Living

New Residents

Welcome New residents!

On behalf of Town Council and Administration, I would like to welcome you to the historic and picturesque Township of Potton. Created in 1797, Potton covers a vast, hilly area on the western shores of Lake Memphrémagog that includes the village of Mansonville and four hamlets: Knowlton’s Landing, Dunkin, Vale Perkins and Highwater.

As you will soon discover, Potton boast a diverse population base represented by over 20 different nationalities; and like many Eastern Townships communities, has a mixture of French and English-speaking residents. We are pleased to offer our 1850 residents services in both languages.

Potton is an ideal location for intergenerational families to settle as there are plenty of services available including: local private daycare, dynamic French and English schools, an active Youth Center and a diverse selection of leisure and cultural programs for all ages.

Our local parks and infrastructure lend hand for outdoor activities and the town maintains four outdoor green spaces, Park André-Gagnon, Place Manson, Place de la Grange-Ronde and a municipal beach. We encourage you to take advantage of the two municipal tennis courts, the bmx pumptrack, the skating rink, two soccer fields, the baseball field and playground.

World-class golf and skiing are just a stones throw away at Owl’s Head Mountain, Potton’s pride and joy. Discover the numerous cycling routes, kayaking excursions, and hiking on the trails of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, the Missisquoi-Nord and the Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes.

To better serve the needs of our senior residents, the local Centre d’action bénévole de la Missisquoi-Nord (CABMN) offers a diverse range of programs and services. In addition, the CABMN has created a volunteer bank that we encourage you to join.
For more information about all the activities of the CABMN, please click on this link.

Enjoy our range of year-round activities that keep our citizens connected, including the Spirit of Potton Festival, The Farmers Market, Live Music every Sunday throughout the summer, the Christmas Market, “C’est Chouette”, the Winterfest, and the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, to name a few. We encourage you to plant your roots and take part!

We invite you to continue to navigate on our website where you will discover up to date information on the town services, events, and programs.

On behalf of the entire staff at the Town Hall we would like to say, “Welcome Home”.
Jacques Marcoux, Mayor, Township of Potton

Living in the country

Congratulations, you have made a great decision to buy a house in Potton!
Now that you’ve made the BIG move from the city to the country, we encourage you to read our quick list of pros’ and yes, there are some con’s (not many though) of living in the country.

Country Living in Potton, Quebec:

Pro’s
• Beautiful landscapes with wide open spaces and plenty of wildlife to admire
(please don’t try to ride or pet this wildlife)
• Slower pace & laid-back lifestyle
• Tight-knit community and exceptionally helpful neighbours
• NO TRAFFIC, unless slow-driving tractors during haying season counts
• Plenty of space for you, your kids, your dog…hey, even your in-laws!
• Top-notch skiing, golf, hiking, kayaking right at your doorstep
• Many volunteer organizations to get involved with/network/meet people
• You spend less money, because there is less to spend your money on
• Taxes, depending on your location, can be considerably lower
• Beautiful night sky. Your first sight of the Potton landscape at dusk will assure you that
you made the right choice to move here, we promise!
• Real silence apart from the occasional sound of howling coyotes
• You can grow your own veggies, raise chickens, ride a horse even
• You are a person not a number and dressing casually and comfortably fits any occasion
• “Natural work-out”activities close by. Go for a quick hike on Owl’s Head, long walks or
running on the roads starting right from your home, all activities, free of charge!

Some (not many) Con’s
• Irregular restaurant hours and sorry no STARBUCKS in Potton
• Longer driving distances to get something simple, like milk
• Lack of certain custom-crafted services and programs that you are used to
• Cell phone reception is not always great-this could be an advantage!
• Your neighbour works shift work and needs to cut his/her grass or chainsaw some trees
early on the weekends
• No public transportation-you need a car to get from most A’s → B’s
• Spring roads with the freeze-thaw effect can really test your driving skill- but it’s normal…. they are dirt roads, charming every other season but springtime.
• Hunting and trapping are popular activities, so be careful when you let your dog out

The best tips we can give you are the following:
• Get to know your neighbour, you will need each others help at some point
• Plant your roots and get involved in one of the many local community groups and or organizations

We would like to leave you with this, a simple phrase that expresses how your fellow neighbours and soon-to be friends feel about this Township…
“Potton, this corner of the earth smiles at me like no other.”

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