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Location within Les Pays-d'en-Haut RCM
Location within Les Pays-d'en-Haut RCM
Wentworth-Nord is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec
Coordinates: 45°51′N 74°27′W / 45.85°N 74.45°W / 45.85; -74.45Coordinates: 45°51′N 74°27′W / 45.85°N 74.45°W / 45.85; -74.45[1]
RCMLes Pays-d'en-Haut
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 1958
 • MayorDanielle Desjardins
 • Federal ridingArgenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 • Prov. ridingArgenteuil
 • Total171.12 km2 (66.07 sq mi)
 • Land152.87 km2 (59.02 sq mi)
 • Total1,672
 • Density10.9/km2 (28/sq mi)
 • Pop (2016–21)
Increase 22.9%
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579
Websitewentworth-nord.ca Edit this at Wikidata

Wentworth-Nord (French for North Wentworth) is a municipality in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Les Pays-d'en-Haut Regional County Municipality.

Its communities include Saint-Michel, Laurel, and Montfort. Its many lakes attract many cottage vacationers each summer.


The original Wentworth Township, formed in 1809, included both Wentworth and Wentworth-Nord,[4] so their histories are closely related until 1958 when Wentworth-Nord became a separate municipality.[1]

The community of Laurel formed when the first families arrived from Ireland between 1855 and 1860, calling it New Ireland in memory of their homeland. The Laurel Post Office opened in 1886. In 1856, the mission of Wentworth was established, officially renamed to Saint-Michel in 1884. By 1860, McCluskey or McClosky Court opened, probably named after pioneer James McClosky.[1]

From 1899, several mines were commercially exploited, extracting mica (from 1899 onward), chalk (from 1919 to 1923), marl, and graphite. Other economic activity included logging, agriculture, and the manufacture of potash.[1]


Wentworth-Nord is composed of three small towns: Montfort, Laurel, and Saint Michel-de-Wentworth. The largest of these is Laurel, which contains the Town Hall and other major municipal and civic installations.

The municipality of Wentworth-Nord is largely wooded and mountainous terrain. It is one of two main head waters for the Rivière à Simon (English: Simon River), and has one main river, the Rivière de L'Ouest (English: West River). Both are tributaries of the Rivière du Nord.


A small portion of Lac Louisa is located in Wentworth-Nord, Quebec.

Lac Saint-François-Xavier (74°21′32″S 45°52′53″E / 74.35889°S 45.88139°E / -74.35889; 45.88139) is believed to have been named after François-Xavier Froideveaux.[5] Work undertaken in 2011 restored the lake's natural shore near the Montfort recreational building.[6]


Canada census – Wentworth-Nord community profile
Population1,672 (+22.9% from 2016)1,381 (-4.1% from 2011)1,440 (6.4% from 2006)
Land area152.87 km2 (59.02 sq mi)156.48 km2 (60.42 sq mi)158.42 km2 (61.17 sq mi)
Population density10.9/km2 (28/sq mi)8.8/km2 (23/sq mi)9.1/km2 (24/sq mi)
Median age59.6 (M: 59.6, F: 59.6)54.3 (M: 55.0, F: 53.4)55.8 (M: 56.1, F: 55.6)
Total private dwellings1,9681,9891,958
Median household income$51,584$n/a
Notes: 2021 population growth percentage based on revised 2016 count of 1,361.
References: 2021[7] 2016[8] 2011[9] earlier[10][11]
Historical census populations – Wentworth-Nord, Quebec
1976 483—    
1981 521+7.9%
1986 593+13.8%
1991 789+33.1%
1996 1,039+31.7%
2001 1,121+7.9%
2006 1,353+20.7%
2011 1,440+6.4%
2016 1,381−4.1%
2021 1,672+21.1%
Source: Statistics Canada

Mother tongue:[3]

  • English as first language: 15.9%
  • French as first language: 76.4%
  • English and French as first language: 1.8%
  • Other as first language: 5.4%

Local government[edit]

List of former mayors:

  • André Genest (2005–2017)
  • François Ghali (2017–2021)
  • Danielle Desjardins (2021–present)

Tourism and activities[edit]

Wentworth-Nord is known primarily for outdoor oriented activities. It is one of many municipalities that has a section of the Aerobic Corridor passing through its territory. The majority of the tourist activity is located at either one of three camp grounds, or in Montfort at the Pavilion. The main summer activities are hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and SUP. In the winter they are cross country skiing, fat bike, and snowshoeing. Wentworth-Nord maintains 25km of trails in the Montfort Sector for recreational use, and the municipality is also home to 9km of the Aerobic Corridor.[12][13]

Municipal services[edit]

Fire Department[edit]

The municipality of Wentworth-Nord has a part-time fire department, the Service Security et Incendie Wentworth-Nord (SSIWWN) that was founded in 1972. The SSIWWN has its force trained as both Fire Fighters and Medical First Responders, allowing them to respond to medical emergencies. The municipality Fire Stations, one located in each of the three towns. Each station is equipped with one custom fire truck and one modified Ford pick up truck as a specialty vehicle (medical emergency, SAR, or extrication.) The department averages approximately 200 calls per year.[14]

Special Constables[edit]

Since June 2020 the Municipality has hired and created a department of Public Security staffed by Special Constables.[15] They enforce municipal by-laws and ensure public order.


The Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord operates French-language public schools.[16]

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board operates English-language public schools:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wentworth-Nord (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic code 77060 in the official Répertoire des municipalités". www.mamh.gouv.qc.ca (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation.
  3. ^ a b c "Profile table, Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population - Wentworth-Nord, Municipalité (MÉ) [Census subdivision], Quebec". 9 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Wentworth (canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "Lac Saint-Francois-Xavier (Fiche descriptive)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  6. ^ Nicol, Éric (August 4, 2011). "Le Saint-François-Xavier retrouve sa berge naturelle". Le Journal des Pays d'en haut La Vallée (in French). Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  7. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  8. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  10. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "Map of Wentworth-Nord Trails in Montfort Sector" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-12-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Plateaux récréatifs, plage et sentiers". Wentworth-Nord (in French). Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  14. ^ "La Gazette de Wentworth-Nord". Wentworth-Nord (in French). Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  15. ^ "Wentworth-Nord Gazette Volume 3, No. 2&3 (April-Sept, 2020)" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-12-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Trouver une école ou un centre." Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord. Retrieved on September 24, 2017. For attendance boundary information, click "Par bassin d'école"
  17. ^ "LAURENTIAN ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 16, 2017.
  18. ^ "MORIN HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "LAURENTIAN REGIONAL HS ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 4, 2017.

External links[edit]

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