Wentworth, Quebec

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Township municipality
Location within Argenteuil RCM.
Location within Argenteuil RCM.
Wentworth is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°48′N 74°22′W / 45.800°N 74.367°W / 45.800; -74.367Coordinates: 45°48′N 74°22′W / 45.800°N 74.367°W / 45.800; -74.367[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Laurentides
RCM Argenteuil
Settled 1830s
Constituted July 1, 1855
 • Mayor Jason Morrison
 • Federal riding Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 • Prov. riding Argenteuil
 • Total 94.40 km2 (36.45 sq mi)
 • Land 87.16 km2 (33.65 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 502
 • Density 5.8/km2 (15/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 3.9%
 • Dwellings 754
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J8H 0C7
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways No major routes
Website www.wentworth.ca

Wentworth is a township municipality in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Argenteuil Regional County Municipality, north-west of Lachute.

Its population centres are Louisa and Dunany.


The township is in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains, not exceeding 487 meters (1,598 ft) above sea level, with a rocky, sandy, gravelly soil that is not conducive to agriculture. However, much of the land was cleared by early Irish settlers for farming and there remains small pockets of pastures along the Dalesville River, especially in the Glen and around the town center. It is dotted with many lakes, such as Curran, Black, McDougall, Rainbow, and most notably Lake Louisa - the largest lake in the Regional County. These lakes attract many cottage vacationers and fishing enthusiasts.[4][5]

The headwater of the Dalesville River, the largest river in Wentworth, begins at the outlet of Barrows Lake on the western edge of the municipality and meanders for approximately 12km through the municipality.


The Gale and Duberger map of 1795 already shows the Wentworth Township, but it was not officially established until 1809.[4] It is unclear if it is named after a village in York County, England, or that it is a tribute to Sir John Wentworth (1737-1820), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1792 to 1808.[5]

Around 1830, a group of settlers composed of Irish and French Canadians, began clearing the rough land with difficulty. In 1845, the Gore Municipality was established, which included the Gore and Wentworth Townships, but it was abolished two years later. In 1855, the Wentworth Township Municipality was formed.[5]

In 1914, a small portion of the Wentworth and Montcalm Townships separated and formed the Municipality of Lac-des-Seize-Îles,[6] and in 1958, Wentworth lost a large chunk of its territory when the Municipality of Wentworth-Nord separated.[7]



  • Population in 2011: 502 (2006 to 2011 population change: 3.9%)
  • Population in 2006: 483
  • Population in 2001: 434
  • Population in 1996: 379
  • Population in 1991: 329

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 251 (total dwellings: 754)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 54%
  • French as first language: 44%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 2%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reference number 66892 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Wentworth
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2476035) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Wentworth (canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  5. ^ a b c "Wentworth (Municipalité de canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  6. ^ "Lac-des-Seize-Îles (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Wentworth-Nord (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census