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In the heart of the Eastern Townships southeast of Montreal, Magog sits at the head of Lac Memphrémagog – a spectacular body of water that extends 51 kilometers (32 miles) through the rolling Appalachian mountains into Vermont. Year-round, this place is heaven for lovers of the outdoors. With countless lakes and trails, it’s perfect for hikers, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts. For culture buffs, there are annual bashes such as the acclaimed Festival Orford and the Mephrémagog Arts Circuit, plus a full calendar of concerts and artistic events. Boutiques and art galleries, cafés and restaurants line Magog’s main street. Being Québec, ...

In the heart of the Eastern Townships southeast of Montreal, Magog sits at the head of Lac Memphrémagog – a spectacular body of water that extends 51 kilometers (32 miles) through the rolling Appalachian mountains into Vermont. Year-round, this place is heaven for lovers of the outdoors. With countless lakes and trails, it’s perfect for hikers, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts. For culture buffs, there are annual bashes such as the acclaimed Festival Orford and the Mephrémagog Arts Circuit, plus a full calendar of concerts and artistic events. Boutiques and art galleries, cafés and restaurants line Magog’s main street. Being Québec, good food and fine wines are integral to life. Consider a day discovering local wineries, followed by a gourmet dinner at any number of bistros. For spiritual sustenance, the monastery at St-Benoît-du-Lac offers complete tranquility – as well as some excellent cheese, cider and chocolate produced by the monks.

Joanna Ebbutt
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Joanna Ebbutt is the author or editor of three Insight Guides to Toronto and Canada, and coauthor of Off the Beaten Track: Western Canada. She has been writing about travel for three decades, including chasing the aurora borealis in Northern Ontario.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Magog is located about 75 miles east of Montreal, where the Magog River and Lake Memphremagog meet.
  • Language: French, English
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    June to October