On June 14, 1902, the Montreal Daily Herald ran the headline, “Danville, one of the most beautiful towns in the province of Quebec.” Danville is located at the edge of the Eastern Townships, where the Bois-Francs region starts. It owes its growth to the arrival of the railway in the mid-18th century. Magnificent Victorian homes and the American-style square continue to bear witness to that era. Danville has been home to well-known leaders such as Daniel Johnson, premier of Quebec from 1966 to 1968, and Mack Sennett, an icon of Hollywood silent movies.
Take a stroll along the three heritage tours, which will reveal Danville’s exceptional charm with more than 66 buildings of heritage, historical, and cultural interest. The tours take you to buildings of neo-Queen Ann, American vernacular, mansard, neo-Italian, Second Empire, and Boomtown styles. The red tour examines the town’s first years of industrial and commercial development. The green tour looks at the wealth of heritage influenced by Victorian and New England currents. The yellow tour takes you on a trip along the village’s main artery, from the lower to upper towns. A pamphlet on the tours is available at the MRC des Sources tourist information office (see address below).
Throughout the tours, you can stop at art galleries, specialized boutiques, a public market, and good restaurants. And why not stay at one of the heritage homes converted into lodging accommodations.
Named after Simeon Benjamin Burbank, the owner of a stage-coach shop located near the stream. The history of Danville is closely tied to the Burbank Pond, in such places as the Brown factory, which was located next to the Pond and invented the small springs that go in wooden clothes pins. Guided tours of the Burbank Pond are offered during the summer. Come and enjoy a nice walk along the 4.5 kilometres of maintained trails. This is also a bird-watcher’s paradise with more than 200 species that have been observed, and during the autumn over 100 000 snow geese pause at the Pond during their migration.