Regional Attractions & Activities
Situated in the Memphremagog, Missisquoi region is nestled between the Sutton Mountains, Owl's Head and Jay Peak, where exceptional natural beauty abounds. This valley is known for its wide range of attractions and activities.
"Potton is located in the extension of the Green Mountains of Vermont; its mountains and valleys are a haven of nature, calm and serenity. Outdoor activities abound: ski and golf at Owl’s Head, cycling, kayaking and hiking on the trails of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, the Sentiers de l’Estrie and the Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes". See more here
Ski & Snowboard
This property is only a few kilometers of downhill slopes such as:
Owl'sHead (15km) | Sutton (30 km) | Jay Peak (15km) *Bring your passeport!
Canoe & kayak
The headwaters of the Missisquoi Nord are Lac d’Argent at Eastman. The river then flows south through a valley, flanked by mountains, to Highwater, where it joins the Missisquoi River. The Municipalities of Eastman, Saint-Etienne-de-Bolton, Bolton-Est and Canton de Potton with the support of the Memphremagog MRC and in collaboration with local partners have established numerous boat access sites along the river banks. See more here
The Missisquoi River is a nautical paradise for fans of canoeing and kayaking. For outings with or without guides in quiet waters, by daylight or moonlight, with the possibility of boat rentals, shuttle services, and more, consult O’Kataventures, Au Diable Vert, or Canoë & Co. See more here
Snow shoeing trails track through the valley and surrounding mountainsides. Each municipality has created a trail that links it to already existing partner organizations which each have individual regulations to be respected. Access to the trails of the Missisquoi Nord network and the Ruiter Valley Land Trust is free of charge. Should you wander off on the trails of the Sentiers de l'Estrie or those of the Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes, fees will apply. Read more here
Cycling Trip From Eastman to Potton, along the Missisquoi Nord.
The region boasts bike trails and many of scenic circuits through marvelous picturesque villages. There are miles of cycling paths and road circuits. Whether you are an adept cycling enthusiast or a more contemplative one, the region will be sure to satisfy the cyclist in you. We have valleys and mountains. Cycling trails, marked and unmarked routes, mountain biking, there’s no lack of choice. See more here.
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POSSIBLE ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
AT INCREASING DISTANCE FROM THE PROPERTY
Parc d'environnement naturel de Sutton
The Finesse Alpaga ranch located in Mansonville specializes in the raising, breeding and sale of Alpacas in Quebec. The ranch offers a wide range of alpaca products such as fibre, socks, berets, clothes, carpets and more. All products are accessible on site. Do not hesitate to contact them for more information or to arrange a visit to Finesse Alpaga Ranch.
O'KATAVENTURES Station offers you a run through the winding Missisquoi river on kayaks. This unique experience will make you discover the wonders of this exceptionnal area, whether you are looking for an exciting adventure or a relaxing ride. The station offers also access to trails of the Green Mountains Natural Reserve and the Ruiter Valley Land Trust allows you to take a walk through this exceptional natural environment where wildlife and plant biodiversity will surprise you.
The Missisquoi Nord Valley offers idyllic opportunity to those who will adventure off the beaten track. Kayak or paddle the river, explore a network of all-season hiking trails or pedal your way along country roads. The access to the river and bike pathways and to the hiking trails linking the main villages of the valley to already existing networks belonging to partner associations are free of charge except for the Sentiers de l’Estrie and the Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes networks, where fees apply.
The trail covers a vast section of the Eastern Townships, from the U.S. border near Sutton to East Angus in the St. Francis River Valley. The trail crosses the main summits in the region: mounts Sutton, Écho, Glen, Foster, Orford, and Chapman. We also offer group outings on our trails as well as elsewhere in Quebec and the U.S. See more here
The Green Mountains Nature Reserve is the largest protected area on private land in Quebec! Owned by Nature Conservancy Canada and developed by Appalachian Corridor, the Green Mountains Nature Reserve protects more than 68 km2 of the region’s natural heritage and includes two thirds of the Sutton Mountain Range. It is home to hundreds of animal and plant species, of which at least 90% are endangered or vulnerable, and more than 80 species of birds nest there every spring. You are invited to take the trails that crisscross this rich and diversified environment whose summit (810 m) reveals a breathtaking panorama.
Discover an exquisite championship golf course nestled in the heart of the Eastern Townships. With panoramic vistas, bent grass tees, fairways, greens, strategically placed white silica bunkers and water hazards on six of its fairways, Owl's Head offers the challenges and rewards that are the signature of a course designed by renowned architect Graham Cooke.
At Owl’s Head, skiers and riders can enjoy 50 trails spread out over 163 acres of skiable terrain that consists of 30% beginner runs, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced. Rising majestically on the western shore of Lake Memphremagog in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, the mountain’s beauty dramatically enhances the famous and familiar Saint-Benoît-du-Lac monastery’s backdrop. Owl’s Head’s 8 chairlifts provide an uphill capacity of more than 14,400 skiers and riders per hour. Massotherapy services available. New off-track sector on the east side, snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails! An unforgettable panoramic experience for all winter sports enthusiasts! See more here
On September 27-28, October 4-5 and 11-12-13, come enjoy hiking and x-country mountain biking at Owl's Head! Guided excursions at the summit of the mountain. Admire the most beautiful views of the Eastern Townships! Mechanical lift to the summit. Music. Clearance sale: golf, skiing and biking, crafts and antiques, movies, massage, inflatable games and activities for the whole family.
The municipal beach is located along Lake Memphremagog at the municipal dock Vale Perkins on George R. Jewett road. The beach has surveillance.
Au Diable Vert is an award winning and totally unique 4 season outdoor centre located in Glen Sutton. Your choice of activities varies by season and always includes the unbelievable views, varied network of trails over our 320 acres and challenging ascents of local summits. Their new river access for kayaking, tubing, swimming and fishing adds a new dimension to Au Diable Vert. Unique in Canada, VéloVolant allows you to soar through the treetops on a suspended recumbent bicycle which travels only as fast as your pedal strokes. VéloVolant is the highest of its kind, supported by towering maples and pines connected by high performance cable. In winter, it is possible to snowshoe, back country/telemark, cross-country ski, slide and skate.
L'auberge propose différentes activités sortie estivale en kayak, et c'est dans l'ambiance magique des soirs de pleine lune qu'elle se prolonge. Ce paisible trajet d'environ 15 km, effectué sur la rivière Missisquoi entre les villages de Highwater et de Glen Sutton, dure environ quatre heures. Quatre heures d'émerveillement.
Jay Peak is a four season resort in Northern Vermont, featuring a year-round indoor waterpark, ice arena, championship golf course and, of course, the East's best skiing and snowboarding. Jay offers a mountain getaway for everyone. Bring the kids for summer camp, yourself for August West Music Festival. A wide range of restaurants and pubs is here to welcome you and yours, as does a mountain of activities. Your moments await.
Jay Peak Resort offers a lot of activities including hiking, swimming, skiing and more.
Don’t forget your passeport.
The Jay Peak Pump House indoor waterpark is a place for well-earned leisure. A place to experience the mountain when the mountain may have beaten you momentarily. A place where you can surf, climb, float the Big River like a boss or sit out a rough day. A place where the movement of the water does more than keep you entertained. It actually moves you.
Daily non-guided canoe-kayak excursion and rentals to explore the beautiful Missisquoi river between Mansonville and Glen Sutton. A calm river that begginers and experienced paddlers will surely have fun. It's great way to relax and unwind in nature with family and friends. Enjoy 10 or 15 km downriver paddling through this ancient Abenaki waterway. Plenty of beautiful places for swimming, fishing, and picnic. Dogs are welcome.
We have 3 -5 times of shuttle departure everyday for 10 or 15 km canoe and kayak excursion from May to October.
Bolton Falls Spa
The Bolton Falls Spa is surely one of the most beautiful natural sites in the Eastern Townships and all of Quebec. A Nordic spa at the foot of a magnificent waterfall, the Bolton Falls Spa offers perfect harmony between nature, body and spirit. Let yourself be carried away by the symphony of water falling infinitely from the falls. Revel year round in the calm with a massage on the river's shore. Take the time to relax and re-energize while enjoying nature and the baths: a polar bath in the river at the foot of the falls, outdoor spas, Finnish saunas, a savusauna, a Eucalyptus steam bath and an outdoor heated pool.
Located in the Sutton Mountains of southern Quebec, the Chapelle Ste Agnès vineyard was established in 1997 by Henrietta Antony, a Montreal antique dealer. The vineyard is named after a stone chapel built several years earlier on the same site and consecrated to Saint Agnes, a thirteenth century Bohemian saint. The vineyard has over 7000 vines and is focused on the production of icewine and other dessert wines.
With or without a guide, the vast skiable domain is yours to explore, a white playground where every run is different from the last. In this major Quebec ski hill, over two hundred junctions link the different trails, giving skiers of all levels the opportunity to vary each and every descent.
Thanks to the different routes suggested by Parc d'environnement naturel de Sutton (PENS), the imaginative hiker can create endless different circuits each one different to the next. In addition to a nature discovery trail, PENS has introduced a team of hiking guides who will introduce you to the "Massif des monts Sutton" as you have never seen it before. With more than 80 km* (50 mi.) of marked trails, there are loops ranging from beginner to expert.
Starting in 1912, Benedictine monks from France built a monastery overlooking Lake Memphremagog. The modern Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey, designed by Dom Bellot, pays tribute to the harmony of natural geometric forms and makes splendid use of multicoloured bricks. Services in Gregorian chant. The store sells Abbey products such as cheese, cider, cider vinegar and apple sauce. See more here
Young or old, enjoy our breathtaking mountain tube sliding tracks, the longest of the Eastern Townships! Located in Eastman in the Eastern Townships, our four outdoor center 1,500 feet-long tracks will give you great thrills. Defy the cold winter in our fast and heated special ski lift! And after a good slide, do you know a better way to warm up than around an indoor cozy fire?
(9km from the highway 10 intersection on your way).
Nearly two kilometres (about 1.25 mi.) of cables and 75 obstacles are divided into six courses... all in a beautiful maple forest stretching over four hectares (10 acres) of land. An exciting skywalk adventure way up in the treetops: ropes, ziplines, walkways and other fun games. Via ferrata course on the mountainside. Activities for all (age 3 and up) Safe environment. See more here
(9km from the highway 10 intersection on your way).
Located only 1 hour from Montreal and just 20 minutes from Sherbrooke, Mont Orford is the highest skiable mountain in the Eastern Townships. Mont Orford’s height gives it the greatest vertical pitch in the area. Experienced skiers will find the trills and challenges they long for, and beginners will also be very pleased with our 20 easy trails. To reach the 3 summits of our skiable area, skiers and snowboarders can use one of 5 lifts, including the hybrid gondola that keeps everyone warm on cold winter days. The young ones will also have access to 4 magic carpets to make their first experience a fun and easy one. Mont Orford is just a few steps from highway 10. (At 13km from the highway 10 intersection on your way).
Hiking is definitely the best way to discover Parc national du Mont-Orford. It's the perfect way to get access to numerous viewpoints, which are said to be among the most spectacular of the Eastern Townships region. In the fall, the forest presents a show featuring the flamboyant colours of the sugar maples. The park is notably home to white-tailed deer and Great Blue Heron, which you can observe in their natural habitat. There is also a large variety of amphibian and reptile species. Beside two beaches, vacationers have a wide range of fun-filled activities to choose from. Come fall, colourful sugar maples treat hikers to a blazing show. Come winter, the park is a destination of choice for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing fans. (At 13km from the highway 10 intersection on your way).