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Jouvence, Centre de Villegiature
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Orford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 25, 2013

First off, I must say I went there on business, during the deader, colder & wetter season of November, unfortunately not having had the time to read up on it first!
I had no idea the place was part of the Orford National Park and so remote from populated areas, result: I had a hard time locating the right place once arrived at the main intersection (given that there are 2 main buidings, 1 very narrow dirt road leading to the right to the 'Petite Auberge', and once I discovered that it was closed with nobody to direct me, I concluded that it must not be the wrong place and proceeded to painfully back up all the way out since too narrow to turn around, to then head towards the other dirt road to the left, on which the only clear signs order you to park immediately there, since it is forbidden to drive your car any further, not even to drop off all of your luggage; no, you need to grab it and lug it by yourself through the mud, no help service whatsoever offered, other than a smirk remark by an attendant in a golf cart to the effect that that was the way it went, whether one liked or not!); equally as remote from the modern ways of staying connected to the world, such as cell phone and landlines service, wifi internet (other than at the reception building) & TV, which could be alright on a voluntary retreat, but quite the nuisance on a business trip!!!
I was lodged in one of the small detached cabins on the property, with great quaint potential with a wood-stove (although I had to ask for the supply of wood, kindling and lighting tools) as well as a decent qeen mattress, but definitely lacking in the decoration and layout department with drab 'quétaine' colours and a bathroom with a door that kept shutting to corner you in and all but an unlit pocket-size mirror to take care of your image...
The food, although far from gourmet & all served buffet style, was quite impressively fresh and decent and unlike elsewhere, the service was excellent in the dining room area, with the caveat that, when I asked about a warmer spot to sit at given the chilly temperature, a lovely lady suggested sitting in front of the gas fireplace, however it just so happened that it was out of order...
Would I personally want to return there? Well, although I am an outdoorsy person and the grounds and lake are beautiful, with a preference for simplicity, I think I might still try the 'petite Auberge', exclusively for adults and which I heard its table enjoying a good reputation, but not really at the Centre de villégiature which is more for groups or family.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This was my 2nd stay at Jouvence but on a different season, the 1st time was summer. Eventhough there was no organized activities with counsellors compare to the summer time , we really enjoyed the free activities; we did snowshoeing; yes there was still enough snow at this time of the year while in the Montreal area we can see the grass...
Nice diverse food, buffet style. Since we were there for the easter we had also the easter brunch included in our package; which was great! You need to do a lot of hiking while in Jouvence to digest all these food ;)
We will go back for sure!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

If you or your kids need a break from the iPad, DS, Wii or smartphone, give this place a try. Jouvence offers a full schedule of animated activities for the kids, adults, or the entire family. The rooms are basic (no telephone or TV), but you won't mind because you will be spending most of your time hiking, canoeing, sailing, rockclimbing, etc. Most meals are taken in the buffet restaurant, and we were never dissapointed with the options available.

Room Tip: Selection of small cabins and hotel-like rooms. Book early to get a cabin.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Jouvence's all-inclusive one-week themed program is just wonderful as a family vacation.

The focus is on outdoor activities, so although my rating is very high, you cannot compare this resort with a five-star hotel. There is no swimming pool, marble floors or black ties in Jouvence.

We were two adults with four teenagers. The package is a little bit pricey, about $120 per person per day. However, you get a lot of value for your money.

The food is just great, varied and tasty.

The daily activities led by energetic animators keep everyone happy and entertained. There are several age groups for the kids and teenagers. The activities include climbing, sailing, GPS orientation, hiking, 'hébertisme', beach volleyball, etc. etc.You can of course just relax on the beach or take out a sail boat on your own time.

We were in the D'Jouv pavilion, which is very recent. The room was clean, large, comfortable. There is a wide variety of accommodations, you should check what is available. We had minor problems with room service which were quickly fixed.

The site is lovely, nested along Stukely lake and near Mount Orford.

This was our second time there and we will definitely go back next Summer.

Room Tip: Compare the various possibilities. Some rooms are far from the dining room but are newer. Some cabin...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Nested in nature - lake, beach, nature trails or cross country trails in the winter - rustic, spacious and clean chalets in the hills of the Eastern Townships. Excellent service and great food. Rooms are spacious some with balconies and fireplaces although the furniture is simple (no TV or phone). Spacious bathroom.

Room Tip: Some chalets are closer to the lake, beach and playground.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Right by the lake and a direct entrance (and bike path) into Parc du Mont-Orford, this place is just fantastic and peaceful. I've been here twice, once for a 5 day stay and a second time only for a night, the staff so just so helpful and the food is very good. The rooms are rustic and cozy. I'll be going back.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

Jouvence is a lovely resort that is right beside Parc Orford. Although it can be a bit expensive to stay there, the food is terrific and the setting is spectacular. If you'd like to visit Québec's Eastern Townships in the winter, I don't think you could pick a better place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 131, chemin Jouvence, Orford, Magog, Quebec J1X 6R2, Canada
Location: Canada > Quebec > Magog > Orford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Orford
Price Range: $265 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jouvence is located on a 194-acre site on the shores of Lake Stukely in Mont-Orford National Park. Known for its warm hospitality and excellent food, Jouvence has been an Eastern Townships treasure for over 35 years. Offering an all-inclusive formula to its guests, which includes overnight stays, meals, and access to outdoor activities, equipment, and facilities, this site will both win you over and help you completely unwind. Our 125 cosy rooms, a number of which have wood stoves, are located in small cabins, large pavilions, and a charming inn. Prefer something more bucolic? Our two rustic cabins located a few minutes of hiking away will provide you with an unparalleled experience in nature.After all, as our signature says, this is a different kind of hotel! ... more   less 
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