DISCOVERING THE TRAPPEUR DUO NATURE TENT AT HUTTOPIA SUTTON

DISCOVERING THE TRAPPEUR DUO NATURE TENT AT HUTTOPIA SUTTON

Huttopia, the place where your mornings start off with the chirping of the birds and the sounds of the forest around you, waking up for the day. The place where your first coffee of the day tastes just a bit better heated over a campfire and where your breakfast is enjoyed in the company of the surrounding pines and maple trees. It is the place where your worries melt away and where you will feel most at peace. Regardless of the type of accommodation that you choose, whether it be a rustic campsite in the depths of the forest or a cozy cabin with all of the fittings, one thing is for certain and that is, that your time at Huttopia will be a relaxing one. Here is our experience spending the weekend in Huttopia’s Trappeur Duo Nature tent.

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CABIN FEVER | OUR WEEKEND AT DIABLE VERT

CABIN FEVER  | OUR WEEKEND AT DIABLE VERT

If there’s anything I love in life, it’s escaping to the middle of the woods and hunkering down in an adorable log cabin for the weekend. I love being out in nature and hearing the forest slowly waking up for the day, or cozying up to a warm fire with a book while taking in the sights. Having moved to an apartment in a busier town a few years ago, I noticed that my need to explore more hidden cabins and accommodations in Quebec, intensified. I spent more time than ever before researching rustic log cabins and overall unique places to stay in my area, forever adding more and more places to my travel bucket list. Fast forward to a few weekends ago, I got the chance to spend a relaxing and well needed weekend away at the Diable Vert resort in the adorable village of Sutton. While the original plan was to spend the night in one of their treehouses, we ended up opting for a stay in a rustic cabin instead because of availability and it ended up being one of the best decisions we could’ve made. Keep on reading to discover more of this rustic yet charming cabin.

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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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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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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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VISITING THE ONLY ICE HOTEL IN NORTH AMERICA

VISITING THE ONLY ICE HOTEL IN NORTH AMERICA

Imagine working on something special for over a month and half along with 50 other people, building in some of the coldest temperatures with some of the coldest materials possible, only to tear it all down 3 months later. All of your hard work and long hours put into this project, gone in a matter of minutes. This is the reality of the workers assigned to build Quebec’s famous ice hotel each year.

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2019 TRAVEL BUCKET LIST | WHERE YOU SHOULD TRAVEL THIS YEAR IN QUEBEC

2019 TRAVEL BUCKET LIST | WHERE YOU SHOULD TRAVEL THIS YEAR IN QUEBEC

Quebec, Canada, the land of maple syrup, poutine, and a whole lot of snow. Not only is Quebec the home of all of these wonderful things, it’s also my home. I’ve lived here my entire life and never really thought much about this province until I started getting into travel. For the longest time, I’ve always thought that to travel meant to leave your province or your country to explore different parts of the world. While this is true and something that I want to do, I’ve also realized that where I live is actually quite beautiful and diverse and a place that has much more things to see and places to explore than I ever imagined. While we’re already three weeks into the new year, I decided to throw together a list of places in Quebec that are worth putting on your bucket list as well as places that I’ve put high up on my list to visit.

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