Just outside of Montreal is a unique area in the Quebec Province called Eastern Townships. Located around 45 minutes southeast of Montreal, several hours from the city of Quebec, and borders Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the Eastern Townships offers many activities for the traveler to experience during any season.
The Eastern Townships is also known as Estrie, a toponym adopted in 1981. It is also identified as “Cantons-de-l’Est”, which was a name used by the first settlers to the area in the 16th century. The area was formed after the American Revolution when the British gave loyalists fleeing the United States a safe haven to live. Today the Eastern Townships consists of the following sub-regions: Sherbrooke, Granby-Bromont, Brome-Missisquoi, Val Saint-François, Memphrémagog, Coaticook, Asbestos, Haut Saint-François and Mégantic.
The charm of the pastoral countryside spattered with old villages, apple orchards, maple shacks and vineyards is a popular destination for New Englanders. For the wine and spirits enthusiast the Eastern Townships offers a plethora of wineries and cider houses to visit. If you are visiting Montreal, it is well worth adding a day to visit the Eastern Townships. The ideal way to capture the beauty and sites of the area is by taking a tour.