A million things to do during the Winter in the Townships

Winter in the Cantons is made for fun. Whether you are with your significant other, cherished friends or extended family, here’s to making the most of it in the Eastern Townships.

  • Play Outside
  • Warm Up
Yooner at Mont SUTTON

It looks like sled/ski hybrid, it goes fast yet is easily maneuverable, it’s suitable for adrenaline-junkies aged 8 to 88, and it’s really, really fun. This winter, meet the Yooner at Mont SUTTON.

The Magog Ice Trail

We’ll always come back to the skating trail along Lac Memphrémagog, right near Magog’s pretty downtown area. It’s a classic! Pro tip: The sunset over the lake is a spectacular sight, so plan accordingly.

Cast a Line… on Ice!

A lovely setting, a hole that’s already dug, all the necessary gear… all you have to do is convince the fish to bite! Come discover why ice fishing is one of the favourite activities at Parc National de la Yamaska.

Winter Hikes

Did you know that on a very clear day, you can see Montreal from the top of Mont Glen? That’s just one of the fun facts you’ll learn from Sentiers de l’Estrie’s “Winter Hikes” video.

Cross-Country Ski in Mont-Mégantic

Have friends who love cross-country skiing? Bring them to Parc National du Mont-Mégantic to explore some 26 kms of intermediate and expert trails. Want to explore the backcountry? Discover the 8.2 km backcountry skiing trail flanking the northern side of the mountain.

Winter Hike with the Pup

Grab your crampons or snowshoes, a dog harness and leash, warm layers, water and snacks. The goal? Hike 713 metres to the summit of Mont-Ham, in Ham-Sud, to admire the incredible 360-degree view. From January 24 to 27.

Parc des Montagnards

When the kids start to bounce off the walls, head for the hills and set off for a family hike in Shefford. With pretty views and a child-friendly distance (4 kms return), it’s a failsafe remedy for cabin fever.

Feed the Birds

Where? At Centre d’Interprétation de la Nature du Lac Boivin, in Granby. Why? Because this conservation area is renowned for its diverse fauna, including birds that happen to like being hand-fed. It’s fun for grown-ups and totally thrilling for kids.

Reach the Summit!

Which one? Mont Gosford, at 1,193 metres. From the top, soak in the sweeping views onto the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Mégantic region. Don’t forget to snap a selfie!

André Nadeau Outdoor Recreation Centre

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fatbiking, tubing, skating… All in one spot, just 20 minutes from downtown Sherbrooke. A recreation centre to visit again and again throughout the winter.

Ski 101

Whether you want to learn to ski or enrol your kids in lessons, Mont Bellevue is the beginner mountain par excellence. With accessible terrain and flexible lesson plans (à la carte, packages, private or group), you’ll be hitting the slopes with confidence in no time.

Uphill Skiing in Orford

Already a pro at skinning—or always wanted try? Parc National du Mont-Orford has two new trails for the season (for total of eight), plus two uphill corridors and nine trails accessible outside the park’s opening hours.

Choose your own Ski Adventure

Pick Bromont, montagne d’expériences for its expansive illuminated terrain, Mont-Orford for maximum vertical drop, SUTTON for gorgeous glades and Owl’s Head for panoramic views. Which will you choose first?

Tubing at Baie-des-Sables

The three tubing runs are sure to delight kids—not to mention the kids-at-heart. You can also hit the ski (cross-country and downhill) or snowshoe trails for an action-packed day as a family. At Station Touristique Baie-des-Sables in Lac-Mégantic.

Discover the Zoo in the Winter

After a brief hiatus, Granby Zoo opens its doors once more this winter. Don’t miss your chance to say hello to the animals, take a few laps around the skating rink and play in the winter village.

Oh What Fun, it is to Ride…

Fresh air, crisp snow, a horse-drawn sleigh… It doesn’t get much more festive that that. An experience to enjoy at least once this winter with your significant other, kids, friends or family. At Jacques-Robidas Riding Centre in North Hatley.

Snowball Fight!

Feeling competitive? Challenge friends and family to a game of Yukigassen, an organized version of the classic snowball fight. May the best team win! At Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook.

Torchlight Walk at the Marsh

If you’re with a significant other, it will be romantic. If you’re with kids, it will be oh-so-exciting. And no matter who you’re with, you’re sure to appreciate the unique experience that is exploring Rivière-aux-Cerises marsh.

Fondue and Chill

From cheese to hot pot, these are the best restaurants to tuck into a warm, comforting fondue, a.k.a. the most crave-worthy meal during the cold winter months.

Family Spa Day

Like the idea of lounging in a hot tub? No need for a babysitter: Many of the region’s spas open their doors to little ones during select hours, and even offer special kid-friendly treatments.

Glamping at Vallée Heureuse du Mont Élan

Plenty of lodging options, an array of outdoor activities, a serene nature experience, tons of fresh air… it’s easy to see why it’s called “happy valley.”

Did Anybody Say Hot Chocolate?

Is there anything better than a warm chocolate beverage on a cold day? We think not! This winter, make it your mission to find the very best hot chocolate in the Townships. Spoiler alert: We’re betting these spots will all make the cut.

Best Brunch

Nothing says vacation mode quite like lazy brunch. Whether you’re on team sweet or team savoury when it comes to morning meals, these Townships restaurants score high marks for their cozy ambiance and delicious morning fare.

Wine Route in the Winter

Did you know that you can experience the Wine Route in the winter? Many vineyards offer tastings throughout the winter months. Bonus: No crowds—you might even have the place to yourself.

Treat Yourself

Craving an upscale dining experience? Whether it’s for a fancy date night or to celebrate with loved ones, these restaurants make a superb setting for a memorable, splurge-y evening.

Indoor Activities

As much as we love playing outside, sometimes it’s just too cold. To the rescue: Fascinating museum exhibits, fabulous concerts and indoor fun and games for all.

For the Love of Alpacas

They’re soft. They’re adorable. They’re hilarious. And yes: They’re probably your new obsession after a visit to Alpacas Sutton.

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