Wentworth-Nord, Quebec

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Wentworth-Nord
Municipality
Laurel
Laurel
Location within Les Pays-d'en-Haut RCM
Location within Les Pays-d'en-Haut RCM
Wentworth-Nord is located in Central Quebec
Wentworth-Nord
Wentworth-Nord
Location in central Quebec
Coordinates: 45°51′N 74°27′W / 45.850°N 74.450°W / 45.850; -74.450Coordinates: 45°51′N 74°27′W / 45.850°N 74.450°W / 45.850; -74.450[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Laurentides
RCM Les Pays-d'en-Haut
Settled 1855
Constituted January 1, 1958
Government[2]
 • Mayor André Genest
 • Federal riding Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 • Prov. riding Argenteuil
Area[2][3]
 • Total 172.40 km2 (66.56 sq mi)
 • Land 158.42 km2 (61.17 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,440
 • Density 9.1/km2 (24/sq mi)
 • Pop (2006–11) Increase 6.4%
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0T 1Y0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Website www.wentworth-nord.ca

Wentworth-Nord (French for North Wentworth) is a municipality in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Les Pays-d'en-Haut Regional County Municipality.

Its communities include Saint-Michel, Laurel, and Montfort. Its many lakes attract many cottage vacationers each summer.

History[edit]

The original Wentworth Township, formed in 1809, included both Wentworth and Wentworth-Nord,[4] so their histories are closely related until 1958 when Wentworth-Nord became a separate municipality.[1]

The community of Laurel formed when the first families arrived from Ireland between 1855 and 1860, calling it New Ireland in memory of their homeland. The Laurel Post Office opened in 1886. In 1856, the mission of Wentworth was established, officially renamed to Saint-Michel in 1884. By 1860, McCluskey or McClosky Court opened, probably named after pioneer James McClosky.[1]

From 1899, several mines were commercially exploited, extracting mica (from 1899 onward), chalk (from 1919 to 1923), marl, and graphite. Other economic activity included logging, agriculture, and the manufacture of potash.[1]

Lakes[edit]

A small portion of Lac Louisa is located in Wentworth-Nord, Quebec.

Lac Saint-François-Xavier (74°21′32″S 45°52′53″E / 74.35889°S 45.88139°E / -74.35889; 45.88139) is believed to have been named after François-Xavier Froideveaux.[5] Work undertaken in 2011 restored the lake's natural shore near the Montfort recreational building.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[7]

  • Population in 2011: 1440 (2006 to 2011 population change: 6.4%)
  • Population in 2006: 1353 (2001 to 2006 population change: 20.7%)
  • Population in 2001: 1121
  • Population in 1996: 1039
  • Population in 1991: 789

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 744 (total dwellings: 1958)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 23%
  • French as first language: 69%
  • English and French as first language: 1%
  • Other as first language: 7%
St-Michel-de-Wentworth

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Wentworth-Nord (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 77060 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2477060) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wentworth (canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lac Saint-Francois-Xavier (Fiche descriptive)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ Nicol, Éric (August 4, 2011). "Le Saint-François-Xavier retrouve sa berge naturelle". Le Journal des Pays d'en haut La Vallée (in French). Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census