Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Quebec

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Lake Timiskaming waterfront
Lake Timiskaming waterfront
Location within Témiscamingue RCM.
Location within Témiscamingue RCM.
Notre-Dame-du-Nord is located in Western Quebec
Location in western Quebec.
Coordinates: 47°36′N 79°29′W / 47.600°N 79.483°W / 47.600; -79.483Coordinates: 47°36′N 79°29′W / 47.600°N 79.483°W / 47.600; -79.483[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedSeptember 23, 1919
 • MayorAlain Flageol
 • Federal ridingAbitibi—Témiscamingue
 • Prov. ridingRouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue
 • Total89.60 km2 (34.59 sq mi)
 • Land74.99 km2 (28.95 sq mi)
 • Total1,075
 • Density14.3/km2 (37/sq mi)
 • Pop (2006–11)
Decrease 3.7%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Intersection of Route 101 and Rue Ontario, with Lake Timiskaming in the background

Notre-Dame-du-Nord is a municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec, located in the Témiscamingue Regional County Municipality. It is located at the northern end of Lake Timiskaming where the Ottawa River enters into this lake.

The municipality is located along Route 101. A local street, rue Ontario, extends westward from Route 101 to the Quebec-Ontario border, where it becomes Ontario Highway 65. In Ontario, the highway passes through the townships of Casey and Harris en route to the city of Temiskaming Shores.

Notre-Dame-du-Nord is best known as the home of an annual truck drag race event called Rodéo du Camion (Truck Rodeo) which is held over the August Civic Holiday of each year, which brings over 650 trucks and 60,000 spectators to the town each year.

Local attractions also include the Lake Timiskaming Fossil Centre, a museum and research institution dedicated to the fossils of the Témiscamingue region, and the Heath Racing motocross track.


The area had been known by a variety of names: Tête-du-Lac ("Head-of-the-Lake" in reference to its position at the head of Lake Timiskaming), Pointe à Polson in 1858 (after a Native American family living there at the time), Murray City in 1862 (in honour of Thomas Murray of Pembroke whose company was logging there), and North Temiscaming at the end of 19th century.[1]

In 1895, the mission located on the north bank of the Rapids des Quinze became a parish under the name of Notre-Dame-du-Nord. In 1919, the place was incorporated as the Township Municipality of Nedelec-Partie-Sud. It was partially destroyed in the Great Fire of 1922. In 1928, it was renamed after the parish.[1][4]

In 1951, the Municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Quinze, which had developed concurrently on the other side of the rapids, was merged into Notre-Dame-du-Nord.[4]


Population trend:[5]

Year Population Percent change
2011 1075 −3.7%
2006 1116 0.6%
2001 1109 −12.3%
1996 1250 0.4%
1991 1245 ---

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 514 (total dwellings: 534)

Mother tongue:[6]

First language Percentage
English 14.7%
French 81.1%
English and French 0.9%
Other 3.2%

Historial publications[edit]

  • Notre-Dame-du-Nord 1986–1996, written by Marc Riopel and the "Comité du livre", 1995, 539 pages.‹See Tfd›(in French)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Notre-Dame-du-Nord (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  2. ^ a b "Notre-Dame-du-Nord". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  3. ^ a b "Notre-Dame-du-Nord census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  4. ^ a b "History of Notre-Dame-du-Nord". Chambre de Commerce de Notre-Dame-du-Nord. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census, 2006 Population and dwelling count amendments, 2011 census
  6. ^ "Notre-Dame-du-Nord community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-02.

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