Eastern Townships - Quebec

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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Although I'm sure that we have missed the best of the fall foliage around the Eastern Townships, I will be spending a few days in the area on an upcoming visit. Can you provide me with contact info and some suggestions on things to do?

A: The Eastern Township region (Catons-de-l'Est) is a perfect picnic basket for foodies, wine lovers, golfers and spa enthusiasts. You'll especially have fun touring the countryside hamlets. Nestled near the US border, Sherbrooke is the region's largest city (145,000 population) and is only minutes from the great outdoors. A 90-minute-drive from Montreal, it's easily accessible by major highways.

Since autumn is the busiest time around these parts, travellers can slate some golf time at one of the 40 courses, visit one of the national parks for a birds' eye view atop one of the ski lifts around Sutton and Bromont.

You'll also discover that sandwiched between these charming villages there are 12 vineyards where passionate vintners are thrilled to show off their gift from Bacchus. Allot about one-and-a-half-hours per vineyard or otherwise plan a half-day for two winery stops.

Enroute between Stanbridge East and Dunham, there is a cluster of five wineries. Be sure to stop by The Vignoble de l'Orpailleur. It has its own wine eco-museum. The unique architecture of Victorian-style homes steeped in a bucolic setting makes this region a picture-perfect paradise.

For itinerary suggestions, the Cantons de l'Est Tourism Office has a handy web itinerary sampler available at its web site, www.easterntownships.cc. Click on packages and select "Fall Packages."

Currently there are special Getaway packages such as "Romantic and Gourmet," "Relaxation and Spa" and "the Wine Route." For winelovers, there are 14 getaway packages from which to choose. Prices start from as low as $34 per person double occupancy.

For other travel information, you can phone the Eastern Townships Tourism Office at toll-free 1.800.355.5755.

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