5 of the most beautiful lookouts of the Eastern Townships

Updated on Sep 6, 2021

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

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The Summit of Mount Pinacle

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 forty-five minutes? 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!

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

The Top of Mount Ham

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!

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

The Sentier des Cimes de Franceville Hiking Trail

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.

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

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The Observatoire Astronomique du Mont-Mégantic

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. (Closed in 2021) 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.

  • Location: Notre-Dame-des-Bois
  • Altitude: 1100 metres
  • Are dogs accepted? No

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The Sentier des Crêtes Trail

The Sentiers des Crêtes at the Mont-Orford National Park connects the Lake Stukely sector campground to the top of Mont-Orford. Along the way, you will come across several magnificent views of the region, including Pic de la Roche Fendue and Pic de l'Ours. Enjoy hiking and admire Lake Stukely in all its splendors.

  • Location: Orford
  • Altitude: 740 metres
  • Are dogs accepted? No
  • Length of the trail: 11 km
  • Level: Difficult

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