Translation Contest

Below is a text for an ad campaign promoting hiking in the Eastern Townships. All attendees at the Translate in the Townships conference were invited to try their hand at translating it into English.

Scroll down to read the various versions submitted. The text in red is the winning text.

To learn whose translation won top honors, click here.

French Mettez-vous en marche…pour la rando

La randonnée est probablement l’activité qui nous plonge le plus rapidement hors de notre zone quotidienne pour toutes sortes de raisons : un contact privilégié avec la nature, un environnement inspirant peuplé de sons et de chants d’oiseaux, une satisfaction de mise en forme tant de l’esprit que du corps, bref un sentiment de bien-être presque instantané. Pourquoi croyez-vous que la randonnée n’a pas son pareil dans les Cantons-de-l’Est ? POUR SES PAYSAGES. Et l’offre des circuits de randonnées pédestres est absolument époustouflante.

Ce n’est pas que nous voulons vous en mettre plein la vue… mais la vue, c’est ce qu’on a de plus beau alors on ne se gêne pas : 900 km de sentiers; 4 parcs nationaux : mont Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska et mont Mégantic; 2 grands réseaux de longues randonnées, Les Sentiers de l’Estrie (200 km) et Les sentiers frontaliers (135 km) ainsi qu’une Route des Sommets. Petite ou longue, méditative, contemplative ou sportive, en ville, dans les parcs, en forêt ou en montagne, avec une poussette ou un toutou… la rando prend ses aises partout dans les Cantons-de-l’Est.

#1 Happy Trails

Hiking is a sure-fire way to escape the daily grind—just like that you become one with nature, you’re inspired by your surroundings and all the sounds and chirping birds, and you feel great both mentally and physically. You get an almost immediate sense of well-being. Here in the Eastern Townships, you’ll find all that and more with our breathtaking views and our vast network of trails. Come and see for yourself!

You’ll love exploring our more than 900 kilometres of trails, four provincial parks (Mont Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska, and Mont Mégantic), two long distance trail networks (the 200 kilometre Sentiers de l’Estrie and the 135 kilometre Sentiers Frontaliers), and the Summit Drive scenic route. Whether you hike for an hour or a day, to clear your head or break a sweat, through town or in a park, in the woods or up a mountain, with a stroller or your dog, the Eastern Townships region has something for everyone.

#2 Hit the trails!

No other activity takes us away from the daily grind faster than hiking. But why? Perhaps it’s the intimacy with nature, a stimulating environment sprinkled with the sounds and songs of birds. Or maybe it’s the way hiking instantly soothes the body and mind with a feeling of bliss. So why is hiking second to none in the Eastern Townships? FOR ITS SCENERY, of course, and for its absolutely breathtaking hiking trails.

We’re not trying to lure you in… The magnificent scenery speaks for itself, boasting 900 km of paths, four national parks (Mont-Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska, and Mont-Mégantic), two extensive networks of hiking trails (the 200-km Sentiers de l’Estrie and the 135-km Sentiers Frontaliers), and the Summit Drive. Go for a short or long hike. Go to meditate, think, or exercise. Go hike in the city, in parks, in forests, or on a mountain. Or go pushing a stroller or holding a dog leash. No matter how you go, hiking simply comes naturally in the Eastern Townships.

#3 Ready…Set…Hike!

There’s nothing quite like hiking to whisk us away from the daily grind. It is a great way to connect with nature in settings where birdsong provides the soundtrack. It offers a physical and mental workout that refreshes body and soul. Where to go? The Eastern Townships area ranks number one for its breathtaking scenery and amazing selection of trails.

However you look at it, the view from here is spectacular: 900 km of trails, 4 provincial parks—Mont Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska and Mont Mégantic—and 2 long-distance trail systems, Les Sentiers de l’Estrie (200 km) and Les Sentiers frontaliers (135 km) as well as the Summit Drive. Whether your ideal hike is long or short, challenging or contemplative, urban or wilderness, woodland or mountain, with a stroller or teddy in tow—you can trek to your heart’s content in the Eastern Townships.

#4 Go take a hike!

Hiking is probably the quickest way out of your daily routine: it’s a chance to connect with nature in an environment alive with birds and other wildlife and to recharge your batteries, both physically and mentally. In short, hiking lets you experience an immediate sense of well-being.

What makes hiking in the Eastern Townships second to none? THE SIGHTS, of course! Not to mention the incredible variety of trails on offer.

We hate to brag, but the choice really is impressive: 900 km of trails; 4 national parks: Mont Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska and Mont Mégantic; 2 major long-trek circuits: Les Sentiers de l’Estrie (200 km) and Sentiers frontaliers (135 km); as well as the Summit Drive.

Whether for an hour or a day, to relax, refocus or exercise in town, in the forest or in the mountain: the Eastern Townships, where the hiking is easy.

#5 Take a Hike—Through the Eastern Townships

There’s nothing like a hike to lift you out of your daily routine. The close-up with nature, inspiring surroundings and cheerful birdsong create a feeling of well-being and refresh the mind and body.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the Eastern Townships. Why? Two words: the view. The region is home to a mind-boggling number of trails set against a picture-perfect backdrop. The Townships boast 900 km of trails, 4 national parks (Mont Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska and Mont Mégantic), 2 huge networks of trails (the 200-km Sentiers de l’Estrie and the 135-km Sentiers Frontaliers), and the scenic Summit Drive. There are trails of all types: short and long trails, meditative and contemplative trails, trails through towns, parks and forests and over mountains—even stroller- and pet-friendly pathways. Leave the daily grind behind and take a hike through the Eastern Townships.

#6 Get out and hike!

There are lots of things that make hiking one of the quickest ways to step out of your day-to-day routine. It gets you back in touch with nature. It awakens your senses with fresh air and relaxing sounds. It brings you the satisfaction of greater mental and physical fitness. Altogether, it provides you with an almost immediate feeling of well-being. And what makes hiking in the Eastern Townships like nothing else? FANTASTIC LANDSCAPES—not to mention an absolutely amazing system of hiking trails.

We’re not trying to impress you, but the views you find here will. The Eastern Townships has 900km of trails, including two major excursion trail networks: Les Sentiers de l’Estrie (200km) and Les sentiers frontaliers (135km). There are also four national parks—Mont-Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska and Mont-Mégantic—and a spectacular Summit Drive. For an hour or for several days, for exercise or peace of mind, for escapes in town or high in the mountains, or for outings with your stroller or your teddy in tow, hiking is the perfect natural getaway all across the Eastern Townships.

#7 Get up and go…hike!

There are all sorts of reasons why hiking breaks us out of our daily routines faster than most other activities. For one, natural surroundings inspire us with the sounds and songs of resident birds. Hiking also puts us back in touch with nature. It is as good for the mind as it is for the body, bringing us a feeling of well-being almost instantaneously. Why else would you think that hiking in the Eastern Townships is second to none? THE SCENERY IS SPECTACULAR. And you will be amazed by the number of hiking trails available to you.

Not that we’re trying to impress you…but our stunning views are the best around so there’s no sense trying to hide it: 900 km of trails; 4 national parks, including Mont Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska and Mont Mégantic; 2 large networks of long hiking trails, the Eastern Townships Trails (200km) and the Frontier Trails (135 km) as well as a Summit Trail. Whether it’s long or short, meditative, contemplative or strenuous, in town, in the parks, in the forest or in the mountains, with a stroller or with a pup, there’s something for everyone in the Eastern Townships!

#8 Shake a leg and get hiking!

With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why hiking is one of the best activities for escaping the daily grind. It provides an instant sense of wellbeing—an opportunity to reconnect with nature, immerse yourself in the sounds of the countryside, and reap the rewards that come from taking care of your mind and body. So why choose the Eastern Townships? With unique landscapes and breathtaking trails, the Eastern Townships offer a hiking experience that is simply unparalleled.

We know it’s not polite to brag, but it’s hard not to show off when you’ve got the best views in town! We boast 900 km of trails; 4 provincial parks: Mont-Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska, and Mont-Mégantic; 2 large networks of long-distance trails: Les Sentiers de l’Estrie (200 km) and Les Sentiers frontaliers (135 km), not to mention the Summit Drive. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick jaunt or long hike, a meditative, leisurely stroll or a vigorous workout, through towns, parks, forests, or over mountains, with your family or pooch in tow, you’ll love the Eastern Townships—they’re made for walking.

#9 Need a break? Hit our trails!

Hiking is one of the best possible ways to take a break from your everyday life. No wonder: it gives you a unique opportunity to connect with nature in a quiet, inspiring setting in the company of chirping birds. It’s also a great way to exercise both your body and your mind, providing you with an almost immediate sense of well-being. And if you’re looking for a change of scenery, there’s no better hiking destination than the Eastern Townships. Known for its breathtaking views, our region offers an amazing array of hiking trails.

Why toot our own horn when our landscapes speak for themselves: 900 km of hiking trails, 4 national parks – Mont Orford, Frontenac, Yamaska, Mont Mégantic – and 2 large networks of long-distance walking paths, Sentiers de l’Estrie (200 km) and Sentiers frontaliers (135 km), not to mention the Summit Drive. Family and pet friendly, perfect for a quiet retreat or the ultimate sports trip, for a long hike or a short stroll in the park, the woods or the mountains, or even for a walk through town… the Eastern Townships are every hiker’s dreamscape.

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