Best Things to do in November in the Eastern Townships

Published on Oct 23, 2023

November is a quiet month – a time to slow down, before the onslaught of the ski season and the Christmas holidays. In the Eastern Townships, there are dozens of ways to do just that! Visitors can stroll in the heart of nature, meander through city streets, relax in the warming waters of a spa, linger over a snack in a village café, take in a museum or two…… In other words, revel in the experience of “slow” travel, Townships’ style!

Take time to explore our local communities

Only an hour from Montreal and stretching along the border of the U.S. states of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, the Townships are replete with quiet country roads and communities where life unfolds at a relaxed pace. It’s the ideal destination for a road trip and you’ll find lots of reasons to linger – heritage buildings (many of which are architectural gems), shopping areas (with boutiques, art galleries and craft shops), gourmet restaurants and parks where you can enjoy the great outdoors.

The Granby region for example, is known for agritourism and its great restaurants, while the Brome-Missisquoi area is the wine-producing hub of the province (delineated by a Wine Route). From there you can follow the Townships Trail (Chemins des Cantons) which takes you to the shores of scenic Lake Memphremagog. Culture vultures will love hanging out at the museums in Sherbrooke. If you’re looking for some exercise, you can take a walk in Val-Saint-François or around the “Cittaslow” town of Lac Megantic.

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Indulge yourself!

How about an entire weekend with your friends (or your significant other) just focusing on your well-being? There are few more relaxing ways to unwind than spending time in one of our spas. We have many such havens of peace throughout the region – all of them offering a range of treatments.

Or perhaps you should indulge yourself with a meal at Granby’s Bistro Kapzak. This laid-back eatery specializes in fusion cuisine (a mixture of Quebec and Polish). Then there’s the more formal L’ Auguste - renowned for its decadent poutine “inversée”. Before heading home, make sure you stock up on some original artwork and “pampering” products – soap, beauty cosmetics, creams, perfumes – made by our talented, local artisans.

Check out our special section for a number of ideas on how to spoil yourself when visiting the Eastern Townships. If you really want to go the whole hog, why not book accommodation at one of our spas – a cocooning experience par excellence!

Hide out in one of our unique accommodations

The next time you visit the Eastern Townships, opt for staying in one of the region’s one-of-a-kind accommodations! Many are built with eco-friendly materials or in an unusual location (such as perched in trees!) and they offer the perfect opportunity to escape from the routine of daily life.

Tree houses are popular with both young and old and you’ll find them at Au Diable Vert (just outside Sutton) and at Laö Cabines (Municipality of Racine). Nestled in the woods, these cabins are the ideal jumping off point for exploring nearby Mont Sutton and Mont Orford (respectively).
For a wellness break, we suggest Les Løges in Stanstead Township (private lodges with thermal facilities), Spa Eastman or the Zoobox cabins at Vertrendre (five minutes from the spa).

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Let time drift by – in a museum!

If you planning to come to the Townships in November and would like to find something to do inside, rather than risk the uncertain, in-between-seasons weather, we recommend you head for one (or more!) of our museums.

Art lovers will enjoy the exhibits at the Musée international d'art naïf (a collection of naïve art in Magog) and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Sherbrooke’s Fine Arts Museum. Satisfy your curiosity with a visit to the J. Armand Bombardier Museum of Ingenuity in Valcourt or the celestial phenomena at the ASTROLab in Mont Megantic National Park. And if you have a sweet tooth? You’ll loooooove the Musée du chocolat - Bromont’s chocolate and confectionary museum!

Our museums are educational but above all fun! 10 that are well worth a visit are outlined as follows. Most offer nearby accommodation where you can rest up overnight before continuing your slow travel through the Townships….

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