Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
Here are 14 colourful, savoury, surprising and interesting ways to celebrate the arrival of summer in our beautiful region!
By Marie-Claude Masse
A hundred-fifty-two-kilometre loop starting and ending at the grandiose Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey, sounds like your summer goal? Inspired by the Compostela pilgrimage, this new walking route takes you through extraordinary landscapes as you meet the most friendly people.
In July, we must visit the new microbrewery 11 comtés in Cookshire-Eaton to savour any one of their delicious beers. We can enjoy a meal at their Cuisinier déchaîné restaurant with its farm to table menu offer, 100% local, concocted with organic vegetables fresh from the Cuisinier déchaîné’s farm.
The light is splendid, so why not admire this spectacular show in a vineyard? The Chapelle Ste-Agnès vineyard , located on the slopes of Mount Sutton, offers a breathtaking setting for this activity. The field stone chapel is sublime; their ice wines are created by one of Quebec’s pioneer winemakers, Christian Barthomeuf; and the view is simply incredible.
During the first three weekends of July, make room for our Infrared Universe, the theme for this well-liked festival held in the first Star-filled sky Natural Reserve! A Pleiad of activities has been planned, such as observing the stars, conferences, workshops, night hikes and wonderment everywhere you look!
How about giving your children a reward at the end of the school year for all their efforts? We’ll bet they’ll be delighted when you tell them about “Doux matins parents-enfants”. A treat to offer the entire family so you’ll jump into summer totally relaxed!
Tomifobia Nature Trail Grab your bike and start out in Ayer’s Cliff to explore the 19-kilometre route on the Tomifobia Nature Trail, set on what used to be a railway track, following in part the river by the same name and which will take you all the way to Beebe and Stanstead! Don’t forget to bring a picnic!
How about that first hardy hike? Try the Mont-Chauve trail, in Parc du Mont-Orford, which will take you to the bald and open summit of the mountain. This trail covers about ten kilometres, of intermediate level terrain and will satisfy athletic hikers who’ll love the reward of spectacular panoramas.
Did you know that we can plant all kinds of mushrooms on mulch? This is just one of the things you’ll learn by registering for a class on how to grow mushrooms “Techniques de culture de champignons”, offered July 14 by Violon et Champignon and Herbes Orford. What a great summer project, no?
One of those rainy summer days, head to the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke to visit the Clémence Exhibit, De la factrie au musée, dedicated to the poet, monologuist, entertainer, comedienne, humourist, singer-author and visual artist, Clémence DesRochers.
Introduce yourself to kayaking by heading down the quiet Missisquoi River. You’ll start out in Glen Sutton with the help (or not!) of one of the many Canoë & Co. Guides. Psst! When you rent a boat, you can camp for free on the site!
There are plenty of beautiful areas for a picnic. Our suggestion: the shores of Lake Massawippi, in North-Hatley, for its landscapes and charming nature. Feel like a sweet treat? Make a stop at Saveurs et gourmandises and tell us about their sublime carrot cake!
Do you feel you might like to try your hand at paddle boarding? The Club de voile Memphrémagog rents all the necessary equipment. Then head out to one of the beautiful Magog bays or the quiet meandering Rivière aux Cerises.
When the weather is hot, take advantage of one of the two beaches on the shores of lakes Stukely and Fraser in Parc national du Mont-Orford. A true classic when the need to soak your head in the water becomes an urgent affair!
We’ll savour our first (or our second, third…) soft ice cream cone of the year at the new Crèmerie Les 2 Soeurs in Saint-Élie. They use only organic and local products with vegan, no gluten and peanut-free options.