This Summer’s Ultimate Activity Guide to Do Among Friends

Published on May 7, 2024

It’s not always easy to choose an activity that will appeal to a whole group of friends... To help you plan, here are 32 suggestions for having a great time with your friends in the Eastern Townships this summer.

  • Plan a Great Outdoors Day in the Parc National du Mont-Orford
    Paddleboarding on Étang aux Cerises? Hiking on the Sentier des Crêtes? Mountain biking on 25 km of trails ranging from easy to difficult? Lazing on the beach and swimming at Fraser Lake? There’s plenty to choose from!
  • Enjoy a Moment at Beat & Betterave in Frelighsburg
    A nano-brewery and small performance venue, Beat & Betterave is at the heart of the magnificent border town of Frelighsburg’s cultural life. Whether you’d like a bite to eat, or a moment to chat among friends, savour a drink or take in an intimate show, this is the place to be.
  • Admire the Views From the Top of Mount Pinacle
    The hike is relatively easy and the views are magnificent—what more could you ask for! Bring a picnic to enjoy the mountain top awhile longer.
  • Go Mountain Biking in East Hereford
    The Circuits Frontières network offers more than 50 km in the Townships’ backcountry. Here you’ll find a vast playground for single-track enthusiasts, with few intersections allowing for long descents without worrying about getting lost!
  • Visit a Fig Producer
    Did you know that Québec’s first fig producers are established in the Townships? La Vallée du Moulin in Melbourne offers a guided tour of its installations and a beautiful boutique stocked with Fig-based products.

  • Rent an Electric Bike and Head Out on Our Circuits
    You’re not all cycling enthusiasts? Then head out on one of our circuits on an electric bike. You’ll be able to cover a lot of ground without having to exert too much effort! A number of shops in the region offer bike rentals.
  • Laze on the Terrace of the Brasserie Dunham
    You’ll find a vast selection of beers at this microbrewery, great food and an excellent ambiance on the terrace on a warm summer’s day. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Attend a Performance at La Chapelle du Rang 1  
    Matt Holubowski, Marilou, Hansom Éli, Andréanne A. Malette, you’ll discover some amazing artists in this charming Lac-Mégantic chapel, which can seat just about sixty guests.
  • Head Out on a Gastronomic Tour of Our Cheese Factories
    Follow the Route des Têtes Fromagères. On this circuit featuring 14 cheese makers, you’ll discover the remarkable variety of local cheeses. Fine, curd, raw milk, ewe’s milk, goat’s milk... you’ll discover some truly exceptional flavours.
  • Follow the Flow of the Missisquoi River
    Let yourself drift down the calm waters of this river running between Mansonville and Glen Sutton. Three companies, O’Kataventures, Canoe & Co, and Au Diable Vert all offer boat rentals and shuttle services.

  • Enjoy an Aperitif Aboard the Grand Cru
    Hop aboard this luxury catamaran in the waters of Lake Memphremagog for an Apér’eau cruise at the end of the day, complete with cocktails and live music. Other packages are also available.
  • Have as Much Fun with Your Friends as with Your Children at Cidrerie Milton
    Do you and your friends have families with young children? Plan an outing at the Cidrerie Milton. The little ones will have fun outdoors in the orchards, while the grown-ups enjoy the terrace and cider tastings.  
  • Enjoy Brunch with the gang
    La Shop in Magog, Le Café Aragon in Sherbrooke, Le Café de la Brûlerie in Granby... there are a number of places in the Townships where you can get together with your friends for brunch.
  • Participate in the Défi de la Route des Sommets Challenge
    Motivate each other as a gang to climb the different peaks included in the challenge throughout the summer. Each season, three mountains are suggested, and the ultimate goal is to climb 12 peaks in the course of the year. So, are you ready for some hiking?
  • Experience the Vineyards of Brome-Missisquoi’s Wine Route
    Twenty-two vineyards connected by scenic road circuits—perfect for a group excursion, don’t you think? One of our favourites is Vignoble du Ruisseau, which hosts chef Hakim Chajar’s Ôma restaurant.

  • Experience the Warm Ambiance of the Shefford Distillery...
    ... and discover Acerum, a unique spirit resulting from the fermentation and distilling of maple sap concentrate. In fact, the Distillerie de Shefford is the first acerum distiller in Québec!
  • Organize a Long Distance Hike on the Sentiers Frontaliers
    Are you looking for an adventure? Plan a two- or three-day getaway across the backcountry of the border mountains, where wilderness camping and less travelled trails will get top billing.
  • Bring Out Your Epicurean Spirit at the Fête des Vendanges
    On August 31, September 1, 2, 7 and 8, Magog is the place to be for the 31st edition of this great terroir festival. Over 100 exhibitors, including wineries, microbreweries, distilleries, agri-food producers and artisans, will be on hand.
  • Explore the Enchanted Forest of Foresta Lumina
    Discover a world inspired by the region’s imaginary heritage. Whether you’re with adults or children, the magic of this nocturnal and sensory experience will definitely captivate you.
  • Climb and Relax at backbone
    It’s more than just a climbing centre... it’s also a bar and restaurant, as well as a terrace with hammocks, swings, a communal BBQ, a communal fire pit and an outdoor climbing wall for hanging out with friends, sharing a moment and chilling out...

  • Walk the Greens at the Milby Golf Club
    With its enchanting setting and meticulously manicured undulating greens, this golf club near Sherbrooke is the ideal playground to enjoy an outing as a foursome. .  
  • Head Out on an Adventure on Lake Memphremagog
    There are plenty of ways to explore this large lake near Magog as a group: cruises, motorboat rentals, kayak or paddleboard outings, sailing lessons...
  • Enjoy Chatting over a Cup of Tea at Uplands
    Does swapping news and gossip over a steaming cup of tea and cucumber sandwiches sound good to you? Book your English-style tea experience now at the Uplands cultural centre in Sherbrooke.
  • Explore the Parc des Sommets
    On foot, on a mountain bike or even on horseback, discover this amazing Bromont park with its five networks of nature trails and different summits to climb.
  • Enjoying a Drink on an Old Church Parvis
    OMG Resto welcomes you to Sherbrooke’s former Sainte-Thérèse church for a divine meal with friends. And the terrace is perfect for relaxing with a cocktail in hand.
  • Strolling Across Downtown Sherbrooke
    Here you’ll find plenty of boutiques for browsing, a number of good restaurants with terraces, and a mural circuit to explore and learn more about Sherbrooke’s history.
  • Discover the Brasserie 11-Comté Beers
    Pays des collines, De houblon et d’eau fraîche, À hauteur de femme, Si le temps n’est qu’une mesure... These beer labels are as inspiring as they are mouth-watering!
  • Pedal on the Cleveland Loop Gravel
    Gravel bike enthusiasts? This 44 km route, starting out in Richmond, is perfect for groups, notably because it’s not too steep and you’ll be able to enjoy chatting with others without too much of an effort!  
  • Savour the 10-Course Menu of the Restaurant Les Mal-aimés  
    This farm-to-table gourmet restaurant in Cookshire-Eaton welcomes you for an exceptional dining experience. New flavours, a touch of the exotic and plenty of fresh ingredients to delight your taste buds.
  • Combine Camping and Hiking at Mont Ham Regional Park
    Couldn’t find a camping spot at the top of Mont Ham? You’ll be pleased to know that there are also sites at the base of the mountain. Perfect for relaxing after a few kilometres of hiking!
  • Enjoy a Horseback Outing at Winslow Ranch
    An equestrian centre in Stornoway in the Mégantic region, Ranch Winslow invites you to a delightful horseback outing all the way to the Parc National Frontenac.
  • End the Day at Domaine Jolivent
    On the lovely terrace of this inn, you can treat yourself to a variety of dishes, including delicious pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven, and enjoy a warm ambiance that will have you want to extend the evening into the night!

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