History and things to do

Danville is particularly beautiful in the fall. By the start of October, its ancient trees are full of colour, and thousands of birds are gathering at the Burbank Pond to rest and to feed during their long migration.

The McCallum House at 216 du Carmel is a typical example of the spacious and elegant homes which were constructed in Danville around the end of the 19th century, and during the early 1900s. They replaced many homes which had been lost in a disastrous fire which destroyed a large part of the village in May 1882.

The new homes reflected the growing prosperity of the area. They were built in a variety of styles, with many of the architectural features borrowed from houses across the border in New England. By 1902, Danville had such a fine collection of buildings that it was described by the Montreal Daily Herald as « one of the prettiest villages in all Quebec ». Over 100 years on, that description still applies.

Le Temps des Cerises – Fine cuisine in one of Danville’s (many) old churches.
La Mante du Carré – Danville’s meeting place for coffee and conversation. Public market every Saturday.
La Galerie des Nanas – Outsider and Raw art, the extraordinary vision of the late Martine Birobent.
Atelier-galerie Yvon Bélanger – Paintings by our famous resident artist.
Symposium des arts de Danville – Festival of art, held annually on Labour day weekend
La fête des oiseaux migrateurs – At l’Etang Burbank, held to coincide with the arrival of the snow geese.
Le mont Ham-Sud – Half an hour’s drive from Danville, a good climb (700 metres) with magnificent views.
Parc Marie-Victorin – The famous botanical gardens at Kingsey Falls, a ten-minute drive from Danville.
Centre d’art de Richmond – A regular programme of concerts and folk dancing throughout the summer.
Le Versant Rouge – Apple orchards, strawberries, and producers of top-quality preserves.
Le vignoble des Côtes du Gavet – Our local vineyard – over 100 acres of vines not far from Tingwick.
Mine Cristal – Specialists in quartz crystal, open from June through September.
P’tit Bonheur de Saint-Camille – Concerts and exhibitions at the cultural centre in Saint-Camille.
Club de golf Royal Estrie – Golf in the summer months, snowshoes and cross-country ski-ing in winter.
Le Camp Musical d’Asbestos – Jazz Week / Third week of June
La Poudrière de Windsor – The old gunpowder factory, now a museum, with 3km of footpaths.
Vieux moulin à laine d’Ulverton – The old woollen mill at Ulverton. Go for brunch.
La Désserte – Delightful family bakery and restaurant on rue du College Sud in Richmond.