Kingsbury, Quebec

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Village municipality
Location within Le Val-Saint-François RCM.
Location within Le Val-Saint-François RCM.
Kingsbury is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°35′N 72°09′W / 45.583°N 72.150°W / 45.583; -72.150Coordinates: 45°35′N 72°09′W / 45.583°N 72.150°W / 45.583; -72.150[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Estrie
RCM Le Val-Saint-François
Constituted July 7, 1896
 • Mayor Jean Dandurand
 • Federal riding Richmond—Arthabaska
 • Prov. riding Richmond
 • Total 7.10 km2 (2.74 sq mi)
 • Land 6.17 km2 (2.38 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 123
 • Density 19.9/km2 (52/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 24.2%
 • Dwellings 64
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0B 1X0
Area code(s) 819
Highways No major routes
Census profile 2442070[3]
MAMROT info 42070[2]
Toponymie info 32510[1]

Kingsbury is a village municipality located in the Le Val-Saint-François Regional County Municipality of Quebec's Estrie region. It is completely surrounded by the township municipality of Melbourne.

The village is known for the lake and forest trails that encircle it, and the views from the mountain tops.


In its early history, a train track cut through the village, but now the villagers' houses stand in its place.

Kingsbury is most famous for its slate quarry which was an important industry during the 19th century. Men were hired from Wales and Cornwall to come to work the quarry where first-class slate was mined. This slate was sent all over the world. The quarry can still be seen although the trains and tracks are long gone. Kingsbury was the first town to receive electricity. In the evenings the villagers would sit on their balconies and sing the old songs from their homeland.

The nearby town of Richmond has an Interpretation Center for Slate which is housed in what was previously the French Presbyterian Church (Melbourne sector of Richmond).



Historical Census Data - Kingsbury, Quebec[4]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 154 —    
1996 157 +1.9%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 141 −10.2%
2006 99 −29.8%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 123 +24.2%


Mother tongue (2011)[3]

Language Population Pct (%)
French only 100 80.0%
English only 20 16.0%
English and French 5 4.0%

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