When the United States declared independence in 1775, Loyalists who remained faithful to the British Crown flocked to the Eastern Townships, officially designated as such in 1792.
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Eastern Townships

Over hill, over dale... and beyond!

Vignoble de l'Orpailleur, vineyard, Dunham, Eastern Townships,  
© MTOQ / Linda Turgeon
A picturesque holiday spot and cradle of grape growing in Québec, the Eastern Townships run along the American border. The region, proud of its beautiful villages with their opulent Victorian homes, is brimming with theatres, art galleries and antique shops.

The Wine Route (Route des Vins), agritourism circuits, excursions by train or boat, fine dining, cozy B&Bs and charming inns make the region irresistible for gourmet getaways. With its vistas of mountains, vast lakes and green golf courses, the Eastern Townships region offers unique scenery for memorable vacations!

Well-being and country pleasures

To truly appreciate the Eastern Townships, hop on your bike and head out along the regional network of bike paths, which stretches over 500 km (300 mi.), 200 km (125 mi.) of which are part of the Route Verte’s Montréal-Québec City route. Hikers also have plenty to choose from. One of the longest and the most spectacular trails is the Sentiers de l'Estrie, which offers 150 km (90 mi.) of views as far as the eye can see. Some 15 Relais santé spas offer health and relaxation getaways in restful surroundings. The Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, with its cheese- and cider-making monks, marvellously embodies the serenity that comes from living in harmony with nature and the happy marriage of water and mountain.

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