Numerous cultural activities in the Eastern Townships to discover this fall. Favoured holiday destination by both Quebec tourists and international travellers alike, the Eastern Townships are full of all kinds of activities. Whether it’s for a family outing or a romantic weekend, this region will seduce you with the diversity of its cultural programming.
Cultural activities in the Eastern Townships
Here are some interesting suggestions of cultural activities in the Eastern Townships:
For several years now, the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook has been home to a multimedia pathway of over two kilometers which consists of seven sections named respectively « Garden of wishes », « Margaret’s secret », « The fairy trail », « The enchanted bank », « Forest of illusions », « The Meadow », « Land of shadows » and « Great tree harmony ». Those names, that are reminiscent of some recent Cirque du Soleil shows, are very representative of the estheticism the creators of the Foresta lumina project have sought to create.
Visitors are invited to discover the luminous installations present on the site through the history of Margaret, a woman whose soul has been inhabiting the woods of Coaticook for decades and who is now endowed with the power to converse with the nocturnal creatures populating this enchanting scenery. Several characters are projected on trees and appear, just as ghosts would, to play tricks on bystanders or to exert their wishes. Drawing on the region’s rich folkloric repertoire, this project was given numerous excellence awards, owing to the high quality of its graphic design and its entertainment value for adults and children alike. Among those awards, there is a certificate of excellence from Trips Advisor Canada, a Théa Award 2015 awarded by the Themed Entertainment Association in California, as well as a Coda Work award in recognition of projects demonstrating the most successful integration of art in a public architectural space. That can certainly outshine the Montréal Botanical Garden and its Lantern Festival, which is hosted every fall and which decorations don’t seem to vary over the years!
The Missisquoi museum
Located on the Wine Route and on the Townships Trail, the Missisquoi Museum traces the history of its county through three picturesque buildings, one of which has been classified as a historic monument in May 2004. Built entirely of red bricks and adorned with a white, grey, and black roof, the pavilions of this museum display a retrospective on the transformations that marked the region during its past two hundred years of existence. It includes the Cornell Mill, where flour was milled; the Hodge General Store, with a collection of authentic merchandise from about 1945; as well as the only great dodecagonal barn in Quebec, which shelters an important collection devoted to agriculture in the Missisquoi county from before the Second World War. This year, the museum also hosted a carnival for the 150th anniversary of Canada, where you could find stands featuring the region’s food and artisan products, a small farm, and a mini-exhibition of the history of the Canadian Confederation.
The Magog-Orford Wine Festival
However, the most anticipated event in the Eastern Townships remains the Magog-Orford Wine Festival, with its 24th edition being held on September 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10, 2017, at Merry Point in Magog. Being a wine-growing region, the Eastern Townships include numerous vineyards, which can be discovered for a modest sum, as the Restomania website offers each year the possibility to discover the Eastern Townships vineyards with the purchase of a « Circuit des vignobles Passport » for the modest price of 10$. That allows you to discover nine domains, among which are found le Château de Cartes, le domaine du Ridge and le domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise, offering an 82% discount on the twenty-eight tastings offered on site. Those who took advantage of this promotional offer expiring at the end of August will be delighted to take part in this Dionysiac celebration in Magog.
On the menu: a sumptuous cocktail dinner at the opening event on Thursday, August 31st, at 6pm; more than 300 products to discover in the tastings pavilion; mixology classes, cooking demonstrations, as well as music shows sponsored by, of course, the SAQ. What’s more, the Magog-Orford wine festival also offers the opportunity to visit a vineyard through virtual reality, which will surely make happy the little ones, for which a play area will also be setup, to allow parents to enjoy some of what was once poetically called “September juice”.
The Massawippi Music Festival in North Hatley
For those who don’t like crowds, the Massawippi Music festival, taking place in Dreamland park, and located at the corner of the Main street and Capelton, in the North Hatley community, offers a more peaceful musical space. From Canada Day to Labour Day, rock, country, blues and jazz bands take the stage, in front of which the neighborhood residents will settle for free. The lawn is covered with chairs of all colors for the duration of the concert. In the Sunday afternoon sun, the bands enjoy appealing to the members of the audience, both those who are on the lawn and the boat owners who get close to the bank to tap their head to the beat of well-known songs, performed in an authentic way. On Saturday nights, some spectators take advantage of the darkness to practice their swing or blues moves around the garden chairs, with the bands’ encouragements, who enjoy seeing their audience dancing.
Explore the earth’s depths in Capleton
Why not end this adventure on a bright note with an epic day in the Capleton undergrounds? This unusual activity allows you to safely explore an old copper mine dating back to 1863, in the company of a guide, who will help you discover the region’s history through the little-known world of miners, many of which are still working in northern Quebec. Few people know that, for example, mines are cool environments, which is reflected in the Capleton mine, located on the summit of Mont Capel and which temperature is about nine degrees Celsius all year round. This place also allows you to imagine what it was like for the Wild West adventurers at the time of the gold rush, since the Capleton mine also gives you the opportunity to go look for gold and precious minerals in the company of a prospector, who gives a gold pan to every visitor and invites them to soak both feet in a stream.
After so much exploration, what would be better than letting yourself be charmed by the peacefulness of a bed & breakfast, where delicious and organic breakfasts are served in a country-style setting? Located near Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, the Wine Festival, the Capleton mine and the Missisquoi Museum, and just a few steps from the Massawippi Music Festival in North Hatley, our bed and breakfast Le Cachet B&B allows you to discover all the cultural activities in the Eastern Townships, and more.
A jacuzzi setup on a terrace covered with climbing plants and colourful flowers is available at all times, as well as a Finnish sauna and a massage room. Book lovers will find a bookcase filled with a collection rich in art and history books, as well as economy and politics journals, through which you could browse near the fireplace. As for travellers who only wish to rest, they will appreciate the quite and relaxing atmosphere of our B&B in North Hatley.
If you have any questions about the cultural activities in the Eastern Townships mentioned above or North Hatley in general, we invite you to contact us today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions and help you plan your next trip to our wonderful region.