Best things to do in May in the Eastern Townships

Spring has finally sprung! The trees are in bloom and the landscapes are morphing into the vivid colours that mark the warmer season. In the Eastern Townships, that means being able to get into the great outdoors and enjoy all the fun activities that are accessible once more – rural outings, cycling, fishing and new discoveries (to name a few). Only 90 minutes from Montreal and situated on the border with Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, the Townships invite you to relish the arrival of spring!

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Explore the Townships by bike

Your bike has been stored for the winter and your calves haven’t really been put to the test for months, but now you’re itching to get back in the saddle? Well, here’s some good news. In the Eastern Townships, the cycling season has already begun! To point you in the right direction (so to speak!) the following is information about the region’s best bike routes and trails, as well as bike-oriented events for true enthusiasts.

If you want to be a little more adventurous, you can plan a bike tour of the region by following the Véloroute Gourmande, a food-themed cycle route that links Montreal to Sherbrooke with tourist attractions along the way.

Absorb the magic of the awakening land…

As orchards burst with blossom and gardens blaze with colour, they provide a backdrop of dazzling beauty for the Eastern Townships countryside. There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than to tuck into a tasty picnic made up of local produce, amid a setting of such natural splendour!

Strolling around our public gardens also provides an opportunity to soak up the magic of the awakening land. These 5 gardens are home to a variety of plants and herbs, transporting you into a fragrant universe of nature’s making.

To round off your rural experience, we suggest you stay at one of these 6 enchanting country inns. Each one offers a warm, welcoming ambience.

©Daphné Caron

Try your hand at fishing

Whether you’re referring to streams, rivers or lakes, the Eastern Townships certainly has no shortage of places to fish! If you visit us in May, don’t forget to bring your fishing licence so you can try your hand at catching these elusive creatures.

Even without a permit, you can still have “fishy fun” with your family and/or friends at the Parc Decourverte Nature in Coaticook where you can learn the basics of this aquatic sport. If you catch a couple of trout in one of the park’s ponds, you can grill them yourself on one of the onsite barbecues and enjoy an al fresco snack!

Should you want to extend your fishing experience for longer than a day, we suggest you book a stay at one of these 6 waterside campsites, situated in the heart of nature.

Discover Région des Sources

Région des Sources is a region of the Eastern Townships that is not as familiar to the average tourist as many other corners of the province, but it’s a magnet for those who love the great outdoors. With its landscape of mountains dotted with picturesque villages and local food producers, it’s worth spending at least 3 days in the area. (An itinerary follows.)

From the top of Mont Ham, linger for a while to take in the panoramic views. Then, on the way back down, take a stroll around Danville, part of the Cœur Villageois network of charming Townships villages. Stop at a local microbrewery and sip on a beer (or two!) to wash down a delicious, hearty meal!

When you stay at one of the region’s inns and hotels, the warm welcome you’ll receive goes without saying…

Ready to roll?

Plan your summer break in the Townships

Planning to visit the Townships this summer? That's great! We've got a slew of attractions and activities that you can book right now, to make sure you spend a memorable summer in our beautiful region.

Nestled along southern Quebec, the Eastern Townships offer visitors a multitude of opportunities for escaping the stress of their daily lives. You’ll meet food producers who love to talk about their passion for the local terroir; 360º panoramic views that will take your breath away; historic villages replete with heritage buildings that tell of times gone by. The best of the Townships's list goes on….

National parks, themed tourist routes, one-of-a-kind activities. You won’t want to miss any of them! Our accommodations are varied and cater to every taste (and fantasy!) – unique inns, cottages, ready-to-camp glamping sites, full-service hotels….

It’s time to plan your summer vacation - right now!

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