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 parks and infrastructure encourage outdoor activities, and the Municipality maintains four green spaces: the Missisquoi North River Park, Place Manson, Place de la Grange-Ronde and the municipal beach and wharf. We invite you to take advantage of the indoor ice rink which, during the warm season, becomes an ideal shelter for holding multitudes of activities and events, a Dek hockey surface, skating and walking trails, a sliding area, tennis and pickleball courts, a playground, a pétanque court, a roller track for BMX bikes, a soccer field and a baseball field. Owl’s Head Mountain, Potton’s source of pride and joy, offers downhill skiing and a world-class golf course. Discover the bike paths, canoe-kayak circuits and hiking trails of Missisquoi-Nord, the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, and the Montagnes-Vertes Nature Reserve. In addition, the Missisquoi-North Volunteer Center (CABMN) offers the population a range of programs and services to meet their needs. In addition, it maintains a bank of volunteers that you could join if you wish.
Take part in activities that take place throughout the year to bring citizens together, including the Spirit of Potton Festival, the public market, music at Place Manson on Sundays in the summer, the Christmas market, the winter festivities and the volunteers’ day. We encourage you to put down roots in Potton and participate in all these activities!
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”.
Bruno Côté, Mayor, Township of Potton
Living in the country
If you’re a graduate 35 years of age or under, Place aux jeunes en région can help you settle into your new life in the region, free of charge. Contact the agent before you arrive in Potton for assistance, discovery of the region, networking activities and more!
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:
• 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
• 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
• “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 limited offer
• 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!
• 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.”
Potton, it’s a hoot!
The Municipality of the Township of Potton is inviting new residents to pick up a “welcome binder” at the reception of the Town Hall.
They will find all the basic information on community resources and municipal services.
Looking forward to welcoming you !