Haut-Saint-François

Wander the scenic roads and highlands bordering the St. Francis River and enjoy their many exceptional viewpoints. Immerse yourself in the history of our built heritage as you admire our covered bridges, churches, and ancestral homes.

Discover tangible signs of the rich heritage left by the American, British, Scottish, and Irish pioneers who settled in the townships of Bury, Dudswell, Eaton, and Lingwick beginning in 1800. The cohabitation of peoples of various origins has left a legacy of cultural richness with a Scottish cachet in the hearts of the villages along this stretch of the Townships Trail.

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Cookshire-Eaton (Eaton Corner)

Cookshire-Eaton (Eaton Corner)

374, route 253, Cookshire-Eaton J0B 1M0 819 875-5256 Website

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Cookshire-Eaton

Cookshire-Eaton

85, rue du Parc, Cookshire-Eaton J0B 1M0 819 560-8585 Website

The Town of Cookshire-Eaton was established following the 2002 merger of the Town of Cookshire with the Municipality of Eaton. Scenic roads cross through its 567 km2 taking travelers through rural communities to discover many interesting sites. Among them is Cookshire, founded by Loyalists, on a route long traveled by the Abenaki who had maintained seasonal camps in the area.

Cookshire was named for Captain John Cook, who, in 1795, was the first settler to acquire land. Today, agriculture and forestry predominate. Several buildings have been designated historic monuments.

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Bury

Bury

528, rue Main, Bury J0B 1J0 819 560-8414 Website

The Municipality of Bury is home to a number of houses that reflect a former era and another culture, that of the families who immigrated to the Township of Bury in 1836, prior to founding the municipality of the same name in 1855. Of modest means, the ancestors of Bury residents came from the rural regions of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Kent in England. After 1837, a few Gaelic families from the Isle of Lewis and Lochbroom settled in the area. They made their living from farming and forestry, as do their descendants today.

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Dudswell (Bishopton)

Dudswell (Bishopton)

167, rue Main, Bishopton (Dudswell) J0B 1G0 819 560-8484 Website

Dudswell was founded as a township by John Bishop’s family in about 1865 and established as a municipality in 1895. It encompasses Bishopton (1912) and Marbleton (1895), the latter chosen in 2001 to be part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec network. Both are nestled in the valley of a vast, mountainous area. The rapid evolution of the limestone industry led to development in the Township of Dudswell, attracting French Canadians.

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Dudswell (Marbleton), Eva-Tanguay Park

Dudswell (Marbleton), Eva-Tanguay Park

900, rue du Lac, Marbleton (Dudswell) J0B 1G0 819 560-8484 Website

After the Maison de la culture was demolished in June 2020, the municipality decided to make this new public space all about nature, taking steps to naturalize and revegetate the shorelines. Now, it’s the perfect place to relax and soak up the scenery or even take in a spot of fishing. The panoramic sheds circuit uses architectural features to celebrate the landscapes of the Haut-Saint-François region, and one of its highlights is the Dudswell shed, which offers a stunning vista of Lac Adolphe and the hill on the horizon. The walls are hung with interpretation panels and artwork that pay tribute to legendary artist Éva Tanguay.

Éva Tanguay was born in Dudswell in 1878. Her parents emigrated to the United States when she was just four years old. She emerged on the scene as a singer and a theatre actor, and by 1904, had become a household name in the United States and a star attraction in major European cities. At the height of her career, no other artist in the world was more widely imitated—or higher paid.

Located inside the park, the Dudswell shed is a breathtaking spot to take a pause and admire the beauty and tranquility of Lac Adolphe. You’ll want to linger awhile over the captivating photo tribute to American vaudeville star Éva Tanguay and her stellar career.

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Eaton corner Musuem

Eaton corner Musuem

374, route 253, Cookshire-Eaton (Eaton Corner) J0B 1M0 819 875-5256 Email Website

Open from the end of June to the end of September

The Eaton Corner Museum, a seasonal Museum, is located in the historic village of Eaton Corner. Come explore our permanent exhibit "A Tale of the Townships" in the Church building and our reserve collections in the Academy depicting life and work on the homestead, in the village, and in school, in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Many Eastern Townships family genealogy records are available for research.

 

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Bury heritage tour

Bury heritage tour

569, rue Main, Bury 819 560-8414 Website

The Bury heritage tour consists of about twenty stops at memorial sites or in front of buildings chosen for their architectural appeal.

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Lime Interpretation Center

Lime Interpretation Center

191, rue Principale Est, Marbleton (Dudswell) J0B 1G0 819 560-8484, p. 2700 Email Website

Limestone exploitation has been practiced for a very long time in Dudswell.  
Although the Lime Interpretation Center had to close in 2018, the Miner's Gardens around the Lime Ridge house still remain in place and provide an opportunity to learn more about the history of lime in Dudswell.

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Cookshire-Eaton Art Gallery

Cookshire-Eaton Art Gallery

125, rue Principale ouest , Cookshire-Eaton J0B1M0 819-578-4383 Email Website

The Cookshire-Eaton Art Gallery offers, from April to December, a program of exhibitions of works by contemporary, mid-career or established artists working in the field of visual arts, mainly in painting, sculpture and photography, on a heritage and cultural site in the Eastern Townships.

 

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Circuit des sheds panoramiques

Circuit des sheds panoramiques

, Cookshire-Eaton Email Website

The Circuit des sheds panoramiques is a course currently featuring more than seven sheds or pavilions, distributed across the Haut-Saint-François territory and situated in select locations to take in the region’s most beautiful scenery. Let us guide you through our region, where each shed tells a unique story, while letting you gaze at the beauty of our valleys, mountains, and rivers.

Explanations mostly in French.

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Maison de la culture John-Henry-Pope

Maison de la culture John-Henry-Pope

25, rue Principale Est, Cookshire-Eaton J0B 1M0 1 (873) 825-7003 Email Website

The Maison de la culture John-Henry-Pope is located in the former Anglican presbytery, in the heart of the village of Cookshire-Eaton. During the summer period, it houses the tourist information office. The Maison de la culture offers a visit to the John-Henry-Pope exhibition in the St-Peters Anglican Church.

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85, avenue du Parc, Cookshire-Eaton J0B 1M0 Website

Season 2023: from June to early September  at dark, one performance per evening.

"Les murmures du canton" is a video projection animation presented on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the walls of Victoria Hall, St-Peters Church and the English School. This production of The Unknown in the Dark with the Maison de la culture John-Henry-Pope is a free artistic interpretation of the history of Eaton Township and the surrounding area. It explores the presence of the Abenakis, colonization by different populations as well as the territory.

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The Scott Tea Room

The Scott Tea Room

17 Rue Union, Scotstown J0B 3B0 8196579917 Email Website

Reservation is required 

Season 2023: open from 17 June until 15 October

The Scott Tea Room, located in an elegant Victorian residence built in 1891 in Scotstown on the first floor of bed & breakfast, l'Hébergement Le Scott, opened in 2016.

For opening days and hours, please check our website. Every week a different tasting ice tea is offered. The hosts offer a refined and sought after menu of Scottish origin including scones, shortbread and 'Sconewich' (sandwiches from scones). The menu also features more than fifty teas from all over the world including tea tastings according to the chosen theme, herbal teas of all flavors, iced or hot coffees, etc.

On site, accommodation, relaxation, therapeutic care and much more await you.

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11 COMTÉS brewery

11 COMTÉS brewery

225 Rue Pope, Cookshire-Eaton J0B 1M0 873 825-7075 Email Website

We are a rural brewery located in the Haut-St-François, a country of hills, forests, fields and pretty villages, populated by inspiring people. What is a rural brewery? For us, this is a brewery, not built on farmland, but rather in a rural setting, rooted in its community, and fueled by its history, its producers and the landscapes of its region. We feel a duty to highlight this land still unknown.

Local and diversified ingredients, a fresh and intact, our own yeast, fell from the sky, which will evolve with us a unique microflora and complex that invades the small winery in small, respect the seasons, proximity, nordicity, rurality, the memories of a childhood where one was picking cherries in cluster and elderflower to make wine, the smell of hay drying in the sun, the friendships, the complicity and the dream of a common future. That's what we brew.

In the summer season, you can accompany your beer with a delicious meal made from local products, prepared by Le Cuisinier Déchaîné.

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Hébergement Le Scot

Hébergement Le Scot

17 rue Union, Scotstown J0B 3B0 819 657-9917 Email Website

Situated in Scotstown in the Quebec Region, 49 km from Sherbrooke, B&B Le Bonheur features an Old Victorian House of the 1800 where you can savour Scottish treats and a variety of teas on an outside terrace and in a private interior tea room.  Free private parking is available on site.

Every room share a common bathroom where there is a large shower and a spa bath. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. B&B Le Bonheur features also free WiFi (High Speed) throughout the property.

There is a shared lounge/common room at the property and dinner is available upon prior request. A 2-course breakfast is served with mostly organic products from the region. A variety of breakfast is offered for those clients who have a longer stay.

Guests can enjoy various activities in the surrounding area, including the use of pedal boats and kayaks on the Salmon River, the water fountains for the kids, picnics, walking and cycling in summer and cross-country skiing and snow shoeing during winter. 


More than 12 km of hiking trails are nearby, starting at the Walter MacKenzie Park along the Salmon River, then through the Parc des Marécage des Scots up to the Franceville sector of Mount Mégantic Park. Let’s not forget the Astrolab and the events of astronomy and shooting stars during the months of August and February. 

 

During the evening, you can either read a good book being warmed by a fire in the fireplace either watch a film from of our large video library or one of your favourite television show or either play one of our numerous board games.

 

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Scotstown! Our clients appreciate that the B & B is a few steps away from Main Street and all of its activities, the warmth and hospitality of its hosts, the serenity and calm of its surroundings and the breakfasts created with delicious local and healthy products. A place to discover!

  We await you with pleasure!

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Chemin Victoria, Bury

Chemin Victoria, Bury

, Bury

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Route 255, Dudswell

Route 255, Dudswell

, Dudswell

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Chemin Gosford, Dudswell

Chemin Gosford, Dudswell

, Dudswell

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Chemin Rodrigue, Dudswell

Chemin Rodrigue, Dudswell

, Dudswell

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Rue des Érables, Dudswell

Rue des Érables, Dudswell

, Marbleton (Dudswell)

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Dudswell Christmas Market - Dec. 2 and 3 2023

Dudswell Christmas Market - Dec. 2 and 3 2023

190, rue Main, Dudswell Website

From 10AM to 4 PM at St-Clement Church.

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Cookshire-Eaton Christmas market- November 26, 2023

Cookshire-Eaton Christmas market- November 26, 2023

125, rue Principale Ouest, Cookshire-Eaton J0B 1M0 Website

From 10AM to 4PM.

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McVetty-McKenzie covered bridge

McVetty-McKenzie covered bridge

151 Route 257, Lingwick J0B 2Z0 Website

Founded in 1807 the Township of Lingwick welcomed its first settlers in 1838. These immigrants, ousted from their farms in the isle of Lewis in Scotland which have since been transformed into pastures, settled on lands granted to the British American Land Co.

On December 21, 1892, a tender in the amount of $4,314 from J. & I.A. McKenzie and William McVetty was selected for the construction of the stone foundation of the bridge and the wood structure. In 1893, the bridge was completed to the council's satisfaction.

Following the construction of a new bridge, the covered bridge has not been in service since 1950 having been declared a heritage site since 2003 and has become a gathering place.

Source: Waymarking.com

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John-Cook covered Bridge

John-Cook covered Bridge

Rue Craig Nord, Cookshire-Eaton Website

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McDermott covered bridge

McDermott covered bridge

Chemin McDermott, Cookshire-Eaton Website

The McDermott bridge near Cookshire is one of Quebec's oldest covered bridges. It was built in 1886 using the multiple kingpost design.

Source: qahn.org

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Chemin Mitchell, Cookshire-Eaton

Chemin Mitchell, Cookshire-Eaton

, Cookshire-Eaton

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Bury Christmas Market - December 9, 2023

Bury Christmas Market - December 9, 2023

563 rue Main, Bury

Saturday December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bury Armory Community Center

The village center will be animated by various activities for the whole family: inflatable games, music, sleigh rides, sale of ornaments, sale of used books, visit to the Elves Workshop and Santa Claus, etc.

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Oscar-Dhu Cultural Center

Oscar-Dhu Cultural Center

17 Route 108 , Lingwick J0B 2Z0 819-877-3446 Email Website

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2990 ch.St-Léon, Val-Racine G01 1E1 819-657-1039 Website

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189 route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois J0B 2E0 819-888-2941 Website

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211-A rue Principale, Lambton G0M 1H0 819-583-8467 Website

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4872 rue Laval, Lac-Mégantic G6B 1E1 819-583-0370 Website

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Aux Cinq Sens

Aux Cinq Sens

250 rang des Grenier, Piopolis G0Y 1H0 819 583-0885 Website

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