Pointe-des-Cascades, Quebec

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Pointe-des-Cascades
Village municipality
Pointe-des-Cascades-Phare Parc des Ancres.jpg
Coat of arms of Pointe-des-Cascades
Coat of arms
Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM
Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM
Pointe-des-Cascades is located in Southern Quebec
Pointe-des-Cascades
Pointe-des-Cascades
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°20′N 73°58′W / 45.333°N 73.967°W / 45.333; -73.967Coordinates: 45°20′N 73°58′W / 45.333°N 73.967°W / 45.333; -73.967[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Vaudreuil-Soulanges
Constituted May 1, 1961
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Maryse M. Sauvé
 • Federal riding Salaberry—Suroît
 • Prov. riding Soulanges
Area[2][4]
 • Total 10.00 km2 (3.86 sq mi)
 • Land 2.67 km2 (1.03 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 1,340
 • Density 502.2/km2 (1,301/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 28.1%
 • Dwellings 600
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s) J0P 1M0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways Route 338
Website www.pointe-
des-cascades.com

Pointe-des-Cascades is a village municipality in Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional County Municipality in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada. It is located on a spit of land where the Saint Lawrence River flows into Lake Saint-Louis. The river has here a significant drop, forming several cascades which give the village its name.[5]

History[edit]

Starting in the mid-seventeenth century until 1700, many military expeditions arrived at this place in order to portage around the cascades on the Saint Lawrence River. The first reference to Pointe-des-Cascades appeared in a text of Louis-Armand de Lahontan in 1684 and on a map of Deshayes in 1695, when Pointe des Cascades was included in the Vaudreuil Lordship.[5]

In 1893, the post office opened under the English name Cascades Point (renamed in 1951 to Pointe-des-Cascades). A few years later construction began on the Soulanges Canal and when it was completed in 1899, the village became the eastern, downstream terminus of the canal.[5] In 1958, it closed when it was superseded by the new Beauharnois Canal. The paths along the canal are now used as a regional cycling route.[6]

In 1961, the Village Municipality of Pointe-des-Cascades was formed on the territory of the Parish Municipalities of Saint-Joseph-de-Soulanges and Saint-Michel-de-Vaudreuil.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Canada census – Pointe-des-Cascades, Quebec community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,340 (+28.1% from 2006) 1,046 (+14.6% from 2001)
Land area: 2.67 km2 (1.03 sq mi) 2.67 km2 (1.03 sq mi)
Population density: 502.2/km2 (1,301/sq mi) 392.0/km2 (1,015/sq mi)
Median age: 40.9 (M: 41.1, F: 40.7) 39.7 (M: 38.7, F: 41.2)
Total private dwellings: 600 446
Median household income: $55,754 $55,741
References: 2011[7] 2006[8] earlier[9]
Historical Census data - Pointe-des-Cascades, Quebec[10]
YearPop.±%
1991 691—    
1996 910+31.7%
YearPop.±%
2001 913+0.3%
2006 1,046+14.6%
YearPop.±%
2011 1,340+28.1%

Language[edit]

Canada Census mother tongue - Pointe-des-Cascades, Quebec[10]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
1,340
1,180 Increase 19.8% 88.06% 100 Increase 185.7% 7.46% 25 Increase n/a% 1.87% 35 Increase 133.3% 2.61%
2006
1,035
985 Increase 13.2% 95.17% 35 Decrease 22.2% 3.38% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 15 Increase n/a% 1.45%
2001
915
870 Decrease 2.2% 95.08% 45 Increase 350.0% 4.92% 0 Decrease 100.0% 0.00% 0 Decrease 100.0% 0.00%
1996
920
890 n/a 96.74% 10 n/a 1.09% 10 n/a 1.09% 10 n/a 1.09%

Schools[edit]

Commission Scolaire des Trois-Lacs operates Francophone schools.[11]

Lester B. Pearson School Board operates Anglophone schools. It is zoned to Birchwood Elementary School in Saint-Lazare and St. Patrick Elementary School in Pincourt.[12]

See also[edit]

Media related to Pointe-des-Cascades at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]