Scenic Routes for the Perfect Getaway

Val Saint-François

Published on Sept 6, 2023

The Val Saint-François region in the Eastern Townships is renowned for being an oasis of tranquility... One visit and you’ll immediately feel the region’s energy. This season, plan a getaway to this beautiful area located between Drummondville and Sherbrooke.

Taking Your Time... As a Couple

Would you like to spend a relaxing day with your lover? Opt for the Romantique Circuit, where discovery and splendour will be your main focus. Your getaway begins with a visit to the beautiful Ulverton Woolen Mill (dating back to 1850) and continues with wine tasting at the Vallons de Wadleigh vineyard. (Remember to call before coming since these sites will be closing at the end of October). Are you more interested in cultural outings? You could choose to visit the Richmond Art Centre instead. Following this itinerary, you can also enjoy a stroll around the Kinsgbury Marsh, a magnificent and relatively uncrowded place, and end your day with a pint of beer at L’Ardoise, a brewery cooperative in Richmond, or a hot drink at Café du Couvent. Combining cultural heritage, fine wines and a walk in the open air is a winning formula for rekindling the love you feel for your other half ... and for the region! And if you feel like spending the night in the region, you can stay at Camping Pura Vida, which offers a range of ready-to-camp accommodations.

Taking Your Time... As a Family

If you’re passing through Valcourt, you absolutely must make a stop at the Musée de l’ingéniosité J. Armand Bombardier to discover the story behind the invention of the snowmobile and visit Mr. Bombardier’s birthplace. The kids are asking for more? Continue your day with other stops suggested by the Génie-Agricole tour, such as the Fromagerie Nouvelle-France (New France Cheese Factory).

Or perhaps you’d prefer to spend the day picking your own fruits and vegetables in the great outdoors. With the Cueillette en folie circuit, you can meet a host of producers and stock up on local products: organic vegetables, apples, pumpkins, and even pick sea buckthorn berries, with their orange colour and unique flavour. At each site, you’ll receive a warm welcome from passionate owners who are happy to share their knowledge with you.

Taking Your Time... Cycling

Cyclists know: You always get more out of the scenery and atmosphere of a place when you can visit it on two wheels! To appreciate the beauty of the valleys and rural landscapes of Val Saint-François, try the one-day Agro-Vélo circuit. Before getting on your bike, stop off at the Lussier Belgians Farm, where horses, educational activities and a farmers’ market await you. You can then set off to explore the Vallée cycle path, an easy 23 km ride set against a backdrop of agricultural landscapes. Perfectly relaxing!

There are plenty of other tourist routes in Val Saint-François to help you unwind and revitalize your spirit.... With its rich built heritage, beautiful agricultural landscapes, top-quality local products and fresh air, we must strongly suggest that you come for a visit!



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