As the gateway to the Eastern Townships, Brome-Missisquoi is an inspiring region where outdoor activities, culture, food trends and innovation all come together.
Here are 10 things you should know to be better acquainted with the area:
1. Brome-Missisquoi is only 45 minutes outside of Montreal and its services have no reason to envy those offered by the city
Brome-Missisquoi is the ideal region if you’re dreaming of a more peaceful country lifestyle, but without giving up outings with your friends and the cultural effervescence of the city. Furthermore, all the services are easily accessible here. In fact, no matter where you live in the area, you’ll never be more than a maximum of 15 minutes from one of the region’s 6 service centers.
2. The region is both Francophone and Anglophone
Both communities coexist very well in the region. In fact, there are English-speaking schools and a panoply of services, also offered in English. This is quite an advantage for immigrants wishing to settle outside of the city, but who haven’t yet completely mastered the French language.
3. Brome-Missisquoi is THE region for practising sports and outdoor activities
Brome-Missisquoi has over 100 km of trails for hiking, 75 parks and green spaces, 2 ski mountains offering 200 trails for hikers and trail runners and 732 km of cycling routes.
You can also practise different types of cycle sports (Fatbike, BMX, road cycling, mountain biking). Plus, you can participate in a ton of activities and sports events.
4. It’s the cradle of the wine industry in Quebec
Brome-Missiquoi is THE wine region of Quebec. The Route des vins represents a 140 km road network that can be taken by bike or by car. You’ll discover over 20 vineyards, which, by themselves, produce more than a hundred different vintages.
5. Brome-Missisquoi is a pioneer in circular economy
Brome-Missisquoi was the third region to implement an industrial symbiosis process, in 2014. Today, there are 21 such organizations in Quebec. Here sustainable development is a priority!
6. The region is the gateway to the Montagnes-Vertes natural reserve
This natural reserve, with the Sutton mountains as the northern sector of the range, is a protected area covering 67.67 km2. It is the most widespread protected area of the province.
7. ARTERRE was created in Brome-Missisquoi
ARTERRE is a networking service aimed at accompanying and pairing aspiring farmers and farm owners. This initiative began in Brome-Missisquoi; it assists with the takeover by next generations of farms which had not identified any candidates to pursue their enterprises. They also aim at ensuring the sustainability of farms and the agricultural heritage in Quebec.
8. In Brome-Missisquoi, you’ll find a close proximity between producers and consumers
Brome—Missisquoi is the MRC with the greatest number of agricultural tourism enterprises in Quebec. There are 8 farmers’ markets and more than 100 farm stands where people can purchase their produce and meet with local producers.
9. You’ll find the first outdoor planetarium in the world using augmented reality here
Located in Glen Sutton, Au Diable Vert is a unique and prime year-round outdoors sports centre. Here is where the ObservÉtoiles, the first reality augmented outdoor planetarium was inaugurated in 2018. Visitors are given headsets with which they can simultaneously view the night sky as the constellations are superposed digitally with the names of the stars and planets.
10. Brome-Missisquoi is a very artistic region
The region is home to the Théâtre du Lac-Brome with its bilingual presentations, five performance halls and a dozen art galleries. It is considered as being among the regions where you’ll find the largest concentration of artists in the province.
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