Notre-Dame-des-Bois (population around one thousand), is located in Estrie Region of Quebec ( Eastern Townships), Le Granit County.
Notre-Dame-des-Bois one of the highest villages in terms of altitude in the region and in Quebec, located at the base of the marble mountains that form the New Hampshire and Maine borders. The first settlers in the area were gold prospectors. Later French-Canadian colonists came to settle here on the banks of the Arnold River and the Salmon River. These families came back from the United States after the Repatriation Act, signed in Ditton on April 16, 1875.
Considered the village’s founder, M. Vaillant built the first sawmill around 1870, and the next year, François-Xavier Dufresne clear-cut three acres of land on the Sixth Range and established a blacksmith shop. Thus Chesham Village, named after an English village, was born.
A few settlers arrived from France and Belgium, and in October 1876, the population grew to 636 souls. The new village was constituted in 1877. The name of Chesham was changed for the name Notre-Dame-des-Bois in honour of the Virgin Mary. A tourist hiking route Sentiers frontaliers, consisting of 110 km of walking trails lead you to the mountain peaks – 1100 metres in height with breathtaking scenery.
Another hiking trail is the Route des Sommets (Summit Drive or Summit Road) which totals 157 km crossing 15 municipalities, allowing guests to discover our tourist attractions. Note than ASTROLab in Mont-Megantic National Park allows you to discover the universe and its star system. This observatory includes multimedia room, telescopes and other facilities available to the public.
On the top of Megantic Mountain, a scientific observatory of Mont-Megantic is installed. It’s the most powerful astronomic observatory in Canada. The area is recognized as the First International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), a remarkable world-wide initiative to preserve the starry sky.
The people of Notre-Dame-des-Bois are proud of this endeavour and the town is a preferred site for fans of astronomy, vacationers, as well as for lovers of open spaces and the great outdoors.
Address of Notre-Dame-des-Bois:
35, route de l'Eglise
Phone: 819 888-2724
Web site : www.notredamedesbois.qc.ca