THE PERFECT FALL GETAWAY AT LA STATION DU CHENE ROUGE

THE PERFECT FALL GETAWAY AT LA STATION DU CHENE ROUGE

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect place to spend a fall weekend, a place to lay your head under a canopy of bright red and orange leaves, a place where you can be completely surrounded by nature and just take a moment to breath in the crisp, fall air, look no further than the Station du Chene Rouge. This nature reserve, covering over 150 acres of land, can be found in the heart of the Massawippi River valley, more specifically in the picturesque village of North Hatley, a short distance from all major cities such as Montreal. The family owned and operated business boasts several different accommodations to choose from ranging from cozy little pods and mountain side triangular cabins, to a bubble tent that will allow you to quite literally sleep under a blanket of stars. This little slice of heaven can be accessed all year round and boasts a multitude of different activities to take part in on site, including hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing through forests of snow capped trees. The site also backs up onto a portion of the Mississquoi Valley trails that lead down to some very photogenic spots, including an old dynamite cave that was used during the copper mining times as well as some hundred year old ruins that have long been abandoned and left to be reclaimed by nature.

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5 SOCIAL DISTANCE FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

5 SOCIAL DISTANCE FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

Surprise! I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth, never to be seen from again. I have however, been taking the time needed to adjust to a new way of life that is living through a worldwide pandemic. Like the majority of people living through these strange and uncertain times, this has been a weird and confusing time for me, hence the silence and lack of posts. While spending the majority of the year holed in up in quarantine, has taught me many things, having the time to reflect on the many beauties and wonders our own backyard offers, really inspired me even more to plan trips and outings within my own region, to step foot in tiny, villages dotted along the way and to discover the best kept hidden gems.

To commemorate my first blog post back and to show you the highlight reel of my summer, if you will, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite places to visit in the Eastern Townships, that are not only gorgeous and unique in their own ways, but also social distancing friendly destinations as well, so you can enjoy the last few days of good weather all while being safe and responsible.

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5 WINTER WONDERLAND HIKES TO DISCOVER IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

5 WINTER WONDERLAND HIKES TO DISCOVER IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

Winter, you either love it or hate it. From freezing rain, blowing snow, below zero temperatures, and seemingly endless mornings spent shoveling, living under a white blanket for half of the year is the reality here in Quebec. While we may be slowly gearing towards the end and the hope of spring being just around the corner, I wanted to end the season off by sharing with you, some of my favorite hiking spots in the Eastern Townships. Luckily for us , the winter season is one of the best times to get out and explore the many hiking trails this province has to offer. Though it may be harder on your legs to trudge through the snow and ice, there are also many advantages to winter hikes, like less crowds, less sweat, less bugs, and more stunning winter wonderland views. So bundle up, slap your crampons on, and get out to discover the frozen lakes hidden among white mountains and the snow caked pine tree trails that are waiting to be explored.

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LOOKING BACK ON TWENTY NINETEEN

LOOKING BACK ON TWENTY NINETEEN

Twenty nineteen. A year of adventure, of change, and of great memories.

Long time no see. The month of November through December are always harder and busier months for me, hence the lack of blog posts on this page recently. During the winter months, the inspiration to travel and go on adventures is much lower which makes it quite difficult to create content and put out interesting posts. With the new year though, I always like to do a recap of all the things I’ve accomplished over the past 365 days which not only helps me look back on everything but also helps me gain my inspiration back. With that being said, I hope you all had a great new year and all the best in this new decade.

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EXPLORE QUEBEC | VISITING THE ABANDONED VILLAGE OF RIVIERE DE LA GUERRE

EXPLORE QUEBEC | VISITING THE ABANDONED VILLAGE OF RIVIERE DE LA GUERRE

Hidden away from the road, down a bumpy trail through a corn field, you will find the remains of a long abandoned village known as Riviere de la Guerre. Located in the Monteregie area of the province, what was once a thriving village is now virtually non-existent, with only a few gravestones, a run down church, and the pastor’s old house still standing. Founded in the early 19th century and named after a man known as Francois dit La Guerre, a settler that had been living in the village at the time, Riviere de la Guerre only survived for about 30 years before being completely abandoned by the 1850’s.  Continue reading “EXPLORE QUEBEC | VISITING THE ABANDONED VILLAGE OF RIVIERE DE LA GUERRE”

UNIVERSAL YUMS | TRYING SNACKS FROM TURKEY

UNIVERSAL YUMS | TRYING SNACKS FROM TURKEY

From white sand beaches and towering mountains to stunning hot air balloon shows in Cappadocia and spice-trading bazaars, Turkey is the perfect blend of European and Middle Eastern influences, being recognized as the bridge between the two continents. Over 80 million people live in Turkey today with the country also being home to some of the earliest human civilization dating back over 11,000 years ago. Though the landscapes and the stunning architecture are enough to convince anyone to visit Turkey, the cuisine, which pulls inspiration from European, Asian, and Middle Eastern dishes, is the selling point with many traditional dishes to choose from.

Having been subscribed to Universal Yums for over two years now, it was inevitable that we’d eventually get a box from a country that we previously tried, which was the case this month. While I was contemplating skipping over this month as to not try the same snacks all over again, I decided to go for it regardless. Surprisingly, while there were a couple of snacks that were repeats from last time, there was also a bunch of new ones that we hadn’t yet tried. With new and exciting snacks to try such as orange-vanilla cake and carrot Turkish delight, let’s get right into snacking!

Click here to see what treats we tried the last time we ventured to Turkey with Universal Yums.

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MOST HAUNTED PLACES TO VISIT IN SALEM

Also known as the ‘witch city’, Salem is notorious for being one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Found along the coast of Massachusetts, Salem has long been associated with it’s dark past involving the witch trials, which might just be the reason why this city is so full of paranormal activity. Having started as a peaceful little town, Salem quickly became infamous in 1692 when the witch hysteria swept through the city. Over 200 people were accused of participating in witchcraft and 20 innocent people were executed, including the first ‘witch’ Bridget Bishop as well as the only male victim known as Giles Corey. With a past as dark and macabre as Salem’s, it comes as no surprise that the city is filled with hot spots for paranormal activity and ghostly encounters, waiting to be explored.

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UNIVERSAL YUMS | TRYING SNACKS FROM INDONESIA

Consisting of over 17,000 islands, six official languages, and the most unique landscapes in the world, it’s no surprise that Indonesia is one of the most diverse countries out there. Located along the equator between Malaysia and Australia, Indonesia is a populous country with over 250 million inhabitants calling it their home. The country also has historic ties to other countries such as the Netherlands, Portugal, and India making it the culturally diverse place that it is today. With different religions and customs comes different cuisines, something that Indonesia is known for, with lots of the local dishes being influenced by food from many different countries, such as India. From grilled beef snacks and cheese wafers to sweeter options like milk gummies and cola burger candies, we’ll be getting a taste of just how different and unique the food and snacks are in beautiful Indonesia.

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11 CANADIAN TOWNS WITH THE STRANGEST NAMES TO VISIT FOR CANADA DAY

From the majestic mountains and turquoise lakes in Alberta and the sailboats and lighthouses in the Maritimes to the vast, open landscapes in the Northwest Territories and everything else in between, Canada is a diverse country, to say the least. Founded in 1867, the country is made up of ten provinces as well as three territories, each with their own unique landscapes, traditions, and aspects. Canada first became recognized as a country on the 1st of July over 200 years ago and ever since then, this day has been known as Canada Day, a national day created to celebrate the birth of our amazing country. While there are many beautiful and interesting places to visit in Canada, there are also some downright strange and unique places waiting to be explored. In commemoration of the upcoming holiday, I’ve put together this list of places found throughout Canada that are worth putting on your bucket list, not because of their stunning views or abundance of activities, but because of how outrageous and hilarious the town names are. From being named after a dangerous and cancerous chemical to sharing their name with a popular hamburger condiment, these are the Canadian cities and towns with the strangest names in the country.

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A DAY ON THE FARM | DISCOVERING THE VERGER CHAMPÊTRE

A DAY ON THE FARM | DISCOVERING THE VERGER CHAMPÊTRE

Tucked away into a little corner of the Eastern Townships, is the Verger Champetre. Owned and operated by married couple Thèrese and Mario, the site consists of over 200 acres of farmland as well as multiple different orchards and gardens for visitors to explore. It is also one of the only places in Quebec that offers visitors the chance to walk with either a miniature horse or an alpaca along an interpretive trail. Along with that experience, there is an abundance of different activities to partake in and things to see, making the Verger Champetre the perfect nature lovers’ paradise.

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