Melbourne is situated in the very South of Québec and is part of the Estrie region. This county was officially founded in 1855 and stretches for 170 sq. kilometers, its population is around 950 people.
The Melbourne county is part of the of Val-Saint-François county. Melbourne distinguishes itself by diversified fauna and flora. The area abounds in animals and is home to a few rare bird species such as the bobolink.
Along Coddington path one can see the red-tailed hawk hunting in the forest whereas in the corn fields the American kestrel, the smallest falcon in Quebec, can be seen. In the last few years the population of the red fox and black bear considerably grew.
Even if the population of Melbourne is not large, thousands of tourists have already understood that this is an extraordinarily beautiful locality. A nine-hole golf course overhanging the city of Richmond and the St-Francois river is situated nearby Melbourne and offers a magnificent view. This club is home to many tournaments.
The Cantonnière, a wonderful cycling trail, crosses the territory of the municipalité régionale de comté de Val-Saint-François from North to South and from East to West. This trail is part of the Green Road and the Trans-Canada Trail network. The Cantonnière totals more than 77 kilometers and is divided into three trails: de la Rive, de la Vallée and de l’Ardoise. Melbourne and Richmond are located in the way of de la Rive trail as well as of de l’Ardoise trail that runs through the region from East to West and permits to visit Melbourne, Kingsbury, Racine, Valcourt, Lawrenceville and Bonsecours.
National heritage edifices include a hundred-year-old building that houses an interesting museum representing a typical residence of last century. Melbourne and Richmond are also home to Centre de ski de fond Richmond–Melbourne (Richmond – Melbourne Cross-Country Skiing Center), a non-profit organization serving the population, because these places are exceptionally good for cross-country skiing.
There are easy, intermediate and expert ski-tracks. Trails in the hills of the Melbourne county are well marked out and taken care of.
Postal adresse of the town hall of Melbourne:
C. P. 4 Melbourne J0B 2B0
Phone: 819 826 3555
Web site of the Melbourne county: www.melbournecanton.ca