Almost two hours away from Montreal, Coaticook is the home of the longest suspended footbridge in North America, the famous Coaticook ice cream and magnificent views of the valley.
For a classic weekend getaway with friends, we ventured into the valley and rented a cottage. The weather in late March and beginning of April is unpredictable, to say the least. You never know if it's going to be hot or cold, rainy or if you are going to have one of the last snow storms. We were lucky and got a beautiful snow storm, we got to enjoy the valley with a majestic white coat.
Psst this snow is perfect for snowball fights
The road is almost a scenic route, you drive through the mountains, farm fields and little towns. Once in a while, you will catch a glimpse of deer running around.
What to do
Located in the eastern townships, the valley offers fewer attractions than the region of Brome-Missisquoi. Read all about it in my previous blog post.
The region does provide a lot of activities either you are the outdoors type of person or you are looking to do agro-tourism. This will be your perfect destination.
My suggestion will be to start at the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook. It has been named the 1st Wonder of Eastern Townships. One of the main attraction is the 169 meters-long suspended bridge on which you can admire the deep gorge. The park has multiple trails for bikes, hiking and snowshoeing. You can also camp on site.
The park offers a one of a kind experience at night. Foresta Lumina, a night-illuminated and multimedia trail, takes you into the world of the fairies that live in the forest. Made by the recognized Moment Factory studio, the attraction is 2 km long. Via its scenography, lighting, video mapping and music, the immersive experience is based on region’s magical and fictitious mythology.
Heads up: I hear that Foresta Lumina is very crowded and the walking pace is very slow. Also, you have to reserve your tickets in advance. Note that the attraction is only open during summer. I haven’t had the chance to do the trail yet however, it is definitely on my to-do list.
Mount Pinacle is a 675-meter-high (2215 ft.) mountain with spectacular views of the valley and the lake. The hike is considered to be an intermediary hike in terms of difficulty and take around 2 to 3 hours to do the whole route.
Or, you can, like us, walk around your cottage. Recall that there are no ugly roads in the mountain!
Where to eat & drink
After a long day walking, you might want to go for a beer and eat at the Coaticook Brewery. The food is good but their craft beer is even better. They have seasonal beers so you will always have something new to taste.
For dessert, you might want to go the famous Coaticook ice cream. Their facilities are located just in front of the brewery. Take-out their famous 1L containers or order a cone and enjoy it on site. In the creamery, you can also buy some cheese. Be sure to buy the curd cheese for your next DIY poutine!
The area borders two US states, Vermont and New Hampshire. You can easily go in between the countries through some checkpoints.
However, the 8,800 km border is widely visible with its 6 meters of the "no touching zone" where all the trees have been removed from the entire border lines.
Did you know that this is the longest international border in the world between two countries?
Good thing that Trump plans from March 2016 to build a wall in between the two sister nation did not happen.