@Après Skier apologies for the late response.
In the Eastern Townships you could have your base out of either Bromont or the Orford/Magog area. With Bromont, you'll have the waterpark at the ski hill, a variety of dining, shopping, hiking, golf at two courses in Bromont, shopping, and you are 45 minutes to one hour from Montreal. Your nearby larger town would be Granby that also would have shopping, dining, and the Granby Zoo as their main attraction there. Bromont is a mini Tremblant if you will.
With Orford, your main towns would be Magog just minutes away from Orford, and the City of Sherbrooke about 30 minutes away. They both have pretty much the same activities, but you will travel a bit more to get to them. You would have a larger variety for hiking if you are into that activity. You are also close to Lake Memphremagog where you might be able to find somewhere to rent boats. You would be approximately an hour fifteen to an hour and half to Montreal via Autoroute 10.
Either locations would be recommended depending on what you are looking for. You might be able to score a deal on lodging at that time of year as the season would be winding down. Orford, Bromont, Sutton, and Owl's Head would be offering rides on their main lifts by then for the fall season.
For anything Theatre, there is Theatre Lac Brome in the town of Knowlton which would be roughly 15-20 minutes from Bromont, and about 35 minutes for Orford/Magog. You will have to check the schedule to see if there are any plays or performances at the Theatre. The Knowlton Pub is connected to the Theatre for a bite before the show.
I hope this has been somewhat helpful and if there are any other questions please don't hesitate to ask.
All the best
Hello, I’m planning a 10-day trip to Montreal, Quebec City, and the Eastern Townships in early September. Although there will be no skiing on this trip, this forum has always been so kind and helpful I would appreciate your advice.
I will fly in/out of YUL and spend a few nights in Montreal, Quebec City, and someplace else…
I’ve heard the Eastern Townships are lovely. Could you recommend the best town/village to use as a home base? Would love to spend a 2-3 nights someplace quaint and charming to use as a launchpad for exploring the region during the day and relaxing/dining/strolling in the evening. I live in LA where almost nothing is quaint nor charming (not to mention, people in LA have no manners) so I’m looking forward to seeing another side of life with lovely scenery and a slower, friendlier pace of life.
In addition, any suggestions for arts/culture or any must-see/do experiences would be most appreciated. We are fluent in French and would love to experience Quebec’s theater, performance, art, and movie house scene.
@GordoNice! Swan dive was the one run I didn’t ski this szn, due to it rarely being open/me chickening out😂. Next season, I’ll have to try and hit the upper portions of Craigsmark, as well as swan dive!