This region has been a tourist destination since the early 20th century. Ringed by mountains, it’s dominated by stately Lake Memphremagog – a picturesque stretch of water, stretching south for almost 45 kilometres (28 miles). Food lovers can savor a gourmet meal from the vantage point of a luxury cruiser – the Grand Cru – operated by Escapades Memphrémagog. They can also enjoy a sumptuous meal while travelling across the countryside on board the Orford Express Train.
Magog’s lively downtown core – rue Principale or Main Street – is lined with restaurants (La Shop, housed in a former factory, is a Café de village), boutiques and clothing stores but the city is also a venue for water sports. Nearby, three wineries (one with a Champagne interpretation centre) offer tastings and tours, and a microbrewery a variety of beers in an English-style ambiance. The Parc de la Baie-de-Magog hosts several festivals every year. La Fête des Vendanges showcases regional wine and food. Outdoor activities await visitors at the Mount Orford National Park. Within this tract of stunning wilderness lie hiking trails, campsites and lakes (some with beaches), where nature lovers can swim or go kayaking and canoeing. Within a few minutes’ drive of the mountain are several full-service resorts such as Hotel Estrimont Suites & Spa.