Bowman, Quebec

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Reservoir l'Escalier
Reservoir l'Escalier
Location within Papineau RCM.
Location within Papineau RCM.
Bowman is located in Western Quebec
Location in western Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°55′N 75°40′W / 45.917°N 75.667°W / 45.917; -75.667Coordinates: 45°55′N 75°40′W / 45.917°N 75.667°W / 45.917; -75.667[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Outaouais
RCM Papineau
Constituted June 27, 1913
 • Mayor Michel David
 • Federal riding Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 • Prov. riding Papineau
 • Total 164.40 km2 (63.48 sq mi)
 • Land 129.75 km2 (50.10 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 677
 • Density 5.2/km2 (13/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 0.1%
 • Dwellings 527
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0X 3C0
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 307

Bowman is a village and municipality in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada. It is located in the Laurentian Hills, 72 kilometres (45 mi) north-east of Gatineau.


The municipality is bordered to the east by the Du Lièvre River and by Whitefish Lake (lac du Poisson Blanc) in the north-west. Its terrain is characterized by several deep lakes (including Reservoir l'Escalier) in a hilly terrain with altitudes between 200 meters (660 ft) and 430 meters (1,410 ft).[4]


Bowman Township was formed in 1861 and named after one of the first inhabitants of this place, Baxter Bowman, who operated a sawmill at Dufferin Chutes in Buckingham and was owner of a large tract of forest in the Outaouais in the late nineteenth century.[1][4]

On 1 January 1885, Bowman was combined with Villeneuve Township to form the United Township Municipality of Bowman-et-Villeneuve. In 1913, the Township Municipality of Bowman was formed when the two townships separated (Villeneuve was renamed to Val-des-Bois in 1958), and in 1954, its statutes were amended again to become the Municipality of Bowman.[1]

Bowman was affected by the 2010 Central Canada earthquake and suffered some damage to a 50 metre wide area of land near a bridge.[5] Traffic on Route 307 was diverted while Transport Canada assessed the damage. There were no fatalities.


Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 677 (2006 to 2011 population change: 0.1%)
  • Population in 2006: 676
  • Population in 2001: 563
  • Population in 1996: 516
  • Population in 1991: 481

Private dwellings (occupied by usual residents): 302


  • English as first language: 7%
  • French as first language: 88%
  • English and French as first language: 2%
  • Other as first language: 3%


  1. ^ a b c Reference number 7930 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 80145 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2480145) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Bowman (canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census