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.

Get in

By car

By bus

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.

Get around


MacPherson Wharf


Throughout the year

Magog is alive with sports, cultural events and a wide variety of activities, including the [Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog] swimming event, the Memphrémagog Arts Circuit in the summer, the Magog-Orford Grape Harvest Festival, the Vieux Clocher de Magog, boutiques, art galleries, cafés, terraces, restaurants.


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.



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.

Go next

Routes through Magog

Montreal Eastman  W  E  Sherbrooke END
Drummondville Sherbrooke  N  S  Stanstead Saint Johnsbury via

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