Rigaud, Quebec

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Rigaud
Municipality
Rigaud QC.JPG
Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
Rigaud is located in Southern Quebec
Rigaud
Rigaud
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°29′N 74°18′W / 45.483°N 74.300°W / 45.483; -74.300Coordinates: 45°29′N 74°18′W / 45.483°N 74.300°W / 45.483; -74.300[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Vaudreuil-Soulanges
Constituted November 29, 1995
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr
 • Federal riding Vaudreuil-Soulanges
 • Prov. riding Soulanges
Area[2][4]
 • Total 114.00 km2 (44.02 sq mi)
 • Land 99.12 km2 (38.27 sq mi)
Population (2014)[4]
 • Total 7,566
 • Density 74.1/km2 (192/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 8.3%
 • Dwellings 3,254
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0P 1P0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-40

Route 325
Route 342
Website www.ville.rigaud.qc.ca

Rigaud is a municipality in southwestern Quebec, Canada in the county of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent region. The municipality is located at the junction of Ottawa River and Rigaud River. It is situated about 70 kilometres west of downtown Montreal and 130 kilometers southeast of Ottawa. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 7,346.

History[edit]

The town was named for Pierre François de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal, the last governor of New France.

Geography[edit]

Rigaud Bridge c. 1910

Rigaud is located at the northwestern part of Suroît region, which is part of Montérégie administrative region, on the Ontario-Quebec border. Across Ottawa River lies the Laurentides region. Neighbouring municipalities are Hudson, Vaudreuil-Dorion (Hudson Acres), Sainte-Marthe, Très-Saint-Rédempteur, East Hawkesbury and Pointe-Fortune. The municipality located across Ottawa River is Saint-André-d'Argenteuil. The geographic location of Rigaud, at the head of Ottawa River and then between Montreal and Ottawa metropolitan areas géographique avantageuse de Rigaud, has contributed to its economic development throughout its history.

The land area of the municipality is 99 km2. The relief is composed, on the North side, of the Ottawa River plaine and, on the South side, of Rigaud Mountain. The Ottawa River and Rigaud Mountain are main elements in the landscape. The plaine is partly used for agricultural purposes and partly in bush. Rigaud Mountain covers an area of 47 km2. A lot of rock pieces scatter the woods all over the mountain. It is moraine shaped by a glacier that, by moving, broke up from the bedrock of Canadian Shield, fragments that it disaggregated and rounded by rolling over them, moving them and letting them in this basin, some thousand years ago, at the end of Wisconsin glaciation.

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Rigaud, Quebec[7]
Year Pop.   ±%  
1991 5,770 —    
1996 6,057 +5.0%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2001 6,095 +0.6%
2006 6,780 +11.2%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2011 7,346 +8.3%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Rigaud, Quebec[7]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
7,260
5,615 Increase 9.7% 77.34% 1,225 Increase 5.6% 16.87% 125 Increase 127.3% 1.72% 295 Increase 9.3% 4.06%
2006
6,605
5,120 Increase 8.0% 77.52% 1,160 Increase 20.2% 17.56% 55 Decrease 8.3% 0.83% 270 Increase 54.3% 4.09%
2001
5,940
4,740 Decrease 1.4% 79.80% 965 Increase 14.2% 16.24% 60 Decrease 14.3% 1.01% 175 Decrease 16.7% 2.95%
1996
5,930
4,805 n/a 81.03% 845 n/a 14.25% 70 n/a 1.18% 210 n/a 3.54%

Attractions[edit]

Rigaud Mountain[edit]

Rigaud Mountain

The main attraction is Mont-Rigaud, a small mountain with downhill ski runs (at Ski Mont Rigaud), a private school (Collège Bourget), a monastery, and a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes). The mountain is also home to an unusual, natural rock garden known as the "champs de patates", so named because of the local legend that it was once a potato field, turned to stone by God because the farmer worked on Sunday. On the opposite side of the mountain is a residential community known as "Mountain Ranches." The middle to upper-middle class community features large, mostly secluded building lots in a wooded setting that draws residents because of its isolated tranquility and privacy. As such, it was the hiding place for fugitive Charlie Wilson, one of the leaders of the notorious 1963 Great train robbery in England.

This area was also known for its "tree farms" in the 1960s and 1970s, providing a tax shelter for the well off, until the tax laws were later changed to require harvesting of those "tree farms". The "Pitcairn Tree Farm", was one such example.

Also located in Rigaud is the training center for the Canada Border Services Agency.

The communities of Dragon and Rigaud are found within the municipality.

Transportation[edit]

The Rigaud station was the former terminus of the AMT commuter train to downtown Montreal.

On July 1, 2010, service to Rigaud was discontinued, as the town was unable to pay the $300,000 annual fee to the AMT to allow service to continue to the town. After that date, the rail line ends at Hudson.[8]

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