Eastern Townships Trail

fec9c0a7Les Sentiers de l’Estrie (very roughly translated for our purposes as The Eastern Townships Trail) is a 156 km linear trail in southern Québec, situated about 100 km east of Montreal. The main trail runs from the Canada / US border (Québec / Vermont) and roughly sticks to a north / south direction, summiting several peaks en route. There are 84 additional kilometers in connected side trails and other associated disjointed trails.

Near the southern terminus at the US border, the trail meets the legendary Long Trail of Vermont. Running the length of the state, the Long Trail roughly follows the Green Mountain Range for 439 km and shares treadway with the Appalachian Trail for 160 km. The combined length of all hiking accessible from this network of trails is 680 km, not including the remainder of the AT.

Despite the region being near major population centres (Montreal, Sherbrooke) the landscape is said to be comprised of 80℅ parkland and forest. In addition to hiking, the area is also a winter playground for downhill skiing with two dozen peaks @ over 1000m.