Lanoraie, Quebec

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Location within D'Autray RCM.
Location within D'Autray RCM.
Lanoraie is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°58′N 73°13′W / 45.967°N 73.217°W / 45.967; -73.217Coordinates: 45°58′N 73°13′W / 45.967°N 73.217°W / 45.967; -73.217[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
RCM D'Autray
Settled 1732
Constituted December 6, 2000
 • Mayor Gérard Jean[2]
 • Federal riding Berthier—Maskinongé
 • Prov. riding Berthier
 • Total 115.40 km2 (44.56 sq mi)
 • Land 103.53 km2 (39.97 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 4,447
 • Density 43.0/km2 (111/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 9.3%
 • Dwellings 1,941
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0K 1E0
Area code(s) 450 and 579

Route 138

Lanoraie is a town in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada, part of the D'Autray Regional County Municipality.


When Jacques Cartier passed through in the 16th century, the Iroquois had already established themselves in the area, calling it Agochanda or Agouchonda, meaning "place where one stops to eat and rest". It was also in this area in 1642 that Isaac Jogues was abducted by the Mohawks along with Guillaume Couture and René Goupil, and taken into captivity and tortured.[1]

In 1672, the Intendant of New France Jean Talon granted the territory as a seignory to Louis de Niort de La Noraye (1639-1708). In 1688, the Seignory of La Noraye (also spelled as: Lanauraie, Lanoraie, Noraye) was united with the Autray Seignory, granted in 1637 to Jean Bourdon who passed it on to his son Jacques Bourdon d'Autray in 1653.[1]

Although the Parish of Saint-Joseph-de-Lanoraie was founded in 1732, it did not really begin to develop until 1831. In 1845, this parish was incorporated as the Parish Municipality of Lanoraie, but abolished two years later in 1847, when it became part of the Berthier County Municipality. In 1855, it was reestablished as the Parish Municipality of Saint-Joseph-de-Lanoraie. In 1848, the Municipality of Lanoraie-d'Autray was formed.[1]

On December 6, 2000, the Parish Municipality of Saint-Joseph-de-Lanoraie and the Municipality of Lanoraie-d'Autray were merged to form the new Municipality of Lanoraie.[1]


Population trend:[5]

  • Population in 2011: 4447 (2006 to 2011 population change: 9.3%)
  • Population in 2006: 4067
  • Population in 2001: 3869
  • Population total in 1996: 3759
    • Lanoraie-d'Autray: 1904
    • Saint-Joseph-de-Lanoraie: 1855
  • Population in 1991:
    • Lanoraie-d'Autray: 1793
    • Saint-Joseph-de-Lanoraie: 1562

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1837 (total dwellings: 1941)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 1.0%
  • French as first language: 95.2%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 3.8%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Lanoraie (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  2. ^ Bellemare, Pierre (November 4, 2013). "Gérard Jean devient maire de Lanoraie". L'Action d'Autray. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Geographic code 52017 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  4. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Lanoraie census profile
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census