The Eastern Townships is all about the outdoors. There are four provincial parks, several significant regional parks, as well as ZEC's and nature centers. Given the vast stands of maple, the leaf viewing in Autumn is amongst the very best in the east (this statement makes for some great arguments - forewarned is forearmed). Each year many of the ski hills put on a leaf festival, with the areas colours begging you to catch a ride on the ski lifts to the top of the mountains for a better view.
Mountain Bikers have several options here, including one of the east's finest trail systems on Mont-Bromont. The hill is a pioneer, having catered to bikers for years .
The lift served trail system is extensive, well maintained and extremely well designed. The mountain has hosted the World Mountain Bike Championships, as well as several cross-country and downhill World Cups.
Hikers and Backpackers are well served by the Township's trails. The Sentier de L'Estrie climbs several of the areas peaks on it's way to join Vermont's Long Trail at the US border in the south. If your favourite sport is Canoeing, there are several rivers to conquer in the region, or you might want to try some canoe camping in Frontenac Provincial Park. Climbers are also in luck with the sport climbing area in Orford and climbing gyms in the City of Sherbrooke.
Winter is one of the best times to visit the region. The area is well known for it's ski and boarding resorts, which include Mont-Sutton, Mount Glen, Mont Orford and Owls Head. There are also endless possibilities for cross country skiing, as well as backcountry hut-to-hut adventure at Mont Megantic Park. Snow Shoeing and Dog Sledding are two other sports garnering a lot of attention and they are increasingly being well represented in the area.
Activities in the Eastern Townships include:
Cross Country Skiing
Skiing & Snowboarding
White Water Paddling
White Water Rafting
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