We’ve shared some tips for planning an RV camping and fishing trip on Lake Memphremagog’s Vermont shore, but there’s another adventure awaiting to the north. This week’s RV road trip will take us from the Canadian shores of Lake Memphremagog to the splendid city of Montreal.
Memphremagog and the Eastern Townships
If you’re starting your RV camping journey in the States, you’ll find this lush region of lakes and stunning mountain views just three and a half hours north of Boston. Travel I-93 north through Massachusetts, across New Hampshire and into Vermont (from St. Johnsbury to the Canadian border, you’ll be traveling on I-91.)
Lake Memphremagog is split by the US/Quebec border, so take time on your RV journey to enjoy the Vermont section of the lake, too. From Newport, VT to the lively town of Magog, QC, Canada, this lake stretches twenty-four miles to thrill active RVers with its wide range of outdoor activities. Boating, fishing, scuba diving and hiking are just a few of the ways you can spend a stop along Memphremagog.
The entire region is a scenic drive, thanks to lush pine forests, sparkling lakes and mountain streams. The “Eastern Townships” region will delight RV travelers with historic villages such as Georgeville and Ogden, by way of QC-247, from Stanstead all the way to the city of Magog. This byway is actually a part of the Townships Trail that promises mountain vistas, quaint townships and historic sites its entire length.
If you’re ready to stop and rest for the night, the resort town of Magog offers plenty of camping options. Camping Domaine Parc-Estrie is a large park with every possible amenity in the heart of Magog. You’ll also find comfortable RV campsites nearby in the city of Orford, on the northern border of Parc National du Mont-Orford. Part of your RV journey along the scenic byways from Memphremagog to Montreal should include a visit to this exquisitely beautiful national park.
Magog to Montreal
From the mountain beauty of Magog to the cosmopolitan attractions of Montreal is a short hour and a half drive, if we weren’t stopping to enjoy southern Quebec along the way! Here’s how to relish the scenery along Autoroute 10:
- Get to Know Eastman, QC, Canada – As you marvel at the shining lakes appearing along your route, you’ll soon encounter the former mining town of Eastman. Now a major lumber trade center, it’s also very popular for its spas, antique stores and fantastically scenic RV campgrounds such as Camping Leroux on the shores of Lac d’Argent.
- Explore 18th Century Granby – Just down the road from Montreal, Granby township boasts cultural, natural and historical attractions galore. These Granby RV campgrounds are your home base for a day (or a week!) of Southern Quebec adventure. Parc Nacional de la Yamaska is a favorite with our RV rental clients, thanks to miles of trails, abundant wildlife viewing and an excellent campground. While stopping in Granby, also be sure to visit the city’s world famous zoo.
And then it’s time to make the final run to Montreal, enjoying the bustling excitement as this city on the Saint Lawrence River begins to appear. Don’t miss the Chambly Canal National Historic Site on the Richelieu east of Montreal. Another national treasure RVers will want to photograph is Notre-Dame-de-Bons-Secours, an eighteenth century chapel on a cliff overlooking the Saint Lawrence.
There’s not enough room in this post to share all we know about the joys of Montreal for RV travelers, but here are two more ideas for seeing the sights:
- Stroll the streets of Old Montreal, the city’s charming historic center.
- Tour the many attractions of the vibrant, family-friendly Vieux-Port district by quadricycle!
Go-Montreal also has an excellent listing of all the ways RVers can enjoy the city.
Whether you prefer mountain views and scenic lakes or the pulsing action of a large city, you’ll find what you’re looking for on your RV journey from Memphremagog to Montreal.