Ormstown, Quebec

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Ormstown
Municipality
Location within Le Haut-Saint-Laurent RCM.
Location within Le Haut-Saint-Laurent RCM.
Ormstown is located in Southern Quebec
Ormstown
Ormstown
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°08′N 74°00′W / 45.133°N 74.000°W / 45.133; -74.000Coordinates: 45°08′N 74°00′W / 45.133°N 74.000°W / 45.133; -74.000[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Le Haut-Saint-Laurent
Constituted January 26, 2000
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Chrystian Soucy
 • Federal riding Beauharnois—Salaberry
 • Prov. riding Huntingdon
Area[2][4]
 • Total 144.50 km2 (55.79 sq mi)
 • Land 142.19 km2 (54.90 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 3,595
 • Density 25.3/km2 (66/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 1.5%
 • Dwellings 1,516
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0S 1K0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways Route 138
Route 201
Website www.ormstown.ca

Ormstown is a municipality in Quebec, Canada, which is situated on the Chateauguay River in the heart of the Chateauguay Valley. It is approximately one hour southwest of Montreal and 20 minutes north of New York State in the United States. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 3,595 of which Francophones comprise about 65%.

Ormstown has two elementary schools, one high school (Chateauguay Valley Regional), and two adult education facilities, several restaurants and churches. Ormstown is also well known for its numerous antique dealers and unique gift shops. There is a park north of the centre of town which is home to Ormstown Beach, an urban legend created and memorialized in the 1970s with "I've been to Ormstown Beach" bumper stickers. It is a popular summer activity to cycle along the Chateauguay River. The town has traces of an old dam, which was once the source of power for the mill. People living outside the town only gained access to electricity following World War II.

Ormstown will be the host of the 34th Quebec 4-H Rally, happening the first weekend of July. 4-H members from across the province will visit the area with their projects that consist of cattle, horses, handicrafts, public speaking and more.

History[edit]

In the 1950s, Ormstown became the site of a significant microwave radio relay station, part of the Trans Canada Telephone System. Initially, the system passed through the major cities of Canada via towers located on top of downtown telephone buildings. Subsequently, concerns were expressed that a disaster affecting any of those city cores, such as a war or uprising, would result in an interruption of the continuity of the transcontinental communications system. The solution was to locate a "bypass" microwave site outside each of those cities with links to the east and west, as well as a short link into the city. The Ormstown facility was the bypass point for Montreal, but had further significance as it also included a link to the AT&T Long Lines TD2 microwave system in the United States.

In 2000. the town merged with the surrounding parish of St-Malachie d'Ormstown to form the Municipality of Ormstown.[5]

Geography[edit]

Communities[edit]

The following locations reside within the municipality's boundaries:[1]

Lakes & Rivers[edit]

The following waterways pass through or are situated within the municipality's boundaries:[1]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Ormstown, Quebec[8]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 1,577 —    
1996 1,604 +1.7%
Year Pop. ±%
ADJ 3,700 +130.7%
2001 3,647 −1.4%
Year Pop. ±%
2006 3,651 +0.1%
2011 3,595 −1.5%
(+) Amalgamated with Saint-Malachie-d'Ormstown in 2000.

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Ormstown, Quebec[8]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
3,495
2,160 Decrease 2.7% 61.80% 1,205 Steady 0.0% 34.48% 65 Increase 30.0% 1.86% 65 Increase 18.2% 1.86%
2006
3,530
2,220 Decrease 1.1% 62.89% 1,205 Increase 3.0% 34.13% 50 Steady 0.0% 1.42% 55 Decrease 21.4% 1.56%
2001
3,535
2,245 Increase 152.2% 63.51% 1,170 Increase 103.5% 33.10% 50 Increase 66.7% 1.41% 70 Increase 600.0% 1.98%
1996
1,505
890 n/a 59.14% 575 n/a 38.21% 30 n/a 1.99% 10 n/a 0.66%

Arts and culture[edit]

Ormstown Fair[edit]

One of the town's main attractions is the Ormstown Fair, which was started in 1910. It is held annually during the second week of June, making it Quebec's earliest spring fair. Several competitions take place at the fair: farm animals, crafts, horticulture and baked goods are evaluated by judges and can be viewed by fairgoers. Other competitions include a tractor pull, demolition derby, and equestrian events. Additionally, there are carnival rides, arcades, a petting zoo, and live musical performances. The Ormstown fair attracts people from all surrounding areas.

Attractions[edit]

Allan's Corners[edit]

Located near Ormstown, in the hamlet of Allan's Corners, is the site of the Battle of the Chateauguay, where on October 26, 1813 Canadian and Native forces fought and repelled an invading American force that was planning to attack Montreal during the War of 1812. The site is a National Historic Site of Canada,[9] and there is a Parks Canada museum near the site of the battle.

Government[edit]

Jacques Lapierre was elected to fill the post of mayor on November 1, 2009, replacing interim mayor Luc Lavigueur. Lavigueur took over the post after former mayor John McCaig resigned for health reasons.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

The CIT du Haut-Saint-Laurent provides commuter and local bus services.

See also[edit]

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