Forestville, Quebec

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Forestville
City
Vue aerienne 5-1-.jpg
Motto: Per sylvam ("Through the forest")
Location within La Haute-Côte-Nord RCM.
Location within La Haute-Côte-Nord RCM.
Forestville is located in Côte-Nord Region Quebec
Forestville
Forestville
Location in Côte-Nord region of Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°44′N 69°05′W / 48.733°N 69.083°W / 48.733; -69.083Coordinates: 48°44′N 69°05′W / 48.733°N 69.083°W / 48.733; -69.083[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Côte-Nord
RCM La Haute-Côte-Nord
Settled 1844
Constituted January 5, 1980
Government[2]
 • Mayor Micheline Anctil
 • Federal riding Montmorency—Charlevoix
—Haute-Côte-Nord
 • Prov. riding René-Lévesque
Area[2][3]
 • Total 242.70 km2 (93.71 sq mi)
 • Land 195.22 km2 (75.37 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 3,270
 • Density 16.8/km2 (44/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 7.7%
 • Dwellings 1,584
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0T 1E0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 138
Route 385
Website www.forestville.ca

Forestville is a town in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec, Canada. It is located on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River along Route 138, approximately 103 kilometres (64 mi) southwest of Baie-Comeau. There is a vehicle and passenger ferry service from Forestville to Rimouski, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence that is over 50 kilometres (31 mi) wide at this point.[4] The city operates the Forestville Airport.

Forestville is known for its hunting and fishing: moose hunting season is popular and there are many lakes and rivers to fish in as well as beaches and camping spots for the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. It is also host to the Boréal Loppet which is a cross-country skiing race with varying distances including 60 km. They host the longuest cross-country ski race in the world, a 103 km, from 2005 to 2011.

History[edit]

The area was well known to the First Nations, while the first European settlers arrived in 1844 following the construction of a sawmill by Edward Selvin, of Les Éboulements. In 1849, the mill was sold to William Price. One of the superintendents of the Price Company was Grant William Forrest (died November 15, 1878), after whom the new settlement was named. As written by Surveyor P.H. Dumais in 1873, the little village, "with its chapel and its windmills", was originally spelled Forrest-Ville, but the English version of his text showed the spelling Forestville. Being at the mouth of the Sault aux Cochons River, the place was also alternatively known as Sault-au-Cochon.[1]

The Price Company owned large tracts of land in the area and prospered between 1870 and 1885, but went into decline about 1885, leading to the mill's closure in 1890. In 1937, the Forestville Post Office opened. That same year the forest industry was revitalized when the Anglo-Canadian Pulp & Paper Mills Company built a new mill, and in 1942, built the Arboriduc log flume that carried logs for several kilometers to the port at the mouth of the Sault aux Cochons River. Subsequently, the Town of Forestville and the Municipality of Saint-Luc-de-Laval were established in 1944 and in 1950 respectively.[1][5]

In 1980, Forestville and Saint-Luc-de-Laval were merged to form the new Town of Forestville.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 3270 (2006 to 2011 population change: -7.7 %)
  • Population in 2006: 3543
  • Population in 2001: 3748
  • Population in 1996: 3894
  • Population in 1991: 3946

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1514 (total dwellings: 1584)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.3%
  • French as first language: 99.1%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 0.6%


Climate[edit]

Forestville has a humid continental climate (Dfb under the Köppen climate classification).[7]

Climate data for Forestville
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11
(52)
10
(50)
16.5
(61.7)
25
(77)
34.5
(94.1)
35
(95)
35
(95)
35.6
(96.1)
30
(86)
25
(77)
18.3
(64.9)
9.5
(49.1)
35.6
(96.1)
Average high °C (°F) −8.8
(16.2)
−6.4
(20.5)
−0.4
(31.3)
5.4
(41.7)
12.8
(55)
19.7
(67.5)
22.7
(72.9)
21.3
(70.3)
15.6
(60.1)
8.9
(48)
1.8
(35.2)
−5.7
(21.7)
7.2
(45)
Daily mean °C (°F) −14
(7)
−11.7
(10.9)
−5.4
(22.3)
1.4
(34.5)
8.1
(46.6)
14.5
(58.1)
17.6
(63.7)
16.4
(61.5)
11
(52)
5
(41)
−1.7
(28.9)
−10.2
(13.6)
2.6
(36.7)
Average low °C (°F) −19.2
(−2.6)
−17.1
(1.2)
−10.4
(13.3)
−2.7
(27.1)
3.4
(38.1)
9.2
(48.6)
12.4
(54.3)
11.4
(52.5)
6.4
(43.5)
1
(34)
−5.1
(22.8)
−14.6
(5.7)
−2.1
(28.2)
Record low °C (°F) −37.5
(−35.5)
−35.5
(−31.9)
−30.5
(−22.9)
−21
(−6)
−9.4
(15.1)
0
(32)
3.9
(39)
1
(34)
−4
(25)
−10.6
(12.9)
−22.2
(−8)
−34.5
(−30.1)
−37.5
(−35.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 75.1
(2.957)
64.2
(2.528)
75.5
(2.972)
100.5
(3.957)
105.9
(4.169)
104.2
(4.102)
109.1
(4.295)
99
(3.9)
94
(3.7)
95.8
(3.772)
79.7
(3.138)
81.1
(3.193)
1,084.1
(42.681)
Rainfall mm (inches) 7.4
(0.291)
10.8
(0.425)
25.5
(1.004)
74.3
(2.925)
104.1
(4.098)
104.2
(4.102)
109.1
(4.295)
99
(3.9)
94
(3.7)
91.9
(3.618)
40.1
(1.579)
8.7
(0.343)
769.1
(30.28)
Snowfall cm (inches) 67.7
(26.65)
53.4
(21.02)
50
(19.7)
26.2
(10.31)
1.8
(0.71)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
3.9
(1.54)
39.6
(15.59)
72.4
(28.5)
315.1
(124.06)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 11.7 9.5 10 11.8 14 14.7 15.6 13.8 13.6 13.4 12.4 13 153.5
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 1.1 1.1 2.6 8.6 13.9 14.7 15.6 13.8 13.6 12.7 6 1.1 104.8
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 11 8.7 7.8 4.5 0.42 0 0 0 0 1 7.3 12.2 52.92
Mean monthly sunshine hours 103.5 123.8 148.1 165 209.4 232.4 238.8 215 155.9 116.1 86.7 81.8 1,876.5
Source: Environment Canada[7]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Forestville (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Forestville
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Forestville census profile
  4. ^ Bonjour Québec.com: Rimouski/Forestville crossing
  5. ^ "Un peu d'histoire" (in French). Ville de Forestville. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  7. ^ a b "Climate Normals for Forestville". Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000 (in English & French). Environment Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 

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