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By Stéphanie Chicoine 10 July 2017

Farnham, a town about 8000 people call home, has many delightful aspects which make it a truly pleasant area to visit. Whether it’s the local history, the friendliness of its citizens or how they’ve developed their agro-tourism industry, it is quite an amazing place. In fact, the group Arcade Fire chose it to record their Neon Bible and The Suburbs albums, transforming a church into a recording studio. Follow me on my road trip through this treasure-filled town.

 

LES PERVENCHES VINEYARDS

Photo : Jean-François Bergeron

Did you know that Farnham is the official entry point for La Route des Vins of Brome-Missisquoi? Véronique Hupin and Michael Marler have distinguished themselves in Quebec’s wine production landscape with their biodynamic, organic and especially exquisite wines. They have become the personal favourite of the most well-known restaurants and sommeliers of the province as well as for all those who have purchased a bottle (or two or three) at their vineyard. They even offer an audio-guided tour of the site to learn more about wine growing and the different grapes used by these winemakers.

150, Chemin Boulais, Farnham

 

FARNHAM ALE & LAGER

This microbrewery has been among the most talked about enterprises in Quebec and elsewhere throughout the world. Farnham Ale & Lager gained its fame with its production of very savoury brews, accumulating more and more awards and distinctions as well as with its “A Bit Bitter” marketing campaign. Recently, the company has begun exploring the American market by opening its first brewery in Burlington, Vermont. Although most of their products are available in grocery and convenience stores, there’s nothing like seeing where and how the brew is developed. You’ll also be able to enjoy the sumptuous cheese selection offered by their welcoming neighbours the Fromagerie des Cantons.

401, Rue de Normandie N. Farnham

 

PARACHUTISME NOUVELAIR

I had the unique opportunity to go parachute jumping a few years ago. Although we tend to associate this activity to extreme sports adrenaline seekers, I viewed my own experience as one that took me outside my comfort zone by pushing back my limits. Parachutisme NouvelAir allows its clients to select the height they would like to jump from for their first sky dive (900, 13,500, 18,000 feet). To immortalize the moment why not take the video picture package, you won’t regret it.

200, Chemin Lebeau, Farnham

 

THE STATION GOUMANDE MARKET

Open Saturdays, from mid-June to mid-October, this market holds all the best products grown in and around Farnham as well as in the Brome-Missisquoi region.

It is a must for preparing a picnic or completing your provisions for an upcoming camping trip or family cabin stay in the country. The market offers a friendly atmosphere making it easy to meet with local producers and product promoters as well as for spending some time talking with other visitors and artisans, a most enjoyable experience.

313, Hôtel de Ville, Farnham

 

Farnham Golf Club

With its par of 71 course, approximately 50 sand traps and ponds, Farnham Golf Club offers players of all levels, quite an interesting day. The Club is presently celebrating its sixtieth anniversary! Over the years it has always stood out from the others in the area with its added value of a well-priced high-quality proposal.

55 chemin du Golf, Farnham

 

DIABLEMENT BON

 

Lyne Woods conquered the heart of the highly renowned Chef, Normand Laprise of Toqué! in Montreal as his pastry chef for more than ten years. Hugo Eustache, charcuterie-delicatessen artisan, completed his training at ITHQ as well as in several Michelin-starred Italian restaurants. Together, they offer gourmet rich, fresh, filled with natural ingredients and sinfully delicious treats to satisfy the most selective palates.

405, Meigs, Farnham

 

St-Romuald Church

Photo: Michel St-Jean

Between 1905 and 1912, the famous painter Ozias Leduc was given the mandate to create the interior artwork of this emblematic church. 18 of the 29 frescoes have recently been restored to re-enhance its rich historical and cultural heritage. It is well worth the detour.

500, Rue Saint-Hilaire Farnham

 

I hope Farnham will become one of your favourite stops as you enter the Eastern Townships. It has truly become one of mine and I can’t wait to go back there once again! Happy Travels!

 

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Stéphanie Chicoine

An epicurean, music-lover and avidly interested in communications, Stéphanie has more than eight years of experience writing blogs (Voir, Bang Bang, Magog-Orford grape harvest festival). She loves the Brome-Missisquoi area for its mountains, Wine Route and delicious food fare.

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