Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
Yipee! A long weekend….and plenty of time to enjoy what’s on in the Eastern Townships – art exhibitions, an easy-peasy sports event, vintage cars, a migratory bird fest, all amidst the stunning fall colours!
Portes ouvertes des artistes de Bedford, is an open house in a factory-cum-art gallery with a collective of more than 30 local artists and artisans. The exhibition showcases a wide variety of art work that employs a multitude of disciplines - paintings, sculptures, leather goods, carpentry, photography, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, vegetable printing… The list goes on.
October 11-14 │ Bedford Lofts, Bedford | Free of charge
The « Autumn conquest » is a fund-raising sporting event geared to every age group. Whether you participate on your own, as a family, as a couple or even if you’ve never attempted something like this before, you’ll enjoy this easy-peasy race.
There are several ways of participating – by walking, running, cycling or a combined « Bike and Run ». The latter is a 10-km route and you can cover it as a team of two people but with only one bike, so that you can swop around from time to time between pedalling and running. Now doesn’t that sound like a fun way to raise money for charity?
Sunday, October 13 (7am-3pm)│ Capelton Mine, Hatley Township
Do you love old cars? If so, head for the Poudrière de Windsor this Sunday. While you’re there, take a wander around the historic park, a one-time black powder factory and the oldest of its kind in the province of Quebec. In the evening you can join a guided walk, themed around the ghosts said to haunt the site – « Les fantômes de la poudrière ».
Sunday, October 13 (10am-5pm) | Free | Parc Historique de la Poudrière de Windsor
From now until the end of October, you can observe hundreds of migratory birds, gathering in flocks to get ready for their flights to warmer climes. Throughout the month at the Burbank Pond, there will be conferences, exhibitions, food tastings, guided visits and much, much more. For a close-up view of our feathered friends, walk along the trail that encircles the pond. You’ll see dozens of species, including the iconic snow geese.
October 12-27 | Étang Burbank, Danville |Free of charge
The upcoming long weekend marks the end of several festivals celebratng the fall colours. Whether you’re visiting Owl’s Head, Mont Orford, Mont SUTTON or Bromont, you’ll still be able to enjoy the traditional fall attractions – hiking, chairlift rides, barbecued food and of course, the stunning countryside clad in yellow, burgundy and gold!
If you happen to be in Bromont, don’t miss the Épouvantables Bromont - a display of quirky scarecrows positioned around Old Bromont (until October 31). It’s a fun way to discover the village and you might want to take a few selfies along the way.