Hudson, Quebec

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Hudson
City
Skyline of Hudson
Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
Hudson is located in Southern Quebec
Hudson
Hudson
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°27′N 74°09′W / 45.450°N 74.150°W / 45.450; -74.150Coordinates: 45°27′N 74°09′W / 45.450°N 74.150°W / 45.450; -74.150[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Vaudreuil-Soulanges
Constituted June 7, 1969
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Ed Prevost
 • Federal riding Vaudreuil-Soulanges
 • Prov. riding Vaudreuil
Area[2][4]
 • Total 36.50 km2 (14.09 sq mi)
 • Land 21.90 km2 (8.46 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 5,135
 • Density 234.5/km2 (607/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 0.9%
 • Dwellings 2,229
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0P
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-40

Route 201
Route 342
Website www.ville.hudson.qc.ca

Hudson, Quebec, Canada, is an off-island suburb of Montreal, with a population of 5,135 (2006 Census). It is located on the south-west bank of the lower Ottawa River, in Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional County Municipality. Situated about 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of downtown Montreal, many residents commute to work on the Island of Montreal.

Location and population[edit]

Hudson is a municipality within the Greater Montreal. Although a rural agglomeration since the early part of the 19th century, the Town of Hudson was founded in June 1969 by merging the villages of Hudson, Hudson Heights and Como. A relatively wealthy town, Hudson is known for its large, turn-of-the century houses, many of which border the Lake of Two Mountains. A ferry from Hudson takes cars across the lake (a widening of the Ottawa River) to the village of Oka.

Hudson has been dubbed "the leafy Anglo-enclave", as, unlike the surrounding mainly French-speaking municipalities, Hudson has a majority English-speaking population (65% according to 2001 Census), although many residents speak both languages.

Hudson is near the edge of suburban Montreal to the east, but also surrounded by substantial farming and forest areas to the west. Large lot sizes, enforced by town by-laws, contribute to the relatively large number of trees in the residential areas. Zoning, infrastructure and building development are occasionally controversial subjects, such as when town residents voted against permitting Gheorghe Zamfir to build a concert hall near the edge of town in the 1980s. In 2001, the town won a victory in Canada's Supreme Court, upholding its by-law 207, which bans pesticide use on public and private property for cosmetic (purely aesthetic) purposes.

Although much larger in population, Hudson has been compared to culturally and demographically similar Quebec towns such as the Eastern Townships villages of North Hatley and Brome Lake as well as nearby Senneville. All four municipalities border a body of water (used extensively for recreation year-round) and include a harmonious blend of French and English residents.

The town is largely upper-middle class and includes professionals, artists and artisans, corporate executives, and a wide variety of entrepreneurs as residents. There are some 140 businesses in town, 50% of which are of an arts and crafts nature.

The town has three schools, of which two are English (Mount Pleasant Elementary School & Westwood Senior, formerly Hudson High School) and one French (St-Thomas Elementary School), as well as four churches: one Catholic (St-Thomas Aquinas), two Anglican (St-James & St-Mary's), one United (Wyman).

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Hudson, Quebec[7]
Year Pop.   ±%  
1991 4,829 —    
Year Pop.   ±%  
1996 4,796 −0.7%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2001 4,796 +0.0%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2006 5,088 +6.1%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2011 5,135 +0.9%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Hudson, Quebec[7]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
5,115
1,175 Increase 6.8% 22.97% 3,375 Increase 0.3% 65.98% 120 Steady 0.0% 2.35% 445 Decrease 11.0% 8.70%
2006
5,085
1,100 Decrease 6.4% 21.63% 3,365 Increase 8.2% 66.18% 120 Increase 9.1% 2.36% 500 Increase 26.6% 9.83%
2001
4,790
1,175 Increase 16.3% 24.53% 3,110 Decrease 8.5% 64.93% 110 Increase 144.4% 2.30% 395 Increase 25.4% 8.25%
1996
4,770
1,010 n/a 21.17% 3,400 n/a 71.28% 45 n/a 0.94% 315 n/a 6.60%
Ethnic origin (2006)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 1,465 35%
Canadian 1,240 29%
Scottish 945 22%
French 925 22%
Irish 835 20%
German 455 11%
British Isles, n.i.e. 185 4%
Polish 175 4%
Italian 150 4%
Ukrainian 135 3%

Events and tourist attractions[edit]

Tourist attractions of Hudson include:

  • The Hudson Players Club, Quebec's oldest continually operating theatre company, English or French, professional or amateur
  • The Village Theatre (located in the historical train station)
  • Finnegan's antique market
  • The Auberge Willow Place Inn restaurant
  • Mon Village restaurant
  • Greenwood Centre for Living History
  • St. James', St. Mary's, Wyman Memorial United and St. Thomas Aquinas churches
  • Chateau du Lac (bar in a historic building)
  • Cunninghams Pub (Irish Pub)
  • Que De Bonnes Choses (famous gluten-free baked goods)
  • Brigadoon B&B / Gite Bed & Breakfast - an alternative lodging when staying right in Hudson
  • Mademoiselle's English Tea Room & Floral Emporium High Tea served daily www.mademoiselleclifford.com
  • The Hudson Music Fest

Notable annual events in Hudson include the Hudson Street Fair, the Hudson Yacht Club Labour Day Regatta, the FruitBowl Regatta (North America's most well-attended youth sailing event), Canada Day festivities, Shiver Fest (a winter carnival), the Turn on the Lights Festival, the Studio Tour, the Home & Gardens Tour, the Santa Claus Parade and (as of 2010, started by Andrew Dumas) the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The town was also put under the spotlight in a recent taping of the reality television series Road Hockey Rumble. Residents of the town were selected to play a game of road hockey.

Hudson Yacht Club[edit]

The Hudson Yacht Club (HYC) is a boating and social club founded in 1909 on the shores of Lake of Two Mountains (Lac des Deux Montagnes). The club annually hosts the "FruitBowl" regatta for young sailors and the Labour Day Regatta for its general membership and visitors. The HYC has published two retrospectives: Hudson Yacht Club: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Year in 1984[8] and Our Spirit Lives On: A Celebration of Hudson Yacht Club's First 100 Years, 1909-2009 in 2009.[9]

Pesticide Ban[edit]

The town gained notoriety in 1991 by becoming the first in North America to ban several forms of lawn and garden pesticides used to kill insects and weeds. The town was sued by two pesticide companies and on June 28, 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the town's favor by a 9-0 vote. The Hudson example spurred many other municipalities and provinces in Canada to enact similar bans of pesticides. The Hudson case is the subject of an upcoming American documentary movie titled A Chemical Reaction by filmmaker Brett Plymale.

Government[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The Quebec Cities and Towns Act requires all towns the size of Hudson to have a municipal council of six councillors and one mayor, elected by the local population every four years. The mayor is elected by all Hudson residents, while the town is divided into six wards to elect the councillors. Given the small size of the town, council seats are often won by acclamation. Council meets once per month in the Stephen Shaar Community Centre, named after the mayor who served until 2004 (and presided over its construction). Municipal administrators work in the Town Hall. Town council is responsible for things such as water supply, local road maintenance, zoning, construction permits, and administration of parks. Some responsibilities, such as regional planning, is shared with the county. Council receives its revenues through property taxes, which it establishes. The town maintains its own volunteer fire department and a local patrol to enforce municipal by-laws.

Mayor
Ed Provost
Councillor District
Robert Spencer #1 Como
Ron Goldenberg #2 Hudson - East
Nicole Durand #3 Hudson – Center
Barbara Robinson #4 Fairhaven
Deborah Woodhead #5 Heights - East
Natalie Best #6 West

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

A single street, Main Road, traverses Hudson east to west, while the southern border of the town mainly runs along Quebec Route 342 (also known as Boulevard Harwood). Although many residents commute by automobile, a commuter train to Montreal (Vaudreuil-Hudson Line) stops in Hudson once per weekday in either direction. As of February 5, 2007, a shuttle bus service operated by CIT La Presqu'Île was launched to move people about within the immediate area, to the campus of John Abbott College CEGEP, or to the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue train station.[10]

During the spring, summer and fall, a ferry[11][12][13] links Hudson with Oka, Quebec, 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) across the Ottawa River. During the winter months, a tolled ice bridge allows vehicular traffic between the two towns.[14]

Water and sewage[edit]

Hudson has a municipal water and sewage system. The sewage system was built in the first decade of the 21st century and serves the central area of town. It is relatively common for houses outside the central area to use well water and/or a septic tank.

Municipal facilities[edit]

The town operates the Stephen Shaar Community Centre, teen centre (in the lower level of the community centre) and a municipal outdoor swimming pool. The town also has a number of parks, including St. Thomas Park (soccer fields behind the swimming pool), Thompson park (lakeside soccer fields), Benson Park (with a softball field, children's playground with outdoor hockey and skating rinks), Jack Layton Park (trails to Sandy Beach, excellent picnic area and public boat launch) and Sandy Beach.

Ferry to Oka[edit]

Since 1909 a ferry across the Lake of Two Mountains has run from Hudson to Oka.[11][12][13] Except for the introduction of two lane barges in the 1960s, Barges could hold up to eight or ten cars and were towed across the lake by ropes attached to old, open diesel powered boats. Ferry service has now changed to self-propelled ships. The journey takes ten to fifteen minutes.

Notable people[edit]

  • Paul Frappier was a Montreal-based Canadian entertainer, musician, and hip hop MC of Haitian origin, better known by his stage name Bad News Brown.
  • Jean-Paul L'Allier, former mayor of Quebec City
  • Jack Layton, former leader of the New Democratic Party
  • Vanessa Lengies, actress, best known for "Are you afraid of the dark", "Popular Mechanics For Kids", American Dreams and Glee,
  • Matthew Lombardi, NHL hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs (formerly Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators)
  • Daniel Shelton, comic artist, for syndicated comic strip Ben.
  • Larry Smith, former Canadian Football League Commissioner and current Conservative Senator
  • Amanda Walsh, best known for being a MuchMusic VJ (2000–2004), as well as her role in film 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' (2009), and recurring roles in 'Sons & Daughters' and 'The Big Bang Theory'
  • Patrick Watson, musician, best known for 2007 single "The great escape"
  • Sam Goldberg Jr., musician, best known as member of Broken Social Scene

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 29182 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Hudson
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: VAUDREUIL--SOULANGES (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b c Statistics Canada - Hudson 2011 Census Profile: Hudson, Quebec
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  7. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  8. ^ Hudson Yacht Club, Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Year: 1909-1984. Hudson, Québec: Hudson Yacht Club. 1984. 
  9. ^ Hodgson, Roderick L. (2009). Our Spirit Lives On: A Celebration of Hudson Yacht Club's First 100 Years, 1909-2009. Montreal: Hudson Yacht Club. 
  10. ^ Shuttle buses should ease Hudson residents' travel woes
  11. ^ a b Oka Ferry
  12. ^ a b Oka-Hudson
  13. ^ a b Oka/hudson Ferry
  14. ^ "Hudson-Oka ice bridge opens". The Gazette. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 

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