Life in the hamlets: Tales of Sutton

Audio guided circuit 2- Free

© Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), Heritage Sutton, Godue Family

This second circuit starts in the center of town and leads to the former hamlets of North Sutton and West Sutton.

Do you hear the sound of shovels on the stony ground of the Sutton mountains? Share the harsh life of the township pioneers and the first French-Canadians as well as their hopes and deeds as they tame this enormous territory. Clearing the land all the way to urban and industrial development, not forgetting the business of copper. On the way you will come across some endearing characters who made their mark on 19th century Sutton. Your virtuel guide on this circuit is

image12_POwner of a general store, postmaster, farmer and lieutenant-colonel in the local militia, George found himself at the forefront of Sutton’s development throughout the 19th century. He is the ideal person to accompany you during your discovery of this slice of local history. Moreover, it is said that he was part of a group of local businessmen who lobbied the South Eastern Counties Railroad company to convince them that it was economically viable to have the train pass via the Sutton River valley. At the national level he was also assistant to the chief engineer who had the Chambly canal built. His son Eugene Alphonse and some of his grandsons, including Leon, were also involved in the local community…and continue on through history much to our delight.

There are the bells sounding the alarm. Quick! The village is on fire. It is time to go.

It is possible to divide the circuit into four segments and follow each individually. However, the first stop provides a portrait of the region that will help understand the circuit in its entirety and that a continuous thread connects the tales.

You can try a sample of the circuit on the GuidiGo website. This circuit has been made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Town of Sutton and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.

To add to your experience and learn more about Sutton history, visit the Museum of Communications and History of Sutton.
The permanent exhibition displays more information about the great fire.
The Heritage Sutton Historical Society regularly publishes its History sketchbooks sold in several places in the village or via their website.

Museum of Communications and History of Sutton

Contact: Richard Leclerc Travail 32 Principale Sud Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 514 891-9560 Site internet:

Héritage Sutton – Historical Society

Travail 11 Principale S. Sutton QC J0E 2K0 Site internet:

Sales points for the History sketchbooks:

  • Les Bons Débarras - thrift store: 29 Principale N.
  • Le Cafetier: 9 Principale N.
  • Tourist Office: 24-A Principale S. (opposite the Town Hall)

Instructions for downloading the audio guide

Circuit 2 - Life in the hamlets: Tales of Sutton
Itinerary: 23 stops | Duration: 2:45| Audio: 62 min

Download the free GuidiGO application.
Use the App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices).

2. Download the circuit: 

  • Once the app is downloaded tap GO Store (Apple) or Discover (Android)
  • Choose Pick a place (Apple) or Places (Android).
  • Scroll down to Canada and choose Sutton. Pick which of the free Sutton historical circuits you want to download

* If this is your first time using GuidiGO you will need to create an account via e- mail, Facebook or Google.

* We recommend downloading the app and the circuit before coming to Sutton. The download usually takes 10 to 15 minutes but can take up to 40 minutes dependent on the speed of your internet connection. If you are already in Sutton when you decide to follow the circuit the Tourist Office at 24 rue Principle Sud opposite the Town Hall has free Wi-Fi access and can help you out.

3. You will find your downloaded circuit in the Library (Apple) or My Tours (Android).
To make your visit as easy and pleasant as possible we highly recommend printing the Users Guide and the Circuit Directions below.

These documents are also available at the Tourist Office in Sutton.