What to do this weekend – September 11-13

Visit the most beautiful religious sites in the region, discover Sherbooke by kayak, participate in the grape harvest, have fun on a mountain, go biking - a multitude of things on offer in the Townships this weekend! Here are some suggestions…

Discover Sherbrooke from the water

A historic outing by kayak no less! Sherb-Histoire, the city’s historical society, is organizing a trip around the Lac-des-Nations and the Magog River and as you paddle along, you’ll learn about Sherbrooke’s history through interesting anecdotes about the city’s past. The two-hour guided tour takes you past landmarks such as the manufacturing and industrial sectors, Mont Bellevue, the Jacques Cartier Bridge and the railway station – a great activity to enjoy before the summer draws to a close!

Until September 29, 2020| Reservations required | (819) 345-4183 | The trip starts at the Sherbrooke branch of the Agence de Voyages Mercedes (Mercedes Travel Agency).

Participate in the wine harvest

September and October are the months when the grape harvest is in full swing and several wineries organize activities that are open to the public. The Domaine du Ridge, for example, invites visitors into their vineyards to pick grapes, allowing them to experience what it feels like to be a professional vintner. Other wineries organize guided visits of their facilities and offer ‘tasting’ platters to savour in the fresh air. At Château de cartes, vignoble et cidrerie (this establishment also makes cider), you can sample its popular pizza baked in a wood-fired oven and at the Vignoble du Ruisseau, food cooked over embers. Check out the list of activities at the wineries this season.

Reservations required, at the vineyard of your choice

Head for the hills – in Sutton!

At Mont Sutton, fall starts this weekend! If you’re impatient for the colour season to begin, you’ll find a slew of autumn-flavoured activities to enjoy – chairlift rides, hikes through the forest, local wine tastings, BBQs, outdoor concerts, mountain biking lessons for novices and much, much more….

Every weekend from September 12 – October 12| Mont Sutton | Schedule

The Grandes Fourches Circuit – tried and tested!

If you have a hankering to pump those pedals and give your calves a good workout, try cycling the Grandes Fourches, a 52-km circuit of urban landscapes and forested areas that links Sherbrooke with North Hatley. Yvan Martineau, one of our collaborators, has done just that! He describes his experience and the many pleasures he found along the way in his blog post The Grandes Fourches Circuit; Where Thousands of Fun Moments Await.

Religious heritage days

This weekend, several churches throughout the province of Quebec, will be opening their doors to the general public. In our region, thirteen such churches and places of worship will be participating in the « Journées du patrimoine religieux » and you can find them all along the Townships Trail. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about our religious heritage, manifested through the architectural and historical details that characterize our sacred sites.

Incidentally, a number of these sites are also on the list of our « top 7 » most beautiful religious sites in the Eastern Townships.

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