Reach New Summits in the Eastern Townships
Eastern Townships, Much More Than an Experience! August 31, 2015
Summit Drive, Eastern Townships / photo credit: Guilllaume Poulin
Summit Drive, Eastern Townships
See the clouds up close and access striking points of view on the Summit Drive! This signposted tourist circuit is 193 km long (120 miles) and connects the municipalities of La Patrie to Saint-Adrien in the Mégantic sector of the Eastern Townships. On this road you’ll reach the highest peaks of southern Quebec and admire the stunning panorama of the mountains and majestic lakes in the distance. If you like to see things from above, if you’re a nature lover or a sports enthusiast, this trail has something for you. And you can choose how to explore it: by driving, biking or walking.

A trail of summits and stars

When you take the Summit Drive, you’ll find yourself at the heart of the first International Dark Sky Reserve. That makes this route the perfect setting for many attractions that deal with astronomy and seek to raise awareness of the impact of light pollution. There are benches for star-gazing, interpretation panels with information on the history of astronomy and giant objects on display including a sundial and a star finder.

Get into a hiking mood

Hiking, Eastern Townships / photo credit: Marie-Claude Lacombe
Hiking, Eastern Townships, Marie-Claude Lacombe

The Eastern Townships are home to four national parks, making this region a hiking paradise. Whether you’re looking to keep in shape, take on a challenge or simply admire the scenery, the region invites you to enjoy animal-watching, drop in at an interpretation centre, climb the mountains and marvel at magnificent views. Find the trail that’s right for you!

Take part in activities at the top

Every weekend between September 12 and October 12, visitors can participate in the Summit Days. Celebrate the beginning of autumn with a host of activities, including hiking, treetop obstacle courses, a photo contest, a sculpture symposium and various shows. Check out the Summit Days to learn more.

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