Updated on Jun 17, 2022

Our cities and towns all have something unique to offer you. Whether it’s a place, a product, a landscape, an attraction or an event, you’ll always have at least five good reasons for visiting them! Here's Compton!

By Carolyne Parent

Compton is a part of a region with a rich agricultural tradition that has been enchanting us for quite a long time. Set in a rural environment with its orchards and three rivers, the area is simply postcard perfect. And it’s also the hometown of “Uncle Louis”. You don’t know him? Of course you do, at least by name!

At a time when most people his age would have been considering retirement, Louis Stephen St. Laurent became the country’s 12th Prime Minister in 1948, and enjoyed considerable popularity. His legacy to Canadians included an improved pension system and an era of prosperity. He also welcomed Newfoundland into Confederation. Let’s pay him a little posthumous visit!

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See the Louis-S.-St-Laurent Historic Site

When you visit this Parks Canada site, you can tour the house where the man who was to become Prime Minister grew up—open Wednesday to Sunday until September 6. Visitors can also browse through his father’s general store with its charming olden day atmosphere, and the warehouse, where a multimedia show is presented, depicting key moments of this great man’s life (1882–1973).
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Discover Black Currants at Domaine Ives Hill

Welcome to the kingdom of black currants! There are so many benefits to extract from this tiny berry if you have the proper know-how. This is what these plantation artisans will have you discover as you taste their alcohol beverages, their coulis, syrup, chocolate and honey, just to mention a few. From the end of June until the end of September, you can also purchase a picnic lunch basket to savour as you relax on the shore of Moe’s River, or in one of the many rest areas on the property. By the way, the Pioneer Trail honours Ellen Farwell-Ives here as well. She was a strong woman who proved herself to be quite the entrepreneur by selling the ginseng she and her family harvested in these parts at high prices across the border.
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Stop at La Station Cheese Factory

This is one of the star cheese factories of the Townships. You’ll discover that any one of their organic cheese creations will very often accompany our local chefs’ own creations—case in point, Le Cinquième Élément restaurant, right in the heart of the town. This summer, discover the cheese factory Économusée. You’ll enjoy a true immersive moment as you experience the ambiance inside an aging room, and you’ll explore their terroir aromas, thanks to their scent organ. You’ll also stroll down an interpretive footpath and browse through plenty of multimedia content.
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Take a Closer Look at the Drouin Covered Bridge

Let’s take a closer look at the period structure dating back to 1886, which spans across the Coaticook River and adds a touch of romance to this already quite charming part of the country.
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Tour the Markets

From mid-June to mid-September, every Thursday evening, about thirty area producers transform your weekly grocery shopping chore into a true celebration! Then in the early days of October, it’s time for the Comptonales event, including the Virée gourmande (October 8 and 9, 2022). The Virée is basically a tour that will take you to your favourite producers via different shuttle rides. Finally, the Grand Marché des récoltes farmer’s market (on Thanksgiving Monday, October 10, 2022) will conclude the weekend festivities. An “added value” which will delight all discerning foodies: Compton is highly renowned for its organic agriculture.
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