Estérel, Quebec

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Location within Les Pays-d'en-Haut RCM.
Location within Les Pays-d'en-Haut RCM.
Estérel is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°03′N 74°01′W / 46.050°N 74.017°W / 46.050; -74.017Coordinates: 46°03′N 74°01′W / 46.050°N 74.017°W / 46.050; -74.017[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Laurentides
RCM Les Pays-d'en-Haut
Settled 1920s
Constituted January 1, 2006
 • Mayor Jean-Pierre Nepveu
 • Federal riding Laurentides—Labelle
 • Prov. riding Bertrand
 • Total 16.20 km2 (6.25 sq mi)
 • Land 12.04 km2 (4.65 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 199
 • Density 16.5/km2 (43/sq mi)
 • Pop (2006–11) Decrease 22.3%
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0T 1E0
Area code(s) 450 and 579

Estérel is a city in Les Pays-d'en-Haut Regional County Municipality in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada. The municipal territory almost entirely extends around Lake Masson, whereas the village itself is situated on the eastern shore of this lake.


The area of Estérel was first part of the Parish Municipality of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson, which formed in the early 1860s.[4]

Around 1920, Baron Louis Empain, son of Belgian industrialist Baron Édouard Empain, acquired substantially all the land around Lake Masson intending to build a resort called Estérel, named after the Esterel massif in Provence, south-east France. In 1939, the Estérel Post Office opened.[5]

In 1958, Fridolin Simard, an industrialist from Abitibi, bought over 2000 hectares of the baron's estate and completed the holiday resort. A year later in 1959, The Town of Estérel was formed when it separated from Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson.[5]

On October 10, 2001, the Town of Estérel and the Parish Municipality of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson were merged to become the Town of Sainte-Marguerite–Estérel. On January 1, 2006, after a municipal referendum, the Town of Estérel was however re-established and the Town of Sainte-Marguerite–Estérel was renamed to its former name of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson.[4][5]


Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 199 (2006 to 2011 population change: -22.3 %)
  • Population in 2006: 256
    • 2001 to 2006 population change: 41.4%
  • Population in 2001: 181
  • Population in 1996: 108
  • Population in 1991: 119

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 105 (total dwellings: 352)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 10%
  • French as first language: 90%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 0%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reference number 388481 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 77011 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2477011) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  5. ^ a b c "Estérel (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census