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Magog, Eastern Townships of Quebec

Guest post sent by Ree from Montreal | Published : 06/Aug/2005 00:00

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Part of the Eastern Townships, Magog is a small village on the shores of Lake Memphremagog. It’s a half hour from the Vermont border, and about an hour (and a century or so) away from Montreal.


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The town is cosy and small, but is beginning to show signs of city influence, like the gourmet grocery store on one of the main thouroughfares, the plastic housing developments in the forest, and the fact that more and more people speak English. Despite the growth of the town, people are still friendly, the lake is beautiful, the air is clear, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to do in the summer and winter. It’s also a prime spot for fall-foliage viewing.

Supposedly, you can swim in the lake but perhaps only if you have some Canadian blood. I preferred to fish and boat to small islands in the lake, and ride along the bike path (used to be a rail line, just like the P’tit train du Nord) along the lake and through the woods. The path doubles as a cross country ski trail in the winter. Mount Orford, surrounded by national park land, is a short drive away, as well as the popular Owl’s Head ski area.

Just behind, Main Street is lined with cosy inns. The bed and breakfast experience is great if you’re a social morning person, hellish if you’re not. Everyone will want to practice their French↣ at breakfast and know your life story to boot. Otherwise, there is a more private hotel/luxury condo building right on the lake (L’etoile sur le Lac) and motels in the surrounding area. Wherever you stay, this is a great place to hide for the weekend when you’re in the mood for some peace and quiet.

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