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Farnham, Quebec

Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality Quebec Montérégie
Farnham
Farnham Town Hall.
Farnham Town Hall.
Coat of arms of Farnham
Coat of arms
Location within Brome-Missisquoi RCM.
Location within Brome-Missisquoi RCM.
Farnham is located in Southern Quebec
Farnham
Farnham
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°17′N 72°59′W / 45.283°N 72.983°W / 45.283; -72.983Coordinates: 45°17′N 72°59′W / 45.283°N 72.983°W / 45.283; -72.983[1]
CountryCanada
ProvinceQuebec
RegionMontérégie
RCMBrome-Missisquoi
Settled1800
ConstitutedMarch 8, 2000
Government
 • MayorPatrick Melchior
 • Federal ridingBrome—Missisquoi
 • Prov. ridingBrome-Missisquoi
Area
 • Total94.10 km2 (36.33 sq mi)
 • Land92.04 km2 (35.54 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[4]
 • Total8,330
 • Density90.5/km2 (234/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 6.7%
 • Dwellings
3,852
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579
Highways Route 104
Route 233
Route 235
Geocode46112
PeopleFarnhamien
Farnhamienne
Websitewww.ville.farnham.qc.ca

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.

History

Farnham town hall

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.

Geography

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).

Demographics

Population

Historical Census Data - Farnham, Quebec[7]
YearPop.±%
1991 6,146—    
1996 6,044−1.7%
YearPop.±%
2000A 7,899+30.7%
2001 7,747−1.9%
YearPop.±%
2006 7,809+0.8%
2011 8,330+6.7%
(A) amalgamation of the Town of Farnham and the Municipality of Rainville on March 8, 2000.

Language

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Farnham, Quebec[7]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
8,170
7,675 Increase 7.3% 93.94% 320 Increase 14.3% 3.92% 85 Decrease 5.6% 1.04% 90 Decrease 28.0% 1.10%
2006
7,645
7,150 Decrease 0.8% 93.53% 280 Increase 27.3% 3.66% 90 Decrease 21.7% 1.18% 125 Increase 177.8% 1.63%
2001
7,585
7,205 Increase 31.6% 94.99% 220 Decrease 13.7% 2.90% 115 Increase 27.8% 1.52% 45 Decrease 25.0% 0.59%
1996
5,880
5,475 n/a 93.11% 255 n/a 4.34% 90 n/a 1.53% 60 n/a 1.02%

Attractions

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.[8] The band announced on January 18, 2013, that they are selling the church they had been using as a studio.[9] 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.[10]

Activities

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.

Transportation

Farnham is home to Farnham railway station, a disused station belonging to the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ Reference number 21996 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ "Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROME--MISSISQUOI (Quebec)". Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  4. ^ a b c "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ Young, Alex (18 January 2013). "Buy Arcade Fire's church". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  10. ^ Kennedy, John R. (16 October 2014). "Former Arcade Fire church gets new life". Global News. Retrieved 16 October 2014.