Fall Splendour of Quebec, Mountains, Culture, and Gastronomy (28-30 SEP, 2019)
Fall in Québec sweeps in with a burst of colour, aroma and flavour.
Our journey begins and ends with stays in Domaine Château-Bromont, where we explore the Eastern Township region, a veritable country paradise with mountains and valleys that are home to the most picturesque villages and rural landscapes.
4 Pick-up locations: Mississauga Carpool, York Mills Station, Scarborough, and Whitby
Tour's duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Date: 28-30 SEP, 2019
DAY 1, SAT 28 SEP 2019: Toronto >> Bromont, QC
7.00 AM: Our 1st Pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool. (Please arrive 15 Min before the departure time)
7.30 AM: Our 2nd Pick-up location: York Mills Station.
8.00 AM: Our 3rd pick-up location is: Scarborough Town Centre
8.30 AM: Our 4th pick-up location is: Whitby GO Station Parking Garage, Brock St. S & Victoria St. W
During the 5.5 hours drive (600 km), we will have 2 stops on the way for breakfast and lunch.
3.30 PM: Check in to your hotel Domaine Château-Bromont
HÔTEL CHÂTEAU-BROMONT: Majestically set in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Eastern Townships, l'Hôtel Château-Bromont is located at the foot of Mount Bromont, where you will discover the charm of each season. Our 4-star hotel-spa welcomes you with a warm and courteous personnel, an intimate decor, a relaxing atmosphere, and a selection of wonderful 4-season activities!
You may like to have an early dinner at the hotel's restaurant between 4 pm to 6 pm (it's optional), and everyone pays their own bill. We will not have any other stops for dinner because of our time limitation. We will be back to the hotel around 9.45 PM.
6.00 PM: Drive towards “Foresta Lumina”, located in Coaticook, QC
7.00- 8.30: Visit the Magical forest “Foresta Lumina” with its unique Light Show.
Foresta Lumina offers 2.6 km of multimedia pathway taking place in 11 different zones each describing their own beautiful illuminated manuscripts. Running from the Garden of wishes to Margaret’s secret, visitors may experience this exceptional activity at their own pace.
8.30 PM: Return to the hotel Domaine Château-Bromont. We will be at the hotel around 9.45 PM.
DAY 2, SUN 29 SEP 2019: Bromont >> Mont-Orford
7.00 - 8.30 AM: Enjoy a full breakfast at the hotel
9.00 - 10.00 AM: Visit Le Musée du chocolat de la confiserie Bromont
This Bromont confectionery has housed a chocolate museum since 1993. Discover the history of chocolate and other treats. You'll see various chocolate creations, including frescoes, sculptures and paintings. Chocolate is made on site, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to sample and buy some goodies.
10.30 AM – 1.30 PM: Enjoy visiting Mont-Orford
CLIMB ABOARD! With family or friends, enjoy a colourfully amazing show during "La Flambée des Couleurs". Reach the summit on foot or by gondola, and enjoy our five belvederes, the Altitude Circuit and a huge range of activities in a festive setting surrounded by breathtaking views.
Jump on and enjoy a colourfully amazing ride! Either on a chairlift or in a gondola, the multicoloured treetops will roll by under your feet. At the summit, enjoy a spectacular panoramic view from the Altitude Circuit and its observation point, or from one of our five lookouts with picnic areas.
The Five Lookouts of Mont-Orford
With the gondola tour, you will have access to all lookouts.
They usually have some food-trucks on the resort during the "Flambée des Couleurs", so you will have access to lunch. Since our time is limited today, we will not have any other stop for lunch.
2.00 – 5.00 PM: Visit the icon of Easter Townsips (Cantons-de-l'Est), Abbaye de St-Benoit-Du-Lac
Located in the Eastern Townships on the west shore of Lake Memphrémagog in Quebec, Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac is a Benedictine community founded in 1912 by French monks. The monks have a cheese factory, two orchards, a cider mill, and a shop where all their products are sold.
by Benedictine monks from France in 1912, the haunting Gregorian Chant of the
Eucharist echoes across Lac Memphrémagog every day at 11:00. Take home cheese,
maple, and apple products from the Abbey – a special holiday gift! If all
natural plant-based vegan soaps are more your style, you’ll love visiting Savon
des Cantons traditional soap-making cottage.
We will have a 2-hour Guided Tour with tasting including:
The cloister to the church (description of monastic life)
- Architectural overview (climb the stairs, balcony at 2th floor, up to the roof top; amazing South side view, the church forecourt and a complete view of Abbey’s architecture)
- Monk’s work, cider and cheese making in images
- Cider and cheese tasting
- Discover our beautiful boutique!
We will have the opportunity to pick-your-own Apples from the Abbey orchards, that are open every Saturday and Sunday during the apple-picking seatsn (September-October). At the end of September, the available apples will, the Cortland, Spartan, Ginger Gold and Empire.
At 5.00 PM, we may have the opportunity to listen to the haunting Gregorian Chant of the Eucharist, that echoes across Lac Memphrémagog.
5.30 PM: Return to the hotel Domaine Château-Bromont. We will be at the hotel around 6.30 PM.
A table for group dinner has been booked at 7.00 PM at the hotel's restaurant (it's optional), and everyone pays their own bill.
DAY 3, MON 30 SEP 2019: Bromont, QC >> Rougemont >> Toronto
8.00 - 9.30 AM: Enjoy a full breakfast at the hotel
10.00 AM: Check out and drive towards Rougemount, QC
11.00 AM – 12.00 PM: Visit the famous Cider house of "Cidrerie Michel Jodoin"
THE PERSONNEL WILL WARMLY GREAT YOU WITH THE OFFER OF OUR GUIDED TOURS OF THE INSTALLATIONS, WHERE YOU WILL DISCOVER HOW CIDER IS MADE AND END WITH A TASTING OF THE PRODUCTS THAT MADE US FAMOUS! STILL, SPARKLING, ICED AND SPIRITS, A VISIT NOT TO BE MISSED!
12.00 noon: Drive toward Toronto
We will have 2 stops on the way for Lunch and Dinner
7.30 PM: drop-off @ Whitby GO Station Parking Garage
8.00 PM: drop-off @ Scarborough Town Centre
8.30 PM: drop-off @ York Mills Station
9.00 PM: drop-off @Mississauga
The drop off times are all approximate, and subject to change based on the Traffic.
· Per person in double occupancy: $549 + 13% HST (ON SALE NOW)
· Per person in single room: $719 + 13% HST
**All prices are per person, in Canadian dollars.
**Children 8+ are welcome on this tour, same price as adults.
- If you are a solo traveler and would like to share room with someone the same gender, please choose the "DOUBLE" Room option. We will find a roommate for you.
- The standard rooms in the hotels have maximum 2 double beds. Therefore, if you are 3 or 4 people using a standard room, you need to know that two people will need to sleep in 1 double bed, as the hotel does NOT provide any extra bed/cot.
- If you are 3 or 4 people, and need to stay in "one" standard room, for registration you still need to select "Double" room option, but you will get a discount using the following coupon codes: If you are 3 people, you can use the coupon code "triple" to get a 4% OFF on your order. And if you are 4 people, you can use the coupon code "quad" to get a 6% OFF on your order
• Round trip transportation on an A/C Bus with washroom
• 2 nights accommodation at Domaine Château-Bromont, 4 star Resort
• 2 hot breakfasts at the hotel
• Admission to the Magical forest “Foresta Lumina”
• Visit Le Musée du chocolat de la confiserie Bromont
• Visit Mont-Orford National Park
• Admission to PANORAMIC GONDOLA during "La Flambée des Couleurs"
• A 2-hour guided tour of Abbaye de St-Benoit-Du-Lac with cider and cheese tasting
• Experience the Pick-your-own Apples from the Abbey orchards
• Visit the famous Cider house of "Cidrerie Michel Jodoin"
• Escorted tour by the tour director
• All gratuities
• Complimentary bottled water on the bus
1- Our tours are in ENGLISH language only.
2- This tour is considered as easy-medium activity. The walks last approximately 1 hour. Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
3- Appropriate footwear “walking shoes” and clothing (based on the weather) are highly recommended.
4- We assign the seats based on first paid first served. In case you and your companion pay separately, to be seated together, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org after placing your order.
GOOD TO KNOW
WHERE IS OUR DESTINATION? THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS, QUEBEC
The Eastern Townships (also known as les Cantons de l'Est, and formerly as l'Estrie) refers to the southeast corner of the province of Québec, which borders Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and is known for its mountains, spas, charming small towns, lush forests, and many vineyards. In winter, the Townships are the place to be for serious ski and snowboard enthusiasts, boasting many of the province's highest peaks and most challenging trails. In summer, boating, swimming, sailing, golfing, in-line skating, hiking, and bicycling take over. And every fall the inns are booked solid with visitors eager to take in the brilliant foliage. Fall is also a good time to visit the wineries (although most are open all year). Because of its mild microclimate, the Townships area has become one of the more prominent wine regions in Canada, with a dozen of Québec's 33 commercial wineries.
The Eastern Townships are all about nature and unspoiled beauty. Bike paths stretching as far as the eye can see and picturesque hiking trails. Secluded national parks and majestic mountains. World-class eateries, talented artisans, and vibrant villages and towns begging to be explored. The Eastern Townships: THE place to be!
Only Quebec’s winter allows apple to freeze naturally to produce Ice cider! Whether apples are picked in fall or winter, concentration of sugars must be obtained by natural cold to allow the separation between apple juice and ice. Once extracted, the juice is then fermented at low temperatures for several months. Ice Cider was invented in Quebec. Rather young, created in the 90s and inspired by Ice wine. In spite of its short existence, Ice cider has a place of choice in Quebec’s terroir. It is the outcome of three key elements: Quebec’s apple growing history, processing of apples into cider and the use of our harsh winter. Ice cider is now exported in more than 50 countries.
Mount Orford (French: Mont Orford) is a mountain and ski resort located in the Mont-Orford National Park in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, Canada. It is 10 km (6 mi) northwest of the centre of the city of Magog.
NESTLED IN THE HEART OF THE NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy the spectacular scenery with several lookout spots that allow you to admire the gorgeous landscapes stretching out from Lake Memphrémagog all the way to the Appalachian Mountains. Great accomodations, variety of restaurants, art galleries, shops, cultural offers and relaxing havens nearby, Mont-Orford welcomes all visitors.
The CIRCUIT ALTITUDE, The views from the mountain's edge
The landscape stretches for miles from all sides of the mountain. On the left you can see the , the small Lake Magog and the impressively . To the right, shines in the sun and the hilly terrain stretches far into the distance. This is a view you won’t likely forget, so come immerse yourself in the beauty of our gorgeous landscape.
Located on a golf course, Hôtel Château Bromont offers views of the surrounding mountains. There are 3 restaurants and a full service spa with an authentic Turkish bath on site. A coffee maker is included in all guest rooms at Château Bromont Hotel. Bathrobes, a hairdryer and ironing facilities are also provided. All rooms are non-smoking. Les Quatre Canards dining room serves fine regional dishes, including duck, with a French influence. La Trattoria offers a relaxed atmosphere with specialty grills and the Bistro-Lounge serves drinks and appetizers every evening. Meals are also served on the outdoor terrace overlooking the golf course. Amerispa Château-Bromont features a variety of treatments as well as a hammam and landscaped gardens. A fitness centre, pools and whirlpools are also located on site. Hôtel Château Bromont is less than 1 km from Ski Bromont and 16 km from the Canadian Museum of Arms and Bronze.
PARKING / PICK-UP LOCATIONS
1st pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool (Carpool Parking 401/ Hurontario)
Entrance into the carpool lot is on the west side of Hurontario, between the ramps to Hwy 401 East and Hwy 401 West. This parking lot is not easily visible from Hurontario and can be easily missed so please carefully follow the P Carpool signs. Detailed instructions from all four directions are given below. This is a Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation parking lot. Cars may be left here for up to 5 days, parking is free. This parking lot does not have a street address. The GPS location is 43.6300490, -79.6861980
Our bus stops in the parking area on your left hand side.
Mississauga Carpool MAP
2nd pick-up location: York Mills Station. The bus will stop on Yonge St., directly outside the Starbucks at 4025 Yonge St. This is the York Mills Centre office building on the North-East corner of Yonge St. & York Mills Rd. The York Mills subway station is in the basement of this building. If it is raining or snowing, you are welcome to wait either in Starbucks or in the lobby of the office tower until you see the bus stop in front of Starbucks.
FOR PARKING: For overnight and multi-day trips, cars cannot be left in the TTC parking lot or the Green P parking lot. Parking is allowed in the covered parking of the York Mills Centre. The parking lot has two entrances, one on York Mills Rd and one on Yonge St. Please note that the parking cost is $25 per day (2017 rates). Street address is the same as our bus pickup location, 4025 Yonge St.
3rd pick-up location: Scarborough Town Centre (Address: 300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P 4P5) . The bus stops directly outside the Cineplex movie theatres at the Scarborough Town Centre. You are NOT allowed to park your car in this location for multi-day trips. If you wish to use this pickup location for a multi-day trip, please consider taking a taxi or public transit or have someone drop you off.
4th pick-up location is: Whitby GO Station Parking Garage, Brock St. S & Victoria St. W
Whitby Go Station Parking Garage - Brock St. South & Victoria St. West
Our bus will stop and pickup at the bus shelter in front of the Go Station Parking Garage. The garage is at the northwest corner of Brock St South and Victoria St West. This is a 4-level parking structure with large surface parking lots all around it. It is best to park in the covered multi-level parking garage. After parking your vehicle, please proceed, with your luggage if any, to the bus shelter in front of the parking garage. Parking is free. The official street address of this location is 1401 Henry St., Whitby, ON.
************* IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS *************
Our trips are for all ages
Our tours are perfectly designed for all ages. However, they are often fast-paced, and sometimes tiring, packed with adventure, new experiences and feel-good moments. Therefore, we ask that anyone wanting to travel with us carefully consider whether any PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS prevent you from fully enjoying our trips.
Traveling with children: Due to the fast-paced nature of our group tours, all children require adult supervision. Some of our more active excursions may not be suitable for children under the age of 8.
Embrace the nature of Group Travel
To get the most out of your tour, pack a positive attitude and an open mind. These are most certainly valuable when travelling in a group. Despite the very best intentions and planning, things can and do go wrong and occasionally we encounter problems beyond our control, such as delayed public transport and adverse weather conditions. In such situations we ask for your patience and we will endeavor to keep as close to our scheduled itinerary as possible.