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.Continue reading “THE PERFECT FALL GETAWAY AT LA STATION DU CHENE ROUGE”
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.Continue reading “5 SOCIAL DISTANCE FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS”
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.
Ukraine, a country I never thought I would be trying snacks from, yet here we are. For the month of March, we’ll be heading off on a journey through Ukraine with Universal Yums where we’ll be taste testing things such as cheese and chocolate wafers as well as meat jelly flavored chips and fruit filled caramels. A bit of a backstory on this country before we hop into the snacks, the Ukraine has been ruled by many different nations throughout it’s existence as a country. First it was Poland who had control of this country followed by Austria-Hungary and then fell under the control of the USSR in 1912. Seventy years passed while Ukraine was powered by the Soviet Union until the USSR collapsed in 1991 and Ukraine finally gained its independence. While this resilient country has changed hands quite a few times throughout history, one thing that has remained is their way of life, with traditional celebrations and their one of a kind cuisine still remaining huge focal points about the country today.
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.
Quebec City is one of my favorite cities to visit. Normally I’m not the type of person to enjoy going to the same place twice, I’d rather explore somewhere new each time, but with this town, it’s different. I fell in love with Quebec the first time I ever visited and I just keep getting drawn back here, not only for the adorable Old Quebec part of town with all the old buildings and the cobblestone streets but also for the stunning landscapes of places such as the Montmorency Falls. While the city is a beautiful place to visit regardless of the season, there’s something extra special about going in the winter with everything looking even more magical under a blanket of white snow.
Nestled in the Laurentian mountains and only an hour drive North of Montreal, lies Mont Tremblant. Tremblant is a much loved destination among tourists coming to Quebec and is a great place to visit for both skiers as well as nature lovers and hikers, with both the Mont Tremblant ski resort and the Mont Tremblant National Park, being in the top places to go when visiting the town. One of the most iconic things about Mont Tremblant though isn’t the great ski trails or the abundance of hiking trails, it’s the pedestrian village found at the base of the towering Tremblant mountain. This village, with it’s brightly colored rooftops that can be seen from miles away, is only accessible to pedestrians and though it was built around the ski resort, it is the perfect place to visit no matter the season. The pedestrian village is also the ideal place to stay for first time visitors to Mont Tremblant as the village has everything you may need from hotels and restaurants to adorable little shops and a plethora of activities to partake in. So for a weekend away in one of the cutest places in Quebec, here are some of the best things to do and place to see in Mont Tremblant.
From sprawling coast lines and city centers with skyscrapers reaching towards the sky to quiet countrysides and bustling cities, Canada is home to just about everything including a few dark, and spooky places waiting to be explored. With Halloween fast approaching, now is the perfect time to muster up the courage to discover one of these haunted places and luckily there is a haunted place to be found in virtually every province in the country, so no one will be left feeling left out. From natural parks with a dark past to abandoned buildings with a few secrets, these are the most haunted places found scattered across Canada, that are worth discovering this spooky season.
I must confess, I’m not a huge fan of summer weather. It’s way too hot to go for hikes and don’t even think about going to spend the day walking around exploring a new town because you’ll be getting ‘chub rub’ in no time. When fall weather finally pokes its head out, I’m at my happiest. With the leaves changing into vibrant colors that paint the landscapes and with pumpkin everything all over the place, fall truly is a special time of year and Quebec is one of the best places to spend an autumn’s day at. There are an abundance of gorgeous places to visit in Quebec but here are the cutest villages that offer the best activities and views for a day of exploring and breathing in that crisp, fall air.
From a famous ice cream brand that is found in virtually every grocery store throughout the province of Quebec to being the home of North America’s longest suspended bridge, Coaticook is a unique and adventure filled destination for your next road trip. The town is home to about 10,000 inhabitants and is found in the stunning region of the Eastern Townships bordering the U.S state of Vermont. Coaticook is not only a beautiful town, it is also the perfect mix of city and country to appeal to everybody’s tastes, with stunning, rural landscapes as well as a thriving city center dotted with quaint, little shops and restaurants.
Keep on reading to discover the best things to do and see and of course the best places to grab lunch or a cup of coffee in order to spend the perfect day right here in Coaticook.