Charming Quebec village - Knowlton

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Charming Quebec Village: A cozy bench in Knowlton, Quebec

A Charming Quebec Village : Knowlton Quebec is part of the city of Brome Lake

Do you know that too? You visit a place you have never heard of or imagined and are amazed by what you find there. This is what happened to us in the small village of Knowlton in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, about 100 km south of Montreal. Knowlton Quebec Canada is part of the city of Brome Lake, which merged with six neighboring towns under one city government in 1971. Actually, the place still consists of various villages that lie on Lac Brome. Knowlton is considered the center and is a charming village in Quebec. We were once again exploring unknown regions of Quebec, staying in West Brome, one of the other hamlets of Brome Lake, and were curious about the "downtown" of the city.



In order to reach this, we first had to drive a few kilometers through forest and agricultural areas. As we passed the town limits of Knowlton, it only looked like one of those typical street villages that Quebec has so many of. A supermarket, a gas station and the typical residential buildings lined up. Only after several kilometers does the road branch off to Lac Brome. Everything that is interesting in Knowlton is concentrated at this crossroads: cafes, restaurants, shops, a city park and of course the lake. A whole series of elegant villas stretches along the lake shore, embedded in their beautifully manicured gardens and parks.



La Vie Sucree in Knowlton Quebec
La Vie Sucree in Knowlton Quebec


Where is Knowlton Quebec Canada located?

Knowlton Quebec Canada is one of those villages on Quebec's border with the United States where, after the end of the American Revolution, loyalists loyal to England fled to British-ruled Quebec. In 1802, so-called United Empire Loyalists from New England settled in the small town of Coldbrook, as the town was then called. It was originally named after the small stream that today murmurs picturesquely through the park in the town center over dam walls, where we can enjoy the tranquility of this place on a park bench. Interestingly, in 1855 the town even rose to become the administrative center of the region, taking the name of its first administrator, the Honorable Paul Holland Knowlton. Knowlton reminds us a little of the villages in New England, as its town center is grouped around the church with its steeple.


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Lollipops at Knowlton Quebec candy shop
Lollipops at Knowlton Quebec candy shop


What is there to do in Knowlton Quebec Canada?

The best thing about Knowlton are the villas in the village center and the shops that are so lovely to browse. It is not for nothing that the place is now one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec. Rightly so, in our opinion. Time seems to have stood still here. It's not spectacular attractions that make up the charm of this village.

On the contrary: A few older Victorian-style houses, a few cafés and restaurants, a few antique shops, galleries and shops invite you to browse. There is also the idyllic village park. That's it. We couldn't name a particular attraction why we liked this village so much. It's the mix that makes the difference. The jumble of houses, antiques, the village and restaurant signs that attract customers and the impression that life in this village has on us.


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Silverware in Knowlton Quebec antique store
Silverware in Knowlton Quebec antique store


Shopping in Knowlton Quebec Canada

We allow ourselves to be seduced by the shop signs and follow their invitation. They tempt you to browse the antique and vintage shops. There we dig for the old, the used and the nostalgic. This reinforces our impression of a place where time stands still. Silverware, crystal glasses, patchwork quilts on sofas, lampshades, hats and all sorts of odds and ends take us back to the "good old days" or what we think of as such.

It reminds us of a time when hectic was still unknown, when family was the most important part of life and when you didn't eat in the restaurant but in the kitchen at home. It's fun to rummage through this hodgepodge of discarded items, and it brings back memories of one's own childhood. Somehow I also feel the desire to turn back the clock a little to sniff back into the time of my childhood.


surroundings of the village
Surroundings of Knowlton Quebec


Knowlton Quebec's candy shop

Maybe this memory from my childhood is also due to the candy shop at Knowlton. He tempts us to visit with his brightly colored lollipops. The lollipops displayed opposite the cash desk are huge. They look seductive, glowing at us in their cellophane wrappers. Despite the temptation, we decide not to buy the lollipops that day as we also want to visit the Cafés de Village. After a few hours in Knowlton we continue our exploration of the Cantons de l'Est. Not without leaving the village of Knowlton with a sense of regret.


Knowlton Quebec Restaurant


Things to do and places to visit in Knowlton Quebec

The Lac Brome Museum

There's more to Knowlton, Quebec than meets the eye. For example, start your day in the Lac Brome Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the history of the region. Exhibitions range from local art to industrial history, so there is something for everyone.

Theater Lac Brome

Then there is a visit to Theater Lac Brome on the program. Here you can enjoy live performances ranging from classical plays to modern dramas. The atmosphere is welcoming and the quality of the performances high.

United Church of Canada

Finally, a stone's throw away you will find the United Church of Canada in Knowlton. This church is not only a place of worship, but also an important part of the community. Its architecture as well as its interior are worth seeing.

Souvenirs from Joie de Lavande

For those interested in local produce, Joie de Lavande is a must. This shop offers everything from lavender oils to handmade soaps. The products are not only beautiful, but also useful. This makes them perfect souvenirs.

The Three Pines Tours

If you're a fan of the Louise Penny books, don't miss the Three Pines Tours. These tours provide an in-depth look at the places that inspired the author. You will explore places you know from the books, but also make new discoveries.


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Art at Elca Gallery London

Art lovers should also visit the Elca London Gallery. For example, here you will find a wide range of works of art, from paintings to sculptures.


Also, if you are looking for a unique souvenir, stop by Boutiverre. This shop is known for its handmade glass products.

Swim at Douglass Beach

Finally, an afternoon at Douglass Beach is a good way to end the day. The beach is ideal for a picnic and also offers numerous opportunities for water sports.

So there is plenty to see and do in Knowlton. Whether culture, shopping or nature, there is something for everyone.

Knowlton Quebec restaurants

During our stay in Knowlton we didn't have time to go to a restaurant. Therefore we use the ratings on Google as a guide. These Knowlton Quebec restaurants get a good to very good rating on Google:

Le Relais Restaurant Bistro

The Knowlton Restaurant serves Quebec and Canadian dishes.

286 Knowlton Rd, Knowlton, Quebec J0E 1V0, Canada

Sapin- Bistro du Lac

A Knowlton Quebec restaurant for Quebec specialties.

61 Chem. Lakeside, Knowlton, QC J0E 1V0, Canada


The Buzz Café & Bistro also serves specialties from Eastern Europe.

291 Knowlton Rd, Knowlton, Quebec J0E 1V0, Canada

Excursions around Knowlton Quebec

The Bleu Lavande Lavender Farm

We really liked the trip to the lavender farm Bleu Lavande. A tour to Bleu Lavande Lavender Farm takes you away in clouds of scent of lavender. A hike through the lavender fields is worthwhile, for example, in June and July. Then the plants are in full bloom.

The Route du Vins

Another tip that we have tested ourselves is a trip along the Route du Vins. Do you like wine? Then we recommend a trip from Knowlton Quebec along the Route du Vinsin the Eastern Townships. The winemakers will be happy to tell you how they manage to grow wine in Quebec's climate. It's definitely an exciting story. You can also taste this wine. We were surprised how good it was.

How about you? Do you like villages so well, too, in which the longing for the "good old days" is conveyed?

What you need for hiking in the Knowlton CA area

  • Good hiking boots are definitely a must on every hike. Only then can you enjoy your hike.
  • For a  snack you also need one on the go backpack. You can put your snack in a  lunch box as well as accommodate everything you need for your day trip.



How far is Knowlton from Montreal?

From Montreal to Knowlton you drive a good 10 kilometers on Autoroute 100 E. This takes about an hour and fifteen minutes.

What is Knowlton Quebec known for?

Knowlton Quebec is known for its charm and small town feel. It houses many art galleries, boutiques as well as cozy cafes. It is also famous for its scenic drives, hiking trails and outdoor activities.

What are some of the top things to do in Knowlton Quebec?

Some of the top things to do in Knowlton Quebec are visiting the Lac Brome Duck Farm, exploring the Brome County Historical Society Museum, hiking the Parc de la Yamaska, as well as attending one of the many cultural events that dot the whole take place throughout the year.

When is the best time to visit Knowlton Quebec?

The best time to visit Knowlton Quebec is during the summer months from June to August. Then the weather is warm and sunny and there are many outdoor activities and events to enjoy.

What are some popular restaurants in Knowlton Quebec?

Some popular restaurants in Knowlton Quebec are the Auberge Knowlton and Le Relais Bistro. These restaurants offer local and international cuisine and use fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

What is the nearest airport to Knowlton Quebec?

The nearest airport to Knowlton Quebec is Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, which is about an hour and a half's drive away. Alternatively, visitors can fly into Vermont's Burlington International Airport, which is about a two-hour drive from Knowlton Quebec.

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Charming Quebec village - Knowlton

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn