Lo­cal Tourism in dis­ar­ray

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

First things first. There are a couple of other towns be­sides Ma­gog in the Town­ships. And we have real his­tory to of­fer, not only shop­ping ‘ex­pe­ri­ences’. And an un­de­ni­able fact is that the Town­ships his­tory has mainly been an An­glo­phone one.

And sur­pris­ingly, if it was ex­plained prop­erly to the ma­jor­ity in Que­bec, one that was not at all un­aware of the strug­gle of what was then known as ‘Cana­di­ens’. Case in point, Stanstead’s first news­pa­per, The Bri­tish Colonist, was pro Pa­tri­ots. Now for our once a year big ques­tion: Why is it that the town’s first mayor and founder of its first pa­per is not hon­oured in Stanstead? Check us next year for a re­run.

It is not for a lack of try­ing. There is a real cir­cuit that one can fol­low: The Town­ships Trail. Just that it lacks proper pro­mo­tion.

We can un­der­stand the pres­sure that Tourisme Estrie is get­ting from the ho­tels, restau­rants and bou­tiques of the re­gion to get peo­ple into their es­tab­lish­ments at any cost, but it just hap­pens that peo­ple get weary very rapidly of places that are money vac­u­ums un­less new at­trac­tions are added, promising a new and bet­ter thrill. Or an­other ‘ex­pe­ri­ence’, gas­tro­nom­i­cal, cul­tural or what­ever is in vogue that year. And next year all will be vir­tual! So no vis­i­tors will truly see what is in front of them but with their gog­gles will ‘ex­pe­ri­ence’ the Town­ships. Would like to be kid­ding, but al­ready amuse­ment parks in the USA, some a couple of hours away, have re­cy­cled their old and bor­ing rides into Vir­tual Re­al­ity ones! So if you see some tourist next year with their gog­gles on, re­mem­ber that you read it here first. But then next year, the Stanstead Jour­nal will be a VR news­pa­per: All the news in 360 de­grees 3D, 8K def­i­ni­tion that we can pro­vide. At last count, a couple of sec­onds, but tech­nol­ogy moves fast.

Sim­ple fact, it seems, is that we are less than two hours from Montreal and that we can be an ex­tended or short stay des­ti­na­tion. Sorry to say, but we do not see too many non-whites vis­it­ing, so we will pre­sume that the hun­dreds of thou­sands of new im­mi­grants are not aware of our ex­is­tence and of a thriv­ing English tra­di­tion in Que­bec. We can ask for more pres­ence in the his­tory course in the prov­ince’s class­rooms, but telling our story our­selves would be a bet­ter way of ex­plain­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of the English in Que­bec.

Un­til the tourist in­dus­try re­al­izes that sim­ple fact, we are missing out on mil­lions of dol­lars each week in lost op­por­tu­ni­ties.

lo­ca­tion is the same as it al­ways has been and golfers have a chance to en­joy the chal­leng­ing and beau­ti­ful course at Duf­ferin.

the years other changes have been made to the tour­na­ment. Vegas-style scor­ing was in­tro­duced and this year there will be a shot­gun start at 1:00. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 11:30. There is a so­cial hour from 5:00 to 6:30 and din­ner be­gins at 6:30. will be a steak din­ner in­stead of last year’s me­choui.

the years lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies have sup­ported the tour­na­ment by do­nat­ing won­der­ful gifts as golf prizes or items for the silent auc­tion. Hovey Manor, Ethan Allen and Gran­quartz and are among the many fine busi­nesses that sup­port of our an­nual event.

year a com­pany can spon­sor a hole on the golf course where the com­pany name will be dis­played. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at the co­or­di­nates be­low.

more in­for­ma­tion or tick­ets call Tom Richer 819-8765495 or Bob Richard­son 802-873-9104 or reg­is­ter now at 819876-5484.

Pho­tos courtesy

Cur­rent Boundary Pres­i­dent Ray Fluet at last year’s golf tour­na­ment

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