Traveling has long been known to be the act of going to a different country or city, specifically one that is as far away from your hometown as possible. There is nothing wrong with this but people rarely realize that there is so much to explore and see in their own country or province/state. I’ve recently decided to try to visit more and more places within my own province as Quebec offers up a multitude of things to do and see. One of these places is the town of Magog/Orford. Found in the Eastern Townships of the province, this lakeside town is one of the largest tourist regions in the area. The town is located at the foot of the majestic Mount Orford and is a quaint, little town waiting to be explored. Here are some things to do and places to grab a bite if ever you’re in the area.
Read also ‘Hotel Review | Espace 4 Saison‘ if you’re looking for a great place to stay while you’re in town.
Things to Do
Book a cruise and head out onto the waters of the Memphremagog lake with Escapades Memphremagog. The cruise is offered with or without the option of having a meal on board and brings the passengers around one of the most beautiful lakes in all of Quebec.
Spend the afternoon surrounded by nature at the Marais Aux Cerises. This nature reserve/nature walk is free to enter and offers up multiple hiking trails that run through lush forests and around lakes filled with animals and plants native to the area.
Get pampered and spend a relaxing day at the Dome de Morphee found inside the Espace 4 Saisons hotel at the foot of Mount Orford. With services ranging from pedicures, manicures, and facials to microdermabraision and collagen treatments, you’re sure to leave here feeling completely zen and at peace.
Depending on which time of the year you’ll be in town and which season it will be, be sure to visit the Mont-Orford National Park where there is always something to do regardless of the weather. Enjoy pristine skiing in the winter months and stunning views and hiking trails during the summer.
Spend the afternoon exploring the main street and downtown area of Magog and all that it has to offer. From boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, the downtown area has more than enough to please everyone.
Pay a visit to the small town at the end of the summer (end of August, beginning of September) and discover what makes the vineyards of Magog so popular at the Fete des Vendanges. Taste test some of Quebec’s authentic and handmade wines, ciders, and spirits at this festival.
Places To Grab a Bite To Eat
For the lovers of authentic Italian dishes, look no further than the La Piazzetta restaurant. The menu is moderately priced and offers up dishes including pizza, pasta, and their famous pizza roll-ups. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine menu for those interested with over 20 different kinds to choose from.
A great place to discover if you’re in the mood for something a little different is the Restaurant Fondissimo. The Fondissimo is an authentic fondue style restaurant offering different types of fondue from cheese to chocolate as well as exotic meats that can’t be found just anywhere such as ostrich and kangaroo with prices ranging from 15-30$. All of this is found inside of an old cotton factory which makes the place rich in history.
Guacamole Y Tequila
For some authentic Mexican cuisine with affordable prices, there is none other than Guacamole Y Tequila. One of the more popular options in the area, this restaurant has a beautiful waterfront patio area to enjoy your meal and a traditional Mexican inspired decor. All dishes are handmade using only the freshest of ingredients and some of these dishes include quesadillas, tortilla soup and enchiladas.
Microbrasserie La Memphre
For a night out with friends at the end of a long week, pay a visit to the Microbrasserie La Memphre. This pub style restaurant is one of the best places in town for beer enthusiasts with an array of handmade, all natural beers to choose from. With a menu including options such as fried calamari, beer battered onion rings and smoked meat mac and cheese, it is great to know that the prices are still quite low yet the quality is good.