Ayer's Cliff, Quebec

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Ayer's Cliff
Village municipality
Ayer's Cliff.jpg
Location within Memphrémagog RCM.
Location within Memphrémagog RCM.
Ayer's Cliff is located in Southern Quebec
Ayer's Cliff
Ayer's Cliff
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°10′N 72°03′W / 45.167°N 72.050°W / 45.167; -72.050Coordinates: 45°10′N 72°03′W / 45.167°N 72.050°W / 45.167; -72.050[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Estrie
RCM Memphrémagog
Settled 1815
Constituted February 4, 1909
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Alec van Zuiden
 • Federal riding Compton—Stanstead
 • Prov. riding Orford
Area[2][4]
 • Total 5.50 km2 (2.12 sq mi)
 • Land 5.60 km2 (2.16 sq mi)
  There is an apparent
contradiction between two
authoritative sources
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 1,109
 • Density 197.9/km2 (513/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 1.2%
 • Dwellings 595
Demonym Ayer's Cliffer
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0B 1C0
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 141
Route 208
Census profile 2445035[4]
MAMROT info 45035[2]
Toponymie info 142204[1]
Website www.ayerscliff.ca

Ayer's Cliff (2011 population 1,109) is a village municipality in the Memphrémagog Regional County Municipality in the Estrie region of Quebec. It is located just north of the Vermont/Canada border, on Lake Massawippi, near the mouth of the Tomifobia River.

History[edit]

In the early 1910s and 1920s a number of wealthy Americans built summer estates in Ayer's Cliff. These included the railroad mogul Charles Keller Beekman, Chicago attorney David Leavitt Hough, Charles W. Parker, and George Fuller Parker, a close friend of President Grover Cleveland.

In the 1930s, the well-known American multi-millionaire sportsman Foxhall P. Keene maintained a seasonal residence at Ayer's Cliff, where he died in 1941. The American writer Upton Sinclair also spent time in Ayer's Cliff in the 1930s.

Ayer's Cliff still maintains a large anglophone population, with roots going back to the late 18th century.

Today Ayer's Cliff and the surrounding region is home to a combination of seasonal and year-round residents. The village is the site of world-renowned luxury resort, the Ripplecove Inn, featured on CTV Travel's Most Romantic Hideaways.

The annual Ayer's Cliff Fair has been a popular gathering place for Eastern Townshippers since 1845. It is a multi-day event that includes animal shows, rides, attractions and entertainment for all.

Demographics[edit]

Home language (2006)[5]
Language Population Pct (%)
English only 610 58.37%
French only 410 39.23%
Both English and French 25 2.39%
Home language (2011)[6]
Language Population Pct (%)
English only 475 44.39%
French only 575 53.74%
Both English and French 15 1.40%

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