An activity filled winter in the Eastern Townships

2008-10-15, from Tourism Eastern Townships
Sherbrooke, October 15, 2008 – Winter is on our doorstep and in the Eastern Townships, that means a season packed with activities! Outdoor lovers can take advantage of the interesting mid-week packages that are on offer and enjoy skiing or snowshoeing on trails that are less crowded than at weekends.

Romantic getaways

What could be better on a chilly day than snuggling up to your significant other? After spending day in the fresh air or relaxing at one of our famous spas, you’re sure to come to the same conclusion – quality time together in the Eastern Townships is hard to beat. If you like to combine skiing with some down time at a spa, you’ll find both on offer among the selection of packages available on our website : www.easterntownships.org

A ski pass designed for snow aficionados

The innovative Ski dans l’Est program is back! Valid at four of the principal ski centres in the Eastern Townships, it allows purchasers who buy a minimum of one overnight stay at any of several participating hotels, to get a Ski dans l’Est card. The ski pass entitles holders to enjoy three or four days of skiing for a flat fee of CDN$26 per day (plus taxes), at the centre of their choice - Ski Bromont.com, Mount Orford, Owl’s Head or Sutton. The card is valid from Monday to Friday, throughout the 2008-2009 winter season.

Ski Bromont.com

Major investments continue at Ski Bromont.com. Over the past decade, CDN$45million has been spent on the ski centre – CDN$8 million this year alone. Investments for the 2008-2009 ski season include the following :

• The installation of a loading mat on the Versant des Cantons, allowing a faster ride to the top of the slope
• 200 additional spaces added to the parking lot at Versant du Lac and 70 extra seats in the Shack restaurant whose menu will now focus on pasta dishes.
• The Ste-Julie, Varennes, Candiac and Quebec runs are being merged on the Versant du Village trail to create the Bromont, (a blue run), easing the flow of skiers on la Brome
• CDN$1.5million is going towards the purchase of 85 additional snow guns and new pumps.
Information: 1- 866-276-6668 / (450) 534-2200 or www.skibromont.com  

Mount Orford

At Mount Orford, the 4km (2.48 mile) trail was rerouted and work undertaken to restore some of the environmental damage. Novice skiers now have an easier time of it than before, because this season they can hop on a ‘magic carpet’ in the area that is set aside for beginners. The ski shop at the base of the mountain, also has a new proprietor - Ski-Vélo Vincent Renaud, which already operates a store on Magog’s main street.
Information: 1-866 673-6731 / (819) 843-6548 or www.orford.com  

Mount Sutton

Sutton, a unique centre that draws fans of glade skiing, is seeing several changes this season.

• Isabelle Émond has been appointed as the director of the Mount Sutton Snow School and new beginner programmes are on the menu such as courses for those who want to learn how to ski through the woods and « Ski Divas », held on Thursdays.
• The launch of a « Ski-Friday » pass priced at only CDN$149
• Ability to book online
• The opening of an online store offering some great deals
Information: (450) 538-2339 ou www.montsutton.com  

Enjoy winter sports right in town

It’s unusual to have good facilities for skiing or skating right in town but that is exactly what you can find in Sherbrooke, the ‘capital’ of the Eastern Townships. Mount Bellevue is a great spot for snowboarding or downhill skiing and cross country skiers can whizz along trails covered in a thick blanket of snow. There are tubing runs serviced by a mechanical lift which are great fun for the family and along the 3.5km (2 mile) long Lac-des-Nations linear park - 1.3km (0.80 miles) is covered with groomed ice, drawing skaters from near and far.
Information: (819) 821-1919/1-800-561-8331or www.tourismesherbrooke.com   

Story telling at Sherbrooke’s Museum of Nature and Science

Every day during the holidays, Sherbrooke’s Museum of Nature presents a Christmas tale – just the thing to put you in the mood for the festive season…… These interactive and education tales appeal to young and old and with the help of a wise owl can even encourage Santa Claus to find a suitable present for Mrs. Claus!

While you’re there, be sure to take in one of the other events that are being staged at the museum. They include « Au fil des saisons » (« Throughout the seasons ») an interactive exhibit showcasing the stunning landscapes of the Eastern Townships; «Votre incroyable cerveau» (« Your unbelievable brain »), a theatrical presentation and another exhibit entitled, «Météores à bâbord » (« Meteors to port »). The latter marries scientific fact with fantasy, presenting the reality of meteorites in a unique and stimulating way. Meteorites as you’ve rarely seen them before!
Information: (819) 564-3200 / 1-877-434-3200 or www.mnes.qc.ca  

Closer to nature in our parks

This winter, two cabins are available for rent at Frontenac National Park - the 1-bedroom Cyr 1 (it can accommodate up to four people) and the 3-bedroom Cyr 2 (six people). Also available for rent is La Tanière on the shores of lac des Ours, an off-the beaten track rustic camp, surrounded by magnificent scenery. The cabins and the rustic camp are accessible only on skis or on snowshoes. There is no running water (there is a dry toilet), nor is there a refrigerator, but drinking water is provided and a fireplace or wood stove keep renters nice and warm.
Information: (418) 486-2300 /1-800-665-6527 or www.parcsquebec.com  

Mount Orford National Park is as popular as ever and this winter it is launching a 10-entry cross country ski pass. Sold at a cost of CDN$86 (plus tax) and available at Le Cerisier Visitor Centre, it offers skiers a pretty good deal because the regular daily rate is CDN$10.75 (plus tax). As in previous winters, the park is running programmes on the wildlife that lives in the park and activities such as walking along trails lit by flaming torches.
Information: (819) 843-9855 / 1-800 665-6527 or www.parcsquebec.com  

In Mount Megantic National Park a new snowshoeing trail will be inaugurated this winter - Ruisseau Deloge. Designed for beginners and families, it stretches for 1.5km (0.9 miles) beside the Deloge Creek. Along the way, it climbs for 90 metres (295 feet), between the park’s main entrance and the Petite-Ourse hut.

The new trail is also going to be lit by flaming torches during certain activities. Every Saturday, for example, from January 24-March 28, 2009, an evening of astronomy will be combined with a snowshoe walk by torchlight. A package, including dinner, is available. The program is as follows – 5pm-7pm, dinner prepared by the chef; 7pm-9pm, snowshoeing with flaming torches along a 5km (3 mile) trail; 9pm-11pm, an evening of astronomy at ASTROlab. Reservations are essential.
Information: (819) 888-2941 / 1-800 665-6527 or www.parcsquebec.com  

And let’s not forget the hikers…..

A carpet of snow on the ground certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t go walking! Strap on your snowshoes and get ready to take off along the Sentiers de l’Estrie - a network of hiking trails across the Eastern Townships. Since last spring, an army of volunteers, accompanied by forest managers, have cleared 4 km (29 miles) of new walking and snowshoeing trails and they’re just waiting for this season’s hikers……A rustic campsite and another hiking hut have also been installed along the Sentiers de l’Estrie, at Bolton Pass and Miller Lake, respectively.

Here are the details of the new hiking trails :

• 8km (5 miles) between the Kingsbury Marsh and the St-François River, in the region of Val- St-François
• 8km (5 miles) between Grotte de L’Ours in Stoke and Mount Elan’s Vallée Heureuse in East Angus
• 3.4km (2 miles) between Chemin du Rocher and Eastman
• 2km (1.2 miles) between Parc de St-Étienne de Bolton and Sentier de l’Estrie, near the hill at Trousers Lake
• 10km (6.2 miles) between Mansonville Park and the Ruiter Valley Land Trust
• 12km (7.5 miles) between the Ruiter Valley Land Trust and Mount Singer
• 3.6km (2.23 miles) between Bolton Centre Road and a scenic hill in Bolton East.
Information : (819) 864-6314 or www.lessentiersdelestrie.qc.ca  

To get the most out of a trip to the Townships, why not linger for a while? Stay at one of our elegant country inns or at a cosy B&B.

For further details about fall activities, please visit our website at : www.easterntownships.org.  

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

 
 

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