Danville, Quebec

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Downtown Danville
Downtown Danville
Location within Les Sources RCM.
Location within Les Sources RCM.
Danville is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°47′N 72°01′W / 45.783°N 72.017°W / 45.783; -72.017Coordinates: 45°47′N 72°01′W / 45.783°N 72.017°W / 45.783; -72.017[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Estrie
RCM Les Sources
Constituted March 17, 1999
 • Mayor Michel Plourde
 • Federal riding Richmond—Arthabaska
 • Prov. riding Richmond
 • Total 153.60 km2 (59.31 sq mi)
 • Land 152.29 km2 (58.80 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 4,070
 • Density 26.7/km2 (69/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 0.7%
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0A 1A0
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 116
Route 249
Route 255
Website www.villededanville.com

Danville is a city in the administrative region of Estrie, in the Canadian province of Quebec. As of the 2011 Canadian Census, the population was 4,070.


Danville is on a stretch of the Chemin Craig, a road built in the 19th century connecting Quebec to New England. The town is about 70 miles (110 km) north of the Vermont border. American loyalists from New England began arriving in 1783 and gave the town its name in memory of their hometown in Vermont of the same name: Danville, Vermont. The founder of Danville is Simeon Flint, and he was a resident from Danville, Vermont.

Until ±1971, the population of Danville was in majority Anglo-Protestant. This proportion was reversed during the mid-1970s when many of the younger generation migrated to English Canada, Montreal region or New England.

The city has many heritage buildings, including three Protestant churches (Christian Adventist, Presbyterian and United Church of Canada), two Anglican churches, an Evangelical Baptist church and a Roman Catholic church. The Presbyterian church as been retrofitted into a 4-star restaurant and the Christian Advent church is now a private residence since 2007, following is closing in 2006. The Catholic church was erected in 2003, following the 2001 loss by fire of the earlier church erected in 1891. The present day United church was completed in 1875 for a Congregational parish, and is the oldest church of the town. One of the two Anglican Church of England churches is located on a historic site on the countryside, near the border of the Shipton Township, Denison Mills.

Danville has two primary schools: a French language school, École Masson; and an English-speaking school known as ADS (Asbestos-Shipton-Danville).

At the centre of the city is a square formed by the enlargement of an intersection. A memorial for soldiers killed in the First World War, Second World War and Korea War stands in the centre of this square. Another memorial, to Private Timothy O'Hea recipient of the Victoria Cross, is erected in front of the former City Hall.

Once a busy town inhabited by workers of the nearby Johns Manville asbestos mine, the town has quieted down considerably since the mine's closing. A magnesium smelter named Magnola, part of Noranda, uses mine tailings from local asbestos mine, was set up a facility in the town for a short time, but ended up closing it due to increasing foreign competition. The bucolic rolling fields in the area are good for farming, with many farms having been around for over a century. Both dairy and beef cattle are raised in the area, although other livestock is also common.

Each year the town has an art symposium, where artists from the area gather in the town's many churches, to display their artwork.

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