The region east of Magog holds its Loyalist connections dear, and this is one of the few areas in Québec where you'll encounter vestiges of the snobbish anglophone attitudes that once pervaded the whole province. NORTH HATLEY, a thirty-minute drive east from Magog along Hwy 108, is an anglophone bastion, with boutiques selling Lipton teas, Liberty products, tweeds and Aran jumpers; the resident population steadfastly refuses to change the town's name to "Hatley Nord". Otherwise the village is home to Québec's longest-running English-language theatre, The Piggery (Tel:819/842-2431, Web: www.piggery.com ), which puts on several quality productions throughout the summer, and there are several art galleries and antique shops clustered along the waterfront.
North Hatley boasts one of Québec's classiest inns: the romantic Manoir Hovey (Tel:842-2421 or 1-800/661-2421, Web: www.manoirhovey.com ; Price: $241 and over), nestled along the lake with its private beach and boats. Cheaper and in the village itself, Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, 340 chemin de la Rivière (Tel:819/842-2970, Web: www.serendipitybb.qc.ca ; Price: $81-100), is a century-old house; the owner runs fly-fishing trips on the lake. Decent food can be had at either the English-style gastro-pub Le Pilsen, 55 rue Principale, with its locally brewed Massiwippi ales and large meals for as little as $10, or Café de Lafontaine, which serves standard salads, burgers and the like next door at no. 35. The expensive but exquisite Café Massawippi, 3050 chemin Capelton (Tel:819/842-4528), serves original variations on international classics such as tartar of red stag but is open in the evenings only. Expect to pay over $30 for a main dish.