Eastman, à l'ombre de l'Orford
À l’ombre de l’Orford (« In the shadow of Orford ») refers to a book written by renowned author Alfred DesRochers. Nestled at the foot of Mont Orford, Eastman is the Townships’ literary village, where the locals share their passion for books through their small, community library. After all, what could be better than getting stuck into a good book and letting time just drift by...
Worthy of note
Occupying a prime spot in this Cœur villageois, le Parc du temps qui passe – the park of passing time – is, ironically, a place where time actually seems to stand still. Partly in the shade and partly in the sunlight and landscaped with an artificial lake, an arbour, slate pathways and a magnificent sundial, the park is the ideal venue for reading a book or simply relaxing and feeling at peace with the world.
Also in the park is a gazebo dedicated to Marjolaine Hébert, an actress and founder of Quebec’s first professional summer theatre - Théâtre La Marjolaine, which is still in operation.
Culture in the heart of nature
A heritage trail which you can cover on foot or by bike, casts a new light on the history of this pretty village. There is also the Sentier Louise Portal, a trail named in honour of the artiste and initiator of the now well-established Correspondances d’Eastman. Another cultural venue is Cabaret Eastman, which hosts a variety of artists. http://cabareteastman.com/category/musique/
Connect with nature
Enjoy the smells and the sounds of nature as you explore the trails along the Vallée de la Missisquois-Nord, the Montagnarde bike path, and nearby lakes such as Argent, Parker and Orford. Spa Eastman, one of the world’s leading spas, is also surrounded by nature with ponds and wooded trails.
A taste of local fare
Although it’s not very big, Eastman has a surprising number of places to sample local fare and regional produce - Café bistro Les Trois Grâces (a Café de village), au Beignes Dora (a bakery), Au Boucanier (for its smoked meat), aux Avelines (hand-made chocolates) and au Serres Simard where you can pick up fresh fruit and vegetables. Just a sampling of what Eastman has to offer...