Laurentides

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Laurentides
Administrative region
LocationLaurentides.png
Coordinates: 46°26′N 74°59′W / 46.433°N 74.983°W / 46.433; -74.983Coordinates: 46°26′N 74°59′W / 46.433°N 74.983°W / 46.433; -74.983
Country Canada Canada
Province Quebec Quebec
Regional County
Municipalities (RCM) and Equivalent
Territories (ET)
Area[1]
 • Land 20,560 km2 (7,940 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 555,614
 • Density 27.02/km2 (70.0/sq mi)
Demonym Laurentien(ne)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code J
Area code 450, 579
Website www.laurentides
.gouv.qc.ca
[1]

The Laurentides (French pronunciation: ​[lɔʁɑ̃tid]) is a region of Quebec. While it is often called the Laurentians in English, the region includes only part of the Laurentian mountains. It has a total land area of 20,744.29 km2 (8,009.42 sq mi) and a 2011 census population of 555,614 inhabitants.

The area was inhabited by the Montagnais First Nations tribe, until the French settled it in the first half of the 19th century, establishing an agricultural presence throughout the valleys. During the 20th century, the area also became a popular tourist destination, based on a cottage and lake culture in the summer, and a downhill and cross-country ski culture in the winter. Ski resorts include Saint-Sauveur and Mont Tremblant.

The Laurentides still offer a weekend escape for Montrealers and tourists from New England to Ontario, though with the building of a major highway through the area in the 1970s (Autoroute 15), the area has experienced a lot of growth. Its largest city is Saint-Jérôme, in its extreme southeast, with a 2011 census population of 68,456 inhabitants.

Subdivisions[edit]

Regional County Municipalities

Regional County Municipality (RCM) Population
Canada 2011 Census[2]
Land Area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of RCM
Antoine-Labelle 35,159 14,969.05 km2 (5,779.58 sq mi) 2.3 Mont-Laurier
Argenteuil 32,117 1,251.64 km2 (483.26 sq mi) 25.7 Lachute
Deux-Montagnes 95,670 243.39 km2 (93.97 sq mi) 393.1 Saint-Eustache
La Rivière-du-Nord 115,165 451.06 km2 (174.16 sq mi) 255.3 Saint-Jérôme
Les Laurentides 45,157 2,478.67 km2 (957.02 sq mi) 18.2 Saint-Faustin–Lac-Carré
Les Pays-d'en-Haut 40,331 685.41 km2 (264.64 sq mi) 58.8 Sainte-Adèle
Mirabel (Equivalent Territory) 41,957 485.59 km2 (187.49 sq mi) 86.4 Mirabel[3]
Thérèse-De Blainville 151,144 206.33 km2 (79.66 sq mi) 747.1 Bois-des-Filion

Indian Reserve

Major communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "La région des Laurentides, ainsi que ses MRC et TE". Profils des régions et des MRC (in French). Quebec: Institut de la statistique du Québec. 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census divisions, 2011 and 2006 censuses". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  3. ^ (Mirabel is both a City and a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality)

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