5 of the Most Beautiful Lookouts of the Eastern Townships

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

© Anthony Champagne

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.

© Tommy Davis Martel

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!

If you’re passionate about outdoor activities, why not rent a rustic shelter for the night at the base of the mountain. The next day, you could explore nearly 6 km of cross-country ski trails.

© Simon Diotte

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 Astronomique du Mont-Mégantic

  • Location: Notre-Dame-des-Bois
  • Altitude: 1 105 metres
  • Are dogs accepted : No (only during summer)
  • Lenght of the trail : 10 km
  • Level : Intermediate to difficult

Accessible only by hiking trails in winter, 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.

At an altitude of 1,105 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!

© Catherine Vanasse

The Mont-Chauve Trail

  • Location: Orford
  • Altitude: 600 metres
  • Are dogs accepted? Yes
  • Length of the trail: 10,6 km
  • Level: Difficult

The Mont-Chauve trail at the Mont-Orford National Park is accessible by both Route 220 and the Lake Stukely entry. Along the way, you will come across several magnificent views of the region. Enjoy hiking and admire Lake Stukely in all its splendors.

You should read

Trails for a Perfect Family Sunday Outing
New mountains to discover!
Hiking suggestions - Sentiers de l'Estrie


Taste the Townships
Arts, culture and entertainment
Nature, sports and outdoor activities
Tourist routes
Family outing
Spa and wellness