In the Appalachian foothills, in a rolling and picturesque landscape Dunham is known as the main agricultural producer in Brome-Missisquoi, particularly due to its high concentration of vineyards.
The first settlers arrived in 1793. In 1796, English-born Thomas Dunn, with the involvement of 35 land owners, founded the very first township in the region and Lower Canada. To counter the lack of waterways, the early settlers worked hard to construct roads which placed Dunham on stagecoach routes so becoming, from 1850, an important regional hub. The town currently has approaching 3,500 citizens.
The first vines saw the light of day in 1980 in the vineyard Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise followed by l’Orpailleur. Over time Gagliano, Clos Ste-Croix, Centaur, Les Trois Clochers, Val Caudalies, Union Libre and Le Château de Cartes joined the Dunham vineyards. The fertility of the land and the microclimate also benefits orchards, large gardens and farmland. The number of seasonal visitors are the proof of the reputation of this agro-tourism region.
A hotel built in 1860 as a coaching inn overlooks the town center. On each side, the houses of stone and brick, which recall the Loyalist heritage, along with restaurants, bakeries, stores, local shops and a brewery all attract visitors. Among them cyclists who enjoy touring the surrounding area including some who choose to pedal the Wine Route!
Among events not to be missed, the list includes the Clé des Champs with 85 exhibitors held at the end of May, berry and apple picking for the whole family in Autumn and, in all its brilliance, the season of the grape harvest, an occasion to pick, learn and taste.
Tourist accommodations in the surrounding area join those of Dunham to offer stays with packages including activities and visits according to season and demand.