The border between the US and Canada is just 13 miles north of Lopstick. There is majestic scenery on the northern side of the border, as well as a handful of small Quebec towns to visit that make for an enjoyable day trip.
After passing through Customs, you’ll see rolling farmlands leading to the Megantic mountain range in the distance. There’s an observatory on Megantic peak, an auto road to the summit of Mount St Joseph, and a base information area on the geology of the range and information on visiting the observatory. Unfortunately, most of the info at the base center is in French, but the attendants do speak some English and it is worth the trip.
On Route 257 in Chartierville, Quebec, just a quarter-mile from the US border, you’ll find the fascinating ‘Magnetic Hill,‘ where your car appears to roll uphill, defying the laws of gravity! Chartierville is a small town on the Ditton River, and was once a gold-mining center: there’s a museum in town which explains the history. A bit further north is La Patrie, a town noteworthy for its world-famous Guitabec guitar factory. Be sure to bring your passport or passcard to gain entry into Canada.