On Sunday, Julien and I decided to take advantage of one of the last days of summer by spending the afternoon outdoors (we are already dreading the winter season!). We decided to get out of the city with a short trip to Magog. Magog is part of the Eastern Townships, a series of touristy towns and villages in southeastern Quebec. About an hour’s drive from Montreal, the region is known for its charm and beauty, as well as its picturesque mountains and lakes. After visiting Magog, I’d recommend this day trip to any Montrealers looking to step out of the city and into nature.
On the way there, we were greeted with this fantastic view of Mont Orford, the mountain right next to the town of Magog. On another day, a hike would have been a cool idea. But short on time, we headed instead to Le marais de la Rivière aux Cerises, a walking trail just a few steps from the town centre. With over 8km of trails, Le Marais is right next to Lake Memphrémagog and takes you on a journey through woods, swamp and marsh. The trails are mostly flat (yes!) and highly accessible. I’m so glad we decided to take this path because it was one of the prettiest and most charismatic walks I’ve ever been on!
After the walk, we were hungry (as we often are). Since one of our favourite things to do is discover new restaurants, we eagerly drove the few minutes to the city centre to see what Magog had to offer us.
We found a really cool microbrewery called Microbrasserie La Memphré where we managed to grab a seat out on the terrasse. The town centre is right next to Lake Memphrémagog so we had a nice view of the water from our seats.
The food and drinks at La Memphré were the perfect end to our day exploring Magog so after treating ourselves, we headed back home. I’ll end this post by recommending any Montrealers to take a trip to the townships on their next day off. The visit is a welcome escape from the city and a chance to wander around nature for the day and then stuff your face with food. Happy exploring!