Join us as we visit Quebec for a road trip around the Eastern Townships in this travel guide as we highlight outdoor activities in and around Mont Megantic, hiking in Mont Ham and a whole lot more. What we love the most about visiting Quebec this time of year are the beautiful autumn colours in the rural areas of the Eastern Townships where you notice the yellows, reds and oranges of the leaves. If you’re thinking about visiting the Eastern Townships we also highly encourage you to try local dishes such as poutine, duck and maple pie. The food in Quebec is legendary. Anyhow, the following is what we got up to traveling in the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Canada:
Our adventures in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (cantons de l’est)
1) Cabin Tour of our place in Mont Megantic (Parc national du Mont-Mégantic)
2) Hiking in Mont Megantic National Park
3) AstroLab and Observatory in Mont Megantic
4) Dinner at Aux Toits Rouges featuring duck and maple pie
5) Hiking to the summit of Mont Ham
6) Visiting Abbaye St-Benoit-du-Lac
7) Hiking aroundMarais de la Rivière aux Cerises
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Visit Quebec Road Trip | Eastern Townships Travel Guide Video Transcript:
In our last video, Sam and I spent two days enjoying some outdoor adventures in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, and this video is a continuation of that road trip.
After two days in Sutton, we drove to Mont-Mégantic National Park, which was 2 hours away, though in reality it took us longer because we couldn’t resist stopping for some poutine along the way.
This trip was all about enjoying nature and the outdoors, and we once again teamed up with Tourisme Quebec and Merrell Canada. We stayed in a futuristic cabin in the woods, tackled a few hikes, learned about the universe at AstroLab, and stopped at more than one road side attraction along the way.
Now here’s a recap of that trip!
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to hiking in this park, is that it’s divided into two sectors: the Franceville Sector and the Observatoire Sector. The Franceville sector is located in the northwest end of the park, which is where our cabins were so this is where we went hiking.
During our stay in Mont-Mégantic National Park, we also visited the ASTROLab, which is an astronomy research centre focused on making science accessible to the public.
Our main reason for coming all the way out here was to do some stargazing! Mont-Mégantic is located in the heart of the first International Dark Sky Reserve and that means it’s an astronomy lover’s paradise. Because there’s hardly any light pollution in the area, it’s the perfect place to see and study the stars, however, fog and rain did put a bit of a damper on our plans.
We did drive up to Mont Mégantic to see the observatory and Mont Saint-Joseph to see the chapel, but there weren’t too many views to be had on that day.
Because star-gazing wasn’t possible that night, we went out for a nice leisurely dinner at Aux Toits Rouges. This is a country lodge with its own in-house restaurant and we got a little adventurous with our dishes.
The summit of Mont Ham sits at 713 metres above sea level, but it only has a prominence of 358 metres, so it’s a fairly lighthike.
On our road trip through the Eastern Townships, we also took two little detours. The first was to visit Abbaye St-Benoit-du-Lac), which is an abbey known for its multicoloured bricks and tiled floors.
The 2nd was the Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises, which is an area with boardwalks and walking trails through marshland.
And that pretty much brings us to the end of our whirlwind trip through Quebec’s Eastern Townships! We hope you guys enjoyed following along and we’ll see you in the next video.
This is part of our Travel in Canada video series showcasing Canadian food, Canadian culture and Canadian cuisine.
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