Eastern Townships Journals

Eastern Townships of Canada

A September 2004 trip to Eastern Townships by pstar_craze

Granby Zoo Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Nothing in the townships could be called remotely exciting, but the region that I have grown accustom to has an atmosphere that I find comfort in. With a wide varitey of seasonal activities that will always manage to keep you busy, there are many reasons to visit the townships...
Delta Sherbrooke Photo, Sherbrooke, Quebec
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The Delta Sherbrooke Hotel and Conference Centre has 178 rooms, including suites on nine floors. There is a maximum of four people per room (except for suites), and pets are allowed (check-in is at 3pm and check-out is at 12pm.)

A hotel restaurant (Le Murville) and bar (The V.S.O.P.) are located in the hotel, but I would recommend the restaurants located close by (Pizza Hut, Eastside Mario’s, La Cage aux Sports, etc.) for more tasty and reasonably priced food and service. In addition, the hotel has a spa facility that offers therapeutic massages. The Delta Sherbrooke Hotel and Conference Centre is located near the Carre-four shopping district.

http://www.deltahotels.com

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Delta Sherbrooke
2685 KING W
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1L1CA
(819) 822-1989

Manoir Hovey

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:The town of North Hatley, Lake Masswippi, The Piggery Theatre, the town of Magog, and the town of Lennoxville are all nearby.Best Things About the Resort:The Auberge rests on Lake Massawippi, close to the town of North Hatley. It is a very serene area.Resort Experience:This is a very posh, award-winning auberge in the countryside of the Eastern Townships. Many of famous actors/actresses, politicians, and musicians stay at the Manoir. A night in the Manoir could cost anywhere from $125 to $4,000 a night. Personally, I cannot afford such a stay, but the Manoir Hovey is accommodating to visitors, as the restaurants and main building is open to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Manoir Hovey
575 Chemin Hovey
North Hatley, Quebec J0B 2C0
(800) 661-2421

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I enjoyed this restaurant quite a bit. The atmosphere is that of a small café/bistro with relaxed attire. It is a very good place to dine and chat with friends. They serve Italian cuisine, from pastas to pizzas, salads, and more. During dinner hours, it is packed with families as adorable toddlers and infants finger through their delicious spicy pastas, but after 7pm, it turns into a romantic place for couples. I would not recommend going in a giant group, as the whole restaurant only holds 80 people or so. It is right next to the Wellington drinking strip and Masion Cinema. Perfect for a romantic date!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Restaurant Pizzicato
61 King Rue Ouest
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1H 1P1
(819) 562-1029

Pilsen Pub

Restaurant

Pilsen Pub Photo, North Hatley, Quebec
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I absolutely love the Pilsen. It's a great place to hang out in the summer. I adore the town, and in the summer it is flourishing.

The top is a resturant that is pretty summer classy, but the bottom is a pub/bar. Attached to the bottom is a deck to sit and watch the boats and ducks go by. I am such a fan of spending days on the deck with a pitcher of sangria and nights in the pub with a beer and a deck of cards. During big events, everyone brings their family around; whether it's the day the parents meet the boyfriend, a reunion, or graduation, Pilsen is always the place to go. The food can get a bit expensive, but it is delicious and the view is scenic.

http://www.pilsen.ca/

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Pilsen Pub
55 rue Main
North Hatley, Quebec J0B 2C0
(819) 842-2971

Granby Zoo

Attraction | "Granby Zoo (Amazoo)"

Granby Zoo Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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This is a well-known zoo of the area. It is very close to highway 10 (Montreal to Sherbrooke). This is a smaller zoo that can be viewed in one day. I took my niece here and saw every house and animal in less than four hours. There is a water playground, but we didn't think it was worthwhile because of the weather. The zoo is overpriced, especially when the Toronto Zoo is four times as large, more exciting, and more adventurous, for cheaper. It is a worthwhile day trip for animal lovers, though, as the staff is very friendly and the drive is pleasant.

http://www.zoogranby.ca/

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Granby Zoo
525 St-Hubert St
Granby, Quebec J2G 1E8
+1 450 372 9113; +1

Granada Theater

Attraction | "Granada Theatre"

Granada Theater Photo, Sherbrooke, Quebec
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I have only been to this theater for a few concerts, but it was a small, enjoyable atmosphere. Not a lot of English performers go through Sherbrooke or the Eastern Townships, but when they do, it is pleasurable. The crowds are a decent size, and the concert feels more private and intimate. Sometimes a concert can be a little overpriced, but it is only because it has rerouted to add Sherbrooke to its tour. Built in downtown Sherbrooke as part of over 400 grand North American theaters, The Granada Theater is now a designated Canadian historical site. The theater itself is gorgeous, as it is the original theater established in 1929. Open to the public every day from 12pm to 4pm, except Saturdays and Sund...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Granada Theater
53, rue Wellington Nord
Sherbrooke, Quebec
(819) 565-5656

Knowlton Pub

Attraction

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I enjoy this pub a lot. There are numerous sections for chatting, dancing, and hanging out with friends. I personally enjoy the large patio to spend a summer's evening. There are a variety of events happening at the pub for all ages (above 18, of course), but it is well-known for the first Saturday of each month, when all the local kids from the area get together and party the night away.

http://www.knowltonpub.com/

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Knowlton Pub
267 Knowlton Rd.
Knowlton, Quebec J0E 1V0
(450) 242-6862

Bike Paths

Attraction

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Waterloo is called the biking capital of the world, and it is understandable, as the Eastern Townships is covered with bike trails all over the countryside. It is open for bikers of any expertise, as small families travel in between towns and couples/friends cross the whole region.

The paths go through picturesque cities for culture breaks and stops. Huts are built mid-route for water breaks by scenic spots. The insects can be very annoying, but the paths are regularly maintained and kept litter free. Maps are posted, and the paths are protected by bikers hired by the city. The paths are not only used for biking, as runners and walkers come here as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Theatre Piggery

Attraction | "The Piggery Theatre"

Theatre Piggery Photo, North Hatley, Quebec
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The Piggery is a renowned theatre for summer plays. It is contains some of the best acting and playwriting in the area and province. Close to the summer town of North Hatley, sometimes stars can be sighted (especially local Donald Sutherland) during an evening production. There is limited seating, so advance purchase is highly recommended. Most productions include meals/snacks.

http://www.piggery.com/

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Theatre Piggery
215 Ch Simard
Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley, Quebec J0B 1W0
819-842-2431

Liverpool Bar

Attraction

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It is located right in the Wellington drinking strip. It is a two-floor building of pool tables and couches. Rock music is played for those who are there to hang out with friends. I like to come here every now and then and play a bit of pool. I'm no pro, but it's a very chill place to hang out, especially on a lazy night. There are cigar rooms and a small variety of snacks served.

http://www.liverpool.ca/

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Liverpool Bar
28 Wellington sud
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1H 5C7
(819) 822-3724

Owl's Head

Attraction

Owl's Head Photo, Mansonville, Quebec
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I like going to this hill because it has some of the most scenic trails of the area. It is said to have the highest vertical drop in the area, but I find the hills not to be very crowded and the trails to my level (intermediate). There are hillside cabins and a comfy main lodge.

http://www.owlshead.com/

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Owl's Head
40, chemin du Mont Owl's Head
Mansonville, Quebec J0E 1X0
(800) 363-3342

Vieux Clocher (Le)

Attraction | "Vieux Clocher"

Vieux Clocher (Le) Photo, Magog, Quebec
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For a bit of French culture, whether it’s comedy or music, Le Vieux Clocher is a theater that is a fun spot to start off the night. With its one-of-a-kind cabaret style and cozy ambience, Le Vieux Clocher offers a unique and exhilarating show experience. You must buy tickets beforehand (they are sold at a reasonable price per event). Seating is by each ticket, and drinks are served at the event at regular prices ($4/beer). In Sherbrooke, the theater is a located aside from the usual hot spots in the city, but in Magog, it is located right downtown. The Magog Vieuw Clocher is more popular, as it is near the nightlife and has a Vieux Clocher café attached. Le Vieux Clocher de Sherbrooke presents profess...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Vieux Clocher (Le)
64 rue Merry Nord
Magog, Quebec J1X 2E6
(819) 847-4858

Old Lennoxville Golf Club

Attraction | "Club de golf Vieux Lennoxville"

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This golf course is a good place to quickly unwind. If you are in Lennoxville and have a few hours to unwind but cannot go far, then this golf course is perfect. Located close to Bishop's University and town, this site is prime for the golfers who want to keep game in between work and school. Not a rowdy, disturbed area, nor litter-ridden.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Old Lennoxville Golf Club
19, rue Du Golf
Lennoxville, Quebec J1M 1Z7
(819) 562-4922

Centennial Theatre

Attraction

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Every week (either on Wednesday or Thursday during the school year), an English movie plays for the students and the local crowd. These movies are movies not yet released to DVD but leaving the theatre. On Sundays, sometimes there are children's movies. There is plenty of seating, as occasionally it is used for school performances. A canteen is placed in the lobby, selling drinks and snacks. Parking is offered, but as it is a part of the university, it is $1 an hour or $4 for the whole day.

http://www.ubishops.ca/centennial/

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Centennial Theatre
Bishop’s University
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1M 0C8
(819) 822-9600

Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke

Attraction | "Galaxy Cinema Sherbrooke"

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This cinema used to be a nine-theatre but recently had three theatres added and updated. The snacks are usual prices for mega theatres in Canada. There is parking all over the building, but beware of parking too far away from the theatre, as thefts are rare, but they do occur. If the movie is popular, come half an hour in advance. A pizza restaurant is close by, but otherwise, the theatre is far off from most sites of the city. Regular: $8.75 Children (12 and under): $6 Students: $7 Senoirs (65+): $6 Matinee during the week: $6 Matinee on Saturday and Sunday: $7 Tuesdays: $5.50 Mondays and Wednesdays: $6 * Prices subject to change ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke
4204 Boulevard Bertrand-Fabi
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1N 1X5
(819) 821-4481

Maison du Cinema

Attraction | "La Maison du Cinema"

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This cinema is near Pizzicatos and other restaurants and nightlife. It's good for dates and just across from the bus depot. It's an old-fashioned theatre with plush seats!

Regular price: $8.75
Children (12 and under): $6
Students: $7
Seniors (65+): $6
Matinee during the week: $6
Matinee on Saturday and Sunday: $7
Mondays to Wednesdays: $6
* Prices are subject to change

http://www.lamaisonducinema.com/

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Maison du Cinema
63 rue King Ouest
Sherbrooke, Quebec
(819) 566-0991

International Buffet

Attraction | "International Buffet of Sherbrooke"

Delta Sherbrooke Photo, Sherbrooke, Quebec
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Held on the last Saturday of May, cultures from all over the Eastern Townships have booths representing their mother country. Tickets are pricey (more than $50), but it allows you to eat food from three different countries (appetizer, meal, and dessert) and mingle with the friendiest people from Quebec. Booths range from over 40 countries represented in this giant dinner, with music and entertainment to create a joyful atmosphere. Important political figures have even been spotted and known to thank the participants.

Buffet des Nations du Service d'aide aux Néo-Canadiens: (819/566-5373

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

International Buffet
Collège de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, Quebec

Friendship Day

Attraction

Friendship Day Photo, Lennoxville, Quebec
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It is usually held on the first or second Saturday in June, but posters are placed weeks in advance for warning. The day begins at 10 in the morning with a small parade held by the schools, local sponsors, and various childrens' activites (scouts, bagpipers...)in the main street (Queen Street). The local summer camp has organized enough events and games at Lennoxville Elementary School (most free of charge) and the local pool to entertain a child for hours until dinner. Don't forget a bathing suit! Around 9 or 10 at night at the Bishop's University football field, see the final frieworks for the night. It can be seen at most spots in Lennoxville.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Challenge Sur Glace Ice Racing

Attraction | "Canada-Quebec Ice Challenge"

Challenge Sur Glace Ice Racing Photo, Sherbrooke, Quebec
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This is a very popular attraction that only lasts one weekend in Sherbrooke. F1 ice cars are brought in from all over the world to race on the world's largest man-made ice track. Tickets are very inexpensive (especially when purchased in advance) and can be bought for one-day viewings, also.

http://www.challengecanada.com

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Challenge Sur Glace Ice Racing
Bertand-fabi Circuit
Sherbrooke, Quebec

Lac des Nations Festival

Attraction | "La Fête du Lac and Molson Great Canadian Fireworks"

Lac des Nations Festival Photo, Sherbrooke, Quebec
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The fireworks competition is held in the hot months of the summer. The fireworks are my favorite part of the night! I have yet to see them from the park itself, but I like to watch them from Mont Bellevue or my friend's house in Lennoxville. Each night, a different province holds a music and fireworks show. Live bands also hold small shows before the fireworks, and the city has set up a few small events (food and beer tents, mini golf, etc.) for entertainment.

http://fetedulacdesnations.com/

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Lac des Nations Festival

Sherbrooke, Quebec

Painted streets of Sherbrooke Photo, Quebec, Canada
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This walking tour starts in the heart of downtown Sherbrooke, just steps away from the the Frontenac Street esplanade and Place des Moulins, where the Magog and St-Francis rivers merge. The north face of the first building, which you see from Wellington Street, is adorned by the Nékitotegwak mural illustrating the meeting of the two rivers before colonisation. The second mural is at the corner of Frontenac and Dufferin Street and called Sherbrooke's 2002 Bicentennial mural, and the latest mural is Once upon a time in the East, which can be seen at the corner of King Street and Bowen. These painting are all part of a unique attraction that has been transforming the streets of downtown Sherbrooke into a...Read More

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