Harrington, Quebec

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Township municipality
Harrington Twp QC.JPG
Location within Argenteuil RCM.
Location within Argenteuil RCM.
Harrington is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°50′N 74°40′W / 45.833°N 74.667°W / 45.833; -74.667Coordinates: 45°50′N 74°40′W / 45.833°N 74.667°W / 45.833; -74.667[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Laurentides
RCM Argenteuil
Settled 1830
Constituted July 1, 1855
 • Mayor Jacques Parent
 • Federal riding Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 • Prov. riding Argenteuil
 • Total 249.30 km2 (96.26 sq mi)
 • Land 236.73 km2 (91.40 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 853
 • Density 3.6/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 9.8%
 • Dwellings 1,361
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s) J8G 2T1
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 327
Website www.harrington.ca

Harrington is a township municipality in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Argenteuil Regional County Municipality. It is located in the Laurentian Mountains, about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-west of Lachute.

Its population centres include Harrington, Lac-Keatley, Lakeview, Lost River, and Rivington.


Harrington is a land of lakes and rivers, stocked with abundant fish. The Rouge River is the main river flowing through it, and the largest lakes include Lake (Lac) MacDonald, Green Lake, and Lake Harrington, each attracting a large number summer cottage vacationers. Its territory has a characteristic appearance of the Laurentian region with dense forests, rising to an elevation of 457 meters (1,499 ft) in the north-east, which is 30 meters (98 ft) more than Mont Chauve which dominates Green Lake.[4][5]

The Lost River flows for some miles from a spring that disappears under a calcareous rock between Gate Lake and Fraser Lake.[6]


Harrington Township first appeared on the Gale and Duberger Map of 1795, but was not settled until 1830 when Scottish pioneers settled in the Lost River area in the east. In 1841, the township is officially established and in 1855, the township municipality was formed.[5]

It is believed that the name Harrington may be attributed to a location in England, however, the local post office was identified under the name of Rivington between 1878 and 1961.[5]


Buddhist Monastery of Tam Bao Son in the Township of Harrington

Population trend:[7]

  • Population in 2011: 853 (2006 to 2011 population change: 9.8%)
  • Population in 2006: 777 (2001 to 2006 population change: -1.0 %)
  • Population in 2001: 785
  • Population in 1996: 730
  • Population in 1991: 729

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 436 (total dwellings: 1,361)

Mother tongue:[8]

  • English as first language: 52.6%
  • French as first language: 40.4%
  • English and French as first language: 2.4%
  • Other as first language: 5.6%


The Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord operates French-language public schools.[9]

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board operates English-language schools:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reference number 27989 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 76065 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2476065) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  4. ^ "Harrington (canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  5. ^ a b c "Harrington (Municipalité de canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  6. ^ "Lost River..." Harrington Township. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  7. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  8. ^ Harrington Census Prolife 2011
  9. ^ "Trouver une école ou un centre." Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord. Retrieved on September 24, 2017. For attendance boundary information, click "Par bassin d'école"
  10. ^ "Arundel Elementary Zone." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "LAURENTIAN ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "About Us." Grenville Elementary School. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "LAURENTIAN REGIONAL HS ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 4, 2017.