Our summer favourites
by Amélie Gour, Luc Gaudet and Alyssa Bergevin
It's time to say goodbye to Alyssa, Amelie and Luc, who are completing their summer experience within our team. Since last May, we have been honoured to count them among us. They have chosen to share their experience by sharing their favourites.
1. TPRT representation at the Formula 1
How can you not be impressed by a grand event such as Formula 1?
Having been in the heart of the festivities at the intersection of Crescent and Maisonneuve Street, from June 8th to June 10th, I was amazed. Furthermore, since it is a worldwide known event, I was able to meet people from all over the world. I also saw luxurious cars such as a Lamborghini and a McLaren, which I could only dream of having! Finally, with a crowd of 500,000 people present all along the festivities, it is impossible to be bored and you become hypnotized by the public, the music and the cars. I loved sharing my knowledge and inviting people to come and spend some time in Prescott-Russell.
2. The amazing vineyards
At the very beginning of the summer, I had the chance to visit 3 magnificent vineyards, including Clos du Vully, Domaine Perrault as well as Vankleek Hill Vineyard. I immediately fell under their charm. With welcoming and warm-hearted owners and many varieties of wine, I could’ve easily stayed there for hours. Although, my favourite part of the visit was clearly the tastings! Whatever your preferences are in terms of wine, they will be met. Ultimately, you should gather some family members, friends or your better half and go visit those splendid vineyards.
1. Vert Fourchette: Yum!
This personal favourite of mine will come as no surprise for those who know me. The Vert Fourchette restaurant in Vankleek Hill also serves as a mini-boutique for people that are on the lookout for good, fresh local gourmet products. Everything here is like a hidden gem, exquisite and brilliant! The ambiance is welcoming, and the bistro-style food incorporating local products is truly exquisite. The proposed menu will surely satisfy everyone and anyone’s food restrictions. I can recommend with full confidence their steak and romarin fries (i’m salivating just thinking about it)! After a meal at Vert Fourchette, you will understand why cooking is considered an art and the chefs are the artists!
2. The Popsilos circuit
Crossing the Prescott-Russell region, the Popsilos circuit is composed of 5 painted murals located on farm silos. Last June, I had the chance to participate in the grand opening of the circuit, all the while on a bus filled with great people and campfire songs. It is truly a unique experience! The art that is being represented on the silos is in commemoration of the 150th of the Confederation of Canada. It is incredible to see these colossal urban art blend into our rural decor! This tour also allowed me to discover local tourist products and attractions. I recommend that you take the time to do a little road trip on the winding roads of Prescott-Russell and to soak up our culture and savor the delights of the region.
1. The touristic B&Bs
Have you ever stayed at a bed and breakfast before? To be honest with you, I didn’t know was it was really about until I went to visit one for the first time, this summer. Several lodges are located in the Prescott-Russell region; Petals 1865, Victorian, O Genêt, la Galerie d’en avant, Cedar Drive, Casselodge, Au Bois Dormant and Abadin. In those B&B, people are welcoming, the rooms are stunning and very clean, the atmosphere and the location of those places are relaxing... They all offer a hearty breakfast and some also offer various packages. I really enjoyed the experience of a bed and breakfast and I strongly invite you to stay there on your next expedition!
2. St-Albert Cheese CO-OP - My visit with the Prime Minister
On February, 2015, the St-Albert Cheese Cooperative re-opened its doors to the general public (remembering that the original centennial business had been completely ravaged by flames, two years prior) with its brand new building now more touristic than ever! The gourmet products boutique, the restaurant - where you will find lots of poutines and guided tours make it a must-see attraction in Prescott-Russell.
I had the chance to attend a memorable event, during my most recent passage. On August 4th, Canada’s Prime Minister, the honorable Justin Trudeau, visited the cheese factory and the people of the community who traveled to their small village to meet and greet. A crowd of applause, many “selfies” and a wide variety of smiles is what you would of seen. An event that is undoubtedly unique, which will forever be engraved in my memory and which I will remember each time that I pass by the St-Albert Cheese CO-OP!
Rainy day in Prescott-Russell
It's a rainy day in Prescott Russell and you do not know what to do for fun? Do not worry because we have the solution for you! Despite the many activities that can only be done when it’s sunny outside, here is a list of 4 things you can during bad weather.
1. Arts fanatic? The Arbor Gallery in Vankleek Hill will satisfy you with its various exhibitions. The peaceful location is open Wednesday from 11am to 2pm and Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Volunteers will welcome you with open arms during your visit that will last about 30 minutes. In Clarence-Rockland, besides than being a store, Sienna Gallery is also an art gallery where local artists work is exhibited. Visit the gallery for the paintings, the jewelry, the pottery and many other beautiful art work. A place to enjoy regional and Canadian talents! At Rita Iriarte Studio & Art Gallery in Chute-à-Blondeau, we can find big, bold and beautiful paints. Her works do not discreetly sneak up on the viewer, they draw you closer to discover hidden shadings of meaning. Go discover their hidden meaning to perceive their powerful touch.
2. Four microbreweries that stand out in several places with their beers are in Prescott Russell. On a rainy day, go for a tour of their establishment. They are approximately in a range of 45 minutes. Beau's All Natural Brewery Co. in Vankleek Hill produces the famous Lug-Tread, Cassel Brewery produces the delicious Golden Rail, Tuque de Broue Brewery produces the succulente Tuque Dorée and the Étienne Brûlé Microbrewery produces the tasty Vagabond. Take the opportunity to do your shopping!
3. Prescott-Russell is loaded with an array of small museums each telling their story. For only less than $6, visit the Orignal Old Jail. Opened in 1825, it hosted prisoner for almost two centuries, and five hangings occurred in the jail. A unique experience for all. The Macdonell-Williamson House in Hawkesbury is one of our country’s forgotten treasures! He’s one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Eastern Ontario, with no admission costs. The Clarence-Rockland Museum is quite surprising! The building itself is part of the exhibit. Go and check it out, it’s free! There is also the Train Station Museum of Casselman who honour the train history of the town, no fee’s needed.
4. A fun family, couple or friends activity involves MIFO (Movement of French involvement of Orleans). Whatever the time of the year, the organization's activities schedule overflows with a tons of interesting programming such as many activities, courses and shows. For additional details concerning MIFO’s programming, please visit their website.
So do not be disappointed by the bad weather and have fun in Prescott-Russell. In fact, after the rain we always get sunshine.
The Warwick and Wendover festivals
The Warwick and Wendover Festivals
by Amélie Gour, summer student for Prescott-Russell Tourism
Did you know that the Warwick village is known for its annual strongman competition?
Strongman Warwick Festival
Famous humorists and artists were part of the program to create some wonderful evenings, amusements for children were also available throughout the festivities. A breathtaking experience that I would not forget anytime soon. I invite you to visit their website to understand and see my experience through their photo gallery. I left this little town with a smile on my face. A destination to go, no doubt on my part.
Wendover Western Festival
What’s better than line dancing to celebrate it all and party in good company? Artists of all ages were on stage, and were performing in front of hundreds of people! On site, we could feel the excitement of the crowd that really wanted to be a part of it all and most importantly, have a good time. The good mood from the people gathered here are exactly what made my day wonderful. I had good conversations with many spectators, in fact, during my day at the Wendover Western Festival, I didn’t know that a lot of spectators followed each country festivities in the region, one after the other with their campers as the weeks progress. Also, more than half of the country/western fans do not necessarily come from our region. Something I did not know at the beginning.
My last 2 weekends were loaded in festivities but I had a great time promoting our region!
The Popsilos circuit is finally open!
My Popsilos experience
by Luc Gaudet, summer student for Prescott-Russell Tourism
On June 28th, the Popsilos circuit was officially launched! This project was realised in partnership with the renowned company, Ashop, a circuit composed of 5 farm silos painted by internationally renowned canadian artists in honnor of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The art illustrated on the silos represents the values and the vast history of Prescott-Russell. I had the honnor of traveling this circuit by bus, here are my impressions.
1st stop: The Dignard Farm
It was here, in a beautiful barn, that Jennifer Larocque, creator of this project, who welcomed us, presented her project and mentionned her multiple partnerships. Music, “Pop Curds” samples and smiles was all on the menu. A panoply of applause later, it was finally time to see the sights!
In one word: flabbergasting. It’s the only proper way to describe this grand art piece, made by Lacey Jane and Layla Folkmann. Named “Our youth, our future”, themed “The unity of all people”, and is comprised of a smiling child and a falcon. On the other side of the silo, cattails and plants are illustrated to represent the natural water purification system that the Dignards use.
2nd stop: The Ben-Rey-Mo Farm and the St-Albert Cheese Coop
After a wild but short bus trip, accompanied by a traditional music group called Deux Saisons, we arrived at the Ben-Rey-Mo farm in St-Albert. The title of this silo is “Postcard” by Carlos Silva and Benny Wilde which has an environmental theme. A snowy owl, the Larose Forest, the fields of St-Albert, the fishermen, and others illustrated. An art piece, action-covered and full of colour.
We then walked to the St-Albert Cheese Coop, "Local Champion" to admire their new mural, painted by Dan Metcalfe, entitled “Say Cheese” displaying their cow mascot, Albertine. After a good sampling of the various local products (cheese, wine and beer), we were on the road to the next stop.
3rd stop: Horses by Hanna
Next up: “Life of bees”, painted by Roadsworth. Its theme consisting of the environment, was inspired by Horses by Hanna’s color palette. It’s with giant flowers and massive bees that this silo comes to life, allowing us to feel small in compared to the force of nature. Their celebrity horse, Strawberry, was available to take pictures with present group!
4th stop: Vankleek Hill Vineyard
The 4th silo named: “Kruk”, has for a theme, the human and ecological diversity. To represent this, Omen (the artist) used a crow as his main symbol. In the First Nations folklore, the crow is seen as the creator. This ecological diversity is even seen in the vineyard itself, due to the fact that they planted 27,000 trees, creating a new ecosystem in the region for wildlife to discover.
5th stop: Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.
Beer sampling and some juicy BBQ’d sausages, nothing better after a long day! Being the second "Local Champion" for this project, we had the chance to take a look at Beau's secret mural. This playful mural was painted by artists Jordan Mckie and Chris Perez, themed “V.I.P Tour”. Alot to discover in this painting!
6th stop: Ouimet Farm Adventures
Finally, after a fun-filled day, we arrived at the final stop. This silo entitled “Farm Boy”, painted by Jarus and Zek One, has a themed called “The Youth”. It depicts a young farmer looking towards the horizon as well as the future, holding a pitchfork representing our links to the past.
In conclusion, the Popsilos circuit has managed to blow past all of my expectations in an impressive manner. A special and unforgettable experience that, thanks to the story of each and every silo, evokes a sense of pride within me as a member of this community. This circuit repersents a major attraction in the heart of the Prescott-Russell region. An exploration worth one thousand words! If you are interested in visiting the Popsilos circuit, the properties will be open to the public until October 31st. For more information on opening hours of each silo and locations, please visit the official Popsilos website: http://popsilos.ca/en/
The Prescott-Russell Bed & Breakfasts
Camping in Prescott-RussellWant to relax around a warm campfire? Lounge on a warm sandy beach or around a swimming pool? Do you prefer to sleep under the beautiful night time stars or in the comfort of your RV?
It doesn’t matter because in Prescott-Russell you will find the campground that will meet your needs! We invite you to click on the following links to discover the different services offered by the campsites in the region.
Camping Cedar Shade
East Haven Sun Club
Evergreen Camping & Resort
Parc Provincial Voyageur
This season, we have many Golf Packages for you!With the golf season now here, golf clubs in the area have prepared unforgettable golfing experiences for their guests! Located one hour from Ottawa, Montreal and the US border, discover Prescott-Russell and its charming golf courses. Take a peek at our favourites and their golf packages:
Casselview Golf & Country Club
- - Package 1: One round of golf at the Casselview Golf Club and a night at the Microtel in Casselman. This package includes a cart and breakfast. Cost: $117.00 Other details: 1 (888) 470-8556
- - Package 2: Two rounds of golf at the Casselview Golf Club and the Hawkesbury Golf Club and a night at the Microtel in Casselman. This package includes a cart, breakfast and dinner. Cost: $199.00 Other details: Custom Golf Packages available.
Curran Par 3 Golf Course
Hammond Golf Club
Hawkesbury Golf & Curling Club
- - Package 1: Two rounds of golf at the Hawkesbury Golf Club and Casselview Golf Club and a night at the Microtel in Casselman. This package includes a cart, breakfast and dinner. Cost: $199.00 Other details: Custom Golf Packages available.
- - Package 2: One round of golf at the Hawkesbury Golf Club and a night at the Quality Inn in Hawkesbury. This package includes a cart and breakfast. Cost: $104.50
- - Package 3: One round of golf at the Hawkesbury Golf Club and a night at the Victorian B&B in Vankleek Hill. This package includes a cart, breakfast and dinner. Cost: $87.99 Other details: Dinner at Vert Fourchette with Beau’s Brewery Tour.
Nation Golf Club
- - Package 1: One round of golf at the Nation Golf Club and a night at Place 1967 in Plantagenet. This package includes breakfast only. Cost: $80.00
- - Package 2: One round of golf at the Nation Golf Club and a night at Place 1967 in Plantagenet. This package includes a cart and breakfast. Cost: $95.00
- - Package 3: One round of golf at the Nation Golf Club and a night at Place 1967 in Plantagenet. This package includes breakfast and dinner. Cost: $97.50
- - Package 4: One round of golf at the Nation Golf Club and a night at Place 1967 in Plantagenet. This package includes a cart, breakfast and dinner. Cost: $112.50
- - Package 5: One round of golf at the Nation Golf Club and a night at O Genêt B&B in Plantagenet. This package includes breakfast only. Cost: $93.50 Other details: Breakfast with local flavors.
- - Package 6: One round of golf at the Nation Golf Club and a night at O Genêt B&B in Plantagenet. This package includes a cart and breakfast. Cost: $111.50 Other details: Breakfast with local flavors.
Rockland Golf Club
- - Package 1: One round of golf at the Rockland Golf Club and a night at O Genêt B&B in Plantagenet. This package includes a cart and breakfast. Cost: $99.00 Other details: Sat – Sun. Holiday After 11:00, Mon – Fri. At all times.
- - Package 2: Two rounds of golf at the Rockland Golf Club and a night at O Genêt B&B in Plantagenet. This package includes a cart and breakfast. Cost: $139.00 Other details: Sat – Sun. Holiday After 11:00, Mon – Fri. At all times.
- - Package 3: One round of golf at the Rockland Golf Club and a night at the River Rock Inn in Rockland. This package includes a cart and breakfast. Cost: $99.00 Other details: Sat – Sun. Holiday After 11:00, Mon – Fri. At all times.
- - Package 4: Two rounds of golf at the Rockland Golf Club and a night at the River Rock Inn in Rockland. This package includes a cart and breakfast. Cost: $139.00 Other details: Sat – Sun. Holiday After 11:00, Mon – Fri. At all times.
For a reservation, please contact the respective accommodation.
- - Microtel Inn & Suites : (613) 427-3550
- - Place 1967 Restaurant & Motel : (613) 673-5220
- - Gîte O Genêt : (613) 673-2039
- - Quality Inn : (613) 632-5941
- - Victorian B&B : (613) 678-2848
- - River Rock Inn : (613) 446-6710