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Located along the international border just north of Vermont and New Hampshire, Quebec’s Eastern Townships (Cantons-de-l’Est) are a playground for both New Englanders and residents of nearby Montreal. In the summer, guests at the region’s many country auberges revel in fine dining based on the local products of its farms, orchards and vineyards as they spend leisurely days following wine routes or arts trails to visit the studios of artists and crafts people. Families enjoy outdoor sports including hiking, cycling and camping. The region’s many lakes are centers for sailing, swimming, kayaking, fishing and canoeing. Along with fine dining, ...

Located along the international border just north of Vermont and New Hampshire, Quebec’s Eastern Townships (Cantons-de-l’Est) are a playground for both New Englanders and residents of nearby Montreal. In the summer, guests at the region’s many country auberges revel in fine dining based on the local products of its farms, orchards and vineyards as they spend leisurely days following wine routes or arts trails to visit the studios of artists and crafts people. Families enjoy outdoor sports including hiking, cycling and camping. The region’s many lakes are centers for sailing, swimming, kayaking, fishing and canoeing. Along with fine dining, many of the auberges have excellent spas, and the region is just as popular for relaxing and rejuvenating as it is for the active sports. The combination of the area’s French, British and Scottish heritage gives it a rich culture that is reflected in its art, music and cuisine. Historic sites interpret these influences, as well as that of the First Nations people whose names for the lakes and rivers have endured to today.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located in south-eastern Quebec, Canada, 75 miles east of Montreal.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer and fall are the best seasons for outdoor activities and sightseeing.