Refreshing Ideas in the Townships

Chill seeking during our summer heat waves

Updated on Jul 9, 2024

When Mother Nature gets carried away with the temperature, all you want to do is head out to a lake or a pool! In addition to these not-to-be-missed spaces to cool off, there are many others to (re)discover.

By Carolyne Parent

©Daphné Caron

The Capelton Mine, in Hatley

There’s a rich historical heritage to explore in our Townships. Take this old copper mine, founded in 1863! Just like the miners of bygone days, you can explore the underground galleries in the company of guides who’ll offer you a thrilling adventure ... at 10 °C. We even recommend that you bring a sweater for the duration of your visit! Good to know: you can add to the fun by taking on a prospector’s role, bare feet in the water.

©Daphné Caron

Mont Sutton’s Ziplines

The idea? To cool off in a big way and to shiver with pleasure while doing so. The giant zipline spans a kilometre over the canopy and offers the steepest incline in the country. We then continue down the mountain to our starting point, on a second zipline which is 400 metres long. As for speed peaks heading downhill, we’re looking at some 100 km/h. For true enthusiasts: you might want to combine this experience with the Zipline Coaster, a true aerial rollercoaster ride! Go like the wind!

©Mathieu Dupuis

The Call of the Open Water

Always keeping in mind the need to get away from it all, you could rent a windsurfing board or even a sailboat from the Club de voile Memphrémagog, in Magog, and enjoy sailing on the lake. You don’t know how to go about it? A private initiation (windsurfing, sailboat, catamaran) and you’re good to go. Another option: take a cruise for an aperitif or a gastronomic experience with Escapades Memphrémagog.

Bromont’s Water Park

This way to the giant water slides, 13 in all, and all the thrills that come with them! Because it’s known to be a “mountain of experiences,” several complementary activities are offered, such as a performance featuring birds of prey. Also, it’s a well-known fact that, at higher altitudes and in the forest, the temperature’s always cooler.

Nordic Experiences

In the middle of winter, we often need to work up the courage to complete the full cycle of a Nordic thermal experience, as is the custom. Pools and icy waterfalls aren’t very attractive at -30 °C... However, in hot weather, we won’t hesitate to jump in. Where to find them? In Bromont, Balnea Spa et réserve thermale is renowned for its beautiful natural setting, its cold waterfall and its beach club set alongside Lake Gale. In East Bolton, in the middle of nature, Bolton Spa offers spacious polar pools and access the falls on the North-Missisquoi river, as well as its waterway. Plenty of fresh and pleasant dips to look forward to!

The “Pop” and Women’s World of Adèle Blais

The work of this painter-collage artist refreshes our memory of the world’s women pioneers in all spheres. All summer long, at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke and as part of the exhibition What Would We Be? She pays a vibrant tribute to the many Townships women who left their mark on their era. Among them Eva Tanguay, a native of Harding’s Corner (Dudswell), who was known as the queen of Vaudeville in her day! The establishment itself is quite refreshing, as it is, of course, air-conditioned.

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