Location within Pontiac RCM.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Constituted||July 1, 1855|
|• Mayor||Brent Orr|
|• Federal riding||Pontiac|
|• Prov. riding||Pontiac|
|• Total||235.00 km2 (90.73 sq mi)|
|• Land||206.86 km2 (79.87 sq mi)|
|• Density||5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||6.8%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||J0X 1G0|
Bristol is a municipality in the Outaouais region, part of the Pontiac Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada. It is located on the north shore of Lac des Chats (part of the Ottawa River) across from Arnprior, Ontario.
Its settlements include Bristol Village, Bristol Mines, Bristol Ridge, Caldwell, Doherty, Elmside, Maple Ridge, Maryland, McKee, Norway Bay, and Weirstead.
The first settlers came from England, Scotland, and Ireland, followed later on by settlers from Germany, France, and Poland. In 1845, a post office was established, and in 1855, the township municipality was created together with the neighbouring hamlet of Norway Bay, an area that is now a sought-after resort location on the Ottawa River. Its first mayor was William Craig and the mayor as of November 2009 is Brent Orr.
From 1872 to 1894, iron ore was first mined. In 1956, a new open pit iron ore mine and processing facilities were built, employing up to 300 people. This was the first iron ore mining and pelletizing plant built in Quebec. It closed in 1976.
On April 24, 2004, the Township Municipality of Bristol was changed to Municipality of Bristol.
|Canada census – Bristol, Quebec community profile|
|Population:||1,128 (-6.8% from 2006)||1,210 (+21.9% from 2001)|
|Land area:||206.86 km2 (79.87 sq mi)||205.86 km2 (79.48 sq mi)|
|Population density:||5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)||5.9/km2 (15/sq mi)|
|Median age:||48.2 (M: 47.6, F: 48.7)||46.2 (M: 45.9, F: 47.0)|
|Total private dwellings:||1,031||1,036|
|Median household income:||$.N/A||$40,103|
|Notes: 2011 income data for this area has been suppressed for data quality or confidentiality reasons. – References: 2011 2006 earlier|
|Historical Census Data - Bristol, Quebec|
- English as first language: 80%
- French as first language: 19%
- Other as first language: 1%
Tourism and attractions
Norway Bay is a popular summer destination with numerous cottages and some hotels and inns catering to tourists. Also located here is McLellan Park with a public beach and wharf on the Ottawa River.
In the winter, snowmobiling can be done on local trails.
- Reference number 379116 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
- "Bristol". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- "Bristol census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- "Canton de Bristol" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
- "History of Bristol". Municipality of Bristol. Archived from the original on 2002-06-04. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
- "Municipalité de Canton de Bristol" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
- "Pontiac MRC Gateway: Bristol". Pontiac MRC Gateway. Archived from the original on October 7, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
- "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
- "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- "Tourism in Bristol". Municipality of Bristol. Archived from the original on 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
Adjacent Municipal Subdivisions
McNab/Braeside, Ontario / Arnprior, Ontario