The Amazing Brome-Missisquoi Heritage Routes
The Townships Trail brings the built and natural heritage of the Eastern Townships to the forefront by guiding you over a 418-kilometre route. The trail runs through 31 municipalities and proposes 35 different stops, many of which are found in Brome-Missisquoi.
Discover Brome-Missisquoi’s historical Landmarks on the Townships Trail
Long considered as the county seat, this typical urban town is home to three churches as well as several historical residential and commercial buildings. Bedford also hosts the oldest agricultural fair in Quebec.
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Bedford Town Hall
John Savage, an Irish-born loyalist, arrived in 1793 to settle this section of the Shefford Township. Later, in 1888, the area would take the name of West Shefford. Today, it is called the Vieux Village and by conserving its “Olden Days” charm, it is considered as the heart of the town of Bromont.
Two heritage routes run through Bromont; One finds its way across the old village (Le Vieux Village) and the second leads you through the Adamsville district. In all, 27 panels and 3 murals offer explanations concerning the history and architecture of the buildings found here. Your tour can be enhanced by downloading the interactive audio application Balado Découverte (in French).
Guided tours of about 90 minutes are also offered for free, every Sunday during the summer months.
Bromont Tourist Welcome Office
1 877 276-6668
This municipality has an important industrial heritage, especially for the textiles industry. Here, we find homes built in the Second-Empire architectural style and others with Victorian details. There is even a Queen-Ann style home.
The Bruck Museum houses among others, the Bruck-Lee Permanent Collection. This series is composed of more than 75 works of art by Alexander Y. Jackson (of the Group of Seven) as well as works by several artists of the Beaver Hall Group.
225, Principale, Cowansville
(for an English folder click on http://www.ville.cowansville.qc.ca/webconcepteurcontent63/000024400000/upload/depliantmuseeen.pdf)
The loyalists were the first to settle in the town of West-Farnham in 1790. Built in 1904, St-Romuald Church is well worth a visit to admire the 34 paintings by the renowned artist, Ozias Leduc, presented through the Stations of the Cross.
The Farnham Heritage Route offers several information panels and landmark interpretation sites that can be toured on foot. You can also consult their content online by clicking on the town of Farnham website. (English versions are available at the town hall or at the tourist information office.)
Around the end of the 1790s, Abram Freligh, a loyalist physician arrived from the state of New York, to settle in Frelighburg. Today it is considered as one of the most beautiful small towns of Quebec. In 1839, his son Richard built a flour mill on the shore of the river; It was later restored and is visible from the road leading to St-Armand.
Discover the history of the Frelighsburg and St-Armand churches by visiting seven church steeples as well as two border villages when you drive through the area countryside. A yearly guided tour is organized as well.
Frelighsburg Tourist Information Office
The beautiful town of Lake Brome allies its Victorian style and loyalist ancestry to its rich built heritage. The oldest hotel in the Eastern Townships, Blinn’s Inn, today known as Auberge Knowlton, has been offering visitors board and lodging since 1849.
Located in a series of historical buildings, this museum traces the history of local citizens over the past centuries. There is a kid’s museum which will have both young and not so young, experience everyday life during the 19th century. You’ll also be able to admire a Fokker D-Vll, a fighter plane dating back to the First World War and one of the only remaining original examples of its kind in the world.
130, rue Lakeside, Lac-Brome
Settled in 1784, Saint-Armand is the oldest settlement of the MRC. Here you’ll discover Simon Lyster’s cabin, the oldest Loyalist-style construction of Quebec.
Europeans were the first to settle in Stanbridge-East, in 1796. Very soon, in 1830, they had already established a post office, a bank, a tannery, a masonry, a foundry and a wheat mill.
With its three sites (The Cornell Mill, The Wallbridge Barn and Hodge’s General Store) and its numerous exhibits, the Missisquoi Museum offers its visitors the opportunity to travel back in time and discover the fascinating stories of local personalities, families, businesses and enterprises that have shaped the history of the region of Missisquoi for over 200 years.
2 River Street, Stanbridge East
Sutton is known for its peaceful countryside. American loyalists, British and Scottish immigrants all came to settle in the area around the 1790s.
Sutton offers three Heritage Routes to discover the history of the town and its built heritage: A brothel Madam, Soldiers of the First World War and the First Settlers are all revived through the tales told by local story tellers.
Sutton Tourist Office
The Museum of Communications and History of Sutton is dedicated to diffusing Brome-Missisquoi’s socio-economic, cultural and industrial history. Every year, the museum offers a new temporary exhibit.
32, Principale Sud, Sutton
Offer yourself the Township Trail Guide along with a 3-CD Box Set by going to the Bromont Tourist Office (bureaux d’accueil touristique de Brome-Missisquoi).