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
 • Mayor Alec van Zuiden
 • Federal riding Compton—Stanstead
 • Prov. riding Orford
 • 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(s) 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 Canada–United States border, on Lake Massawippi, near the mouth of the Tomifobia River.


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.

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 are home to a combination of seasonal and year-round residents. The village is the site of Ripplecove Inn, a world-renowned luxury resort 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.


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%

Notable people[edit]

  • During the 1930s, multi-millionaire sportsman Foxhall P. Keene maintained a seasonal residence in Ayer's Cliff where he died in 1941.
  • American novelist and essayist Upton Sinclair also spent time in Ayer's Cliff in the 1930s.

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