Duhamel, Quebec

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Not to be confused with Duhamel-Ouest in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec.
Duhamel
Municipality
Lake Gagnon
Lake Gagnon
Location within Papineau RCM.
Location within Papineau RCM.
Duhamel is located in Western Quebec
Duhamel
Duhamel
Location in western Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°01′N 75°05′W / 46.017°N 75.083°W / 46.017; -75.083Coordinates: 46°01′N 75°05′W / 46.017°N 75.083°W / 46.017; -75.083[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Outaouais
RCM Papineau
Constituted August 15, 1936
Government[2]
 • Mayor David Pharand
 • Federal riding Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 • Prov. riding Papineau
Area[2][3]
 • Total 481.90 km2 (186.06 sq mi)
 • Land 434.19 km2 (167.64 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 412
 • Density 0.9/km2 (2/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 14.7%
 • Dwellings 884
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0V 1G0
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 321
Website www.municipalite.
duhamel.qc.ca

Duhamel is a town and municipality in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada. It is the largest municipality in surface area in the Papineau Regional County Municipality.

Its western portion consists mostly of undeveloped Laurentian Hills, part of the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve. The town itself is located along the Petite-Nation River between Lake Simon and Lake Gagnon.

History[edit]

In the mid 19th century, the area's forests were being exploited. Duhamel, which used to be called Preston, formed shortly after when its first settlers were assigned land, while logging continued to be the dominant factor for its colonization.[4] By 1880, a post office existed bearing the name Duhamel, named in honor of Joseph-Thomas Duhamel (1841–1909), second bishop of Ottawa from 1874 to 1909. In 1888, the Mission of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel opened.[5] In 1892, the Township of Preston was formed (named after Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, Baron of Preston, and governor general of Canada from 1888 to 1893).[6]

Starting in 1925, the Singer Company, best known for its sewing machines, built a railway through Duhamel linking Thurso to Lake Montjoie (in Lac-Ernest unorganized territory). The railroad was used until 1980 when it was dismantled and converted to a tourism corridor.[4]

On August 15, 1936, the Municipality of Duhamel was formed when it separated from the United Township Municipality of Hartwell-et-Preston.[5]

On December 21, 1985, Duhamel annexed a portion of the unorganized territories of Lac-du-Sourd and Lac-des-Écorces, and again on October 10, 1998, it annexed the northern portion of Lac-des-Écorces.

List of mayors[edit]

  • Telesphore Tremblay, 1936 – 1941
  • Lionel Ethier, 1941 – 1949
  • René Pilon, 1949 – 1950
  • Fréréole Filion, 1950 – 1951
  • Arthur Lamontagne, 1951 – 1954
  • Lionel Ethier, 1954 – 1955
  • Camille Poliquin, 1955 – 1976
  • Jean Turcot, 1976 – 1979
  • Martial Brière, 1979 – 1981
  • Yvon Jérome, 1981 – 1985
  • Phil Patry, 1985 – 1997
  • Yvon Charlebois, 1997 – 2005
  • Richard Chartrand, 2005 –

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[7]

  • Population in 2011: 412 (2006 to 2011 population change: -14.7 %)
  • Population in 2006: 483
  • Population in 2001: 361
    • 2001 to 2006 population change: 33.8%
  • Population in 1996: 321
  • Population in 1991: 394

Private dwellings (occupied by usual residents): 212 (total: 1071)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 19631 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 80135 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2480135) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Découvrir Duhamel – Histoire" (in French). Municipalité de Duhamel. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Duhamel (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  6. ^ "Preston (Canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  7. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census