Eastern Townships & Chemin du Roy

The highway drive from Montréal to Québec City typically takes a little less than 3 hours. However, after learning about a cluster of picturesque small towns in a region known as the Eastern Townships, we allocated an entire day to explore several interesting small towns during our drive to Québec City.

Due to our limited time, we followed parts of Townships Trail, Wine Route and Summit Drive recommended by the Eastern Townships’ tourism site. The Eastern Townships, known as Les Cantons-de-l’Est in French, originated in 1796 when the British granted land to Loyalists fleeing the United States during and after the Revolutionary War in the 18th century. It reminded us of the quaint and charming towns in Vermont and New Hampshire when we explored New England 10 years ago. We covered several small towns: Bromont, Dunham, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, Magog, North Hatley and Compton. At one point of time, we were literally half an hour drive away from the US border.

From the Eastern Townships, we continued our scenic drive on Chemin du Roy to Québec City. Chemin du Roy, the King’s Road, is a historic route that connects the province’s two biggest cities in New France: Montréal and Québec City. The road dates back to 1737 and it is one of the oldest highways in North America. We drove past Trois-Rivières, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Deschambault and Grondines before arriving in Québec City.

The road trip took us 12 hours. By the time we got done with our dinner and walked back to our accommodation, it was 11 PM. It was a tiring day, but we got to get out from the vehicle several times to explore the beautiful small towns by foot.

Eastern Townships
Wine tasting at Vignoble de L’Orpailleur… one of the more popular vineyards in Eastern Township.
The impressive Abbaye De St-Benoit-Du-Lac. We also bought some Bleu Bénédictin cheese made by the monks.
The 5-star Manoir Hovey. The Clintons spent their holidays at this place in 2017.
Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap… the largest Marian shrine in Canada and the 2nd largest Marian sanctuary in North America.
Moulin à vent des Grondines… the oldest of the 18 windmills in Québec.
Places we covered in this album.
The gray lines represents our 12-day trip in Canada. The red lines represents places we covered in this album.

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