East Angus is a town, located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, in the Haut-Saint-Francois Regional County Municipality. East Angus has a population of 3,700. East Angus is situated on the St. Francis River 14 miles north-east of Sherbrooke, and 85 miles south-west of Valley Junction.
A busy paper-mill town, East Angus was built next to rapids on the upper St. Francis, just below its juncture with the Eaton River. The village was called after William Angus, a wealthy Scottish-born Montreal manufacturer, who erected a paper factory and a sawmill there in 1882. William Angus was a paper-making pioneer in Canada. He launched Canada’s first chemical pulp-and-paper plant downriver at Windsor Mills.
The town was incorporated in 1912. Today pulp and paper manufacturing and brick-making are its chief industries. The paper plant employs 500 people. The Vieille Gare du Papier museum of East Angus, located beside the historic Quebec Central Railway in a former train station, built in 1914, gives details about this heritage and is a good place to start your exploration. It houses an interpretation center on the paper industry and on the influence of the train in the region. Called the Estrian Forest because of its rich coniferous forests, the city of East Angus houses the factories of the Cascades Company.
The Two Rivers Park (parc des Deux Rivières) offers trails on which it is possible to cycle or hike. One of the starting points of these trails is located downtown, at the Vieille Gare du Papier.
At the Jardins Vivaces de Fernand, you will be able to admire more than 1,300 varieties of perennial plants, rock low walls, ornamental bushes, as well as magnificent natural underbrush where different varieties of ferns and indigenous plants can be found. The division between workers and managers in East Angus fell along linguistic lines for many decades. Indeed, English-speaking bosses occupied nice houses on the south bank of the St. Francis, while mainly French workers settled in poorer neighbourhoods to the north.
Today, most of the few remaining English-speaking families live on farms outside town. While visiting the town, you can veer right onto Warner Street after crossing the bridge for a quick tour through the old English quarter. The wooden Emmanuel United Church is a prominent landmark. The English high school on Maple Street has been converted into a community centre. There are two pioneer cemeteries nearby: one on Coates Road and the other in the hamlet of Westbury. Eventually, the Train Touristique du Haut-St-François offers a unique and original way to visit the enchanting scenery of the Eastern Townships.
It will make you discover some of the main attractions of the region, and numerous services will be at your disposal, such as historical and musical animation, a bar and catering department and air conditioning.
To get to East Angus, from Sherbrooke follow Route 112 to East Angus.
A very scenic route begins at Lennoxville, about 20 miles kilometres from the Vermont-Quebec border on Route 143.