-9113 / 1-877-472-6299 or visit: www.zoodegranby.com

On the slopes

In the Eastern Townships, the development of the ski industry is never ending. Already this year, it has invested millions of dollars to upgrade facilities for skiers.

At SUTTON the new Ambassador Guide will help you discover and appreciate the mountain with its glades and trails. The mountain offers numerous downhill possibilities with great view and sensations. Ambassador guides will now be available at no charge from 10:00 a. m. until 1:00 p.m. to help skiers in playing, learning and exploring new trails throughout this mountain. The ski resort is adding to its snow covering equipment, 19 new snow guns fixed and mobile to our snow covering equipment, giving us a wider flexibility in our effort to make snow and a faster turn out in the abrupt temperature change, and particularly with the milder temperature. At the same time with this investment we are looking to support the efforts made for a better environment with a reduction in consumption of energy.
Information : (450) 538-2339 / 1 866 538-2545 or http://www.montsutton.com 

In our parks

There are numerous activities going on at Mont-Orford National Park. No matter whether you’re cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or winter walking, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking views, over the park and the picturesque region of Magog-Orford. Within the park there are more than 50 kilometres of Nordic trails (including 26 kilometres for skate skiing), as well as over 30 kilometres of trails for snowshoeing. Mont Orford National Park also offers a number of interesting « discovery » activities led by naturalist guides.
Information: (819) 843-9855 / 1 800 665-6527 or www.parcsquebec.com.

In the region of Lambton, at Frontenac National Park outdoor lovers can, from the middle of November, rent a couple of chalets (Cyr 1 and Cyr 2) or book space at a rustic campsite. As in previous years, visitors can cross country ski or snowshoe on the trails around the park.
Information from (418) 486-2300, ext. 221 or www.parcsquebec.com

This year, Mount Megantic National Park will be open for winter activities from December 1 to March 31. A number of packages designed for stargazers and nature lovers will be on offer: 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, a package which includes a drive to the summit of Mount Megantic. Various activities are also on offer during the Semaine Blanche (White Week), which runs from March 2-10, 2008.
Information : 1-800-665-6527 / (819) 888-2941 ou www.parcsquebec.com

Christmas Market and the Wine Route

Need to do some Christmas shopping? For many of us it’s a real challenge to find an original, high quality gift and let’s not get into the ordeal of contending with the mob scene at the average shopping mall. Help is on its way in the form of a Christmas market, courtesy of the small, friendly commercial enterprises along the Wine Route : Marché de Noël sur la Route des vins. (The Christmas Market on the Wine Route).

At the various businesses that participate in the Christmas market, shoppers can find a cornucopia of fantastic presents – beautiful, handcrafted objects created by artists and artisans at the l’Orpailleur winery, regional produce at Les Blancs Coteaux and Christmas trees at Fleurs de Pommiers (a cider maker).

Of course, all along the Wine Route, you can also buy locally produced wines and ciders, sold as well at four other wineries: Domaine de l’Ardennais, Domaine les Côtes d’Ardoise, les Trois Clochers and La Mission. On the way, you can explore some of the region’s most charming villages - Bedford, Sutton, Dunham and Lac-Brome (Knowlton). The Christmas Market runs from November 10, 2007 to January 7, 2008.
Information from: 1-888-811-4928 or www.laroutedesvins.ca

Time - once more - for cocooning….

Last May 26, a fire ravaged the central section of Estrimont Suites & Spa in the region of Magog-Orford. The damaged section is, however, rapidly being rebuilt and the hotel will re-open its doors in January 2008. Among the new facilities will be a state-of-the-art convention centre with five additional meeting rooms, bringing the total up to 10 which will be capable of catering to between five and 350 delegates. The spa is also being enlarged with eight more treatment rooms (for a total of 14). Rounding out the ultimate spa experience are the interior and exterior salt water pools, a Finnish sauna and a Nordic shower.

The rest of Estrimont Suites & Spa comprises 91 suites (with fireplaces). The resort is renowned for its fine regional cuisine. For information, call: 1-800-567-7320 / (819) 843-1616 or visit www.estrimont.ca

Nestled beside Notre-Dame-des-Bois, close to Mount Megantic National Park, is the Auberge Aux Toîts Rouges, a recently constructed inn situated next door to a restored, century-old house. The owners of the house have built three new wooden chalets behind the inn with six rooms, adding to the five rooms already in the hostelry.

The rooms, several of which can accommodate up to four people, are ideal for families. There is also a living room with a television and a play area for children. Hearty country fare is yet another good reason for staying at Auberge Aux Toîts Rouges – just the thing to get you back on track after a day’s activity in the great outdoors!
Call (819) 888-2999 or visit http://www.auxtoitsrouges.com

Savor the flavor!

Alain Labrie, who was the executive chef at Auberge Hatley until it burned down in March 2006, has opened his own restaurant at a prime location in Sherbrooke – the appropriately named La Table du Chef (The Chef’s Table). Labrie hasn’t lost his creative touch and his menu offerings are as enticing as ever. (A table d’hôte menu is offered at lunch time and in the evening.) Information: (819) 562-2258

Alain Labrie certainly isn’t the only leading chef in the region which is known for its local produce – winter and summer. How about sampling the famous Lake Brome duck? Or venison from Highwater, rabbit from Stanstead and cheese from the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac monastery? And let’s not forget Bobines trout, or our sweet maple products and our locally produced wines. Regional produce (« terroir » to foodies in the know) from the Townships is unique and mouth-wateringly delicious!
For a memorable meal, consult the list of dining rooms and restaurants at: www.easterntownships.org or call 1-800-355-5755.

30 years of innovation

Since its founding in 1977, Spa Eastman has never stopped evolving. At the same time, it has always adhered firmly to its mission of improving the quality of life for its clients. It does this through offering a combination of relaxation techniques and resources, centred around getting into shape, good nutrition and the therapeutic effects of body treatments. The spa’s reputation for high quality care and good value for money have earned it a place among the 10 best spas in the world in the category of « Best Affordable Spa » , an honour granted to Spa Eastman as part of the fifth annual Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards.

The winners were chosen by the many thousands of readers of Luxury SpaFinder and visitors to the website Spa Finder.com. This is the second time that Spa Eastman has earned the award, but it’s by no means the only one given to the innovative enterprise. Spa Eastman is also listed among the 100 best spas in the World, in the book of the same name.
Information: (450) 297-3009 / 1-800-665-5272 or www.spa-eastman.com

No need to rack your brains!

If you don’t have time to plan a getaway, don’t worry. Tourism Eastern Townships and its members have a solution for your time-pressed woes – dozens of diverse packages, themed around all kinds of activities. For ideas, just visit our website www.esaterntownships.org and click on the section « Packages and promotions ».

A reminder about our Media section

In order to respond more adequately to the needs of journalists, Tourism Eastern Townships has set up a microsite specifically for that purpose. Within the TCE Media section, you’ll find news releases from the tourist association and its members, as well as story ideas and published articles. Make www.easterntownships.org/media one of your favourite bookmarks!
Source:
Danie Béliveau
Media Relations
(819) 820-2020 / 1-866-963-2020
db@atrce.com
 
 

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