Magog is a town in Quebec. Located at the northern end of Lake Memphremagog, this hamlet flourished in the 19th century thanks to the construction of flour, saw and card mills by Ralph Merry III, the founder of Magog. Arriving in the region around 1797, he constructed the first dam on the north side of the river, between an island and a stream, where the railway now lies.
The town’s original name was “Outlet,” as it is located where the lake drains. For the same reason, the parish of Saint-Patrice-de-Magog, founded in 1861, carried the name Saint-Patrice-d’Outlet at the time. Outlet was the official name for many decades, although Magog started appearing on official documents in 1783.
In 1850, Outlet became Magog, which was officially incorporated on January 28, 1888 as a village, and in 1890 as a town.
Magog became a city in autumn 2002 when it merged with Magog Township, which covers a large area divided into three districts by two shores of Lake Memphremagog and the Town of Omerville, formerly a parish attached to Magog. The merger increased the municipality’s population to 23 540 residents. In a historical context, this merger appealed to a strong sense of mutual ownership based on over 200 years of sharing and developing a common land.
- From Montreal take the Autoroute 10 East. Take exits 115, 118, or 123.
- From Sherbrooke take the Autoroute 10 West. Take exits 115, 118, or 123.
- From Vermont take I-91 North to Canadian border (Rock Island border crossing between Stanstead, QC and Derby Line, VT). It becomes Autoroute Joseph-Armand Bombardier (route 55). Take exit 29 or 33.
Greyhound motorcoaches used to connect Magog to Montreal and Sherbrooke. Limocar (1619, ch. de la Rivière Aux Cerises, Magog Québec, Canada, J1X 3W3) currently offers service from Montréal to Sherbrooke and Magog to Sherbrooke.
- Magog Marine, 675, rue l'Archevêque, ☎ . Jet ski rental $95/hr including temporary boating license
- Vieux Clocher de Magog. Live music, comedy and event space.
- Memphrémagog Arts Circuit
- Swimming and water sports
- Golf and mini putt
- Horseback riding
- In-line skating
- Stroll through the Baie-de-Magog park
- Visit vineyards
- Escapades Memphrémagog, Quai MacPherson (horloge), Pointe Merry, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: . "Grand Cru", 176-passenger tour boat with brunch/lunch/dinner cruises.
- Plages du Magog. Visit Plage Ouest or Plage des Cantons
- Parcs municipaux Magog. Climb Magog tower, on wharf MacPherson
- Orford Express, ☎ , toll-free: . Tourist train to Sherbrooke, three panorama dining cars, extra charge for wine/beverage service, tickets not transferable nor refundable. $75-125.
- Chemin des Cantons. Go for a scenic drive
While you’re having fun in the water, keep an eye out for Memphré, a legendary lake creature that has been making waves for over 200 years. Memphré has been seen over 225 times, with sightings dating back to 1798.
- Skating on the ice path that borders Lake Memphremagog
- Snowmobile trails
- Mont Orford Ski Area, 3074, chemin du Parc Orford, QC, J1X 3W3 (Highway 10, exit 118 North), ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Downhill skiing
- Owl's Head. Downhill skiing
- Parc national du Mont-Orford, 3321, chemin du Parc Orford, J1X 7A2, Quebec, Canada (Highway 10, exit 118, direction of Parc national du Mont-Orford or Highway 55, exit at Highway 10, exit 118 Lac-Stukely sector), toll-free: . Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
- Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog swimming event
- Magog-Orford Grape Harvest Festival, fall
The main street of downtown Magog offers great dining and retails options. During the summer, the Liquor Store Cabaret offers an excellent menu with indoor as well as terrace dining, usually accompanied by live music on the weekends. In the winter, it's a cozy spot to warm up after a day's worth of skiing at Mont Orford.
Whichever restaurant you choose, look for the traditional comfort food, poutine (french fries, cheese curds, and gravy) or smoked meat.
- Guacamole y tequila, 112 rue Principal ouest, ☎ . Very good Mexican cuisine.
|Routes through Magog|
|Montreal ← Eastman ←||W E||→ Sherbrooke → END|
|Drummondville ← Sherbrooke ←||N S||→ Stanstead → Saint Johnsbury via|