Hops is tops: celebrating Pontiac's new crop



Kate Aley

A hops party, hosted by Pontiac Hops in Luskville, gave visitors a chance to learn a little more about this successful new commercial enterprise.

Above, Pontiac Hops co-owners Anthony (right) and Jimmy Nugent.

Last Saturday, July 29, local farmers and community members toured the hops yards and also enjoyed a taste of some of the beer made with Pontiac Hops produce. Representatives of both Mill Street and Big Rig breweries had visited the farm that morning, leaving a generous amount of samples for the party.

"We had over 100 people at the event," Anthony Nugent said. "The party was held at Bradley Road with a BBQ and band in the afternoon. The people from Big Rig and Mill Street really enjoyed the visit and will come back to take part in the harvest."

Nugent explained that Big Rig are a major buyer of produce from Pontiac Hops. "They were making a brew to mark Canada's 150th and so wanted to use all Canadian products," he said.

Nugent credits the rising number of craft breweries as the reason for the development of hops farms in the area. "We got a lot of interested reactions [from the visitors]," he said. "A couple of people approached us to ask more about the work involved [in setting up a hops yard]. More and more breweries are opening; since we started [Pontiac Hops], there have been another five to six breweries have opened up in the Ottawa Valley, and that's just the ones I know about."

Pontiac Hops was founded in 2014 and currently grows Centennial and Cascade varieties. Learn more at pontiachops.ca

Photographs courtesy of Pontiac Hops

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Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac


Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

Sondage: profiter de la nature dans le Pontiac


Est-ce que vous passez du temps à apprécier la nature ? Si oui, une étudiante au doctorat à l’Université McGill, Dalal Hanna, a un sondage web anonyme à vous proposer. Elle fait présentement de la recherche sur les diverses façons dont les gens des régions de Bristol et de Pontiac profitent de la nature, et comment ils aimeraient idéalement profiter de la nature dans le futur. Dalal fait cette recherche parce que ça génère de l’information qui peut aider la société à développer des meilleures façons de gérer l’environnent. Son projet cherche à améliorer les connaissances, et est purement académique.

Un sommaire anonyme des résultats sera partagé dans votre communauté en Décembre 2018, ainsi que disponible en ligne.

Si ce projet vous intéresse, s’il vous plait visitez le sondage en ligne ici :


Le sondage prend environ 30 minutes à compléter.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Dalal Hanna par courriel (dalal.hanna@mail.mcgill.ca). Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (elena.bennett@mcgill.ca).

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville



Thomas Soulière

Pontiac2020.ca reader Nina Lépine-Forget alerted us to the fire and sent us this image of the blaze taken just before the arrival of firefighters to the scene

An early morning fire completely destroyed a barn on a farm located at 2002 route 148 (chemin Eardley) in the Luskville sector in the Municipality of Pontiac Monday.

Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac


Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac est une visite auto-guidée de neuf jardins champêtres. L’accent porte sur les méthodes écologiques, les aménagements favorisant la biodiversité et les plantes indigènes. Des artisans du Pontiac seront sur place pour vous faire découvrir leur art, livres et cartes. Les jardiniers vous proposeront quant à eux, des légumes écologiques, des semences et des plantes, ainsi que des tisanes, paniers et différents produits de leur terroir.

Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour


Pontiac Gardens and Gifts is a self-guided garden tour featuring nine country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region. The focus is on organic techniques, wildlife-friendly designs and native plants. In addition, regional artists and artisans will sell their art, books and cards. Some gardens will be selling nursery stock and seeds, organic produce, herbal products and more.