Pont-Rouge

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Pont-Rouge
City
Moulin Marcoux.jpg
Location within Portneuf RCM.
Location within Portneuf RCM.
Pont-Rouge is located in Central Quebec
Pont-Rouge
Pont-Rouge
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°45′N 71°42′W / 46.750°N 71.700°W / 46.750; -71.700Coordinates: 46°45′N 71°42′W / 46.750°N 71.700°W / 46.750; -71.700[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Capitale-Nationale
RCM Portneuf
Constituted January 3, 1996
Government[2]
 • Mayor Claude Bégin
 • Federal riding Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier
 • Prov. riding Portneuf
Area[2][3]
 • Total 123.40 km2 (47.65 sq mi)
 • Land 121.23 km2 (46.81 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 8,723
 • Density 72.0/km2 (186/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 16.0%
 • Dwellings 3,617
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G3H
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 358
Route 365
Website www.ville.
pontrouge.qc.ca

Pont-Rouge is a city along the Jacques-Cartier River in southern Quebec, Canada. In the Canada 2011 Census the population was 8,723 inhabitants.[4]

History[edit]

The first efforts to colonise the area came around 1769.

On April 15, 1867, the archbishop of Quebec, Charles-François Baillargeon, founded the parish of Sainte-Jeanne-de-Neuville from portions of Cap-Santé, Saint-Basile, and Neuville. After the separation of the parish in two in 1911 (the village of Pont-Rouge and the parish of Sainte-Jeanne-de-Pont-Rouge), the new City of Pont-Rouge was established when these two municipalities merged on January 3, 1996.

Transportation had considerable influence on the development of the parish, mainly the two bridges and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge in 1874. The Royal Bridge (now called Pont Déry), was reconstructed several times because of the weakness of the centre of the bridge. This bridge served its purpose for the transportation of heavy loads and mail between Quebec and Montreal. The bridge was a toll bridge, and the money served the construction of a second bridge le pont Rouge, which was free. It united the western part to the eastern part of Dupont Street, named in honour of Father Charles-François Dupont, who was priest there from 1917 to 1933. A newer bridge has now replaced this bridge as of 2009.

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[5]

  • Population in 2011: 8723 (2006 to 2011 population change: 16.0%)
  • Population in 2006: 7518
  • Population in 2001: 7146
  • Population in 1996:
    • Sainte-Jeanne-de-Pont-Rouge (municipality): 2145
    • Pont-Rouge (village): 4676
  • Population in 1991:
    • Sainte-Jeanne-de-Pont-Rouge (municipality): 1966
    • Pont-Rouge (village): 4133

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 3471 (total dwellings: 3617)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.7%
  • French as first language: 98.2%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 1.1%

Administration[edit]

List of successive mayors
Period Name
2005 Claude Bégin
1996 2005 Paul-Eugène Parent
1973 1996 Marcel Bédard
1967 1973 Albert Picher
1965 1967 Louis Piché
1964 1965 Léopold Bussières
1961 1964 Clément Vaugeois
1941 1961 Joseph-Alfred Leclerc
1929 1941 Edward Hamel
1925 1929 Joseph Arthus Bussières
1921 1925 Edward Hamel
1919 1921 Arthur Galarneau
1917 1919 Thomas Savary
1916 1917 Louis-Georges Bussières
1915 1916 Napoleon Larue
1911 1915 Arthur Galarneau
Pont-Rouge railroad bridge over the Jacques-Cartier River

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