Published on Mar 10, 2021

Our cities and towns all have something unique to offer you. Whether it’s a place, a product, a landscape, an attraction or an event, you’ll always have at least five good reasons for visiting them!

By Carolyne Parent

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Le Manoir Hovey

Among this destination’s remnants testifying to the presence of Americans here, you’ll discover the very dignified Manoir Hovey. Built in 1898 for an Atlanta magnate, it was modelled after George Washington’s Mount Vernon residence, in Virginia. This grand lady of the hotel industry is a member of the Relais & Châteaux network. The property offers 36 rooms and suites spread through several pavilions on a 25-acre domain on the shores of Lake Massawippi. With its fireplace, its cozy seating, and all the natural light filtering in, the main building’s library is truly a warm and welcoming place. Here, you’ll find Louise Penny’s novels displayed in their own showcase; The establishment was the inspiration for her “Manoir Bellechasse” in the thriller The Murder Stone. What a great way to introduce you to the hotel’s “Vive Gamache !” package, in honour of the fictive investigator, and which offers you an exploratory circuit associated with the author and her universe.
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Scowen Park and the Massawippi Trail

Oh, what a beautiful oasis you’ll discover in this park, donated to the township by its residents to everyone’s great joy! About 4 kilometres in length, the trail is quite attractive with its footbridge, its hollow log and its lookout benches. In Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, the neighbouring town, the Massawippi Trail offers a superb view overlooking the lake. By the way, did you know that “Massawappi” is an Abenaki word meaning “abundance of clear water”?
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Saveurs et gourmandises

Here, we do as the “locals” do! We order a quiche or a pizza, some Viennese pastries and a cup of coffee, then, on a beautiful day, we head out to enjoy our food on the lawn in front, right by the lake!
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The Galerie Jeannine Blais

A well-known address for over thirty years, this gallery exhibits the work of self-taught artist painters and sculptors from the Townships, and elsewhere as well. A fine relaxing moment as you learn more about the naïve art style. Who knows? You might find your next most treasured piece here!
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Auberge La Chocolatière

For tea time, simply head out to La Chocolatière www.aubergelachocolatiere.com. Indeed, this venue can be found on the region’s English Tea Route. Dating back to 1896, this old “icehouse” (In winter, the town would store the ice they would take from Lake Massawippi in this building) is an inn, a boutique offering local sweet treats, and a gourmet bistro with chocolate as their common theme. Today, the place offers a much warmer welcome!
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Did You Know?

This charming, highly renowned resort destination goes way back? In fact, already by the end of the 19th century, wealthy Americans, from the Southern United States would come to spend their summers here. Indeed, it was out of the question for them to spend time vacationing in New England’s Yankee territory, they preferred continuing further north to North Hatley.

With great pomp! This small “aristocrat community” had several sumptuous villas built for them on the shores of the lake and introduced the region to their refined lifestyle with such activities as sailing and golf.

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