Parks, Lands & Waterways in The Eastern Townships
 
Rivers  
Stream along Les Sentiers de l'Estrie
Lac Stukley - Orford Provincial Park
  Lakes
  • Lac Brome - Cottage country
  • Baie Missisquoi
  • Lac Brompton
  • Lac Massawippi
  • Lac Lovering
  • Lac Memphremagog - Cottage country
  • Lac Magog
  • Lac Stukley - Orford Provincial Park
  • Lac Lyster
  • Lac Wallace
  • Lac D'Argent
  • Lac Louise
  • Lac Megantic - East of Sherbrooke
  • Lac Saint-Francois - Frontenac Provincial Park
  • Lac Aylmer
  • Lac Elgin
  • Lac aux Araignees

Mountains

  • Bromont - Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Waterpark
  • Mont Orford - Downhill skiing, Hiking, Backpacking, Mont Orford Provincial Park
  • Mont Brome
  • Le Pinacle
  • Mont Pinacle - Hiking
  • Mont Herford - Mountain Biking, Hiking
  • Mont Ham - Hiking
  • Mont-Megantic - Backcountry Skiing, XC Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Backpacking
  • Mont-Sainte-Cecile
  • Mont-Saint Joseph - Mont Megantic Provincial Park
  • Mont-Saint-Sebastien
  • Mont Victoria - Mont Megantic Provincial Park
  • Mont Gosford - Hiking, Backpacking
  • Mont Sutton - Skiing, Snowboarding, Hiking, Backpacking
  • Owlshead - Skiing, Snowshoeing

Provincial Parks

  • Mont Megantic Park - Mont Megantic is crowed by the Astrolab observatory which should give you some idea of the excellent opportunity for star gazing in the park. The Astrolab is accessible by car or you can hoof it along the trail system but be forewarned this is a tough hike. The park has backcountry but no front country camping. There are three separate camping areas in the park Andromede with seven sites (6km from the trailhead), Grande Ourse (3km from the trailhead) with five and Orion with one(5km from the trailhead). You'll have to pack all of your equipment in a backpack or you can also use a mountain bike with panniers. The sites are all located on designated pads with the camping areas situated beside one of the park huts. The Adromede sites are located along a beautiful stream, which surges during the spring, lulling you to sleep or keeping you awake, depending on your personality. There are 50km of cross country skiing, backcountry skiing and (hiking trails in the summer) along with 4 shelters which can be rented year round. In the winter you can rent prospectors tents as well. For expert hikers with a heart, there is a really excellent, 16km hiking trail to the 1100m summit. Some of the trail system is multi-use and mountain bikers can take advantage to this.The park has an excellent snowshoeing trail, which also provides access to the hut system if you're inclined to stay overnight. It should be noted that in the winter the huts are open to skiers and snowshoers during the day, so you have to roll up your gear to allow them access until sundown. From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) passed Sherbrooke where it turns into the 112. Just before East Angus turn onto the 253 going south. Follow the 253 until you reach the junction of the 212 and head east. Stay on the 212 to Notre Dame des Bois then follow the signs to the the park.

    Mont Orford Park - (Magog) There are 334 campsites in the Stukely sector, 40 with services. The Fraser sector has 99 campsites. Both sectors have sites on, or just above the water .You'll also find showers, toilets, a snackbar (Stukley), canoe rentals (Stukley). in the campgrounds. There is no road across the park connecting the campgrounds (you have to go around the park by car to reach the Fraser Sector from Lac Stukley) but you can hike the Sentier d'Estrie from campground to campground. There are two backcountry campgrounds in the park with several sites available in each. You'll have to backpack your equipment in to reach them. The park has an extensive hiking network in the summer.The Montagnarde rail-trail runs through the park providing an easy couple of hours of bike riding. The trail starts in Stukley South and ends in Magog a total distance of over 50km (the park section is significantly shorter) and it connects into the broader Eastern Townships network which is hundreds of kilometres in length. The park's cross country ski area has 13 groomed trails, with a total length of 47km for classic and skating enthusiasts. There are several trails for snowshoers as well. Finally the park has excellent snowboarding/downhill skiing in the winter. With a 540m vertical, three mountains, dozens of trails and two snow parks, you've got it all. In the winter their is a new trolley shuttle between the ski hill and the picturesque town of Magog, just to the south. In the fall the ski hill puts on La flambee des couleurs Mont Orford, which is a celebration of fall colours.For more information on the ski hill and golf course have a look at their website at Ski Mont Orford From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 118 (Magog-Orford) follow the 141 north into the park. Fraser Sector: From Montreal take Highway 10 to exit 118 then head north on Alfred-DesRochers to the 220 where you head west into the park.

    Frontenac Park - There are 96 campsites in the Saint-Daniel sector and another 109 in the Sector Sud, 71 of which having services. The park also has 30 canoe camping sites along the lake and on the islands, canoes are available for rent. There is a bike path along the lake shore, along with 30km of hiking trails in the park. From Montreal follow Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to route 112 passed Sherbrooke to Disreali where you pick up the 263 heading east. Take the split left for the Praxade and Saint Daniel sectors and the split right for the Sector Sud.

    Yamaska Park - 109 campsites, 34 serviced, washrooms, showers, laundromat, store and snack bar, beach. You'll find hiking trails, canoe rentals and a very nice beach. The park lies along a bike path which directly connects into the broader Eastern Townships network, which has hundreds of kilometres of paths. In the winter there are trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 68 and head north into the park.

ZECs

  • ZEC Louise-Gosford - Hiking and Backpacking
    Eastern Townships, PO Box 4, Lac Mégantic, QC
    G6B 2S5
    819-544-9004

Nature

Beaches & Swimming

  • Centre de la Nature de Cowansville - Chemin de la Plage, Cowansville
  • Coaticook Municipal Beach - Coaticook
  • Lac Brome Municipal Beach - Lac Brome
  • Mont Orford Park - Lac Stukley, Lac Fraser
  • OTJ Beach - Lac Megantic
  • Plage des Canton - Magog
  • Plage du College - Ayer's Cliff
  • Sherbrooke Municipal Beach - Sherbrooke
  • Trois Lac Municipal Beach - Asbestos
  • Waterloo Municipal Beach - Waterloo
  • Yamaska Park Beach - Yamaska Park

 

Guides and Outfitters

Retailers

Outdoor Centers

  • Centre de plein air Davignon Mountain Biking, Hiking, Lake Canoeing, 22k of XC Skiing Trails, Snowshoeing
  • Centre d'intepretation de la nature de l'etang Burbank 150 Water St, PO Box 209, Danville, J0A 1A0, 819-839-2771 Wildlife Viewing, Observation Tower
  • Centre d’interprétation de la nature du lac Boivin (C.I.N.L.B.) - 700, rue Drummond, Granby Observation towers and a blind are available for wildlife viewing. There are a number of hiking/walking trails.
 
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