The Township of Dunham was the first to be proclaimed in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (Lower Canada) by a group of Loyalists. They were represented by Sir Thomas Dunn, thus community took his name to honour his memory.
As almost all first families were of Irish descent, clover leaves are visible in the Town's Coat of Arms. Dunham was incorporated in 1871.
The vineyards of Dunham are a must for every tourist, but you may also drop by one or two of many orchards in bloom or full of apples, goat farms which offer excellent cheese, famous cider-houses, sugar shacks, or visit small producers of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, taste the best sweet corn in Quebec and admire attractive farmhouses.
Many tourists come to stroll through boutiques and small shops or simply indulge in the breathtaking scenery of the Appalachian foothills and the picturesque limestone architecture, inspired by the Loyalists. In winter, cross-country ski trails through the woods are invigorating.
Meals are delicious in local fine restaurants, and a good night's rest and a hearty breakfast in a charming B&B is also a must. Note than Vignoble Les Blanc Coteaux Winery, just west of Dunham on Route 202, operates a gourmet boutique that sells wine along with local food products.
The winery has thirty acres of grapes and is a major contributor to Quebec’ viniculture industry.
A Fleur d’Eau Parc Floral, is located between Dunham and Knowlton, also on Road 202.
These gardens specialize in aqua-culture and plant interpretation. Paths lead around ornamental lakes and are lined with perennials and water flower display gardens. Guided tours of the attraction are offered. Well, a couple of days should be spent exploring the countryside around Frelighsburg and Dunham.
Dunham, bird's eye view. Photo : ville.dunham.qc.ca