Région de Memphrémagog

The Memphremagog regional municipal county is a magnificent region with a wealth of majestic mountains and lakes. In the late 18th century, mostly American but also English settlers founded many of the hamlets that have today become towns and villages. Beginning in 1840, French Canadians started settling in the region as well, leaving behind the overcrowded seigneurial concessions along the Saint Lawrence River to “open” new lands. Irish immigrants also became part of this population movement, particularly in the Magog area. The wood industry was one of the first economic engines, but served almost exclusively as a domestic resource. In the 19th century already, roads led the Americans to their second residences, guest houses, and deluxe hotels. Today, the region continues to be well known for its tourism industry.

The Townships Trail takes you to Stanstead, Magog, North Hatley, and Mansonville (Potton Township), also passing through Georgeville (Stanstead Township) and Ayer’s Cliff.

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Mansonville

Mansonville

Bureau touristique / Tourist Office
291, route de Mansonville, Mansonville J0E 1X0 450 292-4403 Website

Constituted in 1855, the municipality of Potton Township includes the hamlets of Highwater (1927), Dunkin (1796), Knowlton Landing (1821), Vale Perkins (1873), and Mansonville (1811), its county seat which commemorates founder Robert Manson.

The arrival of colonel Henry Ruiter of the British army, fleeing New York after the American Revolution, began settlement in 1790. Then Loyalists and other Americans from Vermont came looking for valuable land.

The pioneers quickly realized the hydraulic potential of the rivers to power the mills that would be key to their new economy.

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North Hatley

North Hatley

300, rue Mill, North Hatley, North Hatley J0B 2C0 819 842-1018 Website

Located at the outlet of Lake Massawippi, “lake of deep waters,” North Hatley was originally called the Outlet. It was first populated by the Abenakis, who hunted, fished, and held their ceremonies along the St. Francis River. In 1792, Ebenezer Hovey, captain of the militia in Connecticut, and Henry Cull submitted their request to the British Crown to obtain a concession of lands, which they received on March 25, 1803.

North Hatley was founded in 1897 at the northern tip of Lake Massawippi. Like its neighbouring village of Hatley, North Hatley grew thanks to the effort of immigrants gathered under the Company of Associates, whose goal was to obtain concessions in Lower Canada. In 1880, the construction of a rail line consolidated the village reputation as a resort, to the point that between 1902 and 1909, it reached a peak in numbers of tourists.

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Ayer's Cliff

Ayer's Cliff

150, rue Tyler , Ayer's Cliff J0B 1C0 819 838-5006 Email Website

The first settlers arrived in Ayer’s Cliff in 1797. Several attractions await the visitor : century-old houses, magnificent views of Lake Massawippi, a great bandstand and its famous agricultural fair.

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The Colby-Curtis museum

The Colby-Curtis museum

535 rue Dufferin, Stanstead J0B 3E0 819-876-7322 Website

Season 2023: Open from March 16 to December 22.

On the impressive Dufferin street in Stanstead sits the Colby-Curtis museum, located in a sumptuous 19th century manor. Admirably preserved and filled with unique artefacts testifying to the affluence of the Anglo-Canadian elite, this house invites you to travel back in time.

Enjoy a traditional English tea while gazing at the Victorian garden!

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East Bolton

East Bolton

858, route Missisquoi, Bolton-Est J0E 1G0 450 292-344 Website

The municipality of Bolton-Est is a crossroads of nature and history located in the Missisquoi River valley, in the heart of the Appalachian corridor. Bolton-Est is renowned not only for the beauty of the land and quality of life, but also for its wealth of history and heritage. Proclaimed in 1797, Bolton Township is the namesake for Bolton-Est and was settled very early by Loyalists.

Since the middle of the 19th century until the second World War, the township of Bolton was subject to a gradual territorial dismemberment which give way to the township of Magog (1849), the municipality of West Bolton (1876), Eastman (1888), Austin (1938) and St-Étienne de Bolton (1939). Today, the municipality of Bolton-Est represents less than 25% or 81km2 (31mi2) of the original area of the township.

 

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Georgeville (Stanstead Township)

Georgeville (Stanstead Township)

4675, ch. de Georgeville, Georgeville J0B 1T0 819-843-2417 Website

The village of Georgeville was first known as Copp’s Ferry in honor of Moses Copp who settled there with his family in 1797. Its current name dates from 1825. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog, it was for a long time a direct link for travelers from Montreal to Boston. Its location allows it to avoid commercial tourism while its architecture heritage is of special interest, two significant features which give Georgeville its unique charm.

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Merry House. Magog’s Citizen Site of Memory

Merry House. Magog’s Citizen Site of Memory

708, rue Principale Ouest , Magog J1X 2B3 819 201-0727 Email Website

The Merry House is a citizen site of memory which shares the history, heritage, and archaeology of Magog and its region, from the time of the Aboriginal peoples and the American settlers, up to today.  Located by the Magog River, the Merry House is strategically positioned in the city centre. 

Many activities are offered to the visitors such as exhibitions (permanent and temporary), family introductory workshop on archeology, educational activities and various special events renewed annually. 

Also, thanks to a free mobile experience, it is possible to explore the outdoors while unveiling more photos and videos testifying of the strategic importance of our patrimonial site.  Welcome to the Merry’s!

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 « Incomparable Potton » circuit

« Incomparable Potton » circuit

291, rue Principale, Mansonville J0E 1X0 450 292-4403 Email Website

This 50-km driving circuit will take you on a tour of the heritage gems nestled amid the backcountry. Stop by the tourist information office to pick up some brochures.

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East Bolton Heritage Tour

East Bolton Heritage Tour

858 Route Missisquoi, Bolton-Est J0E 1G0 450 292-3444 Email Website

Ten stations with descriptive plates in the Bolton-Centre and the Bolton-Sud hamlets.

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Visite guidée de Magog animée par un comédien

Visite guidée de Magog animée par un comédien

375, rue Principale Ouest, Magog J1X 2C4 819 843-2099 Email Website

Discover the downtown stories with Odilon, a shoe shiner who is not afraid to speak his mind!

Only offered in French.

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Audioguided visits of Magog

Audioguided visits of Magog

90, rue Saint-David, Magog J1X 0H9 819 843-1330 Email Website

The heritage tours cover the three oldest districts of urban Magog. Simply follow the route suggested at your own pace or amble from place to place as you choose thanks to a map indicating the numbers that correspond to commentaries recorded on the audioguide. In addition to the historical and architectural commentaries, three writers from the region, one art historian, one historian, and a former Magog textile worker all tell you their stories. The audioguides are available in English and French.

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Haskell Free Library and Opera House

Haskell Free Library and Opera House

1 Church Street, Stanstead J0B 3E2 819 876-2471 Email Website

The Haskell Free Library and Opera House is deliberately located on the border between Canada and the United States. The idea was to give the border community a shared place of cultural enrichment and learning. The stage and seating area are in separate countries.

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Stanstead Township  Launches a Heritage Trail

Stanstead Township Launches a Heritage Trail

778 chemin Sheldon, Stanstead J1X 3W4 Email Website

Stanstead Township Launches A Heritage Trail
Welcome to Stanstead Township, a community rich in history. Deep roots connect the people to the place which we are proud to call our home.

Start either in Fitch Bay at the Town Hall, 778 Sheldon Road or at the Carré Copp in Georgeville and follow the circuit of 23 kilometers, to go by car or by bike.

The circuit is open all year long. A map is available on at either of the two main starting points or on the municipal website.

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680 Rue Dufferin, Stanstead J0B 3E0 819 876-7272 Email Website

Our “Café de Village” (bakery, local grocery, homemade meals...). The travelers shared: living room, fully equipped kitchen, terrace, BBQ, toilet and shower and washer-dryer. 2 rooms have a private toilet. Breakfast, lunch box and caterer available. 

 

Our Café-Bistro has an offer in counters and menus of the day, simple and gourmet (homemade with love by maximizing local products). For breakfast, for lunch, no matter the time of day. To eat in or to take away. The walls of the Café-Bistro are embellished with works by artists. Children's corner and picnic area.

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312, chemin de la rivière, North Hatley J0B 2C0 819 842-4530 Email Website

Our Café-Bistro staff offers complete breakfast and lunch with a diverse menu to eat in or to take away. As we have an alcohol license, we offer beers from micro-breweries and wines from the region.

We also offer a wide variety of desserts and delicious fine chocolates made locally.

Several other local products are presented in our Boutique adjacent to the Bistro. 

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353 Saint-Patrice Rue O, Magog J1X 1W7 819-571-4527 Email Website

You will be dazzled by the culinary delights of the Chef for your gourmet breakfast and don't forget to ask about our evenings meals (offer only for our guests, some restrictions apply).

As time goes by, it's an experience to remember... 

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Auberge la Chocolatière

Auberge la Chocolatière

312, chemin de la rivière, North Hatley J0B 2C0 819 842-4530 Email Website

A charming Victorian style house built in 1904…for the enjoyment of everybody who comes to visit! Every square foot is made for joy, tranquillity and relaxation

Sleep in a century old house with yesterday’s charm, and today’s comfort. Choose from our 12 rooms to find the one best for you!

Our Café-Bistro staff offers complete breakfast and lunch with a diverse menu to eat in or to take away. As we have an alcohol license, we offer beers from micro-breweries and wines from the region.

We also offer a wide variety of desserts and delicious fine chocolates made locally.

Several other local products are presented in our Boutique adjacent to the Bistro. 

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À la maison Campbell B&B

À la maison Campbell B&B

68, rue Bellevue, Magog J1X 3H2 1-888-843-7707 Email Website

Welcome to one of the most beautiful century-old homes in the region. The Campbell house was originally built in 1907 for Magog dentist Dr. Adams and his large family. Today, the Campbell B&B features five cosy rooms, each with a private bathroom. Previously owner of L'Abri'cot B&B in Knowlton, Danielle accommodates all types of diets. Creativity and recycling old furniture are also part of this home. Check it out, you’ll see!

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Au coq du bonheur B&B

Au coq du bonheur B&B

79, rue Bellevue, Magog J1X 3H3 819 843-7203 Email Website

The lodge is located a few steps from the majestic Lake Memphremagog, rue Principale, close to restaurants, shops and the old bell (Vieux Clocher), where artists and comedians perform year-round. A prime location and everything you need for an unforgettable stay. In all seasons, le Coq du bonheur is the perfect destination for couples, friends for gatherings or business people who are looking for a more personalized approach. You have a special occasion to celebrate or a team building activity? They are here to serve you.

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L'auberge Le Sunshine

L'auberge Le Sunshine

680 Rue Dufferin, Stanstead J0B 3E0 819 876-7272 Email Website

Friendly place in the border region! Stanstead stands out for its unique history, its architectural buildings and its landscapes.

 

Our 4 rooms (or complete apartment for group) is located above 

our “Café de Village” (bakery, local grocery, homemade meals...). The travelers shared: living room, fully equipped kitchen, terrace, BBQ, toilet and shower and washer-dryer. 2 rooms have a private toilet. Breakfast, lunch box and caterer available. 

 

Our Café-Bistro has an offer in counters and menus of the day, simple and gourmet (homemade with love by maximizing local products). For breakfast, for lunch, no matter the time of day. To eat in or to take away. The walls of the Café-Bistro are embellished with works by artists. Children's corner and picnic area.

 

Nearby: Parc du Cercle de Pierre, bike paths (La Tomifobia, Newport Bike Path cross-border trail…), free access to lakes, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, several mountains around 1 hour drive (Orford, Sutton, Bromont, Owl's Head, Pinnacle, Jay Peak (US), etc.), Foresta Lumina, and much more.

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La Raveaudiere

La Raveaudiere

11 Chemin Hatley Ctre, North Hatley J0B 2C0 819 842-2554 Email Website

La Raveaudiere is one of the prestigious properties in North Hatley located across from the North Hatley golf course and close to the heart of the village and Lake Massawippi. La Raveaudière is the perfect place for enjoyable moments in an ancestral house, with two a 2-acre yard, offering relaxation and delight. 

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La Maison de Ville - Bed & Bistro

La Maison de Ville - Bed & Bistro

353 Saint-Patrice Rue O, Magog J1X 1W7 819-571-4527 Email Website

Located in a century-old heritage home, this welcoming B&B is within walking distance of downtown Magog. 

Simon, proud owner of this B&B since 2005, was able to recreate a setting where refinement and coziness are conductive to relaxation.

To make your stay more enjoyable, five comfortable bedrooms with private bathrooms are now available.   


You will be dazzled by the culinary delights of the Chef for your gourmet breakfast and don't forget to ask about our evenings meals (offer only for our guests, some restrictions apply).

As time goes by, it's an experience to remember... 

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Auberge Le Tricorne

Auberge Le Tricorne

50, Chemin Gosselin, Canton de Hatley J0B 2C0 819 842-4522 Email Website

Auberge Le Tricorne is a small country inn located on a hill overlooking the beautiful village of North Hatley and Lake Massawippi in the Eastern Townships. The new tight-knit team welcomes you in a peaceful and natural environment, while preserving the quality of welcome and service that have made the inn famous for more than 30 years.
Looking forward to welcoming you! 

With its "bed and breakfast" formula, Auberge Le Tricorne is the ideal starting point for your escapades in the Magog, Orford, Sherbrooke and North Hatley regions.  romantic getaway or to take advantage of local events, agrotourism and outdoor activities offered in the region, you will love its typically Anglo-Saxon charm.

English High Tea service
High Tea will be served in the gardens of our inn. Savory and sweet bites, fresh delicacies and a selection of teas, all in the greatest English tradition.

Reservation required

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The Colby-Curtis museum

The Colby-Curtis museum

535 rue Dufferin, Stanstead J0B 2C0 819 876-7322 Website

SEASON 2023 : from July 5 to August 28.

The Colby-Curtis Museum opens its tea house in the summer season. Tea is served in the solarium offering a superb view of the blooming garden. 

The tea service will take place from July 5 to August 30, 2023, on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

This summer, at the Colby-Curtis Museum, enjoy English tea as Elizabeth II preferred it: scone and jam, Devonshire cream and assorted cakes and cookies. 

To reserve a table: reservation@colbycurtis.ca
Tea Room only: $ 12 per person (tx. Included)
Tea Room + Museum Visit: $ 18 per person (tx. Included)
Museum members get one Free English Tea Service

The seats are limited.

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Chemin Georgeville, Georgeville

Chemin Georgeville, Georgeville

, Georgeville

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Chemin des Pères, Magog

Chemin des Pères, Magog

, Magog

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Haut de la côte de Saint-Catherine-de-Hatley

Haut de la côte de Saint-Catherine-de-Hatley

, Saint-Catherine-de-Hatley

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Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley Chrismas market - Nov. 16-17, 2019

Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley Chrismas market - Nov. 16-17, 2019

85, de La Grand-Rue, Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley Website

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Potton Christmas market, c'est chouette -  Décember, 7 and 8, 20

Potton Christmas market, c'est chouette - Décember, 7 and 8, 20

2, rue Vale Perkins, Mansonville J0E1X0 Website

After the great success of its first edition, the C’EST CHOUETTE Christmas Market is back! Discover the creative spirit of artisans and shop locally for quality handmade items: handcrafted soaps, herbal products, pottery, jewellery, alpaca knits, artisanal weaving, bags and accessories, recycled fur, quilts, aboriginal sculptures and more! Animation for children with Productions Super Hiro!

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Merry House. Magog’s Citizen Site of Memory

Merry House. Magog’s Citizen Site of Memory

708, rue Principale Ouest , Magog J1X 2B3 819 201-0727 Email Website

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Colby-Curtis Musuem

Colby-Curtis Musuem

535 rue Dufferin, Stanstead J0B 3E0 819-876-7322 Website

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De la Frontiere Covered bridge

De la Frontiere Covered bridge

Chemin Bellevue, Canton de Potton J0E 1X0 Website

The Pont de la Frontière was built in 1896, near the northern border of the State of Vermont.  It is found on Chemin Bellevue where it spans a deep gorge on the Mud Brook.  A walking trail is located upstream from the bridge beginning near the province Hill Cemetery and leads to the brook side,where a splendid view of the bridge is to be seen.

The covered bridge was retired from use in 1960 after more than 75 years of loyal service.  It was cited as a historic monument on October 6, 2008.

Source: Potton.ca

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Mansonvile round barn

Mansonvile round barn

25 Rue Joseph Blanchet, Mansonville J0E 1X0 Website

Built in 1911, the Mansonville round barn, with its clapboard siding, has three stories and a tin roof topped with a cupola and gable roof dormers. Thanks to several contributions and grants, plus many donations, a lot of restoration work is being carried out to return it to its lustre of the past.

Once completed, this barn will become an interpretation centre for the region’s agricultural, forest and landscape built heritage.

Source: Easterntownships.org

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Narrows Covered Bridge

Narrows Covered Bridge

685 chemin Narrows, Stanstead Website

A hundred and twenty years after it was built, and twenty-five years after it was by-passed, the covered bridge over the Fitch Bay Narrows is still standing. Located along Highway 247 between Beebe (Stanstead) and Georgeville, the old bridge, with its newer concrete cousin not far away, sits at the foot of two steep ridges that rise on either side of Fitch Bay, which is a long offshoot (almost a fjord, in fact) of Lake Memphremagog. The bridge spans the bay at its narrowest point -- hence its name "Narrows Bridge."

Source: townshipsheritage.com

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Flambée des couleurs Magog-Orford - Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th 2023

Flambée des couleurs Magog-Orford - Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th 2023

, Magog et Orford Website

From September 15 to October 15, 2023, enjoy the autumn colours at the Flambée des couleurs Magog-Orford! Come explore the jewels of the region and enjoy a variety of activities that combine culture and seasonal pleasures.

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Owl’s Head in colour - Sept. 23th to Oct. 9th 2023

Owl’s Head in colour - Sept. 23th to Oct. 9th 2023

, Mansonville Website

September 23 & 24, September 30 and October 1, and October 7, 8, & 9 2023.

For three weekends, hiking is at its best at Owl's Head! Come and admire one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Eastern Townships! Incredible view of Lake Memphremagog and the surrounding mountains.

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Ayer's Cliff Christmas Market - December 2-3, 2023

Ayer's Cliff Christmas Market - December 2-3, 2023

95 Route 141, Ayer's Cliff Website

December 2 and 3 from 10AM to 4PM at the Centre Jardin Dansereau.

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North Hatley Christmas Market - December 9, 2023

North Hatley Christmas Market - December 9, 2023

parc Rivière , North Hatley Website

December 9, 2023, from 1 pm to 8 pm at North Hatley's River Park.

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 Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac Christmas Market - Nov. 20 to Déc. 18,

Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac Christmas Market - Nov. 20 to Déc. 18,

, Saint-Benoit-du-Lac Website

On weekends from November 20 to December 18, 2021 - 11AM to 5PM.

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 Mansonville Christmas Market - December 4 and 11, 2021

Mansonville Christmas Market - December 4 and 11, 2021

330, rue Principale, Mansonville J0E 1X0

December 4-11, 2021 at École Le Baluchon, Mansonville (Potton Township)
 
HO HO HO! Discover the creative spirit of artisans and shop locally for quality handmade items.

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, Fitch Bay (Canton de Stanstead)

Panoramas of forests and mountains along Fitch Bay. Take the opportunity to see the Narrows Covered Bridge, located nearby.

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Rue Main (Route 141), Ayer's Cliff

Rue Main (Route 141), Ayer's Cliff

, Ayer's Cliff

View on Massawippi Lake

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Stone Circle, Stanstead

Stone Circle, Stanstead

, Stanstead

Made of local granite, the Stanstead Stone Circle is a perfect place to enjoy nature and rejuvenate.

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Magog Old Christmas Market - Dec. 9-10, 2023

Magog Old Christmas Market - Dec. 9-10, 2023

708, rue Principale Ouest, Magog Website

December 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at La Maison Merry in Magog

Old Time Christmas Market

Musical entertainment, costumed characters and a relaxation area with a fire to warm up will be available outside.

A visit from the real Santa Claus is planned at the Merry House.

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1 rue Principale, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac J0B 2M0 819-843-4080 Website

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1 rue Principale, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac J0B 2M0 819-843-4080 Website

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Holiday Market at Bolton-Est - Dec. 9 2023

Holiday Market at Bolton-Est - Dec. 9 2023

2616 Rte Nicholas Austin, Bolton-Est J0E 1G0 Website

December 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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Holiday Market 100% Quebecois - Nov. 26 to Jan. 6 2024

Holiday Market 100% Quebecois - Nov. 26 to Jan. 6 2024

680, rue Dufferin, Stanstead J0B 3E0 Website

November 26, 2023 to January 6, 2024 at Auberge Le Sunshine

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Christmas Market in Hatley - Dec. 10 2023

Christmas Market in Hatley - Dec. 10 2023

100 rue Main, Hatley Website

December 10, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community center

Shop with your heart and indulge by offering original and local gifts!

In addition to facilitating the discovery of several local creators and producers in a festive atmosphere, the event aims to allow everyone to have a more positive impact with holiday purchases, in particular by promoting the local economy.

A gathering of several local exhibitors will therefore be ready to offer varied, local and original products. Local delicacies, craftsmanship, jewellery, eco-friendly objects, decoration, body care... the variety of products offered promises great finds!

Although more and more artisans accept card payments, we still suggest that you have cash on hand.

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