La Vallée-du-Richelieu Regional County Municipality

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La Vallée-du-Richelieu
Regional county municipality
Location in province of Quebec.
Location in province of Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°34′N 73°12′W / 45.567°N 73.200°W / 45.567; -73.200Coordinates: 45°34′N 73°12′W / 45.567°N 73.200°W / 45.567; -73.200[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
Effective January 1, 1982
County seat McMasterville
Government[2]
 • Type Prefecture
 • Prefect Gilles Plante
Area[2][3]
 • Total 605.50 km2 (233.78 sq mi)
 • Land 588.88 km2 (227.37 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 116,773
 • Density 198.3/km2 (514/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 9.4%
 • Dwellings 46,215
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Website www.mrcvr.ca

La Vallée-du-Richelieu (The Valley of the Richelieu) is a regional county municipality in the Montérégie region in southwestern Quebec, Canada. Its seat is McMasterville.

It surrounds the Richelieu River as the river makes its way from Lake Champlain in the United States north to the Saint Lawrence River northeast of Montreal at Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. Dramatically different from the mountainous terrain to the south, the river valley is a vast plain with extensive farmlands.

The Richelieu River itself is very popular for both U.S. and Canadian recreational boaters, providing a connection that can bring boaters all the way from the outlet of the Saint Lawrence River to New York Harbor. A number of old fortifications existed dating back to the 17th century were built to prevent the Iroquois from using the river as a way to attack the French settlers in the area. Fort Richelieu is at the mouth of the Richelieu River. Fort St. Louis (now Fort Chambly) at Chambly, Fort Sainte-Thérèse, and Fort Saint-Jean at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, are on the way. Fort St. Anne Isle La Motte, Vermont in Lake Champlain is near its source. The forts were built in order to protect travellers on the river from the Iroquois. The region is informally known as la Vallée-des-Forts.

Subdivisions[edit]

There are 13 subdivisions within the RCM:[2]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - La Vallée-du-Richelieu Regional County Municipality, Quebec[6]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 104,965 —    
1996 113,832 +8.4%
Year Pop. ±%
ADJ 116,745 +2.6%
2001 119,993 +2.8%
Year Pop. ±%
2006 106,762 −11.0%
2011 116,773 +9.4%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - La Vallée-du-Richelieu Regional County Municipality, Quebec[6]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
115,690
108,230 Increase 9.5% 93.55% 4,060 Increase 0.6% 3.51% 925 Increase 55.5% 0.80% 2,475 Increase 4.4% 2.14%
2006
105,870
98,870 Decrease 8.6% 93.39% 4,035 Decrease 41.9% 3.81% 595 Decrease 43.3% 0.56% 2,370 Decrease 2.1% 2.24%
2001
118,635
108,215 Increase 5.8% 91.22% 6,950 Decrease 2.7% 5.86% 1,050 Increase 8.8% 0.88% 2,420 Decrease 3.2% 2.04%
1996
112,920
102,310 n/a 90.60% 7,145 n/a 6.33% 965 n/a 0.85% 2,500 n/a 2.21%

Transportation[edit]

Access Routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 141084 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b c Geographic code 570 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b c "(Code 2457) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  5. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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