Donnacona, Quebec

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Coat of arms of Donnacona
Coat of arms
Official logo of Donnacona
Motto: Mets l'Épaule à la Roue
(Put the shoulder to the wheel)
Location within Portneuf RCM.
Location within Portneuf RCM.
Donnacona is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°40′N 71°45′W / 46.667°N 71.750°W / 46.667; -71.750Coordinates: 46°40′N 71°45′W / 46.667°N 71.750°W / 46.667; -71.750[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Capitale-Nationale
RCM Portneuf
Constituted January 21, 1967
 • Mayor Sylvain Germain
 • Federal riding Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier
 • Prov. riding Portneuf
 • Total 37.30 km2 (14.40 sq mi)
 • Land 20.02 km2 (7.73 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 6,283
 • Density 313.8/km2 (813/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 12.9%
 • Dwellings 2,924
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G3M 1A1
Area code(s) 418 and 581

Route 138
Website www.villede

Donnacona is an industrial town located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Quebec City in Portneuf County, Quebec, Canada.

Some people believe the city was named after Donnacona, a 16th-century Wendat chief who was taken to France. However, the Huron Chieftain never lived in this area, but rather further east in Stadacona.

It was actually named after the first paper mill erected at the mouth of the Jacques-Cartier River, The Donnacona Paper Ltd. The local paper mill played a key role in creating and quickly developing the local settlement to the point of making of Donnacona the most populous urban town in Portneuf County. Economic difficulties affected the lumber and pulp and paper industry and the local factory was sold a number of times. In 2007, Bowater had a debt of $7 billion and merged with Abitibi-Consolidated. The merger was to sell off Abitibi's assets and close its mills for liquidity to settle Bowater's debt.[citation needed] Consequently, the mill is now closed.

Prior to the chartering of Donnacona as a town in 1915, the area was named Pointe-aux-Écureuils. A New France Seigneurie existed under the name of Les Écureuils as a surrounding rural parish municipality prior to its final merge with Donnacona in 1967.


Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2014: 6960
  • Population in 2011: 6283 (2006 to 2011 population change: 12.9%)
  • Population in 2006: 5564
  • Population in 2001: 5479
  • Population in 1996: 5739
  • Population in 1991: 5659

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2827 (total dwellings: 2924)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.5%
  • French as first language: 98.0%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 1.5%


The industrial park of Donnacona is situated near Quebec Autoroute 40.[citation needed]

The Donnacona Institution maximum security Federal Correctional Service Canada is located along Route 138.


Sister city[edit]

Its sister city is Jarnac, France.


  1. ^ Reference number 18836 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Donnacona
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada (March 10, 2009). "2011 Community profiles - Donnacona". Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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