Local Tourism in disarray
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.
Current Boundary President Ray Fluet at last year’s golf tournament