Discover many interesting Eastern Townships Tours this summer. Think you’ve seen all there is to see in the Eastern Townships? Think again. There is always more to discover in this region. Consider embarking on one or all of these five experiences this summer:
Sutton’s Gourmet Tour
The village of Sutton offers a gourmet tour to awaken your palette and acquaint you with all the culinary treasures the region has to offer.
The 26 stops along this tour include a mountain lodge, two vineyards, a spa and fine dining. You can experience this tour on foot via the Village route, or by car or bicycle along the Rural route. (There’s no rule that bars you from trying both!)
The route begins southeast of Sutton at the Chapelle Ste-Agnes vineyard, which offers tastings and guided tours Wednesdays and Sundays from June 1 to October 31. After leading you through stops such as the Auberge Spa (featuring a Finnish sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi and heated pool), the tour concludes north of Sutton at the inn Auberge Sutton Brouërie.
The Pioneer Trail
This car, motorbike or bicycle trail immerses you in the history and natural beauty of the Vallée de la Coaticook. The trail is open every month of the year, except January and February.
This area saw an increase in French settlement following the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War with Great Britain. This area was then recognized as part of French Canada, with pioneers impacting the region’s landscape and destiny from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The trail commemorates the French settlers who made their home in this region.
The trail is lined with iron silhouettes of historical figures which serve as landmarks and historical signposts. Comfortable seating is offered at each silhouette to offer trail-goers a moment of rest and reflection.
A guided audio tour is available, including narratives from past pioneers and engaging historical facts about thee region. To follow the tour, you can download an app to guide you along the way. If you’ll be traveling with children or a large group, ask for special guidebooks at the Coaticook tourist information office.
Wine Route Brome-Missisquoi
A highlight of many Eastern Townships tours is local wine. Enjoy the taste of local vineyards on this Eastern Townships tour, leading you throughout the region’s mountains and valleys. The circuit includes 22 stops throughout 140 km and is accessible by car or bicycle.
While planning your trip through the wine route, research deals offered by Friends of the Wine Route for meals, entertainment and overnight accommodations along the way. If you are curious about specific wineries, we invite to you read our article about Eastern Townships vineyards.
Covered Bridges of the Southern Eastern Townships
The Eastern Townships boast 15 covered bridges, and make for some gorgeous vistas and photography opportunities. The suggested route begins in the southwest by Pidgeon Hill/Saint-Armand, winds up through Cowansville and eventually Brandy Creek, then concludes in North Eaton.
Note that not all bridges can still be crossed. To plan your visit, use the interactive map here.
The English Tea Route
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy English High Tea at six tea rooms throughout Granby, Stanstead, Coaticook and North Hatley.
- Ferme Héritage Miner: A tribute to the region’s Miner family, this tea room offers garden seating and an ice cream parlor.
- The Colby-Curtis Museum: Take tea in the solarium of this museum, the preserved home of Dr. Charles C. Colby, to experience the height of culture.
- The Beaulne Museum: Another preserved English home, this is an opportunity to enjoy tea on the balcony of a lush 1912-era building.
- Folle Théière: Expand your dining experience at this restaurant by pairing tea with vegan or raw cuisine.
We hope you find this article on Eastern Townships Tours valuable. Most importantly we hope you will explore our region and discover many interesting activities and picturesque landscapes that make our region memorable. If you have any questions, we invite you to contact us today.
We hope to see you soon.
Iryna & Mykola