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The Eastern Townships – a treasure map of beauty dotted with New England-style heritage villages. Amongst the small valleys are picturesque vistas of lakes, rivers, forests and mountains.
This sought-after resort area is less than an hour from Montreal and shares a 300-km border with the north-eastern United States. Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, the Eastern Townships offer a wide range of activities. The region has numerous hiking, cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, downhill ski centres and bike paths.
Its charming, historic villages are dotted with beautiful Catholic churches and Anglican chapels, and prestigious Victorian and New England-style 19th century homes. Here too, you’ll find mysterious round barns and pretty covered bridges materializing out of the past. In short, whether you’re a fresh air fiend, a history buff, a patron of summer theatre, a fan of festivals, or someone who loves specialty boutiques, antique shops, and terroir and gourmet products, there’s something here for you! In the fall, the colours are so spectacular that you’ll never grow tired of them.
The charm of mountains and valleys...
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Flavours of the region
Two star products: duck and wine. Whether it’s in the form of a sausage, foie gras or a conserve, Brome Lake duck has acquired an international reputation. Wines are treasures to be found while travelling along “La Route des vins”. And there is now even an event dedicated to these two products – “Canards, vins et cie” (ducks, wines and company) (end of September).
For several generations, orchards, cider houses, vineyards, maple sugar producers, and berry, fish and game farmers, have brought pleasure to lovers of fine food. Additions to this list include chocolate makers, bakers and cheese makers. One of the latter is the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey, founded in 1913 by Benedictine monks.
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Here, Quebec viniculture reigns supreme, and the concentration of vineyards is incredible, so we can conclude that enthusiasm for it triumphs over the harshness of the seasons. Although the region benefits from a microclimate and soils that are perfectly suited to growing grapes, wine producers must sometimes rent helicopters to protect their vines from frost. The helicopter blades create air currents that prevent frost from forming on the ground at critical times (in May).
A little history
At the end of the 18th century, certain descendants of the British colonists came to settle in the region that came to be known as the “Eastern Townships”. Although New France was under the domination of the British, the War of Independence further south led to the persecution of Loyalists, who were loyal to the British Crown and refused to participate in the war, and to the confiscation of their lands. They fled north, and land was divided into townships for them. Here they founded villages. This explains the rich heritage of New England-style architecture, even though today the population is more than 94% French-speaking.
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