Val-David, Quebec

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Val-David
Village municipality
Motto: Un monde à part, et à partager (A world apart, and to be shared)
Location within Les Laurentides RCM.
Location within Les Laurentides RCM.
Val-David is located in Central Quebec
Val-David
Val-David
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°02′N 74°13′W / 46.033°N 74.217°W / 46.033; -74.217Coordinates: 46°02′N 74°13′W / 46.033°N 74.217°W / 46.033; -74.217[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Laurentides
RCM Les Laurentides
Constituted May 10, 1921
Government[2]
 • Mayor Nicole Davidson
 • Federal riding Laurentides—Labelle
 • Prov. riding Bertrand
Area[2][3]
 • Total 43.90 km2 (16.95 sq mi)
 • Land 42.83 km2 (16.54 sq mi)
 • Water 3 km2 (1 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 322 m (1,056 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 4,450
 • Density 103.9/km2 (269/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 5.6%
 • Dwellings 2,785
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0T 2N0
Area code(s) 819
Highways
A-15

Route 117 (TCH)
Website www.valdavid.com

Val-David is a unique village of almost 5,000 inhabitants located in the Laurentian Mountains about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada that attracts about 100,000 tourists a year. Val-David is predominantly Quebecer (i.e. French-speaking) and has a sizable minority anglophone population.

The village is famous for its artistic character. Many renowned and amateur artists, writers and dancers live and have lived in Val-David, notably Québécois poet Gaston Miron, jazz bassist Charlie Biddle, ceramist Kinya Ishikawa (who hosts the 1,001 Pots – the largest annual ceramics festival in North America), the painter, engraver and sculptor René Derouin (who hosts an international site-specific art festival annually), and Alan Gerber the singer-songwriter, the painter Jean-Philippe "JP" Audra founder of the Creativismo art movement, and the painters Guy Montpetit, Normand Ménard, Martine Cyr, and Mark Lummis.

Val-David is also a centre for much outdoor recreational activity as its 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) Parc Dufresne is the most popular rock-climbing destination in eastern Canada. Additionally, the Parc Linéaire Le P'tit Train du Nord, a 200 kilometres (120 mi) bike trail, and groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in Winter, run throughout the town's splendid nature.

History[edit]

The place was first known as Belisle's Mills, named after the owner of one of the area's first sawmills. In 1873, its post office opened under the name of Mont-Morin, renamed to Belisle's Mills in 1901. In 1917, the parish of Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Belisle or Bélisle was formed, detached from Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. In 1921, the village municipality was officially established and named after the parish.[1]

In 1923, the post office was renamed to Val-David, which also became the official designation of the municipality in 1944. It pays tribute to Louis Athanase David (1882-1953), member of parliament for Terrebonne from 1916 to 1919 and secretary of Quebec from 1919 to 1936, and his father Laurent-Olivier David (1840-1926), member of the House of Commons and author of several books.[1]

It boasts the very first local community monthly newspaper ski-se-dit.

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2011: 4450 (2006 to 2011 population change: 5.6%)
  • Population in 2006: 4216
  • Population in 2001: 3819
  • Population in 1996: 3473
  • Population in 1991: 2976

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2084 (total dwellings: 2785)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 3.3%
  • French as first language: 93.3%
  • English and French as first language: 1%
  • Other as first language: 2.4%

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