Published on May 18, 2022

What to do this weekend – May 20-23

There are tons of interesting things to see and do in the Townships during this long weekend. Here are some of them:

Inhale the sweet blossoms at Ferme Cidricole Équinoxe

The fruit trees are in full bloom at this cider farm and visitors can come and enjoy the fragrant scents that waft through the air at this time of year. On Sunday, May 22 (10am-4pm), visitors can stroll through the orchard and sample Retrouvailles 2021 (a sparkling cider made from wild apples) and Volage 2020, an alcoholic perry (similar to cider but made from pears).

Further details of the event can be found right here.

Support local artisans at Sherbrooke’s Etsy Market

Following the success of the Marché Etsy de Sherbrooke last Christmas, the organizers have launched a spring version! Some 50 craftspeople from across Quebec, are setting up stalls in the basement of the Saint-Michel Cathedral where you’ll find a great selection of their handiwork – sketches, macramé, jewelry, pottery, gourmet food products, accessories, clothing… and more. There will be some great finds!

Saturday, May 21 (10am-4pm)

Attend the Festival littéraire francophone de Lac-Brome

A new literary festival is being held in Lac-Brome (Knowlton), in partnership with the Festival international de la littérature (FIL). It runs from May 19-22, during which time you’ll be able to attend a screening of ‘Illusion perdues’ (Lost Illusions), a French feature film based on a novel by 19th century writer, Honoré de Balzac. The film will be shown at Theatre Lac-Brome. While you’re in the village, drop by Coldbrook Park where you can find poems – words and images - created by Innu children.

Get out your mountain bike!

Finally – it’s time to hit the trails! The Eastern Townships offers close to 400 kilometres of mountain bike trails, covering a variety of terrains and catering to all levels of ability. The trails that are already open include Parc de la Gorge (Coaticook), Parc du Mont-Bellevue (Sherbrooke), Mont Orford National Park, Parc des Sommets (Bromont) and the Circuits Frontières in East Hereford.

Discover the universe of fish in Coaticook

This Saturday marks the official opening of the summer season at the Parc découverte nature de Coaticook (Nature Discovery Park). Visitors can try their hand at an interactive game – Acoatica – whose objective is to educate players about the survival challenges faced by some species of fish. The idea behind the game (played inside and outside) is to win points by gathering the biggest ‘school’ of fish possible.

Visitors to the park can also catch real fish (rather than just virtual ones!) and cook them on site. As well, they can learn about fish farming or wander along the 3.5-km Sentier des moulins hiking trail.

Reservations must be made in advance.

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