Lac Brome (Knowlton)
Lac Brome is the name of seven amalgamated towns orbiting the eponymous lake, with Knowlton on the southern shore being the largest and most attractive. First settled by Loyalists in 1802, the town still retains an upmarket British flair and numerous 19th-century buildings.
Parc du Mont Orford
About a 10-minute drive north of Magog, Parc du Mont Orford, home to snapping turtles and countless bird species, is fairly compact and often gets busy. Fitness freaks can hike the park's two mountains, Mont Chauve (600m) and Mont Orford (853m), while water babies have three lakes in which to play. The biggest is Lac Stukely, which has a beach, camping and boat rentals.
Sutton is a little Loyalist town with a pretty main street where you can shop to your heart's content or let your hair down during après-ski partying in the many bars. There is internet access at Net Connect and information at the tourist office. Sutton is surrounded by the Sutton Mountains, a string of velvety, round hills whose highest peak (Sommet Rond) rises to 968m.
North Hatley wins top honors as the cutest of all the cute Eastern Townships. It occupies an enchanting spot at the northern tip of the crystal-clear (and monsterless) Lac Massawippi, about 17km east of Magog. Wealthy Americans have always loved it here, so much so, in fact, they started building their stately vacation homes as early as 1880.
This town revolves around Ski Bromont, a year-round resort on the slopes of 533m-high Mt Brome. In summer its 100km of marked trails, including 15 thrilling downhill routes, have made it a mecca for mountain bike aficionados (Bromont has hosted world championships). In winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the 104 trails, including 50 trails open for night skiing.
Parc du Mont-Mégantic
At the heart of a scenic and delightfully uncrowded area, the Parc du Mont- Mégantic holds mega-sized appeal for wilderness fans and stargazers. Encounters with moose, white-tailed deer, coyote and other wildlife are pretty much guaranteed as you roam the trails of this park.