Like a number of place names in the Eastern Townships, Coaticook is derived from an Abenaki word – “Koatikeku”, the local river. The waterway meanders through the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, a dramatic ravine, which at night is transformed into Foresta Lumina – a fairyland of lights and special effects.
There’s great hiking in the Parc Découverte Nature and Parc Harold F. Baldwin. Pack a picnic and climb to the peak of Mont Pinacle – 675 metres (2,215 feet) above sea level. The panoramas from the top are spectacular and you won’t have a problem finding some yummy local produce to carry along the way. Coaticook is an agricultural area with a unique terroir and its dairy farms (and ice cream!) are renowned throughout Quebec. Nearby Compton, a cheesemaker is known for its award-winning cheeses.
The Beaulne Museum (don’t miss the formal afternoon tea!) is one of the stopover points on the Townships Trail – a route highlighting the Townships’ past. Coaticook has its own version of this interesting attraction – the Pioneer Trail – where interpretive panels and historical figures recall a bygone era.