Fall in love with Hemmingford
Ideally located 45 minutes south of the island of Montreal and nestled on the Quebec-USA border, Hemmingford offers touristic diversity blending apple-growing, agriculture and heritage. Most of all, Hemmingford is known for the warmth of its people, which is contagious.
To convince yourself, and to appreciate Hemmingford’s true appeal, just cross one of the South Shore bridges from Montreal and, from Montreal or the USA, follow Highway 15 and take Exit 6 to Hemmingford. (map)
Country flavors and historical roots
Hemmingford is situated in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, at the base of Covey Hill. When Hemmingford was originally surveyed in 1791, it included the present Townships of Hemmingford and Havelock as well as the south eastern portion of Franklin. This area was originally settled in the year 1799 by United Empire Loyalists, followed by an influx of settlers following the 1812-1814 war from all areas of the British Isles.
Hemmingford Township was named for a pair of small villages, Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbotts in Huntingdonshire located in Cambridgeshire, England. Undoubtedly it seems that it was a Scotsman, James Fisher, Hemmingford's first permanent settler, who brought apple seeds from his homeland and planted an apple orchard.
The legacy of the heritage of most towns or cities is usually found in the number, age and condition of their earliest buildings. As a standing testimonial to the history of a bygone era, Hemmingford can be proud to host some of the finest dwellings and school houses still in existence, that date pratically from the time of its founding in 1799.
Most of Hemmingford’s roads have been named for people who participated in its settlement…roads named James Fisher, Brownlee, Lavallée, Shields, Quest, Napper and Covey, in honor of Samuel Covey whose name was given to 342 meter high Covey Hill. As shown below, from the top of Covey Hill you can enjoy the most spectacular panoramic view of the whole region, well known to lovers of biking, motorcycling and hiking.
To learn more about Hemmingford’s heritage, please contact the Hemmingford Historical Archives or the Hemmingford Cemetery Records.
Garden of Québec
Hemmingford is part of a region called « The Gardens of Quebec », known for its production of apples as well as other derivative products such as maple products, wine grapes and small berries. Pick your own fruit; enjoy many food-tasting events; sample ciders, wines, ice liquors, maple syrup and so much more…! Visit these cider and vineyard facilities : Cidrerie du Minot, la Face cachée de la pomme, le Vignoble du Marathonien. Petch Orchards, and Vergers Écologiques Philion are just a few members of the association called the « Apple Growers of the Southwestern Townships ». Visit them at the Circuit du Paysan site to prepare your next trip.
Excursions to explore our beautiful countryside
From north to south and east to west, Hemmingford offers many attractions to discover. It can take the way of theme excursions by car or by motorcycle; self-guided or guided tours of cider cellars, u-picks for apples or berry picking, tasting sessions and so many more discoveries. Explore these sites to discover: Circuit de Paysan and La Route des Cidres.
Pleasures of rural activities
Hemmingford is host to a most surprising change of scenery with Parc Safari. Parc Safari is the biggest attractions park of its type in the Montérégie area. In summer, this zoological and recreational park becomes an exciting corner of Africa in the heart of Quebec. Explore a spectacular wildlife of more than 800 animals coming from five continents. Meet and touch elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions, macaques, chimpanzees, white tigers and many others.
The Hemmingford Sport and Country Club is well-known for its 36 scenic, mature holes of golf, (of which 18 are private & 18 public), excellent food and their qualified tournament services. On the outskirts of Hemmingford, visit the Regional Park of St-Bernard-de-Lacolle with 15 km of trails criss-crossing a 210 hectare wooded area and a huge variety of trees & bird species. (450 246-3348).
Come September, you may wish to attend a country fair. Also in September, our "Hemmingford Garage Sale Weekend" (Sept 19 & 20, 2015) is very popular, as is the "Wool-Gathering" (Sept 12 & 13, 2015) arts and crafts fair on Roxham Road (450) 247-2174.
Take a break from sight-seeing at a fine local restaurant, café or pub: (tripadvisor listings)
You are also welcome to visit and admire the paintings at Studio Galerie Sharon Mark. (my wife's studio gallery)
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