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Tucked away in the hills at the beginning of the Appalachians, Inverness is part of the MRC de l’Érable, a territory that lies in the Centre du Québec region. From the time of the Abenaki hunting territories to the beginnings of the bronze industry, Inverness has witnessed a number of waves of immigration. We invite you to follow the stories of the first settlers, from the American loyalists and the Scottish, to the British, Irish and French Canadians who have shaped this territory and have passed down a rich historical heritage for us to discover. 

The village of Inverness, once called the “chief town of the Megantic County”, has a unique and rich past where numerous cultures converged over the years. Its churches, cemeteries and centennial homes still stand as a reminder of the years of great economic and social activity. To discover Inverness with its rolling landscapes and rivers is to get a glimpse of the vision of those who guided its development, past and present.

The Celtic Way    

In 1999, the Comité de développement économique d’Inverness takes on as part of its mandate the promotion of the municipality’s heritage and historical attractions. Two years later, the committee creates the Celtic Way. Its mission consists in reconstructing and spreading the history of Inverness, from its colonization days to present day, and in showcasing the various historical attractions that would favour socio-cultural development and attract tourism to the area. The Celtic Way also contributed to the creation of jobs for its citizens, namely for the youth hired as guides for the historic tour.

The year that followed the creation of The Celtic Way, the Comité de développement économique acquired a house located at 324 Gosford road south. A tour guide is now on hand to welcome all visitors. Come and meet us at The Celtic Way to obtain tourist information or to visit our souvenir shop which offers a wide variety of Celtic objects and other arts and crafts made by our local artisans.

The Celtic Way was named in honour of the first Scottish pioneers of Celtic descent who settled in Inverness (Picture by Gilles Pelletier)


The historic tour

The historic tour of Inverness winds through the rolling hills of the Appalachian Piedmont. Along the course, you will discover the many churches and presbyteries as well as cemeteries of various allegiances, Lysander Falls, and in the village, the Anglican and Presbyterian churches, the Saint-Andrews Cemetery, the Academy, the Art Gallery of Anne Renard as well as the ancient courthouse now transformed into the Bronze Museum (Musée du Bronze).   

Since its inception, the Celtic Way offers a guided historic tour, including an account of the township and the village of Inverness from the time when the territory was occupied by its first occupants (the Abenaki), followed by the arrival of the American loyalists, the Scottish, the Irish and the French Canadians. To date, numerous visitors from the region, Quebec City, Montreal and even Western Canada, the United States and Europe have had the opportunity to learn about the exceptional history and heritage of Inverness.

The tour is available as a guided walking tour through the village, or as a guided bus tour for groups through the village and its surroundings. The tour’s circuit can vary depending on the time available and the type of bus transportation used. Using a map to locate places and points of interest, cyclists and motorists can also enjoy the circuit on their own. The tour contains nineteen points of interest and covers over fifty kilometres of hilly roads and breathtaking landscapes. Map in hand, you can even create your own circuit. 

The village which is relatively flat can easily be travelled by bicycle. For the more athletic types, the roads surrounding the township can also be enjoyed, but be warned that many hills await you. On your way to Joseph Lake, you will cross what was once the first Scottish settler’s camp. Some roads remain unpaved and if you are riding a mountain bike you will be able to take numerous paths to go deeper into the forest.  For those of you who prefer to explore the village on foot, six interpretation panels containing information of the village’s history have been placed at your disposal.

Landscape of rural route 7 in Inverness (Picture by Gilles Pelletier).

Open to the public:  
June 24th to Labour Day,
Wednesday to Sunday 10:30 am to 4:30 pm,
More availability for group reservations


Guided historic tour: 7 $ per person


Contact us at:
The Celtic Way
324, chemin Gosford Sud
Inverness, Qc. G0S 1K0
Tel: 418 453-3434

We welcome you to the path of the first settlers. Follow the historical tour of Inverness, once the Chief-town of the Megantic County, among the breathtaking roads of the Appalachians. You will see along the way churches, presbyteries and cemeteries of various demonimations such as: Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist, Congregationalist, Roman Catholic and United Church. Discover Glen Lloyd, Glen Murray, Campbell's Corners, Lipsey's Hill, Adderly, Lysander Falls, the site of the annual Orange Picnic and more.

From the first hunting grounds of the Abenaki Indians to the development of the bronze industry, Inverness has seen many waves of immigration: the American Loyalists, the Scottish from the Isle of Arran, the English, the Irish and the French Canadians. They all made their mark on this territory and left a heritage for you to discover.

Click below to see the video presentation of the Celtic Way.


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