City of Farnham Historical Tour

City of Farnham Historical Tour
Presented by
Ville de Farnham

Discover pages of history in the town of Farnham, whose origins date back to the 1790s, when the first loyalist citizens were registered. Farnham is known in particular for its military base and its train station, which was once one of the essentials of the railway industry in the country.

On site, the interactive map allows you to take a self-guided tour of the site, on foot or by bike, with your mobile phone, including a suggested itinerary for those who wish to live an original experience and get off the beaten track.

You can admire institutional buildings, places of worship as well as period houses that were occupied by citizens and various businesses that shaped the history of the City. Think particularly of the railway which played an important role in the development of the region since 1858.


Located at the gateway to the Eastern Townships and the Brome-Missisquoi MRC Wine Route, the City of Farnham is growing and is recognized as an important cycling link between Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Granby. The Public Market also offers many experiences to discover.

The village of West-Farnham was established as a town in 1876. The territory expanded on March 8, 2000, when the Municipality of Rainville merged with Farnham.

Farnham's history has been marked by major fires. The period from 1901 to 1916 has also been designated as the era of great fires. In 1901, the Saint-Romuald Church was ravaged by fire. A few years later, in 1909, fire destroyed part of the city center, on rue du Dépôt (now Hôtel-de-Ville) and rue Principale (between Meigs and Saint-Vincent Streets). During the night of July 30 to 31, 1911, downtown Farnham was once again engulfed in flames that originated in a hotel keeper’s shed (now 421, rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville). Then, it was Collège Saint-Romuald in 1912 and the Hospice in 1916 that burned down. Legend has it that the presence of Father Joseph-Magloire Laflamme in Farnham from 1900 to 1915 brought bad luck to the Town!

The military has been present in Farnham since 1910. It was following the arrival of cavalry units that their training began. Farnham Camp, however, closed after World War I until 1940. During World War II, Farnham Camp served as a place of detention for German officers, NCOs and soldiers made prisoners overseas until May 1946. During this period, approximately 2,800 internees, refugees and prisoners of war stayed there under the supervision of Canadian soldiers.


Use the Preload option of the BaladoDiscovery mobile application to access the interactive map and offline content (without Internet) rendered on site.

Come explore Farnham and its downtown area along the Yamaska ​​River, while discovering the builders and the events that marked its development.

Enjoy your visit!



City of Farnham

Produced with the financial participation of Pacte Brome-Missisquoi of the MRC Brome-Missisquoi.


Marielle Benoit, greffière, OMA, City of Farnham


Textes Marcelle et Alban Berthiaume
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec


Municipal archives
Berthiaume Fonds

Consult the Points of Interest on the Interactive Map 

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City of Farnham Historical Tour