Bois-des-Filion, Quebec

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Bois-des-Filion
City
Location within Thérèse-De Blainville RCM.
Location within Thérèse-De Blainville RCM.
Bois-des-Filion is located in Central Quebec
Bois-des-Filion
Bois-des-Filion
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°40′N 73°45′W / 45.667°N 73.750°W / 45.667; -73.750Coordinates: 45°40′N 73°45′W / 45.667°N 73.750°W / 45.667; -73.750[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Laurentides
RCM Thérèse-De Blainville
Constituted January 1, 1949
Government[2]
 • Mayor Paul Larocque
 • Federal riding Marc-Aurèle-Fortin
 • Prov. riding Blainville
Area[2][3]
 • Total 4.90 km2 (1.89 sq mi)
 • Land 4.28 km2 (1.65 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 9,485
 • Density 2,216.2/km2 (5,740/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006–2011 Increase 13.1%
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J6Z 1H1
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-640

Route 335
Route 344
Website ville.bois-des-filion.qc.ca

Bois-des-Filion is an off-island suburb of Montreal, located in Quebec, Canada, to the north of Montreal.

Historically, hundreds of families annually traveled to this region seasonally to experience the magnificent maple forests; however the tourist industry is currently a minor source of income for the city.

The primary language spoken by its citizens is French, and the primary source of employment is general manufacturing.

Origin of the name[edit]

The name Filion is derived from the surname of Antoine Feuillon, a local carpenter who could neither read nor write, and thus was unable to correct any errors in the spelling of his name as the first records were kept. Antoine Feuillion was the son of Michel Feuillon, a captain of the musketeers during the reign of the "Sun King", Louis XIV before his immigration to the colony of Quebec.

This town is named Bois des Filion because of the beautiful maple woods bordering it — le bois being French for "the woods". When the city was newly founded, one had to follow a path through these woods and ford a small river to enter the city.

History[edit]

This small town has a rich cultural history rooted in the legend of the lords, Celoron de Blainville and Lepage of Holy-Claire. Below are some important dates.

  • 1684 - The first Filion migrates to Canada
  • 1913 - The arrival of the Parish from the Abbot De Bray
  • 1945 - An association of citizens is formed and the process of becoming an official city is begun
  • 1949 - Bois-des-Filion becomes officially recognized as a city of Quebec and the first mayor is named, Joseph Germain.
  • 1955 - The second largest cross in the province is erected on Notre-Dame hill to celebrate the 10 year anniversary since the first association of citizens was formed.
  • 1980 - It became a municipality called Ville de Bois-des-Filion (City of Bois-des-Filion)

Mayors of Bois-des-Filion[edit]

Time in Office Mayor
January 19, 1949 to July 16, 1951 Joseph Germain
July 16, 1951 to July 18, 1955 Alexandre Savaria
July 18, 1955 to July 23, 1956 Joseph Germain
August 1, 1956 to July 9, 1963 Émile Pigeon
July 9, 1963 to July 2, 1965 Paul Perron
July 2, 1965 to May 15, 1968 L. Van Coppenolle
May 15, 1968 to June 19, 1968 G. Arthur Aubertin
July 25, 1968 to October 27, 1974 Jean-Guy Roger
October 9, 1974 to November 6, 1977 Pierre Côté
November 6, 1977 to November 11, 1985 Guy Papineau
November 11, 1985 to November 7, 1993 Pierre Paquin
November 7, 1993 to... Paul Larocque

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