Ayer's Cliff, Quebec

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.

Ayer's Cliff
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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
ConstitutedFebruary 4, 1909
 • MayorAlec van Zuiden
 • Federal ridingCompton—Stanstead
 • Prov. ridingOrford
 • Total5.50 km2 (2.12 sq mi)
 • Land5.60 km2 (2.16 sq mi)
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contradiction between two
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 • Total1,109
 • Density197.9/km2 (513/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 1.2%
 • Dwellings
Demonym(s)Ayer's Cliffer
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Highways Route 141
Route 208
Census profile2445035[4]
MAMROT info45035[2]
Toponymie info142204[1]


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 peopleEdit

  • 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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Reference number 142204 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Geographic code 45035 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: COMPTON--STANSTEAD (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b c "(Code 2445035) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  5. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Ayer's Cliff, Quebec
  6. ^ 2011 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Ayer's Cliff, Quebec