A real Garden of Eden for nature lovers! Hiking, cycling and horseback-riding trails abound in this holiday haven. There are numerous golf courses, and enormous lakes, perfect for swimming or boating, are everywhere you look! In the southern part of the region, the Appalachian mountain chain is a hotspot for hikers and skiers. Here and there, long rivers flow under old covered bridges. Picturesque villages with Anglo-Saxon charm flourish with theatre, art galleries and antique shops. Victorian-style houses have been converted into quaint inns. Country-style restaurants, sugar shacks, vineyards and cider houses pepper this land blessed by nature, offering tourists pastoral getaways!
Somewhere between wooded valleys and green hills
There are wide, open spaces aplenty in the Eastern Townships (Cantons-de-l'Est). The Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, whose mountain is one of the highest in the region, features a large astronomical observatory. The Parc national du Mont-Orford and the Parc d'environnement naturel de Sutton invite you to use their hiking trails and ski slopes. The Parc de la Gorge-de-Coaticook has a 169-metre (185-yd.) suspended footbridge (the longest in the world) that is sure to take your breath away.
The joys of country life
Attention all water lovers! The numerous bodies of water in the region definitely add to the holiday feeling that reigns in the Eastern Townships. Lac Saint-François (in the Parc national de Frontenac) is one of the largest bodies of water in Québec. Parc national de la Yamaska boasts a lake surrounded by forests and plains. The magnificent Lake Memphremagog, which extends into the United States, can be explored on a cruise. In the winter, the number of waterways in the Eastern Townships makes it easy to go ice fishing. Is biking your thing? Enjoy the ride of your life along the major network of cycling trails, like Grandes-Fourches and La Cantonnière, that crisscross this countryside full of valleys. For those who love hiking, endless, new challenges await along the 160 km (100 mi.) of trails of the Sentiers de l'Estrie.
Did you know that the City of Sherbrooke...
With a population now reaching almost 143,000, Sherbrooke is the 7th largest city in Quebec.
Altitude: Lowest point: 141 meters above sea level, downtown at the Aylmer Bridge. Highest point: 360 meters above sea level on the summit of Mont Bellevue.
Territory surface: 366 km²
Rivers flowing through our beautiful landscape: Magog, St-Francis and Massawippi Rivers.
Number of bridges crossing these rivers: 15
Number of parks and green zones: 108
Oecumenical and religious denominations: 13
Universities: 2 (Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University).
Colleges (post secondary): 3 (Collège de Sherbrooke, Champlain College and Séminaire de Sherbrooke)
The region of Brome-Missisquoi is located in Quebec’s farthest point south, approximately 45 minutes from Montreal and Sherbrooke. The urban centres of Cowansville, Farnham and Bedford boast a substantial array of goods and services and the resort towns of Brome Lake and Sutton welcome thousands of visitors who delight in discovering natural landscapes that feature mountains, lakes and rivers. You can observe the transition over 1,500 square metres - between the Saint-Lawrence plain - that great agricultural territory to the west - and the rugged landform of the Appalachians where Mounts Sutton and Pinacle sit imposingly among others.
Its location along the American border influenced its history two hundred years ago, when the Loyalists immigrated through the south and the east and the French through the north-west. Several villages remain a testimony to the days of colonization, through the remarkable presence of patrimonial buildings and a flavour of bygone days.
Cultural life in Brome-Missisquoi is dynamic and the region holds the highest concentration of artists and artisans in the Montérégie. Events, antique dealers, handicraft shops and art galleries are a testimony to the vibrancy of cultural life in the region.