A personal view of Knowlton, Quebec, the Eastern Townships most beautiful village.

DestinationKnowlton.com Website Retires
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DestinationKnowlton.com - Knowlton, QuebecThe DestinationKnowlton.com website will be retiring on May 1st 2010.

I started the website in 2006 as a personal project to highlight the events, people and services of the community but I will be leaving The Eastern Townships to relocate outside of the province and will cease updates to the DestinationKnowlton.com website permanently as of May 1st.

My background was journalism and marketing and when I came to Knowlton in 2004 I sensed that there was the need for a lively website that featured opinions, photographs and news and so in my spare time I began building the website as a personal challenge: to create an online presentation of the town that was beyond what existed on the net at the time.

It started as a hobby project really, I would go to local events and take pictures and write my impressions of things that went on in the Knowlton area. I didn't tell anyone or publicize what I was doing because at first I didn't know how the website would develop and evolve.

As I added my articles and my pictures that documented the life and times of Knowlton I expanded the website to include a history page, a hotels and accomodations page, a restaurant page, a business directory, a monthly calendar of events and a photo gallery.

Slowly I started to see more visitors to the website, at first most of the visitors were from outside of Knowlton. Looking at the traffic statistics I saw people from all over the world coming to the website looking for information on the events, people and things to do in Knowlton. Eventually people from the area found the website and I began getting letters from local residents and started to meet more and more people on the streets of Knowlton who said they had found my website and enjoyed it.

The traffic continued to grow with more and more people from around the world came to view Knowlton through the small online window I had created. Soon local people and businesses were contacting me wishing to advertise on the website. I thought I had created something that presented Knowlton in a unique way and was answering emails from around the world from people who were coming to visit and looking for things to do and from people who had lived here years ago and were curious as to what happened to a certain person they had known long ago. Whenever I could help I took the time to communicate with people who wrote to the website, often requiring some research, but everyone I wrote back to appreciated the fact that someone answered their question.

I came to realize that DestinationKnowlton.com was moving beyond being merely a personal project and I realized that having such a website that promoted a town was something that required resources and constant upkeep. I worked on the website in my spare time and answered emails when I could and added press releases from local groups when I could. If I ever calculated the hundreds of hours I put into the writing the website articles, taking pictures, updating press releases and listings and compared it to how much I made in advertising revenues I probably earned an average of 2 cents per hour but it was worth it to see the reach of the Knowlton website spread!

I had pictures from DestinationKnowlton.com published in print and on other websites, I did interviews with CBC national radio, I had my articles republished in the Montreal Gazette and on websites and met many interesting people in the last 4 years of working on the website; that made it all worthwhile!

I hope that I was able to help local businesses by giving them some free publicity, I hope I was able to give exposure to events and the community groups and volunteers that work hard for Knowlton, I hope that in some small way I was able to add a positive momentum to the future of Knowlton.

I am moving out of The Eastern Townships and the province of Quebec soon and will be unable to continue working on the website. I will leave the articles and pictures and information on the website on the Internet as a my personal historical document, a brief time capsule and diary of my time in Knowlton.

If anyone or any group in Knowlton believes that the "Destination Knowlton" brand could help promote the town and would like to take over the DestinationKnowlton.com domain then please email me.

Sincere thanks to everyone who gave encouragement over the years! It was a memorable experience and I am proud of all that was done with your help and support!


David Milligan


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Best of luck, prosperity and health to all in Knowlton!!

Welcome to Knowlton, Lac Brome, Quebec
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The reflections of the Church in the Mill Pond in downtown Knowlton. Another reason why Knowlton has a magical charm worth discovering!

Knowlton, Quebec (Lac Brome) is one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec. Situated in southern region of a region known as The Eastern Townships, this quiet Victorian town is an oasis of natural beauty and cultural diversity known for its diverse festivals, historical charm and laid back atmosphere. A rural setting with just enough cosmopolitan flair, Knowlton is close to all major attractions yet has somehow managed to remain un-spoiled by the development of the surrounding Townships.

Monthly Calendar of Events in Knowlton
Knowlton Business Directory Restaurants,Food and Dining Hotels & Accomodations Photos & Pictures Maps & Directions to Knowlton

Knowlton, Lac Brome, Quebec, os situated on the shores of Brome Lake, the Knowlton area of the town of Brome Lake (Knowlton, West Brome, Foster, Fulford, Iron Hill, Bondville and East Hill),has a combined population of just over 5000.

The Pettes Memorial Libray in Knowlton is a popular spot to visit!Within a leisurely drive from Montreal, Knowlton is also close to Vermont and New York State making it a popular spot for the many tourists and visitors who find Knowlton to be a veritable jewel of the region with friendly residents and the right mixture of attractions, restaurants and recreational activities.

Knowlton's strength is the natural beauty and architecture of the town which dates back to Victorian times. The center of the village has a large green space bordering an old Mill Pond with a flowing waterfall and glorious churches standing magnificently on the banks of the pond. Walking trails lead to the public beach on the shores of Brome Lake where swimmers share the sandy beach with the famous Brome Lake Ducks who have become quite tolerant of people and enjoy getting their picture taken!

Knowlton prides itself in remaining more of a quaint village with art galleries, incredible restaurants, antique stores and variety stores that cater to the eccentric side and are beyond the big stores we see in most towns these days. Small shops and boutiques line the streets and huge green trees create a cathedral overhead for the wide variety of birds, from finches to jays, to sing from.

Horse and carriage sightings are commonplace as villagers enjoy the slow pace of fays gone by!A marina sits on the shores of Brome Lake and several world-class golf courses are within ten minutes of the village making summer a busy time for lovers of the outdoors. Provincial Parks like Mount Orford, Mount Megantic and Yamaska Park are all a short hop from Knowlton and Mount Sutton, Bromont and Mount Glen are ideal places for recreation from hiking and cycling to picnics and canoeing. With so many natural wonders being so close to Knowlton it is becoming a choice travel destination for all visitors to Quebec.

The town museum boasts a large collection of historical artifacts from the region and tracing the heritage of the Eastern Townships wouldn't be possible without considering the importance of Knowlton. The old fashioned corner store is alive and well in Knowlton and a visit to Flannagans general store is like taking a step back in time about 100 years.

The Victorian buildings of the central village are undeniably lovely and a treat for all visitors!With the Big Brome Fair held in the Fall, the Duck Festival, The Festival of lights in the winter and the popular Tour Des Arts it is almost impossible to keep up with the wide range of events in the area.

Beyond the special occasions, Knowlton is a town with a forward thinking and vibrant future. The recently completed Community Center is a testament to the spirit of the residents of the region and the number of active clubs and community groups in Knowlton, from sports to music to visual arts and seniors organizations, is an example of the close-knit spirit the town shares. Life in Knowlton is akin to an era where our grandparents could leave their doors unlocked, knew everyone in the town by name, and said hello to anyone they passed in the streets.

Monthly Calendar of Events in Knowlton
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The Big Brome Fair 2010
Well...you missed the Brome Fair 2009 but don't worry we have a full recap of past fairs! A full collection
of photos and videos from the Big Brome Fair plus we want you to come back for next
See more about the Brome Fair Check out our photo collection from the Brome Fair or look back at the Brome Fair.

Brome Lake Duck Festival
Every Autumn, as the leaves turn there crimson mix of orange delights the duck festival again showcases the world famous ducks that have made Brome Lake famous. There are sidewalk boutiques and culinary demonstrations and competitions by world-class chefs who converge on Knowlton for this prestigious event. Always a crowd-pleaser the Duck Festival is one of the most popular events in the tourist season. See you in 2010!

This website contains stories and articles that are not necessarily current or up to date.
Opinions, names, schedules and events may have changed since the opinions and event articles were written. This website should be considered a time-capsule of one residents time spent living in Knowlton not a current events website. The DestinationKnowlton.com website will be updated on a monthly basis as of November 2009.For the latest events in Knowlton and Brome Lake visit the
Chamber of Commerce of Brome Lake Website.

To find out what the author of this website is doing now visit his online travel blog

The Brome Fair
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The Brome Fair is one of the highlights of the Summer in The Eastern TownshipsThe Big Brome Fair is being celebrated this long labour day weekend in Brome and it is going to be one of the biggest and best fair's ever! This year marks the 152nd year that the Brome Fair has taken place and the crowds are expected to be bigger than last year especially after the soaking wet summer we've had here in Quebec have left us all needing a break. There can be no better place to relax than at one of the oldest and respected agricultural fair in Eastern North America.

This years entertainment features David Usher and Jaydee Bixby...well this ain't exactly Willie Nelson it's nice to have some different musical acts and the Brome Fair tries to make every year a bit different on the musical shows. Of course there is also home-grown talent and entertainers playing throughout the day on the smaller stage near the main entrance so even if you've never heard of Moist or Jaydee you can still here some great music that varies from traditional Quebecois folk to good ole' rock 'n roll!

Since the inception of the Brome Fair in the 1840's there have bee many changes of government, wars, depressions and countless changes in the way people live...but some things have remained constant; the people of the region and their connection to the land they live on.

Farmers and craftspeople have been gathering together over the years in an annual celebration of all that they do; maintaining their crops and tending to their flocks, eeking out an existance that is not always easy but is always fullfilling and based on the good values of family and hard work.

Of course there is more to life in the Townships than hard work so to counter balance the wholesome family values there will be beer gardens, bingo tents and a pari-sportif horse racing event. Throw in a little monster truck tractor pullers belching columns of black diesel smoke into the air mixing with the smells of fresh Wapiti Burgers and Funnel Cakes and Fried Onions and you have the perfect Brome Fair experience that should not be missed!

The Midway rides are popular with families and teens!Of course the Brome Fair is about family fun, with fun midway rides, music, clowns, magicians, petting zoos, games, food and bingo on site but it is also a serious agricultural show with events and judging taking place in many categories through the week-end.

Main headliners for this year's fair David Usher, formerly of the group called Moist, who brings a modern pop sound that mixes alternative stylings with techno assertiveness to create a swirling and upbeat mood that is more infectious than The West Nile Virus! David plays the popular Saturday night concert when gusest let themselves loos and have a great time. If you remember seeing Wayne Rodstad from CBC a few years back you might want to get prepared for something quite different. This show could bring a whole new group of young folks to the fair as he is very popular with the Much-Music set!

Unless you have a phobia of seeing Mulroney Jr. on TV like some people, then you likey know that Jaydee Bixby was one of the Canadian Idol finalists and even if you've never heard of him you likely know what the Canadian Idol sensibility is and can assume that you will be in for a strong set of popular music staying fairly close to the middle of the road. Jaydee kicks off Mondau September 1st at noon.

Sunday Night is the ever popular Truck Pull. Now...many people are thinking "They're loud, stinky, powerful and quite an attraction to anyone who has "the knuckle dragger" gene still residing in their DNA columns!" Well...that's the kind of judgemental statement that the Brome Fair crushes! Those Truck shows are always packed and the grandstands are always packed with cheery lovers of Diesel Horse Power! Hey...we need more in Brome Lake than classical music on Tibbits Hill...what about the loud and raucus minority who love to whoop-it-up with dust and Budweiser! Bring it on!

Kids and Adults will enjoy the reptiles at this years fair!Another popular attraction will be Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. Paul “Little Ray” Goulet, owner and head curator of Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, located in Ottawa, Ontario, and has been caring for reptiles and amphibians since he was a child. In 1995 he and his wife Sheri, began performing educational, live animal presentations to schools, birthday parties, corporate events, malls and fairs. In the fall of 2000, they opened their zoo and have watched it grow to have the most diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians in Canada. The zoo now has the largest outreach program in the country, performing over 2500 presentations a year in Eastern Ontario & Western Quebec. The kids just love to pet the reptiles and get their picture taken holding a real crocodile!

On Monday the horse racing Pari-Betting allows the equestrian gamblers a chance to make a few bets and maybe pick up some cash. The betting area always looks a little seedy with strange characters coming our from the shadows of the grandstand with their crumpled betting programs and chain smoking like the ladies at the VLT's...another angle of the Brome Fair that makes it such fun! This ain't no DisneyWorld!!

Other fun stuff is the Mickey Farkas Show for the Kids on Friday and the incredible Gastoni Attractions feature tricks, tumbling, circus displays and of course the popular "Globe of Death"...what's that...yes...it's "The Globe of Death" where caged motorcyclists spin at high speed in a large steel globe while on-lookers watch in disbelief!

The full schedule is available at the Brome Fair Website

Get to the grounds early as there is always long traffic lines heading to the fair grounds. The Brome Fair takes place at 345 Stagecoach Road. If you are in the Knowlton area and can't figure out how to get to the fair just ask anyone you see...The Brome Fair is all we've been talking about for the last month!

Check out our photos from previous Brome Fair or look back at the Brome Fair in our article from 06.

Nothing Like Fair Food to make us thankful for vegetables on the other 51 weeks of the year!I admit it...I go to the Big Brome Fair to do a total over-indulgence in the hedonistic pleasures of hydrogenated cuisine! Oh my...the sheer blood-sugar high of freshly deep-fried batter mixed with a diet coke is nothing short of Nirvana! Every day can be a veritable "Greatest Race" through a pleasurable maze of fresh-donuts, pizza, maple candy, wapiti burgers, pizza, deep fried onions and smoked meats and sausages and when you have finally completed the circuit and are sitting in the Grandstand watching the action a Detroit Diesel hauling 16 tons of cement over a dusty dirt patch you really know that you've found a most special place!

This year...this is what we'll go to see if we can find a parking space. If you want to go beyond our recomendations then visit the schedule at the Brome Fair Website

This website contains stories and articles that are not necessarily current or up to date.
Opinions, names, schedules and events may have changed since the opinions and event articles were written. This website should be considered a time-capsule of one residents time spent living in Knowlton not a current events website. The DestinationKnowlton.com website will be updated on a monthly basis as of August 2009.For the latest events in Knowlton and Brome Lake visit the
Chamber of Commerce of Brome Lake Website.

To find out what the author of this website is doing now visit his online travel blog

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