Bourget, Ontario

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Bourget

Bourget is a village in Eastern Ontario, Canada, near the Cobbs Lake Creek, in the city of Clarence-Rockland in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

It was named after Ignace Bourget, who was bishop of Montréal from 1841 to 1876.[citation needed]

During the 1920s, logging of the white pine forests in this area had left a barren sandy area then known as the "Bourget Desert". Since that time, millions of trees were planted and this area is now known as the Larose Forest.[1]

Two major roads pass through Bourget: one of them, the Russell Road, is used by commuters in the morning heading into Ottawa from the Eastern Ontario region; Road 138, which connects Rockland (north) to Casselman (south), is the second road passing through Bourget. This route is one of the few connecting the north to the south.

Bourget is slowly expanding. Many housing projects are being developed in the northern part of town, and the small business sector is growing in the heart of Bourget with the opening of a small strip mall.

Population:

Notable people from Bourget[edit]

Bourget was also the home of:

  • Stéphane Yelle, professional ice hockey centre for the NHL currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes
  • Luc Lalonde, professional operatic baritone who now lives in Paris
  • Marc Dorion, professional handicaped ice hockey player

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forest to Desert to Forest - History of the Larose Forest". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 

Coordinates: 45°26′00″N 79°09′30″W / 45.43333°N 79.15833°W / 45.43333; -79.15833