La Cantonnière is a network of bicycle trails on the Val-Saint-François MRC territory, from north to south and east to west. This network is part of a province and country-wide network, namely the Route verte (Green Road) and the Transcanada Trail. La Cantonnière is made up of three trails – Sentier de la Rive, Sentier de la Vallée and Sentier de l’Ardoise which extend over 77 km.
The Sentier de la Rive meanders through the land on the left bank of the St-Francis river and connects the municipalities of Saint-François- Xavier-de-Brompton, Windsor, Melbourne and Richmond. The shelters enable cyclists to rest on the banks of this beautiful, fast-flowing river.
The Sentier de la Vallée winds its way through a landscape of rolling hills, valleys and pastures, offering its explorers inspiring vistas. Bird-watching here is particularly enjoyable and one can also observe the beaver’s ingenuity, the grace and agility of deer and other wildlife which can be observed throughout the trails.
The Sentier de l’Ardoise, which crosses the MRC from East to West, enables you to travel through the municipalities of Melbourne, Kingsbury, Racine, Valcourt, Lawrenceville and Bonsecours. Partially on roads and on trails, this network offers beautiful landscapes.
This 9-hole golf course, over-seeing the town of Richmond and the St-Francis river, offers golfers a magnificent view of the area and a challenging, well-kept course.
Several tournaments are organised throughout the summer season. Banquet and reception room available.
LOCAL PRODUCTS AND PRODUCE…
Open Saturdays from 9 am until 1:30 pm
Spring market: 13, 20 and 27 May 2017
Regular season: From June 3rd to October 7th, 2017
Fall market: 14, 21 and 28 October 2017
The Melbourne Township Farmers’ Market is launching its fourteenth season and is dedicated to the sale of produce and products from the township of Melbourne, Richmond and surrounding areas. This grass-roots initiative brings together more than twenty producers and the diversity of products on offer is remarkable: breads, pastries, various meats, fish, cheeses, fresh vegetables, garlic, grapes, olives, ciders, wood-working items, corn, Vietnamese dishes, cakes, pies, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pâtés, coffee, butter, eggs, nuts, sprouts, maple syrup and maple products, chocolates, crafts, apples, mushrooms, plants, and much more.
The market is a meeting place for local citizens and for seasonal visitors. For some, it is a venue which allows them to offer their products locally and directly to the consumers, without third-party intervention. For visitors, it offers them the opportunity to purchase local, healthy products, directly from the producers. For others, it is a gathering place and a treasure trove of friendship. The market is a social area where the population can get together in a family-friendly country setting.
A new outdoor pavilion and picnic area was built in 2013 thanks to a partnership with the municipality of the Canton de Melbourne and of the ” pacte rural du CLD du Val-St-François “, and will enable the market to hold social and cultural activities.
Access road : 55, exit 88, route 116
Number of heated shelters : 2
With 42 km of cross country skiing trails and 14 km of snowshoeing trails.
Equipment Rental (skiing and snowshoeing) on the premises.
Les Sentiers de L’Estrie
Along lakes, peaks, rivers, naturals habitats of mammals, birds and with the presence of lush flora, the trails remain a popular destination for all lovers of hiking.
Located in a 170 year old home in Upper Melbourne, which had served as a manse for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church ministers, the museum is furnished with donations from the community as a typical house of the last century.
The Society offers guided tours of the museum during the summer months as well as special visits offered to schools and other organizations.
**The museum is only open during the summer season.**
Richmond County Historical Society
1161, Route 243
Melbourne, Qc J0B 2B0
Tél :(819) 826-1332