Situated 120 km (75 miles) away from Quebec, Magog is a bustling city on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, where both Canadians and travelers around the world find plenty to do in the great outdoors. The city has a spectacular location, with a little bit for everyone, from beaches and lakes to mountains and parks, all great places for horse-back riding, boating, bird-watching and much more. Join us as we explore Magog’s outdoors in our hunt for the best things to do for nature lovers:
1. Mont-Orford National Park
Maintained and protected by the Sépaq, the Mont-Orford National Park is a nature gem between the cities of Magog and Orford. Especially known for Mont Orford, this is a go-to destination for travelers looking for an escape from the city. During summer, it is a great place for hiking, with trails for all levels, biking or just relaxing. Come winter it is great for skiing, away from the hustle of large resorts. Travelers who come to see Mont-Orford National Park in the fall are amazed by the fall foliage in the area and the colorful views from Mont Orford.
Mont-Orford National Park
Address: 3321 Chemin du Parc, Orford, QC J1X 7A2, Canada
Website: Mont-Orford National Park
2. The Magog Beaches
Travelers looking to soak in the sun in Magog should definitely check out one of the two beaches on the shores of Lake Memphremagog. The Cantons Beach (Plage des Cantons) offers free admission and a chance to spend a fun day building sand castles. There’s another beach on Lake Memphremagog, called the Magog Beach (Plage de la Baie-de-Magog), where friends and families gather to enjoy a picnic or spend a day sunbathing.
The Magog Beaches
Address: Lake Memphremagog, Magog, Quebec
Phone: +1 8198432744
3. Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises Park
One of the best things about the Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises Park is that even though it’s close to the heart of Magog, it is such a peaceful and tranquil spot, perfect for recharging your batteries. Here you can enjoy waking on miles of boardwalk through acres of marsh, go kayaking on the lake or just admire the wildlife and plant life diversity.
Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises Park
Address: 69 Chemin Roy, Magog, QC J1X 0N4, Canada
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4. Parc de la Pointe Merry
Another great outdoor place, close to the city center, Parc de la Pointe Merry is especially appreciated by couples who can spend a quiet, romantic evening walking through the park alleys or enjoying a picnic and by active people who come here to jog, walk or bike. The park can also be enjoyed in the winter time, when one of the bike trails becomes an ice trail. No matter the season, the views from the park are truly spectacular.
Parc de la Pointe Merry
Address: Magog, QC, Canada
Website: Parc de la Pointe Merry
5. Lake Memphremagog
There are so many outdoors spots to explore around Lake Memphremagog, but the lake itself is definitely not something to miss when visiting Magog. The 40 km (25 mile) long lake spreads between Magog, Quebec and Newport, Vermont. It is definitely the place to be for many water sports enthusiasts, but also for travelers looking to see if the Memphre monster actually lies in the waters of the lake or not.
Address: Memphremagog Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada
6. Le Cep d’Argent Winery
Le Cep d’Argent Winery is for nature and wine lovers both. The vineyard is easy to find and once you’re there you can just admire the grape fields or the views of Magog River or go on a tasting tour and try local wines. Even the most skeptical visitors say they were impressed with the wines and how good they tasted so they didn’t leave empty-handed and purchased some wine bottles to enjoy at home too.
Le Cep d’Argent Winery
Address: 1257 Chemin de la Rivière, Magog, QC J1X 3W5, Canada
Opening Hours: 10 am - 4 pm
Website: Le Cep d’Argent Winery
7. Bleu Lavande Estate
To enjoy the full experience Bleu Lavande Estate has to offer, previous visitors recommend visiting towards the end of July or beginning of August, when the flowers are in full bloom. Once here, you can get lost in endless fields of lavender, pamper yourself with a foot massage at the on-site spa or enjoy a meal made of locally-sourced ingredients and a glass of wine on the patio at Bistro Lavendula or between the lavender fields.
Guests can also purchase lavender-based beauty products from the on-site store. Visit the Blue Lavande Estate on Tuesdays for a live music performance between 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Bleu Lavande Estate
Address: 891, Narrow Road (Road 247), Stanstead Canton (Fitch Bay), Magog (Québec) Canada
Phone: +1 8888765851
Website: Bleu Lavande Estate
8. Saint Benedict Abbey, Quebec
Just a short 25-minute drive away from Magog, you will find yourself in the fairytale setting surrounding the impressive Saint Benedict Abbey (Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac). The abbey is located in a picturesque corner of Lake Memphremagog from where you can take some amazing shots of the lake and surroundings.
A visit to the area is also a great reason to pick up some local cheese and wine and stock up on apple cider, chocolate covered blueberries, jams and jellies.
Saint Benedict Abbey, Quebec
Address: 1 rue Principale, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, QC J0B 2M0, Canada
Website: Saint Benedict Abbey, Quebec
9. Catch a live orchestra play at the Orford Arts Center
Some of the most beautiful music hail from Orford, Canada and has a historic landmark for cultivating such. When in Orford, make it a point to visit the Orford Arts Center and watch a live orchestra perform a symphony of classical to pop renditions of good music. The center also has a music camp locals join every summer that started back in 1951 and has been consistent in producing and showcasing musicals, concerts, and other musical performances to boast local Orford talent. The amphitheater has 500 seats and is also used for meetings and lectures for students, with an extension to the adjoining art gallery and the foyer. Visitors can also browse through the record library where the most iconic and sought after vinyl collections can be viewed and played. Apart from the concert halls and library, the Ordord Arts Center also boasts a multifunctional pavilion with 32 studios where various ballet companies and orchestras come to practice and perform.
Orford Arts Center
Address: 3165 Chemin du Parc, Orford, QC J1X 7A2, Canada
10. Schedule an R&R session at the Spa Nordic Station
Enjoy an afternoon spending some solid R&R at the Spa Nordic Station where guests can pamper themselves with no hassle or worries. The Nordic Station offers a variety of massages, from the classic Swedish massage to a massage with essential oils. Customers will also be given the chance to choose packages that start at 47 USD, giving them access to other facilities like the hot baths, saunas, ponds, and cold waterfalls among many other packages, some of which even include three-course table meals and body scrub sessions. Optimum relaxation and quality service are what the people at Spa Nordic Session aims for, and with their luxurious amenities and premier packages, it’s no doubt this is a place many recommend to visit before leaving Quebec.
Spa Nordic Station
Address: 285 Chemin des Pères, Magog, Quebec J1X 7Z1
Website: Spa Nordic Station
Opening hours: 10:30 am to 9:00 pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 10:30 am to 10 pm, Fridays to Saturdays
Price: 47 to 270 USD est.
Magog, Canada: A nature paradise
When it comes to the great outdoors, Magog is definitely not short of spots to see and activities to do out in nature. No matter the season, Magog has something to do for everyone, whether it’s water sports, skiing, sunbathing, hiking or just relaxing in the middle of nature and sightseeing.
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