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CountryCanada Canada
ProvinceQuebec Quebec
Regional County
Municipalities (RCM) and Equivalent
Territories (ET)
 • Regional conference of elected officersJacques Demers (President)
 • Land10,212.00 km2 (3,942.88 sq mi)
 • Total319,004
 • Density31.2/km2 (81/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code
Area code819

The Estrie (French pronunciation: ​[ɛstʁi]) is an administrative region of Quebec that replaced the Eastern Townships. Estrie, a French neologism, was coined as a derivative of est, "east". Originally settle by anglophones, today it is about 90 per cent francophone.[2] Anglophones are concentrated in Lennoxville, home of the region's only English-speaking university, Bishop's University. The Eastern Townships School Board runs 20 elementary schools, three high schools, and a learning centre.[3]


While the economy of the area is mainly based on agriculture, forestry, and mining,[4] tourist attractions include four Sépaq parks: Yamaska, Mont-Orford, Frontenac, and Mont-Mégantic,[5] ski resorts at Mont Brome and Mont Orford, and agritourism.


Regional County Municipalities[edit]

Regional County Municipality (RCM) Population
2016 Canadian Census[6]
Land Area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of RCM
Coaticook 18,497 1,339.80 km2 (517.30 sq mi) 13.8 Coaticook
Le Granit 21,462 2,735.21 km2 (1,056.07 sq mi) 7.8 Lac-Mégantic
Le Haut-Saint-François 22,335 2,273.39 km2 (877.76 sq mi) 9.8 Cookshire-Eaton
Le Val-Saint-François 30,686 1,403.43 km2 (541.87 sq mi) 21.9 Richmond
Les Sources 14,286 787.13 km2 (303.91 sq mi) 18.1 Asbestos
Memphrémagog 50,415 1,319.29 km2 (509.38 sq mi) 38.2 Magog

Equivalent Territory[edit]

Equivalent Territory (ET) Population
2016 Canadian Census[6]
Land Area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of ET
Sherbrooke 161,323 367.10 km2 (141.74 sq mi) 456.0 Sherbrooke

Major communities[edit]

School Districts[edit]


  • Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons (Coaticook, East Angus and Lac-Mégantic).
  • Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke
  • Commission scolaire des Sommets



  1. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Estrie [Economic region], Quebec". Statistics Canada. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Eastern Townships". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  3. ^ Elementary schools Archived 2010-11-30 at the Wayback Machine and High Schools Archived 2010-10-27 at the Wayback Machine, Eastern Townships School Board, accessed 19 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Community Snapshot – Eastern Townships" (PDF). The Community Information Database. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Best of the Townships". Tourism Eastern Townships. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2016 Census". Statistics Canada. Retrieved December 4, 2019.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°28′53.6″N 71°40′4.5″W / 45.481556°N 71.667917°W / 45.481556; -71.667917