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Discover the Wonders of Quebec with a Slow Travel Tour from Montreal to the Eastern Townships -- 6-Day Itinerary
Experience the Province of Quebec's legendary “joie de vivre” with an immersive dip into the culture, food, and terroir of this idyllic region of Canada.
Montréal - Day 1
Arrive in Montreal and check in at Humaniti Montréal Hotel.
Discover the first Marriott Autograph Collection hotel in Québec in all its grace and sophistication. Designed by Andres Escobar, the combination of human inspiration and innovative architecture celebrates the art of living in all its forms.
Ideally located in downtown Montréal and steps from Old Montréal, the hotel shines with its bold architecture and unique interior spaces, designed to foster human experience and connection. Humaniti is the very first “evolved vertical community” in Montréal, intelligent and connected, where rich and multisensory human experiences abound.
Montreal - Day 2
Lunch at the hotel restaurant: h3.
Discover h3, a gourmet destination in downtown Montréal offering a culinary experience that reflects the richness of Québec’s terroir and is supported by a beautiful and vast wine cellar, carrying a selection of over 4000 bottles.
A place of discovery focused on seasonality, driven by the rhythm of our climate, h3 offers on three distinct atmospheres: the sublime dining room which offers a panoramic view of Place Jean-Paul Riopelle; the lounge, providing a chill atmosphere supported by a team of talented mixologists; and the terrace, located on the 9th floor, a hot spot in the summer season.
Transfer by métro (subway) or bus to Saint-Laurent Boulevard to visit BKIND boutique.
3455, Saint-Laurent Boulevard
An environmentally conscious personal care company creates quality vegan products from carefully chosen natural ingredients that are packaged in recyclable containers which contain a percentage of ocean-bound plastics. Their products, which are all made in Québec, are also environmentally friendly, never tested on animals, and are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin.
Transfer by métro to Beau Mont Restaurant.
Beau Mont Restaurant.
Bring home the sumptuous flavors of the Beau Mont bistro, which serves up fresh and savory Québec-centric fare with flair. Its chefs, including renowned Chef Normand Laprise, use local and traceable products from local purveyors to create a celebration of seasonal goodness.
Montreal - Day 3
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer by métro (subway) to the Atwater Market.
Public transport offers a greener, more efficient and sustainable method of encountering Montréal than with a car. Easy to navigate and well-connected, it’s the best way to stay in relaxed travel mode while taking in the city’s must-sees with ease.
Explore the Atwater Market
Bursting with colours, flavours and freshness, the Atwater Market is a popular hub for an array of local and hard-to-find gourmet products. Buttery croissants, ripe cheeses, farm-picked produce, fine meat cuts, deli specialties and fish are just some of the fare available at this four-season market.
Discover the Lachine Canal with Le Petit Navire.
Hop aboard and get ready to cast off on a pleasure cruise to remember with Le Petit Navire, an ultra-quiet, zero-pollution electric propulsion boat (carbon neutral certified) designed for ultimate touring!
Navigate through 3 locks and explore the Lachine Canal’s 150 years of history. Winding through Montréal’s southwest borough, the Lachine Canal National Historic Site is a multi-faceted attraction that offers a welcome respite from urban hustle and bustle.
For leisure and recreation, the well-maintained path that runs along the canal offers one of the best spots in the city to walk, run or cycle. The canal itself is ideal for kayaking or navigating with an electric boat, while its scenic park is a popular place to meet up with friends and enjoy a summer picnic.
Cruise ends in the Old Port of Montréal.
Summer through winter, there’s a whirlwind of activities to enjoy: pedalboats, cruises, tours, festivals, street entertainment and more.
Explore Montréal’s green initiatives with Round Table Tours.
Tour: Sustaining City: Montréal’s Living Table
This tour will give you privileged access to green initiatives that are unique in the world in terms of sustainability, health, and urban agriculture. Visit rooftop farmers while gazing at the beauty of Montreal’s urban landscape. Visit sustainable food production sites doing groundbreaking work in sustainable food, waste upcycling and urban agriculture.
Eastern Townships - Day 4
Before heading to the Eastern Townships, take a quick drive over Mount-Royal to see the views of the city and beyond. Locals call it “the Mountain,” and Mount Royal is both Montréal’s namesake and spiritual, natural heart. Inaugurated in 1876, Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame. It is a magnificent urban green space featuring 200 hectares of astonishing biodiversity and natural beauty.
Departure for the Eastern Townships
Eastern Townships is a land of astonishing beauty - a kingdom of mountains, lakes, farms, and picturesque villages. The area is known for its spas, its regional cuisine, and the high quality of its lodging offering romantic settings and mouth-watering dishes. Our region is a year-round destination offering numerous outdoor activities, be it hiking, cycling, kayaking, skiing, skating, etc. The Townships has over 2000 touristic offerings across its 9 territories, 114 towns and cities, 13 coeurs villageois and three official tourist roads: the Wine Route meandering through some 20 beautiful vineyards, the Townships Trail depicting two centuries of history through American and British architecture and the Summit Drive featuring magnificent landscapes and outdoor pleasures.
Lunch at La Table à Mo in Granby.
118, rue Principale, Granby, J2G 2V2
La Table à Mo opened its doors in September 2016, at 118 Main Street in Granby. Its chef-owner Moreno Tomei, prepares generous and tasty dishes…delicious for the taste buds! A professional and dynamic team is also at your service to make your visit more enjoyable! The atmosphere of this restaurant is friendly thanks to its fully open kitchen and 25 seats. The Table à Mo offers a magnificent terrace with 12 seats, overlooking downtown Granby.
Pick-up electric bikes at Sports aux puces Vélogare in Granby.
71, Denison Est, Granby, J2G 4C7
Take the Estriade from Granby to Waterloo (44km round trip).
Fully paved and with a slight difference in altitude, the Estriade bike path is ideal for a cycling getaway! This 44 km round trip allows you to discover charming landscapes, the village heart of Waterloo and downtown Granby with its summer facilities.
Admire Artria, the open air museum. Come discover a unique cultural experience in Quebec and discover the Artria open-air museum. Art and culture enthusiasts will be amazed by the variety of monumental works of renowned artists. You will be impressed to see the talent and know-how of these artists and the beauty of these well-appointed exhibition halls. A unique opportunity to spend time in our Coeur villageois! Waterloo's two exhibition halls are accessible on foot, by bike or by car. The complete route covers the entire Haute-Yamaska cycling
network, including the Estriade.
Return the e-bikes and enjoy free time in Granby.
Happy Hour at La Distillerie de La Chaufferie.
145, rue Cowie, Granby, J2G 3V5
La Chaufferie started with the story of a few friends who gave themselves the mission to produce alcohol of exceptional quality from local produce (from grain to glass), and this, a beautifully restored boiler house now welcome our stills, Miki, Melody and Veronika. Book a guided tour of the distillery, come and buy our products in our store (on reservation) or rent our room for your events.
Dinner at La Maison Boire.
The greenest restaurant in Canada, Maison Boire is a gourmet table "from seeds to plate" that promotes craftsmanship and handmade. The award-winning establishment aims for complete self-sufficiency.
Check-in for one (1) night at the Beatnik in Bromont.
The BEATNIK Hotel offers a hip, relaxed and accessible experience in a bucolic setting. Close to the Balnea Spa, the Domaine naturel du lac Gale trails and 5 minutes from the village of Bromont and its mountain, the BEATNIK Hotel is where you are free to live at your own pace. Whether you are a couple, family or friends, no matter what your getaway is, we have something just for you. Looking for a place to hold an event or a corporate meeting? Our numerous common and private rooms will satisfy your needs.
Eastern Townships - Day 5
Departure for Eastman (30 minutes drive).
Spend the morning at the Spa Eastman.
Nestled on 323 acres with an incredible view of Mont Orford, Spa Eastman offers a unique vacation experience. Its 44 rooms, spread over seven pavilions, invite you to relax and rejuvenate. A daily program of relaxation and fitness activities, as well as a full range of treatments, promote the well-being of body and mind. Thermotherapy circuit with swimming pools, infrared saunas, Hammam, hot and cold baths, indoor and outdoor, 15 km of private trails in the forest, and the Gourmet tonic adds to the pleasures of a relaxing
day or a holiday.
Lunch at the Restaurant Cuisine Tonique of the SPA Eastman recipient of the “Best Emphasis on Wellness & Health in Culinary Travel” category of the “Global Culinary Travel Awards 2022”.
Since 1977, Spa Eastman has been demonstrating the importance of food on physical and psychological health. Based on scientific research, its team has chosen to integrate principles aiming to offer a gourmet wellness experience, without sacrificing taste or pleasure. With its establishment’s touristic vocation, Spa Eastman’s restaurant offers a lot more than an excellent meal. It’s a pragmatic demonstration that inspires its guests to take control of their vitality, longevity and immunity by introducing them to the Tonique Cuisine principles.
Departure for Dunham (55 minutes drive).
Visit and tasting at the Vignoble du Ruisseau.
Located in Dunham at nearly 300 m. in altitude, the Vignoble du Ruisseau inc. has a patent pending technology to grow a large volume of Vinifera grapes varieties in Quebec, all possible due to a geothermal system. An unusual and ingenious way to grow grape varieties in cold climates. Covered bridge, vaulted barrel cellar, wine cellar on two levels, tasting room, boutique showcasing more than fifty products from our winery, new-style sugar shack, and cider house.
Departure for Sutton (20 minutes drive).
Check-in for one (1) night at Huttopia.
Huttopia is much more than a tent … It is a vacation experience in the heart of nature, on a site designed for the family. Camping at a Huttopia site… is choosing a vacation filled with discoveries. The Sutton site, clinging to the sides of the mountain and overlooking the surrounding valley is situated 1.5 km from Mont Sutton.
Departure for Knowlton (20 minutes drive).
Discover the cœur villageois of Knowlton- Lac-Brome.
The Cœur villageois de Lac-Brome is situated in the historic, picturesque village of Knowlton, a must-see stop along the Townships Trail and the Wine Route. Chosen a number of times as one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec, this corner of the country, with its unique, welcoming personality, evokes a touch of New England but where people speak French!
Departure for West Brome (15 minutes drive).
Dinner at Bistro West Brome.
A creative and inspired, not to mention mouth-watering menu awaits you at the Bistro West Brome. Our Chef uses fresh and local ingredients for his delectable dishes. Come experience attentive and personalized service, with the warmest of welcomes and in a relaxed atmosphere.
Eastern Townships - Day 6
Departure for Le Diable Vert (20 minutes drive).
VéloVolant at Le Diable Vert.
Unique in Canada, the VéloVolant is an innovative and ecological activity. Be one of the first 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.
The 1000-meter circuit meanders along a mountainside passing through ravines, over waterfalls as you peer through the canopy at the Green Mountains of Vermont. An experience that will take your breath away. Ready for a whole day or week of fun? Combine your VeloVolant experience with a stay in one of our tree houses or cliff cabins, a hike in the mountains or a paddle down the Missisquoi River.
If you have free time, you can take a moment to explore Au Diable Vert beautiful site! Take a look at the 7 fascinating types of eco-lodging: four-season treehouses, cliff cabins, pod cabins, and luxury mountain view suites.
Discover the cœur villageois of Sutton.
As you wander through Sutton, you can’t help but be seduced by its magnificent setting against the backdrop of the Sutton mountains. The village is a veritable feast for the eyes and a treat for the senses.
Its captivating charm is evident in the little cafés, the microbreweries, the attractive boutiques, the restaurants…and the art, surrounding you at every turn. Above all is Sutton’s tight-knit community, whose welcoming spirit makes visitors feel right at home!
Lunch at Mollies.
Charming café, dinette and buvette in Sutton. The staff offers a varied healthy menu prepared with local and regional products. Mollies also offers a fine selection of coffees roasted by Yamabiko in Sutton, and available for take-out. Mollies is the meeting point (the hub) of residents and visitors!
Return to Montreal for the flight home.