Seven Fabulous Picnic Spots in the Eastern Townships

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Ah, picnics! There’s no better way to gather loved ones on a gorgeous summer day. The first step for a spot of al fresco lunch? Finding the perfect setting. You’re in luck: The Eastern Townships region is teeming with picturesque places just waiting for you and your red-and-white tablecloth.

To stock your picnic basket with local flavours, drop in to a Créateurs de Saveurs spot or visit our bountiful farmer’s markets. And of course, the Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route is just the place to snag a bottle of wine, bubbly or cider to enjoy with your meal. Cheers!

By Nathalie Rivard

At Val Caudalies in Dunham

Val-Caudalies winery is a beautiful spot to enjoy a leisurely stroll and delicious picnic—not to mention soak in the stunning views of the Appalachian mountain range! Picnic tables are available and guests can also take shelter on a large, covered patio. During harvest season, you can even pick your own fruit.


At Bleu Lavande (Fitch Bay)

Bleu Lavande is a special place year-round but when the lavender flowers bloom (the two first weeks of July tend to be a safe bet), it is truly extraordinary. Skip the prep work and book a package that includes a guided tour plus a stocked picnic basket (“Wine and Lavender” or “Ladies Day” are two all-inclusive options). Otherwise, you can purchase food from Bistro Lavandula and set up on a picnic table next to the lavender fields. A feast for all your senses!


The Summit of Owl’s Head

Owl’s Head is one of the gems you’ll find in Potton County. The sweeping views on Lake Memphrémagog and past the U.S. border offered by this mountain? Breathtaking. It’s a steep climb to the top via ski runs or trails in the woods but the effort is definitely worthwhile.


At Léon Courville vigneron

The view on the vineyard, mountains and lac Brome off in the distance is simply magical. Buy a bottle of Cuvée Charlotte to enjoy with your meal or make it a celebration with Muse bubbly. On site, you can also grab a few homemade treats to add to the spread, including terrines. Tables and Adirondack chairs are made available to guests. Visiting as a group? Call ahead to reserve a table in a more private area.


Mathieu Dupuis

At Douglass Beach in Lac-Brome

Spend the day at one of the region’s prettiest beaches and enjoy swimming, water sports plus a picnic. This spot is very popular in the summer but is also lovely in the spring and fall. Little ones can swim under the watchful eye of lifeguards, and you can enjoy some hiking trails, too. Expect to pay for parking during peak season.


In the village of Piopolis

In the heart of this charming village—a Coeur villageois—is a trail network boasting magnificent flora and fauna, as well as picnic tables scattered here and there. Another trail, outside the village, sets off towards the peak of Mont Scotch Cap, if lunch with a view is what you’re after.


At the Summit of Mont Ham

The summit of Mont Ham is nothing short spectacular. Stock your backpack with delicious goodies and set off for the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views. Dogs are admitted on select weekends, in case you’d like to bring your pup along for the ride.

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