Beautiful vintage homes route
Revisiting vintage beauties!
Take to the road to discover manors, mansions, Victorian houses, ancestral homes and other vintage beauties. These buildings, put up between 1850 and 1920, stand as a testament to the Eastern Townships’ special history and unique American and British heritage. Nowadays, some are part of a heritage route while others have been revamped into B&Bs or museums—but all still have a story to tell. Find out for yourself!
Reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 16 , 2020 . No tea time this summer.
The Museum resides within the Arthur-Osmore-Norton Mansion built in 1912 by Arthur O. Norton who made his fortune in manufacturing the jack used by the railroad company. Relive the epic of the family during the 20th century on the Museum’s virtual website of Canada.
The museum specializes in period costumes and textiles, and also features works of art and regional history.
Permanent and temporary exhibits all year long
96, rue de l’Union, Coaticook
Second empire style and built in 1874 as the Eastern Townships Bank, this remarkable building is a remarkable place to visit and is also the starting point of a heritage tour. Discover the Bruck-Lee permanent collection which consists of more than 75 works (paintings and sculptures). This collection was put together by the Cowansville Art Centre (1956-1979) and presents the works of Alexander Y. Jackson from Groupe des Sept and many artists from Beaver Hall Group.
Since 2009, Lee-Vermeille collection, following a sponsorship project, adds a contemporary component to the museum with its garden sculptures and paintings. The museum also hosts visual arts temporary exhibitions, mainly of artists living in the region.
Cowansville's history began in 1798 with the arrival of the first settler, the son of a Loyalist named Jacob Ruiter. Cowansville gets its name from the Scotsman Peter Cowan, an influential businessman and later sheriff of the district of Bedford. The village was incorporated in 1876 and became a town in 1931. Cowansville is a bilingual, industrial town today and retains its Loyalist influences with magnificent buildings and affluent homes.
225, rue Principale, Cowansville
450 263-0141, poste 230
Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site
This is Parks Canada’s only historic site in the Eastern Townships. Visit former Canadian Prime Minister’s native single-family home and the St-Laurent Store and Warehouse. Discover the local residents’ rural lifestyle of the turn of the 20th
century. Watch the multimedia show and relive a dynamic an underestimated page of our history!
6790, route Louis-S.-St-Laurent, Compton
1 888 773-8888
Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre
2020: closed, but you can go in the garden. No tea time this year.
Housed in an elegant Neo-Georgian residence, the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre offers a glance at the cultural and heritage traditions
of the Eastern Townships. Exhibits starring works from both local and regional artists as well as concerts and art workshops.
Guided tours, English Tea experience, concerts, workshops and gardens.
9 Rue Speid, Sherbrooke
The Colby-Curtis museum
2020: no tea time this summer.
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!
535 rue Dufferin, Stanstead
Merry House. Magog’s Citizen Site of Memory
Reopen to the public on Friday, June 26, 2020
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, 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!
Walking tour of the old north ward
Equipped with an MP3 player and a detailed map of the area, admire the rich architecture of the ancestral houses and discover Sherbrooke’s historical figures. A 2 hours stroll through history in the streets of Sherbrooke’s Old-North Ward.
Circuit patrimonial du quartier historique de Richmond
With the help of an audio guide, discover the English district of Richmond with its picturesque streets: Dufferin, Aberdeen and College. The architectural quality of their building’s slate roofing has given the
district significant historic interest. By taking the pedestrian tour, you will witness the rich heritage and cultural diversity left by its founders.
Anecdotes and historical facts of this historical epicentre are included.
5, rue Belmont, Richmond
Danville's Heritage Tour
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. A pamphlet on the tours is available at the MRC des Sources tourist information office.
Heritage Tour “Circuit du Patrimoine avec panneaux d’interprétat
On foot or by bike, you will be charmed by our magnificent heritage circuit that includes 42 buildings, houses, churches and cemeteries. Learn about this rich English heritage through the Balado Découverte app (in French and English) and heritage plaques located near each site. De la Cour and Western Streets are particularly beautiful to discover, and the complete circuit connects the heart of the city, its lake and three bike paths such as the Estriade, the Campagnarde and Montagnarde.
From the tourist information booth, you will have easy access to all documents, the Artria Open Air Museum and the Yamaska River.
Available on BaladoDiscovery
Le Flâneur curieux
Heritage and cultural pedestrian tours that will allow you to discover Granby under various facets through its 150 years of history. The
“Flâneur Curieux” goes through picturesque districts with hundredyearold grand houses, witnesses of the region’s economic expansion that enriched the trade and industrial bourgeoisie at the beginning of 20th century.
Get the Townships Trail on your intelligent device with BaladoDiscovery and discover the circuit at the tip of your fingers
Knowlton heritage tour
Knowlton is a village with a rich and fascinating heritage, colorful victorian architecture, breathtaking landscapes, quaint shops and restaurants. A must see canvas.
A professional tour guide will greet you and reveal the village’s heritage that spans both
French and British Loyalist immigrants making it strongly Canadian as well as Quebecois.
A costumed character will appear to share his story as a British home child destined to a new life in Knowlton.
We will revel in the Brome County Historical museum’s secrets. A stop will include a delicious homemade treat.
Le Knowlton Tour will captivate your imagination, as it has inspired world renowned mystery writer Louise Penny for her Three Pines Village.
Calendar: Departures are at 10h30 June 24 • July 1st • July 22 • August 12 • September 2
Heritage Tour of Cowansville
We have created a virtual circuit to let you discover various aspects of Cowansville’s history and heritage. Lined with majestic trees, the long Main street connects both poles while revealing all the required efforts that were necessary to create today’s flourishing town.
Along this unique route, you will travel back in time through the heart of a city in full growth. You will thus discover 24 unique sites, each revealing its own history. Wishing you great discoveries!
The Gould rush inn
The loving restoration of La Ruée vers Gould is a tribute to the Scots’ determination to establish this village in 1835. At the beginning of the century, Lingwick Township was home to some 800 people, both Scots and Quebecers. La Ruée vers Gould offers traditional Scottish and Quebec cuisine with original and tasty dishes served in a nostalgic and warm decor of the first general store. You will also find home-made products, local crafts, the beautiful flea market and some antiques.
At the back of the store, the former shed, transformed into a beautiful Victorian-inspired room and upstairs a large multi-functional room serves various work groups, serving meals or celebrating weddings.
19, route 108, Gould
À la maison Campbell B&B
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!
In 1864 the Senator A.B. Foster’s family had this manor built and designed by the famous architect Sir John William Hopkins. All the specifics of a typical French manor can be found, front gate, library, chapel, a spacious living room, stables with a coach gate, large courtyard and a gazebo looking out on the property
Today, Manoir Maplewood combines the comfort and refinement of a hotel and the intimate and cosy atmosphere of a guest house.
Ten rooms and suites, tasty cuisine, gourmet breakfast, conference room and health centre are offered to our guests for an authentic and personalized experience…
«Crossing the threshold of ‘maplewood Manor is to witness an exceptional place with its own unique charm.»
B & B Le Bonheur
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!