Spring and summer are such warm, inviting months, don’t you think? In a shot, we can suddenly enjoy bathing in spring rivers, feel the tingling effects of the wind and sun on our faces, and finally take part in the activities we’ve been waiting for impatiently during the winter months.
Activities are not hard to come by in the Eastern Townships. On the contrary. As soon as the temperatures begin to climb, tourists whet their appetites and discover what nature keeps in store for us. One very popular hot spot is Mount Sutton, which is graced with four summits, two lakes and ponds as well as breathtaking panoramic views.
What can you do at Mount Sutton? During the warm months, be sure to lace up your hiking boots and explore the valleys and hills of Mount Sutton which are covered with trees such as the red maple (the symbol of Canada), the yellow birch and the black cherry, among others. A hiking and walking trail covering 250 kilometers that zigzags across the mountain allows hikers to spot rare wild animals such as the Canadian castor, the red fox, the coyote and the lynx. From afar, you may be lucky enough to chance upon the white-tailed deer, the Canadian moose or the black bear! But never fear. These animals prefer to live well hidden in the well-shadowed depths of the forest.
Although a number of walking and hiking trails may tempt you at Mont Sutton, the Round Top trail is a must. Measuring 7.4 kilometers in length, the Round Top allows you to explore and admrie local flora and fauna and rewards you for your physical efforts with breathtaking views from the summit. Hikers usually take a well-deserved and refreshing bathe in the Marmite-des-Sorcières, a popular bathing spot offered and protected by PENS (Parc d’Environnement Naturel de Sutton)* while others take a break and enjoy a well-crafted beer at one of Sutton’s two newly-established microbreweries.
Make sure to enjoy your stay at the fullest. Choose a relaxing atmosphere and stay at the Montagnard, located at 264, rue Maple. Whether you’d like a hotel room, a studio, a condo or a chalet, you can combine comfort with a convivial atmosphere at the Montagnard, which is endowed with a communal hot tub and numerous fireplaces. All we need now is you!
*Please note that you will have to pay to have access to some PENS walking and hiking paths.