Parent, Quebec

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Parent is located in Quebec
Coordinates: 47°55′00″N 74°37′00″W / 47.91667°N 74.61667°W / 47.91667; -74.61667
Country Canada
Province Quebec
 • TypeVillage
 • MayorNormand Beaudoin
 • Total41 km2 (16 sq mi)
434 m (1,424 ft)
 • Total611
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)(819) 667

Parent is a community in northern Quebec, Canada, located within the City of La Tuque and about 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-west of La Tuque's town centre. In 2011, it had a population of 611.[1]

During the summer, it becomes the supply point for several dozen outfitters, and in the winter it is a major centre for the snowmobile industry. The Arbec sawmill, with 150 workers, is the main employer of the region. The Bazin River that flows through town is popular for 5- to 7-day canoe trips that end at the Gatineau River.


Parent was founded in 1910 when the National Transcontinental Railway was built through the area. It was named after Simon-Napoléon Parent, Québec Premier from 1900 to 1905 and Chairman of the Board of Transcontinental Railway from 1905 to 1911. In 1913, the Parish of Saint-Thomas was formed and two years later in 1915, the Parent Post Office opened.[2]

In 1947, the Village Municipality of Parent was established. The town was the site of a Pinetree Line radar site (RCAF Station Parent) from 1954 to 1963.

On March 26, 2003, Le Haut-Saint-Maurice Regional County Municipality was dissolved and all its municipalities and unorganized territories, including Parent, were amalgamated into the new City of La Tuque.[2]


  1. ^ Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Parent community profile
  2. ^ a b "Parent (Municipalité de village)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
Aerial view of Parent from the Radar Station mountain
Radar Station in Parent

Coordinates: 47°55′01″N 74°37′01″W / 47.917°N 74.617°W / 47.917; -74.617