House Sitting in Quebec (and why we loved it)

After we left Collingwood, we made an overnight stop in Ottawa before heading to our next house sitting opportunity in Moe’s River Quebec, Canada. Moe’s River is sandwiched between Compton and Coaticook. It was an easy drive from Ottawa, about 312 km away.

COMPTON

Compton is described as a municipality in Coaticook Regional County Municipality in the Estrie region of Quebec. It is bordered on the north by Waterville, the east by Martinville, the south by Coaticook and on the west by Hatley and the township of Hatley. The village itself is approximately 15 kilometers from the south end of Sherbrook and only 25 kilometers from the U.S. Border.

Map showing Compton QuebecCompton is a ten 10 mile drive from Coaticook and 20 minutes from Sherbrooke.

Louis St-Laurent, Canada’s 12th prime minister (1948-1957) was born on February 12, 1882, and raised in the village. Statistics Canada puts the population in 2016 at 3,131, not much more than in 2011 when it was 3,112.

At first glance, you might think Compton doesn’t have a lot to offer but there are three rivers that flow through the municipality from south to north, in the centre of Coaticook River and east to the Moe and Salmon Rivers. There are over 80 kilometers of country lanes, beautiful landscapes and valleys. It also boasts approximately 140 agricultural businesses.

Many young families, who are looking for a better quality of life for their children, are choosing to move here.

COATICOOK

Coaticook (a French person doesn’t pronounce it as Coat – i – cook but more like Quat-i- cook) at least that’s how we were told.

A town in southeastern Quebec, Coaticook is on the Coaticook River and in the Coaticook Regional County Municipality. Its southern border is also the Canada-United States border. (Source Wikipedia). Population in 2011 was 9,255. It also has the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge (169 m) which spans the magnificent Gorge de Coaticook.

Coaticook is a well-known tourist destination. At the Parc de la Gorge, you will find the Forestra Lumina nocturnal pathways, all lit up with fairy lights. It was believed that magical creatures lived in the woods. Up to 2017, a total of 375,000 visitors have been drawn to it, paying for a 1.6 mile nighttime stroll.

If you are planning to visit this summer, book your tickets now. Besides rates and schedules, the website also gives a lot of useful information such as:

  • What happens in bad weather
  • Is it suggested for children, elderly, or individuals with reduced mobility
  • Are shuttles and parking free
  • Are pets allowed
  • Can you take pictures and videos
  • Can you eat on-site
  • A picture gallery with lots of photos

Local legend says a girl name Margaret lived near the forest years ago and had a special gift. It was believed she could see things that others couldn’t such as fairies and magical creatures and her soul is still in the forest and it lights it up.

Tasty treats abound in Coaticook such as this tasty looking pancake (looks almost too pretty to eat) which we had at the L’Eggspress Du Verger on Child Street. Yum!

Pancake at L'Eggspress Du Verger, Coaticook Quebec

The dairy, Laiterie de Coaticook, is famous for its ice cream and tasty cheeses, and the microbrewery, Microbrasserie de Coaticook, is well-known for its delicious fish & chips and craft beers.

MOE’S RIVER

Finally, we come to Moe’s River where we house sat. It is one of the oldest picturesque hamlets and is a popular spot for vacationers.

Moe’s River is in the Eastern Townships in Quebec and a tributary of the Saint-Francois River. It is about 190 mi (306 km) east of Ottawa and 14 mi (23 km) from Sherbrooke Airport. It is 6.2 km from Compton and 16.9 km from Coaticook.

OUR HOST

Our Host Pierre’s home was a quaint little house nestled on 5 acres of land in a small hamlet of Moe’s River. You immediately felt the peace, surrounded by many many trees – no noise from traffic! In fact, our first day there we saw a young deer quietly munching in one of the big fields, only to scamper off when we stopped to take a photo.

Pierre himself is a gracious host who owns a boat selling company and travels all over Canada to participate in boat shows and promote his boats. If this is a passion of yours, you can connect with Pierre at Topper or Parallel 45 Marine. Before we left, he took us to the place where they store some of the beautiful boats that they promote and sell.

The home was comfortable and warm, easy to look after and situated in a great spot. You could see why Pierre loved this place.

OUR REASON FOR BEING THERE

Buddy is a six-year cross between a Japanese and Labrador breed and absolutely lovable. He has such a beautiful and kind face.

Japanese and Labrador mixed dog looking over a hill

When Buddy was inside he was quiet and quite content to be petted and rubbed. Outside, he loved to wonder on his own; sometimes we would catch him just sitting, as if he was watching over his vast domain which I am sure he was!

House sitting with Buddy in Quebec

Buddy was very easy to care for, did not require any special medication and once asleep we did not hear from him until morning.

We understood he was a hunter but he did not present us with any of his spoils while we were there – I’m not sure that was a bad thing!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Even though our stay was short, we really enjoyed this house sit and wish we could have had more time to check out some of the local attractions.

We have been fortunate to meet some really terrific hosts and pets and Pierre and Buddy were no exception. We definitely would return.

Flooding in Mousette Park, Gatineau

On our way from Moe’s River to Ottawa for our next house sit, I snapped a photo from the car in Magog, and then we stopped at Mousette Park, Gatineau, on the northern bank of the Ottawa River. Ottawa had been going through some major flooding and we wanted to get a few pics of the water.

If you would like to know how we are able to travel to places like Quebec, check out Trusted House Sitters.

Have you ever been to Quebec and did you like it? What was your favourite experience?

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I love to travel and my biggest regret is that I waited so long to do it, thinking I just couldn’t afford it. I have had some crazy fun, some scary moments, such as getting locked in a shower at a campsite, and met some amazing people. For our trip to Mexico we were able to save money by house sitting, which was something completely new to us. If this is something that interests you, then check out TrustedHousesitters. We hope you visit often.

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