Farnham Town Hall.
Location within Brome-Missisquoi RCM.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Constituted||March 8, 2000|
|• Mayor||Patrick Melchior|
|• Federal riding||Brome—Missisquoi|
|• Prov. riding||Brome-Missisquoi|
|• Total||94.10 km2 (36.33 sq mi)|
|• Land||92.04 km2 (35.54 sq mi)|
|• Density||90.5/km2 (234/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||6.7%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||450 and 579|
|Highways|| Route 104 |
Farnham is a city in Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 8,330, making it the second most populated community in the RCM.
The city of Farnham takes its name from the historic Township of Farnham. The latter is one of the few townships established before 1800, and was named in remembrance of Farnham, UK. The first "Farnhamiens", mostly Loyalists from the United States, arrived in 1800.
On December 28, 1876, Farnham got the status of "town". On March 8, 2000, the town of Farnham and the municipality of Rainville merged to form the new "City of Farnham". The total population is now numbered at 8,000 inhabitants.
Farnham is also the site of an important military training camp, used primarily by the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School and local militia.
Built on the shores of the Yamaska River, at the border of the Saint-Lawrence lowlands, the city of Farnham is located in the center of important cities such as Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (West) and Granby (North-East).
(A) amalgamation of the Town of Farnham and the Municipality of Rainville on March 8, 2000.
|Canada Census Mother Tongue - Farnham, Quebec|
French & English
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Petite Église - once an old church, the newly renovated building is now a fully functional recording studio, owned and operated by Montreal-based indie rock band Arcade Fire. The band announced on January 18, 2013, that they are selling the church they had been using as a studio. Other notable bands to have recorded at Petite Église include Wolf Parade and Hot Springs. The church is now owned by Emery Street Records, and continues to be used as a recording studio.
Located in Farnham is a skydiving school, Nouvel Air. Farnham has an arena named in honour of Madeleine Auclair. Since the 1990s Farnham has had a skate board park, which hosts an annual festival every August named "Skatefest de Farnham". Southeast of Farnham is the golf course "Club de Golf de Farnham".
Farnham is on the route of both the Montérégiade Farnham/Granby and Route verte bicycle paths.
- In 2006, the members of the group Arcade Fire purchased the Petite Église, an old church that was renovated into a permanent recording studio for the band. After recording the albums Neon Bible and The Suburbs at the location, the band put the studio up for sale in 2013 citing "roof problems" as the cause for the sale.
- H. H. Bennett, photographer, was born in Farnham.
- Sylvain Charlebois, Author, known researcher and expert at Dalhousie University in food distribution and policy, was born in Farnham.
- Simon Durivage, a known journalist in Province of Québec, was born in Farnham.
- Alain Forand, commanded the southern UNTAES forces in Croatia, and the Land Force Quebec Area during the Saguenay Flood operation and the Ice Storm of 1998.
- Ludger Lemieux, architect, was born in Farnham.
- Yvan Ponton, a known comedian in Province of Québec, was born in Farnham.
- Yves Rodier, comic strip creator, known for his many pastiches of The Adventures of Tintin, was born in Farnham.
- Reference number 21996 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
- "Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Farnham". Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- "Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROME--MISSISQUOI (Quebec)". Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- Sean Michaels, "Inside the church of Arcade Fire" Archived March 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Paste Magazine, April 11, 2007.Dead Link 2013-01-19
- Young, Alex (18 January 2013). "Buy Arcade Fire's church". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Kennedy, John R. (16 October 2014). "Former Arcade Fire church gets new life". Global News. Retrieved 16 October 2014.