The municipality of Eastman (population of around 1600) is part of the Memphrémagog Regional County Municipality, located in the Eastern Townships Region (Estrie).
Eastman in located in the heart of Quebec’s rural area about an hour’s drive from downtown Montreal, and it’s an ideal choice when the plan is to simply get away from a big city. Here, the wilds of nature marry beautifully with meticulously groomed English gardens and cozy modern buildings in a rural setting. There were two villages here - Stukely and Eastman, which merged on May 30, 2001, becoming simply Eastman.
But the town was incorporated in 1888. Even before, it was known as Bolton Forest village and as Dingman's Flats. The settlement took the name of Eastman in honour of a pioneer in Bolton Township, John Eastman. The town's creation took place during the prosperous copper mining era of the second half of the 19th century, but with the closing of the mines in 1880, it was the wood industry – under the aegis of the Eastman Lumber Company – that took up the slack and ensured the town's survival.
Today, Eastman is a multiple winner of the Flowered Cities, Towns and Countryside of Quebec award. It attracts attention for its recreation and tourist activities. In addition to its renowned health centre, spa and resort and the Théâtre de la Marjolaine summer theatre, it also hosts the Correspondances d’Eastman, a unique letter-writing festival in early August and a prominent antique show in October.
The Haut Bois Normand, a sugar shack with all the charm of a bygone age is located near by in a 8 000-tree maple bush on 150 acres of mountainous land.