|Motto: Mets l'Épaule à la Roue
(Put the shoulder to the wheel)
Location within Portneuf RCM.
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|Constituted||January 21, 1967|
|• Mayor||Sylvain Germain|
|• Federal riding||Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier|
|• Prov. riding||Portneuf|
|• Total||37.30 km2 (14.40 sq mi)|
|• Land||20.02 km2 (7.73 sq mi)|
|• Density||313.8/km2 (813/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||12.9%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||G3M 1A1|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
Some people believe the city was named after Donnacona, a 16th-century Wendat chief who was taken to France. However, the Huron Chieftain never lived in this area, but rather further east in Stadacona.
It was actually named after the first paper mill erected at the mouth of the Jacques-Cartier River, The Donnacona Paper Ltd. The local paper mill played a key role in creating and quickly developing the local settlement to the point of making of Donnacona the most populous urban town in Portneuf County. Economic difficulties affected the lumber and pulp and paper industry and the local factory was sold a number of times. In 2007, Bowater had a debt of $7 billion and merged with Abitibi-Consolidated. The merger was to sell off Abitibi's assets and close its mills for liquidity to settle Bowater's debt. Consequently, the mill is now closed.
Prior to the chartering of Donnacona as a town in 1915, the area was named Pointe-aux-Écureuils. A New France Seigneurie existed under the name of Les Écureuils as a surrounding rural parish municipality prior to its final merge with Donnacona in 1967.
- Population in 2011: 6283 (2006 to 2011 population change: 12.9%)
- Population in 2006: 5564
- Population in 2001: 5479
- Population in 1996: 5739
- Population in 1991: 5659
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2827 (total dwellings: 2924)
- English as first language: 0.5%
- French as first language: 98.0%
- English and French as first language: 0%
- Other as first language: 1.5%
- Autoroute 40 passes through the town.
- Reference number 18836 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Donnacona
- Statistics Canada (March 10, 2009). "2011 Community profiles - Donnacona". Retrieved 2009-04-15.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
|Jacques-Cartier River, Cap-Santé||Neuville|
|St. Lawrence River / Sainte-Croix|