Ayer’s Cliff wants tourist zone sta­tus

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer’s Cliff

The town of Ayer’s Cliff would like to be rec­og­nized of­fi­cially as a ‘tourist zone’, al­low­ing its mer­chants to stay open longer. The town is also work­ing with Tourisme Can­tons de l’Est to get the Coeur Vil­la­geois sta­tus. “The coun­cil is putting lots of en­ergy into pro­mot­ing tourism. And not only does Ayer’s Cliff have a lot of sum­mer res­i­dents, but so do many of the sur­round­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties like Hat­ley, Ste. Catherine de Hat­ley, and Stanstead East,” said the town’s Gen­eral Manager, Kim­ball Smith.

The town will be the lo­ca­tion of a num­ber of sum­mer events that will cer­tainly draw tourists to the area. A new at­trac­tion will be a Triathlon event on Au­gust 1st. “We’ll be host­ing a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the Defi adapte ta course fundraiser for the Cen­tre readap­ta­tion de l’Estrie, the rodeo is re­turn­ing, and the Drag N Show in July,” added Mr. Smith. The Eastern Town­ships Eques­trian Club will hold a West­ern Per­for­mance, in Au­gust, on the Fair­grounds, while the 170th edi­tion of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair will take place from Au­gust 27th to the 30th.

The an­nual Mu­sic Fes­ti­val for the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion is the first event to kick off the sea­son, com­ing up on June 6th and 7th at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair­grounds. Lo­cal mu­si­cal acts per­form all week­end to raise money to make some­one’s spe­cial wish come true.

The town, which has al­ready of­fered tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance, will be dis­cussing what it can do to help the Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail, heav­ily dam­aged in the spring, in an up­com­ing work ses­sion. “The Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail is an im­por­tant el­e­ment for the suc­cess of this area; it’s a jewel of the re­gion,” com­mented the town’s mayor, Alec van Zuiden. Zen Metal Tech­nolo­gies, the town’s new busi­ness which was founded by Mr. van Zuiden,

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