Location within Papineau RCM
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|Constituted||December 17, 1997|
|• Mayor||Thérèse Whissell|
|• Federal riding||Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel|
|• Prov. riding||Papineau|
|• Total||139.00 km2 (53.67 sq mi)|
|• Land||138.68 km2 (53.54 sq mi)|
|• Density||26.7/km2 (69/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||7.8%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||J0V 1W0|
|Highways|| Route 321
Saint-André-Avellin is a municipality located within the Papineau Regional County Municipality in the Outaouais region in western Quebec, Canada. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 3,702 people.
It was in 1841 that the first settlers arrived in the townships which Saint-Andre Avellin today lies. As being part of a large valley near the Ottawa River, it had agriculture potential but was located very far from the main corridor of the Saint Lawrence River and the main area in which there was significant agriculture development in large townships on both sides of the river between Montreal and Quebec City. Due to the more remote location and the lack of efficient transportation, the development during much of the remainder of the 19th century was fairly slow until several economic crises forced authorities to looks for newer land to develop. Throughout most of the century, it was mostly used for the logging industry due to the proximity of extensive forest areas in the higher valleys and hills of the region.
The parish municipality was created in 1851 and it was in 1890, that the first school was built in the area. Population gradually increase, especially during the 1970s by a wave of rural development. The parish and the village that was made official in the second half of the 19th century merged in the late 1990s.
Features and Festivals
It is one of the major sites part of what it is called La Petite-Nation and is the site of two major summer events including the annual Western Rodeo Festival, as well as Musique en Nous, a county-wide event which it presents newer musical talents in the region as well as popular Quebec singers. The town is also home to a theater and a regional museum related to the history of the Petite-Nation.
- Therese Whissell
- Claire Tremblay
- Raymond Louisseize
- Mario Carrière
- Jean Legris
- Richard Parent
- Sylvain Maheux
- Marc Ménard
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