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Five quiet eco-getaways
Five quiet eco-getaways. Photo: Laö Cabines

No, it's not too late to book one or two nights in an enchanting setting this summer. And it's time to think about your fall stays. Here are some places to discover.

Oh, the beautiful novena of wooden micro-chalets lost in the forest! Why Lao? "Because our houses are perched on stilts," explains co-owner Marie Courtemanche. Because their architecture is of Scandinavian inspiration [hence the umlauts on the "o" of Laö, a nod to Sweden], and also because the experience we offer is perfectly hygge [comfort Danish style]. The new Lüv model, which has been added to the family accommodation offer, is a minimalist cocoon for two people. It is generously windowed and allows you to become one with nature. You can even find it as close as possible to Lac à Paul! On the spot, we practice aquatic activities or we take the key to the fields, the place being adjacent to the network of the Sentiers de l'Estrie.

We visit, in Racine, the Locavore Market, a veritable cornucopia of local food, from chocolate cheese to sausage. (It is held on Saturday mornings in summer and early fall.) All that is missing is a good bottle of wine, which can be found at a winemaker.

At the Coteau des artisans vineyard, in Béthanie, “vindredis” take place until September 10. From 5 p.m., a singer and a food truck set up there.

Ephemeral camps in the middle of nature. A dozen luxurious tents, in the shape of a lotus flower in unusual nomadic units from Quebec (hence UNIQ). A "leave no trace" principle. Definitely, this “hotel” does nothing like the others! In addition, “in the destinations where we settle, we create partnerships with local companies so that our guests discover the region and that the stay experience is faithful to it”, explains Myriam Corbeil, co-founder of UNIQ. Its tents are pitched until August 30 at Camp Sable Chaud, in the Seigneurie-du-Lac-Matapédia regional park. Hôtel UNIQ will then be set at Domaine Saint-Bernard, in Mont-Tremblant, from September 3 to October 11.

Yoga classes, observation of shooting stars on a paddle board during the Perseids in August, and a meal prepared on the beach by a local chef are on the program.

Ephemeral camps in the middle of nature. A dozen luxurious tents, in the shape of a lotus flower — unusual nomadic units from Quebec (hence UNIQ). A "leave no trace" principle. Definitely, this “hotel” does nothing like the others! In addition, “in the destinations where we settle, we create partnerships with local companies so that our guests discover the region and that the stay experience is faithful to it”, explains Myriam Corbeil, co-founder of UNIQ. Its tents are pitched until August 30 at Camp Sable Chaud, in the Seigneurie-du-Lac-Matapédia regional park. Hôtel UNIQ will then be set at Domaine Saint-Bernard, in Mont-Tremblant, from September 3 to October 11.

Get active: yoga classes, observation of shooting stars on a paddle board during the Perseids in August, and a meal prepared on the beach by a local chef are on the program.

And worth mentioning:

The Desjardins geodomes, in Gaspésie
Refuges perchés, in the Laurentians
The Flotel, in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, in Montérégie

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Five quiet eco-getaways
Five quiet eco-getaways. Photo: Laö Cabines

No, it's not too late to book one or two nights in an enchanting setting this summer. And it's time to think about your fall stays. Here are some places to discover.

Oh, the beautiful novena of wooden micro-chalets lost in the forest! Why Lao? "Because our houses are perched on stilts," explains co-owner Marie Courtemanche. Because their architecture is of Scandinavian inspiration [hence the umlauts on the "o" of Laö, a nod to Sweden], and also because the experience we offer is perfectly hygge [comfort Danish style]. The new Lüv model, which has been added to the family accommodation offer, is a minimalist cocoon for two people. It is generously windowed and allows you to become one with nature. You can even find it as close as possible to Lac à Paul! On the spot, we practice aquatic activities or we take the key to the fields, the place being adjacent to the network of the Sentiers de l'Estrie.

We visit, in Racine, the Locavore Market, a veritable cornucopia of local food, from chocolate cheese to sausage. (It is held on Saturday mornings in summer and early fall.) All that is missing is a good bottle of wine, which can be found at a winemaker.

At the Coteau des artisans vineyard, in Béthanie, “vindredis” take place until September 10. From 5 p.m., a singer and a food truck set up there.

Ephemeral camps in the middle of nature. A dozen luxurious tents, in the shape of a lotus flower in unusual nomadic units from Quebec (hence UNIQ). A "leave no trace" principle. Definitely, this “hotel” does nothing like the others! In addition, “in the destinations where we settle, we create partnerships with local companies so that our guests discover the region and that the stay experience is faithful to it”, explains Myriam Corbeil, co-founder of UNIQ. Its tents are pitched until August 30 at Camp Sable Chaud, in the Seigneurie-du-Lac-Matapédia regional park. Hôtel UNIQ will then be set at Domaine Saint-Bernard, in Mont-Tremblant, from September 3 to October 11.

Yoga classes, observation of shooting stars on a paddle board during the Perseids in August, and a meal prepared on the beach by a local chef are on the program.

Ephemeral camps in the middle of nature. A dozen luxurious tents, in the shape of a lotus flower — unusual nomadic units from Quebec (hence UNIQ). A "leave no trace" principle. Definitely, this “hotel” does nothing like the others! In addition, “in the destinations where we settle, we create partnerships with local companies so that our guests discover the region and that the stay experience is faithful to it”, explains Myriam Corbeil, co-founder of UNIQ. Its tents are pitched until August 30 at Camp Sable Chaud, in the Seigneurie-du-Lac-Matapédia regional park. Hôtel UNIQ will then be set at Domaine Saint-Bernard, in Mont-Tremblant, from September 3 to October 11.

Get active: yoga classes, observation of shooting stars on a paddle board during the Perseids in August, and a meal prepared on the beach by a local chef are on the program.

And worth mentioning:

The Desjardins geodomes, in Gaspésie
Refuges perchés, in the Laurentians
The Flotel, in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, in Montérégie