Thorne, Quebec

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Location within Pontiac RCM.
Location within Pontiac RCM.
Thorne is located in Western Quebec
Location in western Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°45′N 76°26′W / 45.750°N 76.433°W / 45.750; -76.433Coordinates: 45°45′N 76°26′W / 45.750°N 76.433°W / 45.750; -76.433[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 1860
 • MayorKaren Daly Kelly[2]
 • Federal ridingPontiac
 • Prov. ridingPontiac
 • Total181.80 km2 (70.19 sq mi)
 • Land175.21 km2 (67.65 sq mi)
 • Total292
 • Density1.7/km2 (4/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Decrease 31.6%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Highways Route 301
Route 303

Thorne is a municipality in the Pontiac Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada, about 63 kilometres (39 mi) northwest of Downtown Gatineau, part of the Outaouais region.

It is named after a town with the same name in Yorkshire, England. The name Thorn(e) is rarely used alone in English toponymy where it is more common in other forms such as Thornhill, Thornton, Thornley, Thornham, Thorngrove.[5]


Thorne is located in the Gatineau Hills with its highest hills reaching an elevation of 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level. Its notable lakes are Barnes, Johnson, Mecham, Sparling, Thorne, and Toote Lakes.[6]

Its settlements include Greer Mount, Hodgins, Ladysmith, Schwartz, Thornby, and Thorne Centre.[6]


On May 1, 1861, the Township of Thorne was formed when it separated from Clarendon Township. But because it was too small to form its own municipality, it was merged with Leslie Township.[7] James Martin was its first mayor.[8]

That same year, it had a population between 450 and 465 people, made up of mixed national origin but only fourteen French Canadians.[6][8] During the next ten years, the area had a large increase of settlers from German descent.[8]

In 1867, Leslie Township separated (now part of Otter Lake) and Thorne was merged with its neighbouring townships to form the United Township Municipality of Thorne-Cawood-et-Alleyn. In 1876, the Cawood and Alleyn townships were separated, resulting in the creation of the Township Municipality of Thorne on January 1, 1877, with John Rennix as mayor.[5][7]

On August 2, 2003, the statute of the municipality changed and the Township Municipality of Thorne became the Municipality of Thorne.[5]



Canada census – Thorne, Quebec community profile
2011 2006
Population: 292 (-31.6% from 2006) 427 (+4.7% from 2001)
Land area: 175.21 km2 (67.65 sq mi) 174.34 km2 (67.31 sq mi)
Population density: 1.7/km2 (4.4/sq mi) 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi)
Median age: 53.3 (M: 53.6, F: 52.9) 48.0 (M: 48.8, F: 47.8)
Total private dwellings: 374 466
Median household income: $.N/A $28,898
Notes: 2011 income data for this area has been suppressed for data quality or confidentiality reasons. – References: 2011[4] 2006[9] earlier[10]
Historical Census Data - Thorne, Quebec[11]
1991 359—    
1996 397+10.6%
2001 408+2.8%
2006 427+4.7%
2011 292−31.6%



  • English as first language: 81%
  • French as first language: 13%
  • Other as first language: 6%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reference number 379135 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  2. ^ Thorne Municipal Council
  3. ^ a b "Thorne". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  4. ^ a b c "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  5. ^ a b c "Municipalité de Canton de Thorne" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  6. ^ a b c "Canton de Thorne" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  7. ^ a b "History of Thorne". Municipality of Thorne. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  8. ^ a b c "Pontiac MRC Gateway: Thorne". Pontiac MRC Gateway. Archived from the original on October 7, 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  9. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  10. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  11. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census