Winter Outings in the Townships for Free (or Almost!)

Are you looking for a maximum of fun at a minimum cost? Here are some suggestions that will give your wallet a nice break!

Free Activities

Playing Outside on National Parks Day

Saturday, January 25, 2020, you’ll be able to access all Quebec National Parks for free. Take advantage of this day for a nature outing in one of the Eastern Townships’ four National Parks. Discover the region’s natural treasures and participate in different activities organized especially for this day.

Sherbrooke’s Interactive Mural Circuit

Thanks to the Muralis application, the city’s murals come to life. Discover eighteen frescoes and learn more about the history and culture of Sherbrooke thanks to the animated, interactive capsules. A great activity for bringing together outdoor fun and culture!

Visit a Museum the First Sunday of Each Month

On the first Sunday of each month, many museums will welcome you for free. In the Townships, you can visit the Musée d’histoire de Sherbrooke, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke’s nature and science museum and the Beaulne Museum in Coaticook. Please go! You’ll discover many wonderful exhibits!

© Daphné Caron

Go for a Walk in the City or in the Forest

Winter walks have found many adepts in the Townships and several trails and pathways are accessible for free, whether it’s an urban walk or hiking in a forest setting. Choose your camp … or not!

Fly on the Ice

For enjoying some quality time with your family or your better half as you take in some fresh air, there’s nothing better than ice skating. Whether it’s the 2.5 km ice ice path by Lake Memphremagog, the Domaine Howard pond in Sherbrooke, or the illuminated paths of Parc Daniel-Johnson in Granby, you’ll have a great time without spending a dime!

Outings for $20 or Less

Tube Sliding… Hurray!

Sliding, at full speed, down a snow-covered slope on an inner tube? Yes indeed! In fact, at the Parc national de la Yamaska, they’ve opened three sliding corridors this season. You can use the park’s tubes or bring your luge.

Cost: The activity is free but you must pay a park entrance fee of $8.75 per adult. Access is free for 17-year-olds and younger.

Check out all the other venues that offer tube sliding in the region.

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A Sweet Outing in Sherbrooke

If you have a sweet tooth, these two places are a must for you: the pastry shop Ça beigne and the bakery Les Vraies Richesses. The first address will offer you a variety of artisanal doughnuts, each just as delicious as the other; The second stop will have you discover a panoply of delicious treats such as their breads, muffins, macaroon, chocolate eclairs, cakes… A true delight!

Sooner or Later … at the Restaurant Auguste!

Both the early bird and late hour menus of the restaurant Auguste will offer you the same selections as the ones you find on their regular menu, but at a lower price. However, to take advantage of this offer, you must arrive by 5:00 p.m. and free your table by 6:30 p.m. or arrive after 9:00 p.m. You might be bending the rules a bit for your normal dining hours, but it will really be worth your while!

Cost: $20 for either the early bird or late hour menu.

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Try a Snow Scooter

How does it work? Well, it works the same way as a regular scooter but, instead of wheels, you’ll be pushing ahead on two big skis over the snow. You can rent this fun contraption at Vie de Plein Air, in Magog, and ride along the trail set by Lake Memphremagog. If the conditions are right, you can even glide directly on the lake. A great family or group activity!

Cost: Rentals are $13.05 per hour

A Fatbike on Mont Bellevue

Mont Bellevue offers a network of trails covering 9 kilometres accessible to fatbikes. Are you a beginner? Try the trail that will take you around the mountain. You’re an expert? Head down the Kamikaze and the Épingle (the hairpin), two trails marked as difficult.

Cost: Bike rentals are $20 for 1 hour (available at the ski station). Trail access is free.

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