Quebec Route 122 through Drummondville
Location within Drummond RCM.
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|Constituted||July 7, 2004|
|• Type||Drummondville City Council|
|• Mayor||Alexandre Cusson|
|• Federal riding||Drummond|
|• Prov. riding||Drummond–Bois-Francs
|• City||260.10 km2 (100.43 sq mi)|
|• Land||246.85 km2 (95.31 sq mi)|
|• Metro||803.81 km2 (310.35 sq mi)|
|Elevation||365 m (1,198 ft)|
|• Density||291.1/km2 (754/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||110.1/km2 (285/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||6.6%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||J2A-J2C, J2E|
Drummondville is a city in the Centre-du-Québec region of Quebec, located east of Montreal on the Saint-François River. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 71,852. The mayor of Drummondville is Alexandre Cusson.
Drummondville was founded in June 1815 by Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Heriot. The purpose of the town was to provide a home for British soldiers in the War of 1812, and to guard the Saint-François River against American attacks. The town was named after Sir Gordon Drummond, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada between 1813 and 1816.
The construction of the Hemmings Falls hydro-electric dam in 1920 brought a new wave of industrial growth to the Drummondville area. Several outlying municipalities have been amalgamated into Drummondville since the 1950s:
- 1955: Saint-Joseph de Grantham, Saint-Jean-Baptiste
- 1966: Drummondville-Ouest
- 1982: Drummondville-Sud
- 1993: Grantham
- 2004: Saint-Nicéphore, Saint-Charles-de-Drummond, Saint-Joachim-de-Courval
|Both English and French||290||0.4%|
Attractions and culture
Drummondville markets itself as Quebec's Capital of Expression and Traditions, with attractions focusing on culture, both past and present culture. The main attractions are the Village Québécois d'Antan and Mondial des Cultures (formerly the Festival mondial de folklore), which takes place every year in Woodyatt Park. Since 2008 Drummondville hosts Festival de la Poutine, towards the end of august, during three days people are invited to attend concerts that are held in Drummondville and to savor several kinds of poutine, a French Canadian dish.
The show AO La Légende ceased its operations in 2010. The show and the old show, Légendes Fantastique, had over five hundred performances were presented from 1998 to 2010.
The Théâtre d'été Gilles Latulippe, Treego Drummondville, the Musée populaire de photographie, the St. Frederick Catholic Church, St. George's Anglican Church, the Maison des Arts Desjardins, the Ulverton Wool Mill as well as sugar shacks are the main focal points of the city.
Drummondville is home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Drummondville Voltigeurs, founded in 1982. The team plays its home games at Centre Marcel Dionne. Drummondville also has another arena, Olympia Yvan-Cournoyer.
Prior to the Voltigeurs, Drummondville was home to the Drummondville Rangers of the QMJHL from 1969 to 1974.
Drummondville also was host to several baseball teams in the Quebec Provincial League in the 1940s and 1950s. The Drummondville Tigers in 1940, the Drummondville Cubs from 1948-1952, the Drummondville Royals in 1953 and the Drummondville A's in 1954.
The Autodrome Drummond, holds various automotive races throughout the summer season.
La Courvalloise is used for tubing, skiing and snowboarding.
- Local transit
Intra-city transit has been assured since 1987 by the Drummondville Transit, which currently operates city bus services on five routes headquartered at the main bus terminal at Des Forges and Lindsay Streets.
- Intercity buses
Intercity highway coach service is provided by Autobus Drummondville Ltée, a unit of Groupe Bourgeois. Major destinations include the nearby cities of Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Victoriaville, Saint-Hyacinthe, and Thetford Mines.
- Intercity rail
Passenger train service towards Montreal and Quebec City is provided by Via Rail. Drummondville is part of the high-traffic Quebec City–Windsor Corridor, and trains run at a rate of about five per day in either direction from the Drummondville railway station.
Notable Drummondville natives
- Louise Bédard, dancer and choreographer
- Brigitte Boisjoli, singer
- Serge Boisvert, professional hockey player
- Alex Bourret, professional hockey player
- Yvan Cournoyer, professional hockey player
- Gilbert Dionne, professional hockey player
- Marcel Dionne, professional hockey player
- Nancy Drolet, Olympic silver medalist in hockey
- Jessica Dubé, Olympic ice skater
- Alan Haworth, professional hockey player
- Gordie Haworth, professional hockey player
- Kaïn, musical group
- Patrick Lalime, professional hockey player
- Yvon Lambert, professional hockey player
- Bernard Lemaire, businessman
- Daniel Lemire, comedian
- Éric Messier, professional hockey player
- Louis Morissette, actor, comedian
- Lester Patrick, professional hockey player
- Jean-Luc Pepin, politician
- Mathieu Perreault, professional hockey player
- Kim Poirier, actress
- Karine Vanasse, actress
- A Perfect Murder, musical group
- Les Trois Accords, musical group
- Cégep de Drummondville
- List of cities in Quebec
- Municipal history of Quebec
- List of mayors of Drummondville
- (+) Amalgamation of the Cities of Drummondville, Saint-Nicéphore, the Municipality of Saint-Charles-de-Drummond and the Parish of Saint-Joachim-de-Courval on July 7, 2004.
- Reference number 287380 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
- "Drummondville — Répertoire des municipalités — MAMROT". Mamrot.gouv.qc.ca. 2004-07-07. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- "History of Federal Ridings since 1867". .parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- "Census Profile — Census subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Drummondville (Census agglomeration), Quebec The census agglomeration consists of Drummondville, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil (village), Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil (parish), Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Saint-Lucien, Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham, Wickham. In the 2006 census, the census agglomeration had not included the village or parish municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, nor Wickham.
- "Territorial Division Act". .publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- "Modifications aux municipalités du Québec. juillet 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada — Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- "Promenades Drummondville". The Westcliff Group of Companies. 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- "HISTORY". Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- Groupe Bourgeois
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Drummondville.|
- Ville de Drummondville
- Les Légendes Fantastiques, an outdoor multimedia show based in Drummondville
- Le Village Québécois d'Antan, a historical village exhibition
- MRC de Drummond
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|Saint-Germain-de-Grantham||Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover / Saint-Lucien|