Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec

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Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan
Municipality
Couvent de Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan 11.JPG
Location within Montcalm RCM.
Location within Montcalm RCM.
Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan is located in Central Quebec
Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan
Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°51′N 73°36′W / 45.850°N 73.600°W / 45.850; -73.600Coordinates: 45°51′N 73°36′W / 45.850°N 73.600°W / 45.850; -73.600[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
RCM Montcalm
Settled 1770
Constituted July 1, 1855
Government[2]
 • Mayor Georges Locas
 • Federal riding Montcalm
 • Prov. riding Rousseau
Area[2][3]
 • Total 80.00 km2 (30.89 sq mi)
 • Land 80.75 km2 (31.18 sq mi)
  There is an apparent
contradiction between two
authoritative sources
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 4,892
 • Density 60.6/km2 (157/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006–2011 Increase 10.0%
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0K 3H0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways[4]
A-25
Route 125
Route 339
Route 341
Website www.saint-roch-de-lachigan.ca

Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan is a Quebec municipality located in the Montcalm Regional County Municipality located in the Lanaudière region. It is on the banks of the Achigan River, a tributary of the L'Assomption River. According to the town's website, the population is approximately 4 500 [1] and growing steadily as a result of the suburban sprawl in the northern crown of the Greater Montreal area.

History[edit]

The first settlers arrived near the 1770s and built a flour mill on a township located alongside the Rivière de l'Achigan. The area was located on the northern edges of the first developed lands that were located along both sides of the Saint Lawrence River. In 1787, the Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan Parish was formed and in 1832, its post office opened, three years after the construction of its first school. In 1845, the parish municipality was established. It was abolished in 1847 when it became part of the County Municipality of Lachenaie, but was reestablished in 1855 as the Parish Municipality of Saint-Roch.[1]

In 1921, Saint-Roch lost a part of its territory when the Municipality of Saint-Roch-Ouest was formed.[5] In 1957, it regained its original name when "de-l'Achigan" was added in order to distinguish it from other places named "Saint-Roch". In 2006, it changed statutes and became the Municipality of Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan.[1]

Transportation[edit]

The town is accessible via Autoroute 25 which links Laval and Montreal towards the northeastern suburbs including Terrebonne and Mascouche. When the toll bridge connecting Montreal and Laval will be built, it will also have a direct link to the south shore of Montreal and Autoroutes 20 and 40. The municipality is located near the northern terminus of the Autoroute which continues further north via Route 125 towards the Mont-Tremblant Provincial Park north of Saint-Donat and Rawdon.

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 4892 (2006 to 2011 population change: 10.0%)
  • Population in 2006: 4449
  • Population in 2001: 4164
  • Population in 1996: 4305 (or 4343 when adjusted to 2001 boundaries)
  • Population in 1991: 3795

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1936 (total dwellings: 1987)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.3%
  • French as first language: 97.9%
  • English and French as first language: 0.2%
  • Other as first language: 1.6%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 63035 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan census profile
  4. ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map
  5. ^ "Saint-Roch-Ouest (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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