Summer Adventures in the Townships
 
Backpacking

Les Sentiers de l'Estrie - Expert, 160km of linear trial winding through the Townships and crossing some of it's major peaks. The trail runs from Kingsbury in the northeast, south to Mont Orford Park and across Orford, over Mont Chagnon then into the Bolton area. Climbing higher still over several more peaks, including Mont Glen, before reaching almost 1000m as it passes over Mont Sutton, on its way down to reach the Vermont border.

 
Les Sentiers de l'Estrie

You'll find parking at the southern base of Mont Sutton, to the north in the valley between Sutton and Glen and at the southeastern base of Mont Foster in the Bolton area. Within Orford Park, there are a number of parking areas and easy access points to the trail (check with the park for more information). Above the park, there is parking at the northern base of Mont Carre and of course at the starting point (or termination point if you like) outside of Kingsbury. There are tent sites along the trail and if you have a car shuttle you can do just an overnight by tackling just one of the six zones. If you're looking to hike only a short section, the best access is within the park, while the easiest sectors to hiker are Bolton and Brompton, which are both designated intermediate. Fee based membership is required to use the trail. With your membership, you'll also receive the detailed trail maps and descriptions. Contact the trail club through their web site at Les Sentiers de l'Estrie.

Sentiers Frontaliers (Frontier Trail) - Expert, 82km of linear trail and an additional 26km of side trails. The trail stretches from Mont Megantic Park in the north to the U.S. border in the south, where it dances along the Maine border for a good distance, then heads into ZEC Louise Gosford (southern sector), reaching Montagne Noire and it's termination point. Along the way the trail passes along Marble Mountain, Saddle Mountain and Mont Gosford, which is the townships highest peak at at nearly 1,200m (almost 4000ft.). While the trail is located in the Townships, which often associated with cottage country, this is a particularly wild area and requires preparation and appropriate backcountry skills and equipment. There are a number of camping areas along the route. The trail group is planning to connect the trail to the Appalachian Trail in Maine, which would allow a very ambitions backpacker to reach Georgia in the south, or through the new International Appalachian Trial, make his way to Forillion National Park, at the tip of Quebec's Gaspesie Peninsula. Mont Megantic: 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. ZEC Gosford: Follow the directions above to Notre Dame des Bois but stay on the 212 passed the town until you reach Sainte Angustin de Woburn (don't take the first cut off south into the ZEC before Sainte-Angustin). Just passed town pick up the road south into the ZEC. For more information on usage, access and trail conditions, contact the trail group and the park, through their web sites, Sentiers Frontaliers , Mont Megantic Park, as well as the ZEC Louise Gosford at (819) 544-9004. Note: The ZEC Louise Gosford is a very active hunting area in the fall and not a good bet for a hike at this time of year (the trail is closed on certain weeks for users safety).

Mont Megantic (Provincial) - (Sherbrooke, Notre-Dame-des-Bois) You'll find 70km of trials winding throughout the park, with huts, and camp sites with platforms available for an over night stay. 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).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 (Provincial) - (Magog) Back country camping is available along the Sentier de l'Estrie, which cuts through the park allowing you to hike an out and back and make a weekend of it. ( of course if you have a car shuttle, you can head out north or south to sites further along the trail or to the trails end in either direction). From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 118 (Magog-Orford), then follow the 141 north into the park. Fee based membership is required to use the trail. With your membership, you'll also receive detailed trail maps and descriptions. Contact the trail club through the their web site at Les Sentiers de l'Estrie.

Parc d'Environnement natural de Sutton - The park has 77km of trails, with huts as well as backcountry campsites. From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 74, then follow the 241 south to the 104, where you continue east to the 139 which will take you south into Sutton. From Sutton head due east on Chemin Maples, then turn left on Chemin Harold Boulanger and continue on to the parking area for the trails.

Camping

Mont Megantic Park (Provincial) - 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 with five (3km from the trailhead) 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. All the sites are located beside 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.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 (Provincial) - (Magog) There are 334 sites in the Stukely sector, 40 of which have services. You'll find an additional 99 sites in the Fraser sector to the north. Both sectors have campsites on, or just above the water. Showers, toilets, snack bar (Stukley), canoe rentals (Stukley) are available. Stukley Sector: From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 118 (Magog-Orford) and 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 (Provincial) - There are 96 campsites in the Saint-Daniel sector and 109 new campsites in the Sector Sud, 71of which have services. The park also has 30 canoe camping sites including some on the islands. There is a bike path which follows along the lake, along with 30km of hiking trails and of course you'll also find canoe rentals. From Montreal follow Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to route 112 passed Sherbrooke, then head towards 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 (Provincial) - 109 campsites, 34 serviced, washrooms, showers, laundromat, store and snack bar are available. The park has a nice beach, hiking trails, canoe rentals and lies along a bike path, which directly connects into the hundreds of kilometres of paths within the Quebec cycling network. From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 68 and head north into the park.

Park de la Gorge Coaticook - You'll find 91 campsites with 40 serviced along with showers, washrooms and a snack bar in the park. You'll also find 10km of hiking trails that follow the river gorge and take you across the longest suspension bridge in the world. The trails also access a large birding and lookout tower, that provides a beautiful view of the surroundings, especially when the leaves are turning. There is some excellent mountain biking in the park, with 18km of trails for the more advanced riders. From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 121, follow the 55 south to exit 21, where you'll pick up the 141 heading east. When you reach Coaticook watch for the signs for the park. For more information contact the park through their website at Park de la Gorge Coaticook.

Parc d'environnement natural de Sutton - Backcountry Sites & Hut There are 77km of hiking and backpacking trails, with two wilderness camping areas in the park. There are number of trails that climb to the parks peaks including the Sommet Rond, which provides a breath taking view of the area. From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 74, then follow the 241 south to the 104, From here you continue east to the 139, which will take you south into Sutton. From Sutton head due east on Chemin Maples, then turn left on Chemin Harold Boulanger and continue on to the parking area for the trails.

Mont Glen - 35 unserviced campsites The ski hill is open for camping and hiking during the summer months. The area has 40km of hiking trails as well as a lake for swimming once you're done. From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 90 and follow the 243 south, passed Knowlton, where you'll see the turn off for the mountain on your right.

 
Canoeing Lac Stukely
  Canoeing
  • Yamaska Park (Provincial - Lake canoeing with front country camping in the park. The park has canoes for rent. Eastern Townships, Quebec
  • Mont Orford Park (Provincial) - Lake canoeing on Lac Stukley and Fraser, with front country camping along the lakes. The park has canoes for rent. Eastern Townships, Quebec
 
Frontenac Park (Provincial) - The park has 30 canoe camping sites, including several on an easy to reach island in Baie Savage. There is a very nice bike path along the lake, along with 30km of hiking trails and of course canoe rentals. From Montreal follow Highway 10 to route 112 passed Sherbrooke, then onto 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.
 

Bike Paths & Cycling Routes

Cycling the Townships - There are over 200km of bike paths in the Eastern Townships, allowing you to explore some often overlooked treasures at your own pace. The paths connect into a wider network of trails in the Monteregie, Chaudiere-Appalaches and the Couer du Quebec regions. You can peddle all the way from Montreal (with a very short road section) to Sherbrooke and also come within striking distance of Quebec City.

 
L'Estriade Bike Path
 
The following are all a part of the La Route Vert, a 3,000km bike path running throughout Quebec, which is to be complete by the year 2005. Quebec is without a doubt the cycling capital of North America.

Campagnarde - 49km, Drummondville - Waterloo, Eastern Townships/Monteregie/Couer du Quebec

The trail is surfaced with crushed gravel and travels in a north/south direction. Connects to the L' Estriade and if you follow the Route 112, to the east from Waterloo you can reach La Montagnarde. The trail now has a connection into Yamaska Park.

Towns: Waterloo, Wickham, Drummondville, Warden, Roxton Sud (passing just to the east)
Campagnarde
Route Verte

Monteregiades (Monteregiades I, II) - 48km, Granby - Iberville (St Jean sur Richelieu), Monteregie/Eastern Townships

The trail is fully paved, which makes for a nice ride, but if the day is particularly hot, you might want to take advantage of the beach in Farnham, La Plage Ouellette, so bring you swim suite and a lock for your bike. There are plenty of picnic tables along the route. The trail connects to the L'Estriade in the east and the Chambly Canal in the west.

Granby to Farnham 21km, Farnham to Iberville 27km
Towns:
Granby, Farnham, Iberville

Accommodations

Camping mon Repos (between Farnham and Granby)
Ange Gardien
(450) 293-6318

Monteregiades
Route Verte

L'Estriade - 21.1km, Waterloo - Granby, Eastern Townships

The trail has a number of spurs, which allow you to do some additional exploring. A short side trail, La Villegeoise, takes you into the scenic town of Bromont (and the most excellent Mountain Biking at the ski hill). Outside Grandby you can connect to La Granbyenne, which will take you along Lac Boivin or you can take the trail into Yamaska Provincial Park (there is an access fee).

Connects to La Granbyenne, Campagnarde, Yamaska Park Trail and La Monteregiade
Towns:
Granby, Bromont, Waterloo
Crushed gravel.
L'Estriade
Route Verte

Montagnarde - 50km plus, Stuckley-Sud - Magog, Eastern Townships Perhaps the townships nicest cycling route. The trail takes you through Mont Orford Provincial Park and into the scenic town of Magog, on Lake Memphremagog. A printed map is available from the local tourism office.

You can connect to the Campagnarde and the L'Estriade by following route 112 from Stukely-Sud into Waterloo.
Towns:
Magog, Omerville, Eastman
Information (819) 843-2744 1-800-267-2744
Route Verte

Camping mon Repos (between Farnham and Granby)
Ange Gardien
(450) 293-6318

Camping du Parc Bromont - Bromont, Eastern Townships, Quebec

Frontenac Park - The park has a new 8km bike path which runs along Lake St. Francis in the Saint Daniel sector. The park has front country camping, beaches, canoe camping and hiking trails.

Lac Megantic-Baie des Sables - the 6.2km trail connects the town core of Lac Megantic with the campers park.

La Route des Vins Eastern Townships - 66km, road route, Farnham, Mystic, St. Armand, Bedford, Brigham, Dunham, Cowansville, Brigham, East Farnham. Quebec like the Niagara Region in Ontario and the Okanagan in B.C. is becoming well know for it's locally produces wines. Canada is taking home gold medals from France for its wines. The Wine Route allows you to take in one (or more) of over 10 Vineyards (allow at least 1.5 to 2hrs to visit) in the Townships area. From Montreal you can reach the Route des Vines from Highway 10, from exits 48, 55, 68 or 74 south. The route is circuit which follows country roads and is recommended for intermediate level cyclists or better. Contact the vineyards through the websites we have listed to get more information.

Wineries - The Fruit of the Harvest - Route des Vins

Quebec Fall Foliage, Nature and Harvest Festivals


O.K,.O.K,, so how are we going to fit the sea kayaks now?.
  Mountain Biking

The big three in the Townships are Mont Bromont, Herford and Coaticook. Each has its attributes, and each is well worth riding. These are arguably the best of Quebec's riding (whoa did I see sparks fly), with Bromont taking the lead for variety, and of course that sweet extra, that is a chair lift. Hereford is a natural, with thinner crowds and a more do-it yourself approach. Lately, it seems that Coaticook is the new contender, what it lacks in kilometres it makes up for in the excellent trail design and maintenance.

 

Bromont - Novice-Extreme, Fee, Bike Rental and Repair, Restaurant, BIke Wash, Water Slide

Mont Bromont is perhaps Quebec's finest mountain bike center. Mont Ste Anne and Mont Tremblant are its nearest competitors and certainly they have great merit but the quality of Bromont's trail network, the number of trails you can access from the chair lift and the length of gravity assisted trails give it an edge. You can spend days here without repeating trails and the trails are so well layed out, that even when you begin to retrace you routes, you don't get bored. lf your new to mountain biking get the feel of the your bike while riding the easy sections

of the Ceinture and the Pomme de Route, then you might take on the lower part of the Enduro. That's enough here to get you started and as you gain confidence and speed you'll begin to understand the thrill of the sport. Intermediate riders can take the chairlift to one of our all time favorites, the Bromont Extra Legere. This trail is so much fun it's hard to get enough of it. It never stops twisting, turning, rolling and undulating, undulating, undulating. Did I mention undulating. There's a few steep downhill sections with sharp turns to keep you wide awake and some really fast single track, particularly through the maple bush. Advance riders should have a go at the Chimo, Mont Spruce or our favorite the Bing Bang. If you love to climb take a whack at the Extra Legere from the bottom. It's a constant up but there are only a few really steep sections and if you're in shape you just might make the summit - now that's the way to earn your descents. From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 78 and head south on Bromont Blvd. Take a right on Champlain St., across from the factory outlets and your almost there.
 
  Trail Distance Difficulty Lift Service  
  Ceinture 14.5km Intermediate    
  Charlevoix 9.5km Expert    
  Missisquoi 12.5km Expert    
  Brome 3.0km Expert    
  Extra-Legere 9.0km Intermediate
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  Championnat du Monde 4.0km Expert
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  Bing Bang 3.0km Expert
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  Passerelle Orage 0.2km Extreme    
  Boomerang 4.0km Extreme
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  Mont Jolie 14.5km Extreme
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  Pic du Chevreuil 9.5km Extreme    
  Chimo 14.5km Extreme    
  Enduro 14.5km Intermediate    
  Cabane a Sucre 6.0km Intermediate    
  Aiguille du Midi 6.5km Extreme
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  Mont Spruce 11.0km Extreme    
  Pomme de Route 5.0km Novice    
  Adrenaline 3.0km Extreme
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  Bonzai 2.0km Extreme
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  Radical 2.0km Extreme
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Park de la Gorge Coaticook Intermediate-Expert, Fee - The park is rapidly gaining a reputation for great mountain biking trails and for good reason. This is an excellent area to ride, well maintained and challenging. In addition the park has good camping along with hiking trails and the longest suspension bride (foot bridge) in the world. This is a great weekend getaway. From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 121, follow the 55 south to exit 21 where you'll pick up the 141 heading east. When you reach Coaticook watch for the signs for the park.

  Tunnel des Amoureux      
  Le Saut de Bois      
  La Marmotte      
  L'Intersection      
  La Diagonal      
  La Technique      
  Les Sept Sauts      
  La Bamby      
  Les Trois Sources      
  L'Elevateur      
  La-La-La-Bamba      
  Stairway to Heaven      
  La Descente du Kilometre      
  Le Point de Vue      
  Les Alpes      
  La Piste de Chevreuil      
  L'Express      
  La Kamikaze      
  La Montee des Cadets      
  La Descente vers L'Enfer      
  Le Filet Mignon      
  La Grande Sortie      

Mont Herford - Novice-Extreme The balance of the trail network is intermediate, with several expert and extreme runs as well as two novice trails. All in all a great mix. From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) passed Sherbrooke and pick up the 112 for a short distance. Head south on the 253 passed St. Malo to East Hereford, Contact the Municipalite of East Hereford through their website for more information on the trail system. Note: These are shared use trails, hikers have the right of way, stop to allow them to pass.

 
  La defi Tillotson 10.0km Extreme  
  L'Express 4.5km Intermediate  
  Ferroviare 2.5km Novice  
  La Montee 4.0km Expert  
  Noire 1.0km Intermediate  
  Panorama 3.0km Extreme  
  Des Pins 1.2km Intermediate  
  Promenade 14km Novice  
  Raccourci 0.3km Intermediate  
  Sans Frontieres 5.0km Extreme  
  La Sapiniere 3.0km Intermediate  
  Sauvage 6.0km Intermediate  
  Slalom 1.7km Expert  
  La Trail 4.0km Intermediate  
  La Traverse 0.5km Intermediate  
  La Vallonneuse 3.0km Intermediate  
 
Mont Megantic - 15km, novice/intermediate, jeeptrack. The trails are used for cross country skiing in the winter and are mostly easy but you do have to climb. The trails lead into the huts and tent sites at Andromede with seven tent sites (6km from the trailhead), Grande Ourse (3km from the trailhead) with five and Orion with one (5km from the trailhead). If you have panniers (recommended) or back packs you can bike in and stay overnight. 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.
 
Hiking

You'll find lots of excellent hiking in the Townships, ranging from simple nature walks to some heavy duty huff n' puffs. The area alternates between pastoral splendor and heavily forested mountains, some of which are high enough to encompass a tundra like atmosphere at their peaks. If your looking for something with some scenic overlooks, you might want to try Mont Megantic or Mont Sutton Parks .Mont Orford provides a mix of forested trails, which includes a serious climb to the summit. The area is renown for it's display of colours fall, but book your accommodations early, as this is one of the most popular leaf viewing destinations in the east.

Les Sentiers de l'Estrie - Intermediate - Expert, 160km, fee (club membership), Kingsbury - Sutton - US Border. A long distance linear trial winding through the Townships and crossing some of it's major peaks. Day hikers can park at either end of the trail or take advantage of the parking lots along route, to do an out and back.The trail runs from Kingsbury in the northeast, south to Mont Orford Park, and across its peaks, over Mont Chagnon into the Bolton area. Then on over still more peaks, including Mont Glen, before reaching almost 1000m as it passes over Mont Sutton on its way down to reach the Vermont border You'll find parking at the southern base of Mont Sutton, to the north in the valley between Sutton and Glen and at the southeastern base of Mont Foster in the Bolton area. Within Orford Park, there are a number of parking areas and easy access points to the trail (check with the park for more information). Above the park, there is parking at the northern base of Mont Carre and of course at the starting point (or termination point if you like) outside of Kingsbury. There are tent sites along the trail, and if you have a car shuttle, you can do an overnight by tackling just one of the trails six zones. If you're looking to hike only a short section, the best access is within Orford Park, while the easiest sectors to hiker are Bolton and Brompton, which are both designated intermediate. Fee based membership is required to use the trail. With your membership, you'll also receive the detailed trail maps and descriptions. Contact the trail club through the their web site at Les Sentiers de l'Estrie.

Sentiers Frontaliers (Frontier Trail) - Intermediate - Expert, 82km of linear trail along with 26km of side trails. Day hikers can do out and backs (there is also a possible loop) from the access points at either end of the trail. At the Mont Megantic end there are an additional 50km of trails which can be hiked within the park. The trail stretches from Mont Megantic Park in the north to the U.S. border in the south, where it dances along the Maine border for a good distance, then heads into ZEC Louise Gosford (southern sector), reaching Montagne Noire and it's termination point. Along the way the trail passes along Marble Mountain, Saddle Mountain and Mont Gosford, which is the townships highest peak at at nearly 1,200m (almost 4000ft.). While the trail is located in the Townships, which often associated with cottage country, this is a particularly wild area and requires preparation and appropriate backcountry skills and equipment. There are a number of camping areas along the route. The trail group is planning to connect the trail to the Appalachian Trail in Maine, which would allow a very ambitions backpacker to reach Georgia in the south, or through the new International Appalachian Trial, make his way to Forillion National Park, at the tip of Quebec's Gaspesie Peninsula. Mont Megantic: 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. ZEC Gosford: Follow the directions above to Notre Dame des Bois but stay on the 212 passed the town until you reach Sainte Angustin de Woburn (don't take the first cut off south into the ZEC before Sainte-Angustin). Just passed town pick up the road south into the ZEC. For more information on usage, access and trail conditions, contact the trail group and the park, through their web sites, Sentiers Frontaliers , Mont Megantic Park, as well as the ZEC Louise Gosford at (819) 544-9004.
Note: The ZEC Louise Gosford is a very active hunting area in the fall and not a good bet for a hike at this time of year (the trail is closed on certain weeks for users safety).

Mont Megantic Park (Provincial) - Novice - Expert, Notre-Dame-des-Bois 70km of trials throughout the park with huts as well as camp sites with platforms. The park has network of easy trails which include what is available for cross country skiing in the winter. Much of this trail system allows mountain bike access as well. Branching off from the main trial system are a number of trails which will take you to the parks peaks, Mont Megantic, Mont Victoria, and Mont Saint Joseph, all of which are over 1000m. For the most part these peak trails are for expert hikers only. 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 (Provincial) - (Magog) 75 km of hiking trails are available for day hikers. Back country camping along the Sentier de l'Estrie, which cuts through the park will allow you to hike an out and back and make a weekend of it. (if you have a car shuttle you can head out north or south to sites further along the trail, or to the trails end). Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 118 (Magog-Orford) follow the 141 north into the park. Fee based membership is required to use the trail. With your membership, you'll also receive the detailed trail maps and descriptions. Contact the trail club through the their web site at Les Sentiers de l'Estrie.

Colline des Pins Trail - Easy 1.5km, This is a short pleasant loop trail that travels to Le Vieux camp and a chain of 3 small lakes, then goes back along Etang aux Cerises (marsh).

Le Grimpeur Trail - 8km one way, Difficult

Sentier des Cretes - 6km one way, Difficult This is a demanding trail that starts at the summit of Mont Orford and meanders through the forest of the park summiting Mont Alfred Desrochers along the way, and ends up at the end following the ski/hike trail to the community center at Lake Stukley.

Sentier du L'erabliere Trail - 1km, Easy This is a small loop trail in the Lake Stukley Sector, that climbs Colline du Campeur and brings you to a small pond where you're likely to see wildlife and many different bird species.

Yamaska Park (Provincial) - 30km Easy. The trails wind their way in and out of the area surrounding the lake (Reservoir Choiniere). You'll find pleasantly wooded sections with a mix of flat and rolling terrain. The park has a beach, and just recently opened a campground with service and unserviced sites. The park is also now connected to the rest of the Townships bike path. From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 68 and head north into the park. For more information contact the park through its website, Yamaska Park.

Park de la Gorge Coaticook - The park has 10km of trails, including a section along the river gorge that crosses the longest suspension bridge (footbridge) in the world. The trails also access a large birding and lookout tower, that provides a beautiful view of the surroundings, especially when the leaves are turning in the fall. There is front country camping in the park and excellent mountain biking for the more advanced rider. From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 121, follow the 55 south to exit 21 where you'll pick up the 141 heading east. When you reach Coaticook watch for the signs for the park. For more information contact the park through their website at Park de la Gorge Coaticook.

Parc d'Environnement natural de Sutton - The park has 77km of trails, with huts as well as backcountry campsites. There are number of trails that climb to the peaks in the park, including the Sommet Rond, which provides a breath taking view of the area. From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) exit 74 follow the 241 south to the 104 where you continue east to the 139 which will take you south into Sutton. From Sutton head due east on Chemin Maples then turn left on Chemin Harold Boulanger and continue on to the parking area for the trails.

Mont-Ham 18km, Four hiking trials climb to the top of the 700m mountain, providing a spectacular view of the surroundings as the reward for your efforts. Unservice campsites are available for overnight stays in the area. From Montreal take the 20 east to exit 210 into Victoriaville. From Victoriaville follow the 161 southeast to Ham Nord. From Ham Nord take the 216 and turn left on the 257 which will take you to the mountain. For more information have a look at their website: Mont Ham

Mont Hereford - 12km of intermediate/expert trails are dedicated to hikers (mountain bikers have their own trail system). Access is from the Village of East Herford or Saint-Herménégilde. You can follow the Neil-Tillotson Trail to the summit for a spectacular view. Make a point of taking in the Donat Falls while you're here. The trails are closed during hunting season.
From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) passed Sherbrooke, then pick up the 112 for a short distance. Head south on the 253 passed St. Malo to East Hereford. Contact the Municipalite of East Hereford through their website for more information on the trail system.

White Water

White Water, Eastern Townships, Quebec

  • Ascot - White Water, Eastern Townships, Quebec
  • Noire - White Water, Eastern Townships, Quebec
  • Saumon - White Water, Eastern Townships, Quebec
  • Upper Yamaska - White Water, Eastern Townships, Quebec

Note: White Water Paddling is inherently dangerous. Make sure you have the proper training, knowledge and equipment before you attempt any rapid. Take advantage of guides and instructors and hone your skills in a easier section of the river to ensure your abilities are up to snuff. Never paddle alone.

Climbing

Orford - Mont Orford Park, Orford/Magog, Eastern Townships

This is a sports climbing area with routes which are comprised of mostly 5.10 and above, ranging all the way up to 5.14d. You'll find good bouldering at the areas base as well. There is a wilderness campsite nearby on the Sentierde l'Estrie
but you must be a member of the organzation to use it (which is a good option if you plan to visit the area a lot). Front country camping is available in Mont Orford Park on the other side of the Mountain.
From Montreal take highway 10 southwest into the Townships and get off at exit 115. Head west on the 112 (away from the park) and approximately three quarters of a kilometre from the exit you'll fine Motel au Rond Point where you can get food, lodging and parking. There is still a good hike ahead of you which is mostly uphill so be prepared. Consult with Orford Park for detailed information on the area.

Rock Gyms

Cegep de Sherbrooke (French)

ESVD Roc Gym - 1021 Cowie, Granby, Quebec

Universite de Sherbrooke (French)

Note: Climbing is inherently dangerous. Make sure you have the proper training, knowledge and equipment before you attempt any climb. Take advantage of guides and instructors and hone your skills in one of the areas gyms to ensure your abilities are up to snuff. Never climb alone.

These listings are to be used only as a reference and in no way constitute a guide to rock climbing in the areas described. Out-There is a clearing house for outdoor information not a an information source. Check with the local schools and outdoor shops regarding routes, closures and access. For more information contact the Féderation Quebecoise de la Montagne et de l'Escalade (FQME).

 
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