A network of authentic heritage villages, located in remarkable landscapes


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Anyone passionate about history and rich architecture will love Stanstead. Founded by pioneers from New England in the 1790s, it grew in importance to become a Canadian stop on the Québec-Boston stagecoach route.


Over the years, the city became the nucleus of a distinguished society. Thanks to its colorful past, Dufferin Street in Stanstead Plain has been called an outdoor museum exhibiting numerous churches and other remarkable buildings such as Stanstead College (1873), the Collège des Ursulines (1881) and the former post office.


In Rock Island, the Tomifobia River falls must be seen and since this is a border town, have a look at Canusa (Canada-USA) Street, and certain “international” buildings that straddle the border between Canada and the United States. The best known is the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, where the scene is in Canada and the audience in the USA !

Be careful!  Wandering the streets of the village, you may find yourself in the U.S. without realizing it – that is, until the American Border Patrol asks you if you have reported at the Customs up the street.



Village :  www.stanstead.ca


Région :  www.cantonsdelest.com



Three Border villages with an impressive heritage













We personnaly invite you to discover or rediscover our village unique by its history and always inviting and growing attractions.


From some buildings litterally riding on the American Border to our numerous churches with remarquable architecture, you will find with us a community proud of its history forged by the union of two cultures. Rest assured that our village will absolutely amaze you. Come and see for yourself...






The municipal Council

of Stanstead,

Philippe Dutil, Mayor