Farnham, Quebec

Coordinates: 45°17′N 72°59′W / 45.283°N 72.983°W / 45.283; -72.983[2]
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Farnham
Farnham Town Hall.
Farnham Town Hall.
Coat of arms of Farnham
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; -72.983[2][3]
CountryCanada
ProvinceQuebec
RegionMontérégie[1]
RCMBrome-Missisquoi
Settled1800
ConstitutedMarch 8, 2000
Government
 • MayorPatrick Melchior
 • Federal ridingBrome—Missisquoi
 • Prov. ridingBrome-Missisquoi
Area
 • Total94.10 km2 (36.33 sq mi)
 • Land92.12 km2 (35.57 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[6]
 • Total10,149
 • Density110.2/km2 (285/sq mi)
 • Pop 2016-2021
Increase 13.9%
 • Dwellings
4,697
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579
Highways R-104
R-233
R-235
Geocode46112
PeopleFarnhamien
Farnhamienne
Websitewww.ville.farnham.qc.ca

Farnham is a city in Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality in the Estrie region of Quebec, Canada. The population as of the Canada 2021 Census was 10,149, making it the second most populated community in the RCM.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Historical Census Data - Farnham, Quebec[7]
YearPop.±%
1991 6,146—    
1996 6,044−1.7%
2000A 7,899+30.7%
2001 7,747−1.9%
2006 7,809+0.8%
2011 8,330+6.7%
2016 8,909+7.0%
2021 10,149+13.9%
(A) amalgamation of the Town of Farnham and the Municipality of Rainville on March 8, 2000.

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Farnham had a population of 10,149 living in 4,446 of its 4,697 total private dwellings, a change of 13.9% from its 2016 population of 8,909. With a land area of 92.12 km2 (35.57 sq mi), it had a population density of 110.2/km2 (285.3/sq mi) in 2021.[8]

Canada census – Farnham community profile
202120162011
Population10,149 (+13.9% from 2016)8,909 (+7.0% from 2011)8,330 (+6.7% from 2006)
Land area92.12 km2 (35.57 sq mi)92.26 km2 (35.62 sq mi)92.04 km2 (35.54 sq mi)
Population density110.2/km2 (285/sq mi)96.6/km2 (250/sq mi)90.5/km2 (234/sq mi)
Median age40.4 (M: 40.4, F: 40.8)42.3 (M: 41.6, F: 43.3)43.1 (M: 42.3, F: 43.8)
Private dwellings4,697 (total)  4,446 (occupied)4,187 (total)  3,852 (total) 
Median household income$68,000$52,527$45,674
References: 2021[9] 2016[10] 2011[11] earlier[12][13]
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 %
2021
10,060
9,350 Increase 13.1% 92.9% 380 Increase 22.6% 3.8% 180 Increase 100.0% 1.8% 120 Increase 20.0% 1.2%
2016
8,790
8,265 Increase 7.7% 94.0% 310 Decrease 3.1% 3.5% 90 Increase 5.9% 1.0% 100 Increase 11.1% 1.1%
2011
8,170
7,675 Increase 7.3% 93.9% 320 Increase 14.3% 3.9% 85 Decrease 5.6% 1.0% 90 Decrease 28.0% 1.1%
2006
7,645
7,150 Decrease 0.8% 93.5% 280 Increase 27.3% 3.7% 90 Decrease 21.7% 1.2% 125 Increase 177.8% 1.6%
2001
7,585
7,205 Increase 31.6% 95.0% 220 Decrease 13.7% 2.9% 115 Increase 27.8% 1.5% 45 Decrease 25.0% 0.6%
1996
5,880
5,475 n/a 93.1% 255 n/a 4.3% 90 n/a 1.5% 60 n/a 1.0%

Attractions[edit]

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.[14] The band announced on January 18, 2013, that they are selling the church they had been using as a studio.[15] 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.[16]

Activities[edit]

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[edit]

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

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Répertoire des municipalités". Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  2. ^ "Farnham". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada.
  3. ^ "Banque de noms de lieux du Québec: Reference number 21996". toponymie.gouv.qc.ca (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROME--MISSISQUOI (Quebec)". Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  6. ^ a b "Profile table, Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population - Farnham, Ville (V) [Census subdivision], Quebec". 9 February 2022.
  7. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2021 census
  8. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  9. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  10. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2022-06-20.
  11. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  12. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ Young, Alex (18 January 2013). "Buy Arcade Fire's church". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  16. ^ Kennedy, John R. (16 October 2014). "Former Arcade Fire church gets new life". Global News. Retrieved 16 October 2014.

External links[edit]

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