Nantes, Quebec

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Location within Le Granit RCM.
Location within Le Granit RCM.
Nantes is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°38′N 71°02′W / 45.633°N 71.033°W / 45.633; -71.033Coordinates: 45°38′N 71°02′W / 45.633°N 71.033°W / 45.633; -71.033[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Estrie
RCM Le Granit
Constituted January 1, 1874
 • Mayor Sylvain Gilbert
 • Federal riding Mégantic—L'Érable
 • Prov. riding Mégantic
 • Total 120.50 km2 (46.53 sq mi)
 • Land 120.39 km2 (46.48 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,374
 • Density 11.4/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 4.3%
 • Dwellings 654
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0Y 1G0
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 161
Route 214
Route 263

Nantes (French pronunciation: ​[nɑ̃t]) is a municipality in Le Granit Regional County Municipality in the Estrie region of Quebec, Canada. It is situated between Stornoway and Lac-Mégantic, where the Canadian Pacific Railway used to cross. Its population in the Canada 2011 Census was 1,374.


Nantes used to be called Spring Hill. In 1856, Scottish settlers established their camps. It was called in Gaelic Drum-A-Vack. Later, French-Canadian families took over the camps in 1905. A train station and a postal office were added to the community in 1879 and in 1898, two sawmills, two telegraph offices, and two general stores were added as well.

On 2013 July 6, an Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway train engine caught fire, was extinguished. Later MMA officials left the train unmanned, parked on the line. The train rolled away from Nantes, towards Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and derailed, causing an explosion and fire in Lac-Mégantic.

Nantes has the distinction of having the last electro-mechanical telephone exchange in the public network of North America, finally converting to digital in 2002.

Twin town[edit]


Entrance to Nantes.


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