The Eastern Townships region is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, tranquil lakes and its many outdoor activities.
Outlined below are five unique ways you can explore our scenic corner of the country, using the Versō hotel as your jumping off point. Situated in the heart of the city of Magog, our hotel is an ideal base from which to plan your outings!
Trade your Mountain Bike for… a Flying Bike
61 km from the Versō hotel (50 minutes by car)
Head for Au Diable Vert, a mountain resort in Sutton, where you’ll find the ‘vélovolant’ or flying bike—the only attraction of its kind in Canada! This extraordinary activity involves pedalling a bike along a cable strung between the treetops, as ‘cyclists’ enjoy the spectacular views that surround them…
If the very thought gives you vertigo, Au Diable Vert offers another unusual attraction—Observétoiles, an open-air planetarium where you can explore the heavens and the mysteries of the Universe with the help of augmented reality.
Get Up Close and Personal with the Rivière-aux-Cerises Wetlands
2 km from Versō hotel (4 minutes by car)
The most common way to visit the Rivière-aux-Cerises marsh is to follow the walking trails that are so easy even the smallest members of the family can navigate them. But a more intimate (and arguably more adventurous!) way to explore these wetlands is to get right down onto the water.
Instead of the Wine Route… The Cheese Route
The tourist routes around the region’s wineries and cider makers are well-known, but many visitors aren’t aware of the fact that the Eastern Townships also has lots of artisan cheesemakers. By following the Têtes Fromagères Circuit, you’ll be able to sample some wonderful products (cheese curds, goat cheese, fine cheese, etc.) along the way. Discovering our local cheeses is a fun way to explore the region, and by using the Versō hotel as your starting point, you can design your own, tailormade itinerary.
Explore the Eastern Townships… Underground!
25 km from the Versō hotel (30 minutes by car)
This has nothing to do with spies or alternative lifestyles, but rather an old copper mine! The Capelton Mine closed down in 1907, but in 1994, it reopened as a tourist attraction. You can tour this fascinating underground world for almost two hours, walking through the dark
chambers where, in a previous era, miners toiled to bring the copper to the surface. Dress warmly and make sure you’re wearing sturdy walking shoes!
Paddle to Sherbrooke—Along the Magog River
17 km from the Versō hotel (17 minutes by car)
Calling all water babes! Even if you love boating, you might not have heard of the Corridor Bleu, a route that links Parc de la Plage-Municipale in Deauville to Parc Lucien-Bouchard in downtown Sherbrooke. If you paddle your own kayak or rent the equipment, you can cover the 14-km route in under four hours. Best of all, sailing the ‘Blue Corridor’ won’t cost you a cent!
There’s just so much to see and do in our beautiful corner of Quebec! Leave your luggage with us for a day or two, to give you enough time to explore as much of the region as possible. We’re pretty sure that the Townships won’t take long to weave its spell over you and that you’ll want to visit us time and time again…