5 of the most beautiful lookouts of the Eastern Townships

Here is 5 beautiful lookouts you will find in the Eastern Townships.


The Summit of Mount Pinacle

  • Location: Coaticook
  • Altitude: 665 metres
  • Are dogs accepted? Yes, but on a leash
  • Length of trail network: 8 km
  • Level: very easy

For a long time, Mount Pinacle was considered one of the best kept secrets of the Eastern Townships. However, today it welcomes more and more hikers. Being part of the Harold F. Baldwin trail network, the mountain offers incredible views when you reach the summit.

Did you know that one of the trails will take you to the top in only an hour? This is truly the perfect venue to initiate newcomers to the fun of hiking. To do as well: take your canoe or kayak out on lake Lyster and admire Mount Pinacle from a whole new perspective!


The Top of Mount Ham

  • Location: Ham-Sud
  • Altitude: 713 metres
  • Are dogs accepted? Only on certain weekends
  • Length of trail network: 18 km
  • Level: From easy to difficult

Mount Ham is 18 km of well-marked paths, 10 trails for all levels, a regional park and, especially a panoramic view that will take your breath away and have you discover our amazing region. Plan some extra time to relax when you have reached the summit … you won’t want to go back down! There’s nothing better than a mountain top picnic to reward yourself for all your efforts!

If you’re passionate about outdoor activities, why not camp on the summit and admire the magnificent sunset and sunrise. The next day, you could try their fitness trails by the foot of the mountain.


The Sentier des Cimes de Franceville Hiking Trail

  • Location: Scotstown
  • Altitude: 835 metres
  • Are dogs accepted? No
  • Length of the trail: 11.2 km
  • Level: Intermediate

The trail of the Sentier des Cimes is located in the Franceville sector, in the North-West part of the Parc national du Mont-Mégantic. What makes this trail unique is that you’ll hike along a spectacular rocky ridge from the Franceville sector of the park all the way to the Pic de l’Aurore. With an altitude of 835 metres, it offers one of the most astonishing points of view in the Eastern Townships, from which you can spot the Mont-Mégantic Observatory and the highest peak of the Parc national du Mont-Mégantic.


The Observatoire Asrtonomique du Mont-Mégantic

  • Location: Lac-Mégantic
  • Altitude: 1100 metres

Accessible by car or by hiking trails, the observatory is set on top of Mont-Mégantic. It was inaugurated in 1978 and its telescope has a 1.6 m mirror; the observatory also uses many other high-precision tools. During the day, the observatory welcomes visitors and offers an interesting tour.

At an altitude of 1,100 metres, the landscape of this area is already quite impressive. However, when night sets in, the sky lights up magnificently as it reveals its billions of stars. Generally dedicated to research, the Observatoire Asrtonomique du Mont-Mégantic welcomes you only on certain evenings throughout the year. These are not-to-be-missed dates! Psst! If you can’t make it then, you can also visit the observatory’s little brother, the Popular Observatory of Mont-Mégantic.


Sentiers du Mont-Bélanger

The Face de singe trail of Mont-Bélanger (The monkey’s face!)

  • Location: Saint-Robert-Bellarmin
  • Altitude: 870 metres
  • Are dogs accepted? No
  • Length of the trail: 5 km
  • Level: Intermediate

The Face de singe trail runs along the Canadian U.S. border and once you’ve reached the top, it offers a stunning view of both countries as well as of the Appalachian Mountain Range. You can also climb a six-metre-high tower, so imagine the panorama you’ll discover! You’ll find 6 stops on your way with other great views of the area.

As you walk along the trail, you’ll notice a remarkable flora and fauna as well as hear many different types of birds, such as the golden eagle, the Bicknell Thrush and the turkey vulture. Mont-Bélanger also has impressive scree slopes, a 200-year-old forest and two biological refuges.

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