Knowlton is main village in the amalgamated city of the Town of Brome Lake or Ville de Lac Brome. The Town consists of seven nearby villaged. The other six villages are Bondville, East Hill, Foster, Fulford, Iron Hill, and West Brome. Brome Lake has been a summer destination for wealthy families for many years and is ringed with exquisite cottage homes and boasts a marina and municipal beach. Bustling, pretty Knowlton belongs to the "Association des plus beaux villages du Quebec", a group that represents villages which have retained their culture and history.
Knowlton is one hour south of Montreal via Autoroute 10. Exit at Exit 90 and head south on Highway 243. There is regular coach bus service to Knowlton from Montreal and other surrounding towns and villages. The coach stop in Knowlton is at the Depanneur Rouge.
Walking is by far the best way to see the village as you will want to be able to take your time visiting the shops and parks. Knowlton has a walking path on the banks of the Coldbrook River.
Visit the Brome Lake Historical Society Museum on Lakeside Rd. Its displays are excellent and pertinent to the area. The complex operates on donations of buildings, money and artifacts. One display details the life of Reginald Fessenden, inventor of short wave radio, who lived in Knowlton as a child. The most fascinating exhibit at the museum is a Fokker D.VII, a First World War aircraft, one of three remaining in the world. The others are in London and Berlin. It is in good condition and was last flown in the 1960's.
The village is home to Auberge Knowlton, an excellent place to stay while exploring the area. The Auberge, located at the corner of Lakeside and Knowlton Roads, in the heart of the community, advertises that the building has been an inn for 150 years. Present owners, Michel Gabereau and Signy Stephenson have done a great job of sympathetically renovating the heritage structure. It’s such a pleasure to stay in a room that has windows that actually open! Their on-site Restaurant-Bistro, Le Relais, specializes in local cuisine. Patrons rarely stop at one basket of warm crusty baguette with creamy Eastern Townships butter and their soups are excellent.