Updated on Jun 17, 2022

Our cities and towns all have something unique to offer you. Whether it’s a place, a product, a landscape, an attraction or an event, you’ll always have at least five good reasons for visiting them! Here's Richmond.

By Carolyne Parent

Irish, British, French … all three cultures have left their mark on this charming village located halfway between Drummondville and Sherbrooke. Today, as a result of this blended heritage, visitors discover a truly fascinating architecture.

The area’s slate quarries contributed, from the mid 19th century until after the First World War, to harmonize this eclectic built landscape by providing the grey layered stone shingles that still crown buildings and residences here!

Today’s dynamic community, inspired by the town’s olden-day prosperity, truly values their heritage. The 1883 train station has thus been transformed into a family restaurant and one of the town’s stately homes is now known as La Desserte, a fine food grocery store and bistro. When you add the area’s inviting rural setting, you have all the ingredients for a memorable excursion.

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Visit the Musée de l’ardoise

The building where the museum is established, the Neo-gothic Saint Paul French Presbyterian church, built in 1889, in itself is certainly worth your attention. However, it’s also worth a visit to learn everything there is to know about the local slate rush, which changed not only the appearance of several towns in the Eastern Townships, but also that of many buildings in Montreal and elsewhere.
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2

Walk the Heritage Circuit of the Historical District

Let’s take a walk along Cleevemont Street, College, Dufferin and Aberdeen, as we listen to a podcast telling us all about the town’s amazing history. In the English sector, some three dozen homes and public buildings with their slate roofs stand out through their diversity and architectural value.
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Purchase local products at La Bouchère du village

And what if you decided to have a picnic in one of the municipality’s most beautiful parks or by the Saint-François River? All you need to do is to stop by La Bouchère du Village where you’ll find a great selection of ready-to-eat dishes, perfect for savouring outdoors.
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4

Go With the Fow at Canot-Kayak Richmond

In the summer, you can paddle your way down the river for 10 or 17 km, either through a guided excursion or on our own, and return to the launch area thanks to a shuttle service. Psst! With a little luck, you might be able to observe quite a lot of wildlife along the waterway.
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5

Make Provisions at the Marché Champêtre in Melbourne

Who doesn’t love the friendly banter of producers coming to sell their bounty in country markets! Here, these artisans will offer you fruits and vegetables, of course, but you’ll also find organic breads, charcuteries, pastries, honey as well as all kinds of treats made with buckthorn berries. A tip: Don’t forget to purchase a few Bull’s Head soda bottles. Concocted since 1896, these ginger ales and other types of soft drinks are intrinsic to Richmond! So, make sure to be there every Saturday from May to October, between 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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