Farnham Town Hall.
Location within Brome-Missisquoi RCM.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Constituted||March 8, 2000|
|• Mayor||Josef Hüsler|
|• 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||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|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 municipality of Farnham. The latter is one of the few townships being proclaimed before 1800, and was named as such in remembrance of Farnham, UK. The first "Farnhamiens", mostly Loyalists from the United States, first came there 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).
(+) Amalgamation of the City of Farnham and the Municipality of Rainville on March 8, 2000.
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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.
Located in Farnham is Canada's leading skydiving school, Nouvel Air. Farnham has an arena named in honor 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.
- Guy Boivin, author among others with Hans-Jürgen Greif of novels La bonbonnière (2007) and Le temps figé (2012), is the leader of the party Équipe autonomiste and was born on Petit-Rang in Farnham.
- Sylvain Charlebois, expert in food-processing politics, was born in Farnham.
- Simon Durivage, a known journalist in Province of Québec, was born in Farnham.
- 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 (French)
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Farnham
- Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROME--MISSISQUOI (Quebec)
- 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Farnham, Quebec
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Farnham, Quebec
- Sean Michaels, "Inside the church of Arcade Fire", 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.
Media related to Farnham (Québec) at Wikimedia Commons