New Activities Happening this Summer

Updated on Jun 11, 2024

Here are some new outdoor activities to discover in the Eastern Townships in the coming months!

15 New Ready-to-Camp Units at Huttopia

For a night or longer, imagine yourself as a trapper of the Great North while sleeping in one of the new "Canadiennes" at Huttopia Sutton campground. Inspired by the lifestyle of these men, these ready-to-camp units offer all the necessary comforts with a large living space. In the evening, light the wood stove and let its soothing light lull you to sleep... A memorable stay in the heart of nature!

Echoes from Frontenac National Park

In the vast Frontenac National Park, known for its rich biodiversity, the Rivière-aux-Bleuets campground has converted 10 traditional ready-to-camp units into more spacious "Étoile" units, accommodating up to six people. By the supervised beach, a new hall dedicated to corporate events, L’Oasis, is now available for rent. Expect memorable team meetings and outdoor activities, with a view of Grand Lake Saint-François as a bonus! Finally, camping and resort pleasures will extend until October 27 in the South sector.

Expanded Ready-to-Camp Offer at Yamaska National Park

Near Granby, in Roxton Pond, the accommodation offer at Yamaska National Park is expanding with 26 new ready-to-camp units available from May 17. The starting rate? $132 per night. Quite affordable!

The Blue Route: A Refreshing Circuit!

From Danville to Kingsey Falls, a new route has been added to the Blue Route, connecting the Eastern Townships to the Centre-du-Québec for the first time. Water sports enthusiasts can sail calm waters on the Nicolet South-West River over a long course estimated at around 6 hours.

12 Times to the Summits

In the second season of the Summit Drive Challenge, two proposals are launched: the Family Challenge and the Adventure Challenge. They involve reaching three summits or taking three walks per season, for a total of 12 hikes to be completed between June 1 and May 31, 2025, and logging them on the Summit Drive website for a chance to win the grand prize in a draw. Additionally, each month, a photo contest will reward the best image captured during a hike and shared on the RDS website upon activity registration, as well as on the event’s Facebook page @routedessommets. Let’s air out our hiking boots!

The Rise of Vanlife

The 100% electric vehicle fleet of Bromont Campervan is growing with the arrival of 5 new vans. Starting in June, these four-season vehicles will be available for rent. Additionally, the company is organizing the VanFiesta event at the end of the summer season in 2024 to benefit the Marguerite Dubois Center. This festive event aims to bring together vanlife enthusiasts, outdoor lovers, and epicureans while contributing to the community center's growth.

Discover Nature Differently

Thanks to [Hélicraft] and its brand new heliport in Magog, it is now possible to discover the landscapes of the Townships from above. The tours offer an exceptional view of the lakes in the Memphrémagog region, flying over Lake Memphrémagog, Mount Orford, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey, Owl’s Head, Grand Lake Massawippi, and Lake Magog – an unforgettable aerial experience.

Enhanced Experience on the Abbey Circuit

The Abbey Circuit, a 149 km hiking route, is being enriched for the upcoming season. Hikers will enjoy new rest areas along the way and visit historical stations where they will find QR codes providing access to informative podcasts about cultural and historical sites. These improvements will be available from June 2024 when the season launches. Registrations are already open online, offering participants a comprehensive information kit to prepare for the route, which starts at Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey.

Patrollers to Accompany You

The Parc des Sommets de Bromont aims to promote hikes accompanied by patrollers this summer. Every weekend from June to August will have scheduled departures either on Saturday or Sunday for guided trail hikes. This invitation to discover is free of charge. No reservation required.

Two Territories Proudly Bike-Friendly

This summer, the regions of Mégantic and Des Sources are joining the "Fièrement Vélo" initiative! Several businesses, restaurants, and tourist attractions are committed to providing a warm welcome to cyclists and offering information on the various cycling networks in their territory. Businesses also provide a repair kit to secure or repair a bike on-site, making the cycling trip as enjoyable as possible.

A New Circuit to Vermont

The cycling network of the Memphrémagog region is enhanced with the addition of a new circuit: La Frontalière, an 87-kilometer loop connecting Ayer’s Cliff to Newport in Vermont. Cyclists will traverse the Tomifobia Nature Trail and Stanstead, among other places. The circuit will be inaugurated on June 22 during the Cyclo-Gourmand event organized by the MRC de Memphrémagog. For a comprehensive overview of the region’s cycling routes, see the Memphrémagog Bike Map.

Pedal Around Granby’s Lakes

In Granby, the Circuit of Three Lakes stretches over 74 km (round trip), connecting Estriade to the Brome-Missisquoi region. Along the way, cyclists can admire Lake Boivin, Waterloo Lake, and Brome Lake. Between effort and perseverance, cyclists are invited to take a refreshing break at Douglass Beach, near the heart of Knowlton.

New Gravel Circuits in Val-Saint-François

The Val-Saint-François region is perfect for gravel biking with its numerous gravel roads, beautiful bodies of water, picturesque hills, and authentic rural landscapes. This summer, eight new gravel circuits are added for a total of nine circuits, spanning nearly 426 km.

Sleeping in a "Goutte d'air"

In Coaticook, the Auberge du Changement d’Ère invites its guests to sleep in a "Goutte d'air," a spherical structure suspended in the trees. Unique in their shape and design, they will delight those seeking an original experience as the driving force of their getaways.

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