The closure of the border has its good sides, in the eastern Townships

La fermeture de la frontière a ses bons côtés en Estrie

The extension of the closure of the border between Canada and the United States has, of course, has an impact on the tourism industry in the Townships Is, but many merchants and vacationers are seeing this as an opportunity.

The golf club, Owl’s Head, the president and chief executive Paul Bourdages was not surprised to learn that the border will remain closed until at least August 21. “It is sure that we had a nice american clientele, but it is like that, and it is correct. It must be done to protect the health of people here,” he pointed out in an interview with TVA News.

Despite the context, the club has recorded an excellent start to the season, better than in 2019. “This is an opportunity for Quebecers to discover the regions, and we have an exceptional site. Bookings come in without stop to the construction holiday, which began at the end of the week,” said Mr. Bourdages.

The traders in the eastern townships that shops near the border have also lost the american clientele, but they also prefer to see the positive side.

“Instead of going to put gas in the United States and at the same time make commissions, the people here found that they were very well served at their local merchants. There are customers that we had never seen before the pandemic that now return on a regular basis”, said the manager of the Marché Richelieu Potton, Catherine Ducharme.

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