15 Cultural Outings to Enjoy this Summer in The Townships

Updated on Apr 25, 2022

The Eastern Townships overflow with rich and unique cultural treasures. Tea time enjoyed in an ancestral home, visiting a famous author’s inspiring venues, discovering more about the slate rush… There are multiple opportunities to immerse ourselves in the region’s culture.

  • Teatime at the Upland Cultural and Heritage Centre
    In this Sherbrooke residence built in 1862, discover antiques, magnificent gardens, and tea served in the traditional English style… A unique experience to share with someone dear to you.
  • Visit the Musée de l’ingéniosité J. Armand-Bombardier
    Become the star of a snowmobile commercial; pilot an airplane; design and test a vehicle of the future; attend an immersive show about the story of Joseph-Armand Bombardier … and still much more!
  • Discover the World of our Artisan-Ceramists at the Rozynski Art Centre
    This place is a true gem and gathers several artisan ceramists who come here notably to participate in different workshops. However, the centre also organizes a unique event in the region: The Céramystic exhibition. This annual outdoor event exhibits the work of about thirty artisans. This year it will be held from July 1 to July 10, and promises to offer a very rich program.
  • Visit the Destinations That Have Inspired Louise Penny
    Hurry! Reserve your visit to places such as Knowlton, the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac abbey, the Manoir Hovey, etc.—that have inspired novelist Louise Penny for her famous Inspector Armand Gamache’s investigations. A not-to-be-missed tour if you’ve ever dived into one of her books.
  • Admire Our Ancestors’ Agricultural Heritage by Visiting the Walbridge Barn
    Built in 1882, it’s Québec’s oldest polygonal barn and the only one in North America with 12 sides. Set on the road towards Mystic, in Saint-Ignace-de-Stanbridge, along with the Cornell Mill and Hodge’s General Store, it constitutes one of the period buildings which make up the Missisquoi Museum.  
  • Find Inner Peace at the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey
    For the great beauty of the site, the guided tours with amazing stories, the boutique’s delicious products, such as their cheeses, the orchards, the magnificent spiritual celebrations … for all this, you must find a little time here this summer.  
  • Follow in the Tracks of our Ancestors on the Pioneer Trail  
    Spread throughout a route covering the MRCs of Memphremagog and Coaticook, you’ll discover these life-size silhouettes representing important personalities who lived in the region. They’ll teach you about different segments of the Townships’ history.
  • Admire the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke’s Beautiful Collections
    The Couleurs Manifestes exhibition; The Townships Artists Biennial under the theme Time at Work; Contemporary Native Art and the exhibition Land back; a Vraies/Semblables Photo Exhibition… all these exhibitions can be seen in Sherbrooke this summer.
  • Visit the Maison Merry, a True Jewel of Magog’s history
    The oldest house in Magog, and without a doubt, one of the prettiest, present the exhibit Ndakina: the Abenakis in the Eastern Townships. Take advantage of your time here to relax at the Pointe Merry and to do a little window-shopping walking down the town’s Main street!
  • Enjoy Great Food and Intimate Shows at Beat & Bettrave
    Established in the charming village of Frelighsburg , this café proposes a savoury and healthy menu (you must try their falafels!), while you enjoy a variety of performances. This is your opportunity to attend intimate shows by artists such as Fred Fortin, the Sœurs Boulay and other well-known entertainers in their cozy little performance hall.
  • Discover Le P’tit Bonheur de Saint-Camille
    This stylish, gourmet and cultural community centre, almost forms the entire heart of the village. With the Café du Flâneur, the performance hall, the Friday pizzas and the different exhibitions and events, Le P’tit Bonheur really spreads A LOT of Happiness!
  • Go on a Cultural Road Trip on the Townships Trail
    A 430 km route leading you across 31 municipalities, and an exclusive window showcasing the region’s history, thanks to, among others, the incredible built heritage you’ll discover here. This is the road trip to take this summer!
  • Marvel all the Wealth You’ll Discover at the Musée de l’Ardoise
    Do you know anything about the slate rush? Well, you’ll learn a lot when you visit the slate museum, Le Musée de l’Ardoise, in Richmond. Established inside a church dating back to 1889 covered with slate, this museum is one of the hidden treasures you’ll discover in the region.
  • Let Orford Musique Fill Your Ears
    The organization which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is a true beehive filled with talent and musical initiatives. An academy, performances held in the heart of the Parc National du Mont-Orford, concerts everywhere in the region’s parks, visual arts, gourmet proposals… All this, from June 9 to August 12.
  • Drop by the Ulverton Wool Mills (absolutely!)
    This mill built in 1849 constitutes another of the region’s hidden treasures. Here you find different event halls, Sunday brunches, hiking trails, a petting farm and a boutique filled with irresistible artisanal products. A MUST to add to your list of summer visits!

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