This fall, the Eastern Townships will be the ideal destination for hiking as well as for contemplating the autumn foliage. Here is a list of five locations worth visiting in the coming months. You will be amazed by their magnificent landscapes.
The Mont-Orford national park is a great location for hiking during the fall season. Its trails total over 80 km in length – which should make happy hiking enthusiasts! When leaves start changing and their color turns from green to orange, the landscape of the Mont-Orford hiking trails also change and form an amazing and quaint scenery. You will have access to these trails, which are divided into three levels of difficulty, ranging from easy to hard, from early May to mid-November.
Parc de la gorge de Coaticook
The Gorge de Coaticook park consists of three different trails, each comprising magnificent attractions. The Gorge “Canyon” Trail, with a distance of 3.5 km, has an approximate duration of 1h30 and gives hikers access to a suspended footbridge, an observation tower, a hydroelectric power station, and a cave, to name but a few. As for the Mountain Trail, it has a distance of about 2 to 4 km and it has an approximate duration of 40 minutes to 1h30 – it gives you access to a covered bridge, a round barn, a floral garden, a waterfall, an observation tower, and much more. Finally, on the Tillotson Trail, with a distance of 8.5 km and an approximate duration of 2h30 to 3h, you can find, among other things, a waterfall, a pond and a picnic area. This fall, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the amazing view that offer the suspended bridge and the observation tower to enjoy the breathtaking sight of the leaf color change.
The North Missisquoi Valley hiking networks allow you to have access for free to natural landscapes that are as wild as they are majestic. With a total length of 55 km, this intermunicipal network not only allows you to walk through the forest, but it also gives you access to geocaching, as well as to natural and cultural heritage interpretation routes. You can even hike in the company of your faithful canine friend, provided that they are kept on a leash. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore and contemplate nature’s wild side once it has its autumn attire on.
The Mont-Mégantic national park is also a choice destination when it comes to hiking, especially during the fall period. Its trails are divided in two sectors, the Observatory sector and Franceville sector. The Observatory sector trails total 42 km in length and give access to an extraordinary view over the summits of mount Mégantic and mount Saint-Joseph. This view will be particularly spectacular this fall at the time of the forest’s metamorphosis. On this sector’s trails, you can even find rustic camping sites, rustic camps, and shelters, which you will need to reserve in advance. As for the Franceville sector trails, they have a total length of 15 km and give access to the amazing Franceville rocky ridge as well as to the beautiful creek valley of the mountain and its waterfalls.
But at the Mont-Mégantic national park, there is more than hiking trails: there is also the ASTROLab, an astronomy activity center dedicated to the public. This wonderful place gives you access to the best observatory in Canada, to fascinating exhibitions, as well as to a high definition multi-media room. It is also where you will find the first international dark sky reserve, which you will be able to contemplate after dark.
The Owl’s Head section of the Missisquoi Valley path comprises many mountain trails, for a total distance of 12 km. These hiking trails consist of a loop circuit accessible from the Owl’s Head ski chalet. Of course, it goes without saying that these mountain trails will give you an amazing view over breathtaking landscapes. There is no question that this fall, this circuit will give you a show worth seeing.
After a long and wonderful day of hiking through the red, orange and yellow foliage, why not come and relax your sore muscles while still contemplating a beautiful scenery at our B&B in North Hatley. We are located near these national parks. Enjoy nature’s tranquility while having a taste of the comfort of a home away from home. In a country‑style setting, you will enjoy a terrace Jacuzzi, a Finnish sauna, a massage room, as well as a delicious daily homemade breakfast. Learn more about our rooms and amenities.
If you have any questions about your upcoming trip to the Eastern Townships, we invite you to contact us today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions and help you plan your upcoming trip and numerous experiences.
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