Otter Lake, Quebec

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Otter Lake
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Location within Pontiac RCM.
Location within Pontiac RCM.
Otter Lake is located in Western Quebec
Otter Lake
Otter Lake
Location in western Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°51′N 76°26′W / 45.850°N 76.433°W / 45.850; -76.433Coordinates: 45°51′N 76°26′W / 45.850°N 76.433°W / 45.850; -76.433[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Outaouais
RCM Pontiac
Constituted January 1, 1877
 • Mayor Kim C. Villeneuve
 • Federal riding Pontiac
 • Prov. riding Pontiac
 • Total 494.60 km2 (190.97 sq mi)
 • Land 463.50 km2 (178.96 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,109
 • Density 2.4/km2 (6/sq mi)
 • Pop (2006–11) Increase 14.1%
 • Dwellings 1,130
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0X 2P0
Area code(s) 819
Access Routes[4] Route 301
Route 303

Otter Lake is a municipality in the Outaouais region, northwest of Gatineau, part of the Pontiac Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada.

Prior to December 20, 2003 it was known as Leslie-Clapham-et-Huddersfield and had the legal status of a united township municipality.[5]


Population centres within the municipality include: Klukeville, Lauréat, Omer, Otter Lake, and Sandy Creek.

The village of Otter Lake is surrounded by Hughes Lake to the west, Lac de la Ferme (Farm Lake) to the east, McCuaig Lake to the south, and Lac à la Loutre (Otter Lake) to the north.[1]


In 1793, Huddersfield Township was established, named after its namesake in West Yorkshire, England. In 1866, Leslie Township was established, named after James Leslie (1786-1873), a Canadian senator.[1]

Also in 1866, the Otter Lake post office opened and the village that formed around the post office also came to have the same name. Since then, Philemon Wright, pioneer of the logging industry in Ottawa, operated a wood depot at Otter Lake. The industry has played and continues to play a leading role in the early and contemporary history of the village.[1]

In 1877, the United Township Municipality of Leslie-Clapham-et-Huddersfield was formed from its constituent townships. While Clapham Township was not officially established until 1920, it was already planned in the second half of the 19th century and named after a village north of Bedford, England. The united municipality was established because it was more advantageous to hold a municipal status than remain unorganized territory.[1]

In 2004 the United Township Municipality of Leslie-Clapham-et-Huddersfield became the Municipality of Otter Lake.[1]



Canada census – Otter Lake, Quebec community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,109 (+14.1% from 2006) 972 (+10.8% from 2001)
Land area: 463.50 km2 (178.96 sq mi) 462.00 km2 (178.38 sq mi)
Population density: 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi) 2.1/km2 (5.4/sq mi)
Median age: 50.4 (M: 51.2, F: 49.9) 45.3 (M: 44.8, F: 45.6)
Total private dwellings: 1,130 819
Median household income: $.N/A $32,225
Notes: 2011 income data for this area has been suppressed for data quality or confidentiality reasons. – References: 2011[3] 2006[6] earlier[7]
Historical Census Data - Otter Lake, Quebec[8]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 923 —    
1996 1,002 +8.6%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 877 −12.5%
2006 972 +10.8%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 1,109 +14.1%


Mother tongue:[6]

  • English as first language: 75%
  • French as first language: 25%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Otter Lake" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Otter Lake". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  3. ^ a b c "Otter Lake census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-04-03.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census