The Megantic region, located in the Eastern Townships, right by the border of Maine, near the region of Beauce, offers an exceptional natural environment of imposing mountains and many lakes. The word “megantic” means something like “place where you can go fishing” in Abenakis, a native American language.
The names of villages dotting the Megantic region evoke XIXth-century settlement by Scots, Irish, English, as well as French Canadians repatriated from the United States. Piopolis is called upon Papal Zouaves, voluntaries who were given land in Piopolis for having fought for the Pope in Europe in the 1870ies.
The territory of the MRC du Granit, the local administrative unit, covers more than 2700 square kilometres. About 22 thousand people live here and many more come every day as tourists to enjoy these lovely natural landscapes and to discover a diversity of activities throughout all four seasons.
The regional economy depends on manufacturing of granite, on clothing, on the production of wood and, obviously, on the tourism.
Lac-Megantic, the region’s main city, is located on the lake Megantic (Lac-Megantic). The city has a grassy waterside park where guests can sit on the benches to contemplate the lake of the same name and its wild surroundings.
The Megantic region is located just a few hours form metropolitan centers. Thus, thousands of visitors come here to spend a weekend or a day. Inns, B&B, restaurants, bars and shopping centers of Megantic are famous for the quality of their services and local food.
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