Follow your passion in the Eastern Townships

2008-04-15, from Tourism Eastern Townships

Sherbrooke, spring 2008 – Wake up! Summer is coming to the Eastern Townships, heralding a season of sensations and the opportunity to follow your passion in a myriad of ways. Lots of new experiences are on offer. Augmenting our designated tourist routes - Route des vins (The Wine Route) and Chemin des Cantons (Townships Trail) – are fun bike tours, linked to the Véloroute des Cantons. The region has some 50 tourist attractions, as well as a summer line-up of some 150 events – a heady mix of holiday fun, for visitors to enjoy.

Summer in the Townships smells good

Your nose will go into overdrive…. At Bleu Lavande you’ll be assailed by the seductive scent of lavender, wafting through the air. This season sees the opening of a new, 125-seat amphitheatre where you can sit back, relax and watch a video about the cultivation of this fragrant purple plant. The range of Blue Lavande products has expanded to include a recipe book (signed by Christine Deschesnes), a salad dressing flavored with lavender and fine herbs, a laundry soap and a hand soap. Packages include a visit to the lavender farm, a boxed lunch, a stop at a winery or in the border town of Stanstead.
Information : (819) 876-5851 / 1-888-876-5851 or www.bleulavande.ca  

Savon des Cantons, an artisanal soap maker on Chemin des Pères in Magog runs daily soap-making demonstrations. Wannabe soap manufacturers can learn how to produce bath salts, hand soap or kitchen soap (in a box) and chose the ingredients (and scents) themselves.
Information : (819) 868-0161 or www.savondescantons.com  

Farm-oriented activities and a table champetre (country meal) are on the agenda at Ferme le Seigneur des agneaux et Asinerie du Rohan. The farm has also launched a new line of soaps made from a surprising ingredient – milk from donkeys, goats, ewes and cows.
Information : (450) 297-2662 / 1-866 330-2662 ou www.leseigneurdesagneaux.com  

Newly established at Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, CHANV – La Feuille Verte is an artisanal herbalist shop which produces hemp body care products using the kind of medicinal plants that were common in the past. It is the first such establishment in Quebec to use hemp in this traditional manner. The products of La Feuille Verte are made from a vegetable base (primarily organic) and they contain no artificial additives or fragrances. Visit the boutique, tea bar and the gardens on site.
Information : (819) 868-4346 or www.lafeuilleverte.ca  

Tempt your taste buds

La Cuisine du Montagnais offers Quebec game specialties - elk, boar, rabbit, venison, duck. Filet mignon, trout and vegetarian dishes complete the table d’hôte menu. Open Thursday to Sunday, evenings only. Reservations are essential because the restaurant holds only 40 people.
Information : (819) 657-7792 / 1-888-657-1192

After having established an excellent reputation for good food at the now defunct Auberge Hatley, chef Alain Labrie has opened his own restaurant in downtown Sherbrooke. Situated in a former presbytery, against a backdrop of Mont Bellevue and the Lac des Nations, La Table du Chef is sure to please your palate. Chef Alain Labrie, along with his wife and staff, invite you to come and taste his tried-and-tested favorites, but also to sample his new dishes, which, as always, exude flavor and taste.
Information : (819) 562-2258 or www.latableduchef.ca  

Five-star luxury

In November 2007, the Eastern Townships welcomed a new member of the prestigious hotel group Relais & Châteaux - Manoir Hovey - a five-star, 39-room country inn which lies on the shores of Lac Massawippi. Constructed at the turn of the 20th century as a country residence, its elegant style was inspired by the architecture of George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon in Virginia. Manoir Hovey became a country hotel in 1950, since when it has never stop garnering prestigious awards. Information : (819) 842-2421 / 1-800 661-2421 or www.manoirhovey.com
 
Auberge Ripplecove & Spa in Ayer’s Cliff is the first five-star establishment to become a member of the Hôtellerie Champêtre (Quebec Resorts). This gem of a property with its opulent rooms, fine cuisine, attentive staff and rich history, stands out from the run-of-the-mill resorts. The hotel also has a new spa offering a range of therapies, guaranteed to soothe both body and soul.
Information : (819) 838-4296 / 1-800-668-4296 or www.ripplecove.com
 
Fun for the family

Enjoy something fishy (literally!) at Parc Découverte nature de Baldwin. You’ll discover surprising facts about fish, their lives and their habitat through an exhibition at the nature centre and fish hatchery entitled «Histoires de pêche» (« Fish Tales »). Visitors can be initiated into the joys of sportfishing, feel their senses come alive along the Fish Hatchery Marsh and enjoy the tranquility of the Old Mill Trail, a walkway that meanders along the Niger River.

Spread over 12 square kilomètres, Parc Découverte nature de Baldwin is the gateway to the picturesque hamlet of Baldwin and its nearby attractions – Lac Lyster, Baldwin Pond, Mont Pinacle and the River Niger and River Meder valleys. Discover the splendor of a unique rural landscape, rich in remarkable flora and fauna. Information : (819)849-2677 /1-888-849-2677 or www.decouvertenature.qc.ca  

At Moulin à laine d’Ulverton (Ulverton Woollen Mill) visitors can relive a period from the past when industrial textiles were first manufactured in Quebec. This is the last traditional woollen mill in the province. The guided walk through the machine rooms, complete with its original turbine and machinery still in working order, is an unforgettable experience. After visiting the mill, visitors can explore 5 km of walking trails, relax on the patio or stop by the boutique which sells crafts and local produce.
Information : (819) 826-3157 or www.moulin.ca  

Trains ‘n’ boats (but no planes!)

Last summer, this tourist train – the first season that it operated - sold out! For its second season, Orford Express is offering several new attractions. On Thursdays evenings the « Tables du monde » (« Menus of the World ») entice passengers to sample a typical menu from another country, complete with themed music and entertainment!

Orford Express is one of the most attractive tourist trains in Canada. Its two restaurant cars can comfortably seat 140 passengers who can enjoy the scenery as the train winds around the picturesque countyside that lies between Sherbooke, Magog and Eastman.
Information : (819) 575-8081 / 1-866-575-8081 or www.orfordexpress.com  

There’s nothing quite like a boat trip to heighten the enjoyment of a holiday. Aboard the Coudrier Megantic, vacationers can enjoy a 90-minute cruise on Lac Megantic while taking in the stunning scenery around the lake. While you tuck into dinner, enjoy the starry night sky, courtesy of the « Réserve internationale de ciel étoilé du mont Mégantic » (« International Dark Sky Association »).

The boat company has developed a range of family-oriented trips with different themes – cruises for cadets, moonlight cruises with live entertainment, cruises that include a two-hour stopover in the community of Piopolis, fall cruises and so on. Packages offering accommodation, meals and tourist attractions, are also available.
Information : (819) 583-5557 / 1-888 600-5554 or www.croisierescoudrier.qc.ca 

Pedal power

The Eastern Townships are criss-crossed by 500 km of bike trails - 225 km of which link to Véloroute des Cantons, seven designated circuits that lead cyclists through the most beautiful corners of the region. Bike packages that include attractions and activities, are also available.

Seasoned cyclists can design their own outing with the help of the interactive map on our website. Once you’re in the area, ask for « Les Cantons-de-l’Est à vélo » map, either online or by phone. Mountain bikers too can follow their particular passion, on trails in Bromont, Coaticook and East Hereford.
Information : 1-800 355-5755 or www.easterntownships.org/cycling  

Cyclists who are pooped out, have broken down or who don’t want to retrace their steps, can call for a taxi-vélo (bike taxi). This service is offered, 24/7, on the roads or along the bike trails. You shouldn’t have to wait more than one hour (maximum) for a pickup and there’s no need to book in advance. The taxis can take up to four cyclists with their bikes. The cost is $40 for the first 30 km, then $1.45 per km thereafter.
Information : 1-877-766-VELO (8356)

The fascinating Universe

Astrolab of Mont Megantic offers an evening show (daily) called «Nous…. poussières d’étoiles » (« We are but stardust…. »), a fascinating presentation about the origin of man with startling, astonishing images. The theme of the presentation is that man’s existence on Earth is linked to the history of the universe. Against all odds, the roots of life itself go back to the very beginning of the cosmic evolution. The elements of which we are composed did not exist in the primordial universe, 14 billion years ago, but rather evolved out of the fiery explosions and searing heat that followed. The stars, in other words, truly gave birth to human beings and other life forms on Earth…..
Information : (819) 888-2941 / 1-800-665-6527 or www.astrolab.qc.ca  

Cosmos is the theme of the third Symposium international de sculpture sur granit de Stanstead which runs from August 29-September 7. Ten artists from around the world have been selected to create - in public - huge works fashioned from Stanstead granite. The artists’ interpretation of the Cosmos will be rather liberal (they will be allowed free rein to interpret the Universe in their own way) and activities will be linked to the exploration of outer space. Marc Garneau, Canada’s first astronaut, is the Honorary Chairman. Information : (819) 876-5576 / 1-866-533-4367 or www.stansteadgranite.org

Coming very soon to the Townships

The third designated tourist route in the Townships - La Route des Sommets (The Summit Drive) – which links the highest mountain peaks in the south east of Quebec, will be completed during the course of the summer. This picturesque drive embraces magnificent landscapes punctuated by mountain chains, majestic lakes and winding country roads, stretching as far as the eye can see. The 160-km Route des Sommets connects the village of La Patrie with Stratford, crossing the communities of Piopolis, Lac-Megantic, Lac-Drolet and Lambton.

Discover a region ruled by Mother Nature, where you’ll discover subtle traces of the past. Enjoy star-filled night skies, free from city lights. Along the mountain tops, time passes by very slowly, in a different rhythm from today’s frantic world.
Information : (819) 583-5515 / 1 800 363-5515 or www.tourisme-megantic.com 

Looking for story ideas?

Want to write an article about the region? Looking for contacts and attractions? Please get in touch with Danie Béliveau for suggestions or to plan a press trip. Tel : (819) 820-2020 / 1-866 963-2020 or db@atrce.com  

Visit our website

Finally, to keep abreast of events and other new happenings this summer, visit the media section of the Eastern Townships website: www.easterntownships.org/media.


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

 
 

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