8 ideas for activities to do in the Eastern Townships this winter

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It is always more tempting to get out of the house when it’s 22 degrees outside and the sky is blue as far as the eye can see. But there are still a lot of activities to do in the winter. And since you must necessarily put on a coat, boots, hats, and, mittens, why not take the opportunity to take a little getaway in the Eastern Townships? Here are 8 ideas for activities to do in this beautiful region of Quebec.

1. Snowshoeing at the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook


Well known for its Foresta Lumina attraction, This beautiful park offers 21 kilometers of snowshoe trails. With 5 different trails, there is something for everyone. Also, it is possible to rent the necessary equipment on site.

Credit: Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook

2. Skiing in the forest of Mount Sutton

There are several beautiful mountains to go skiing in the Eastern Townships, but the reference for skiing in the forest is Sutton. They are even said to be the best in Canada! There are trails for all levels, so no excuses. That’s a very good excuse to go outside and play. 

Credit: Mont Sutton

3. Take an excursion on The Wine Route


Yes, it is possible to visit vineyards during the winter season! It’s a completely different experience that’s worth a visit before the snow melts! Exploring the wine route with Kava Tours allows you to enjoy wine and ice cider in addition to making exclusive visits. Not to mention all the beautiful landscapes to discover!

Credit: Kava Tours


4. Skating on the icy trail of Lake Memphrémagog


Another great activity to do for adults is skating. Not too sporty, just romantic enough, skating is a great way to get out and enjoy the attractions of the Eastern Townships. The Magog route offers 4 loops, all lit, as well as 2 cottages. Plus, it’s free!

Credit: Le Reflet du Lac


5. Visit Granby Zoo


Another surprising activity to do in winter: visit exotic animals. Granby Zoo offers a host of winter activities, especially for children. In addition to being able to admire the animals of many pavilions, it is possible to have fun in the slides and the giant maze. Mascots and animal experts are also present on the site at certain times.

Credit: Granby Zoo


6. Eating a little too much in a sugar shack


Here’s another great activity for the little foodies… or the big ones! There are several sugar shacks in the Eastern Townships that serve delicious maple products. All that remains is to decide is which one to visit. 

Credit: Eastern Townships Tourism


7. Seeking inspiration at the Magog International Museum of Naïve Art


Those who feel chilly will prefer to stay indoors. And what could be better than walking around the exhibition halls of the Magog International Museum of Naïve Art? Featuring more than 850 works, this den of culture is the pride of the Eastern Townships.

Credit: Magog International Museum of Naive Art, work by Vasily Sitnikov


8. Visit the Savonnerie des Diligences 


A magnificent soap factory has been discreetly hiding at the foot of Mount Orford since 2005. The craziest? It is possible to visit it and try products on site. Each soap is linked to a legend. A good opportunity to stock up on stories to tell gathered next to the fireplace this winter. 

Credit: Savonnerie des Diligences


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