Stroll through the vineyard, photo credit: Mathieu Dupuis
This region is made up of many parts: history, heritage, landscapes, art, food tourism… a bit of everything! It’s the perfect place to enjoy a nice themed road trip. Discover the ins and outs of the Eastern Townships by choosing a particular facet you’d like to explore, then simply follow the road.
Calling all foodies!
The Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route presents 22 vineyards that produce a hundred vintages and that welcome you for delicious breaks along the way. The Route is dotted with opportunities to taste various wines, homegrown products and cider, take a tour or take part in an activity, go on a picnic, see artists’ workshops, drop in on a good restaurant or welcoming inn and meet food producers. You can also follow the Route des vins de l’Estrie, which includes seven of the region’s vineyards.
History and heritage
Take a break from everyday chores on the Townships Trail, a signposted tourist route that looks at the unique Anglo-Saxon heritage of the region. Over 415 km (258 mi.) of history bring you to see iconic buildings, museums, villages and nature, all of which make this region a must-see.
Time for a road trip! photo credit: Mathieu Dupuis
The Summit Drive, a circuit totalling 193 km (120 mi.), connects the municipalities of La Patrie and Saint-Adrien, passing through the Mégantic area. It also connects the highest peaks of southern Quebec to give you a stunning view of the mountains in the distance and majestic lakes. Interpretation panels along the way provide information on the history of astronomy, themed installations and giant objects that include a sundial and a star finder.
If you want even more circuits, consider the Pioneer Trail, featuring 22 key historical figures from the Coaticook Valley region; the English Tea Route, with spots where you can treat yourself to high tea in a charming ambience reminiscent of the English countryside; and the Murals Circuit in Sherbrooke with 14 huge trompe-l’oeil murals. And if you’re a fan of Louise Penny’s detective novels, don’t miss the Three Pines discovery circuits, which lead the way to the spots in the Eastern Townships that inspired the author.