Mont-Laurier (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃ loʁje]) is a town and incorporated municipality in northwest Quebec, Canada, located on the banks of the Rivière du Lièvre, a tributary of the Ottawa River. Known as the "Capital of the Haute-Laurentides", the motto of the town is Laurus elationis praemium, which translates to "Lift the laurels of reward". The demonym for its inhabitants is Lauriermontois.

In 2003, Mont-Laurier merged with the neighbouring towns Des Ruisseaux and Saint-Aimé-du-Lac-des-Îles, with the name Mont-Laurier being chosen for the combined municipality. Following a 2004 demerger referendum vote, Saint-Aimé-du-Lac-des-Îles left Mont-Laurier in 2006 to be reconstituted as an independent municipality. The deamalgamation did not affect Des Ruisseaux, which remains within Mont-Laurier.

According to the Canada 2006 Census, the population of Mont-Laurier is 13,405. Mont-Laurier is one of the largest municipalities in Quebec in terms of area. It is the seat of Antoine-Labelle Regional County Municipality and the judicial district of Labelle.[4]

Du Lièvre River in Mont-Laurier
Du Lièvre River in Mont-Laurier
Coat of arms of Mont-Laurier

Coat of arms
Location within Antoine-Labelle RCM.
Location within Antoine-Labelle RCM.
Mont-Laurier is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°33′N 75°30′W / 46.550°N 75.500°WCoordinates: 46°33′N 75°30′W / 46.550°N 75.500°W[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJanuary 8, 2003
 • MayorDaniel Bourdon
 • Federal ridingLaurentides—Labelle
 • Prov. ridingLabelle
 • Total632.50 km2 (244.21 sq mi)
 • Land590.76 km2 (228.09 sq mi)
244 m (801 ft)
 • Total13,779
 • Density23.3/km2 (60/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 2.8%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Highways Route 107
Route 117 (TCH)
Route 309


The territory was originally inhabited by Oueskarinis, a sub tribe of Algonquians. The white settlers came from Sainte-Adèle in 1866. Rapide-de-l'Orignal was founded at the current location of Mont-Laurier, on the Lievre River, in 1885, by Solime Alix.[5] The name was changed in 1909 to honour Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. In 1940, a road from Mont-Laurier to Abitibi was built. This facilitated the growth of the trucking industry.

Law and government

Elected in 2003, the current mayor of Mont-Laurier is Michel Adrien, a black immigrant to Canada from Haiti. He was elected mayor with an 80% majority (in a town where more than 95% of the population are Caucasian, and less than 1% of the population are Black Canadians). With no opponent running against him, Adrien was reelected through acclamation in 2005, 2007 and 2009. In addition to a mayoral leader, the municipality is governed by a city council.


In addition to Mont-Laurier, the municipality also consists of the following population centres: Lac-Gatineau, Saint-Jean-sur-le-Lac, and Val-Limoges.

Mont-Laurier is located on the banks of the Rivière du Lièvre, a tributary of the Ottawa River, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) from the river delta. Its location in the Laurentians places it at an altitude of 244 metres above mean sea level. It is surrounded by numerous lakes and mixed forests that support hunting, fishing and leisure, and the mainstay logging industry.

Mont-Laurier is located roughly at the halfway point of the major roadway from Montreal to Abitibi, Route 117, about 250 kilometres (160 mi) northwest of Montreal. Route 309 follows the Lievre and leads to Gatineau, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario, 216 kilometres (134 mi) to the south.


Mont-Laurier has a humid continental climate.[6] It is strongly influenced by its inland position, with significant differences between the warm summers and the very cold winters. Precipitiation is high year-round, causing significant snow cover in winter.


Mont-Laurier is the administrative and commercial centre of the Haute-Lievre area. Many residents are employed by the various governments, the schools and the hospital. Most of the economic activity is generated by tourism, road transport and forestry. There is some agriculture, mostly dairy farming, and dairy products manufacturing.


Population trend:

Historical population
[8] All population figures reflect the current municipal boundaries.
  • Population in 2001:
    • Des Ruisseaux: 5401
    • Mont-Laurier: 7365
  • Population in 1996:
    • Des Ruisseaux: 5139
    • Mont-Laurier: 8007
  • Population in 1991:
    • Des Ruisseaux: 4449
    • Mont-Laurier: 7862

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 6,186 (total dwellings: 6,744)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.2%
  • French as first language: 98.5%
  • English and French as first language: 0.1%
  • Other as first language: 1.2%

Notable people from Mont-Laurier

See also


  1. ^ Reference number 42115 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 79088 in the official Répertoire des municipalités ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Mont-Laurier census profile
  4. ^ Territorial Division Act. Revised Statutes of Quebec D-11.
  5. ^ Solime Alix Archived 2012-01-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Mont Laurier, Quebec Climate Summary". Weatherbase. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Mont Laurier Quebec Temperature Averages". Weatherbase. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  • Coursol, Luc, Histoire de Mont-Laurier, 1940-1990, Les éditions Luc Coursol, 1991. ISBN 2-9802465-0-6

External links

Antoine-Labelle Regional County Municipality

Antoine-Labelle is a regional county municipality located in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada. Its seat is Mont-Laurier. It is named for Antoine Labelle.

Bobby Bazini

Bobby Bazini (born Bobby Bazinet May 6, 1989) is a French Canadian singer-songwriter from Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada. He has released three studio albums and is signed to Universal Music Canada.


CFLO-FM is a French-language Canadian radio station located in Mont-Laurier, Quebec.

Owned and operated by Sonème inc. (an independent private company), it broadcasts on 104.7 MHz using a directional antenna with an average effective radiated power of 10,980 watts and a peak effective radiated power of 16,860 watts (class B).

The station has a full service format. It went on the air on May 19, 1963, as an AM station broadcasting on 610 kHz, and was originally known as CKML. The call sign was changed to CFLO in October 1988, as the station was re-launched after being silent since October 1986 due to a bankruptcy. The station moved to FM in 1995.CFLO-FM operates one rebroadcaster, namely CFLO-FM-1 in L'Annonciation, which broadcasts in stereo on 101.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 1,150 watts (class A) using an omnidirectional antenna. That station was originally known as CKLR when it went on the air in 1975; at the time, it was on 1490 kHz. The call sign was changed to CKLO in October 1988. The rebroadcaster moved to FM in 1995 and adopted its current call sign at that time.

Commission scolaire Pierre-Neveu

The Commission scolaire Pierre-Neveu is a school district (school board) located in the Antoine-Labelle Regional County Municipality in the Laurentides region of the Canadian province of Quebec. The board, which was established in 1972, is named after Pierre Neveu, a religious figure in Quebec during the twentieth century.The school board headquarters are in the École du Sacré-Cœur in Mont-Laurier.

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

The CEGEP of Saint-Jérôme or Cégep de Saint-Jérôme (CSTJ) in French is a post-secondary education school in the Laurentides region of the province of Quebec. There's three campuses affiliated to the CSTJ, the main one is located at Saint-Jérôme. The two others are in Mont-Tremblant and Mont-Laurier, in the Hautes-Laurentides

Du Lièvre River

The Lièvre River (French: Rivière du Lièvre; French pronunciation: ​[ʁivjɛʁ dy ljɛvʁ]) is a river in western Quebec which flows south from the Mitchinamécus reservoir and empties into the Ottawa River at Masson-Angers. The river is 330 kilometres (210 mi) long and drains an area of 10,400 square kilometres (4,000 sq mi). The river's name comes from the French word for hare.

The 1908 landslide at Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette and the earlier 1903 clay landslide at Leda both occurred on this river.

At one time, the river was used to transport logs downstream to sawmills located near the river's mouth. In 1928, a paper mill was built near the mouth of the river. On December 18, 1998, this mill was bought from Industries James Maclaren Inc. by private investors and became Papier Masson Ltee. In turn, the White Birch Paper Company bought it in January 2006.There are a number of hydroelectric plants on the river, as well as large and viable deposits of Uranium ore in the district.

Fernand Lalonde

Fernand Lalonde (born August 27, 1932) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. Lalonde represented the riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys in the National Assembly of Quebec from 1973 to 1984.

Born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Lalonde is the son of Maurice Lalonde and Éléonore Côté. He was educated at the Séminaire de Mont-Laurier, the Séminaire de Saint-Jean-d'Iberville, the Collège Sainte-Marie de Montréal, the Université de Montréal and McGill University. He was called to the Quebec bar in 1957 and practised law in Montreal. In 1974, he was named Queen's Counsel.

He was the coordinator of the Yes campaign in the Charlottetown Accord referendum of 1992.

Henri Courtemanche

Henri Courtemanche, (August 7, 1916 – March 19, 1986) was a Canadian parliamentarian.

Born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, the son of Victor Courtemanche and Louise Massé, he was educated at the Académie de Mont-Laurier, the Séminaire de St. Joseph de Mont-Laurier, the Collège Saint-Laurent and the Université de Montréal. Courtemanche was called to the Quebec bar in 1947 and practised law in Mont-Laurier and Montreal. In 1945, he married Gisèle Paquette, the daughter of Joseph-Henri-Albiny Paquette.Courtemanche was first elected as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Labelle, Quebec in the 1949 federal election. He was defeated in 1953 but returned to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1957 federal election. He had announced that he would run in the election as a "Nationalist Independent" - and ran and was elected as an "Independent Progressive Conservative". However, the election brought the Progressive Conservatives to power under John Diefenbaker with a minority government and Courtemanche rejoined the party within weeks of its election victory and was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.Diefenbaker elevated Courtemanche to his Cabinet as Secretary of State for Canada following the 1958 federal election that returned the Tories with a majority government. On January 20, 1960, Courtemanche resigned from Cabinet, reportedly for health reasons, and was appointed to the Senate.In 1961, he became the centre of a scandal when a former hospital administrator alleged that Courtemanche was paid a 10% kickback on all government grants made to a Montreal hospital in the mid-1950s. Courtemanche claimed that the $66,000 he received in total were legal fees for his services. He subsequently said the money was paid as a fee for his lobbying efforts.Ultimately, Courtemanche resigned his Senate seat on December 22, 1961, less than two years into his appointment, after an investigation into his activities found him "unworthy" of public office.

Jocelyn Lemieux

Jocelyn Jean-Marc Lemieux (born November 18, 1967) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 597 games in the National Hockey League with six teams over thirteen seasons before finishing his career with the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL in 1999.

He now works as an analyst for RDS.

Johanne Deschamps

Johanne Deschamps (born April 2, 1959 in Saint-Jovite, Quebec) is a Canadian politician.

She is a former administrative assistant and political attaché. She served as a councillor in Val-Barrette, Quebec from 1994 to 2004 and was Commissioner of the Pierre-Neveu School Board in Mont-Laurier, Quebec from 1998 to 2004. After that, she was elected as a Bloc Québécois member of the House of Commons of Canada in the 2004 Canadian federal election. She represents the riding of Laurentides—Labelle. She had also run in the 2000 Canadian federal election for the Bloc in the riding of Pontiac—Gatineau—Labelle but lost. She was re-elected in 2006 and 2008, but lost to NDP candidate Marc-André Morin in the 2011 election.

Kevin Bazinet

Kevin Bazinet (born June 14, 1991) is a Canadian pop singer, who won the third season of the reality television series La Voix in 2015.Originally from Mont-Laurier, Quebec, he is the younger brother of singer Bobby Bazini. In the late 2000s, he became a popular performer on YouTube, performing both original songs and covers, and received a recording contract offer from EMI France in 2009. However, the contract fell through as Bazinet battled anxiety disorder. After taking time away from the business to look after his physical and emotional health, he reemerged in 2015 as a competitor on La Voix, auditioning with a take on Sam Smith's acoustic version of "Latch".In the finale on April 12, he performed "Jusqu’où tu m’aimes", a song written by his coach Marc Dupré and Alex Nevsky. He was named the winner at the end of the episode, with 46 per cent of the audience vote.On May 12, "Jusqu'où tu m'aimes" was released as his first radio single. The song peaked at #2 on Quebec's French language pop charts.

In June, Bobby and Kevin performed together on Quebec's Opération Enfant Soleil telethon, duetting on a version of The Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody".Bazinet performed at the Stanley Cup 125th Tribute Concert in Ottawa, Ontario on March 17, 2017.

Labelle (provincial electoral district)

Labelle is a provincial electoral district in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada that elects members to the National Assembly of Quebec. It includes the cities of Mont-Laurier, Mont-Tremblant, Rivière-Rouge, and various other municipalities.

It was originally created for the 1912 election from part of the Ottawa electoral district. Its final election was in 1970. It disappeared in the 1973 election and its successor electoral district was Laurentides-Labelle. However, Laurentides-Labelle disappeared in the 1981 election and its successor electoral district was the re-created Labelle.

In the change from the 2001 to the 2011 electoral map, its territory was unchanged.

The riding is named after Antoine Labelle, the priest who help developed the Laurentides region north of Montreal during an economic crisis during the 1880s.


Laurentides—Labelle is a federal electoral district in Quebec, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 2004.

Mont-Laurier Airport

Mont-Laurier Airport, (TC LID: CSD4), is located 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) west of Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada.

Quebec Route 117

Route 117 is a provincial highway within the Canadian province of Quebec, running between Montreal and the Quebec/Ontario border where it continues as Highway 66 east of Kearns, Ontario. It is an important road as it is the only direct route between southern Quebec and the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

Route 117 was formerly Route 11 and ran from Montreal north towards Mont-Laurier, then followed the Gatineau River south towards Gatineau. This routing is joined with Autoroute 15 from Montreal northwards Mont Tremblant. Route 117 also takes in the former Quebec Routes 58 and 59.

Along with Autoroute 15 to Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, it is also listed as a branch of the Trans-Canada Highway. Ontario Highway 17 is also a branch of the Trans-Canada Highway though it is an unrelated route that parallels it by approx. 200 km.

Quebec Route 309

Route 309 is a provincial highway located in the Outaouais region in western Quebec. It starts at the junction of Autoroute 50 in the Buckingham sector, in the city of Gatineau's east end. It runs mostly parallel to the Du Lièvre River and ends north of Mont-Laurier in the town of Sainte-Anne-du-Lac in the Upper Laurentians.

Initially, the highway started at the junction of Route 148 in the Masson-Angers sector about 3 kilometers south of Buckingham and about 10 kilometers of its current southern terminus. An eastern extension of A-50, as part of the 3-phase project that would connect both segments of the highway between Buckingham and Brownsburg-Chatham (near Lachute) by 2010, was completed in 2005 and Transports Quebec relocated the route's southern to the current western segment terminus at Dougherty Road to act as a by-pass of Buckingham.

Route 315 replaced the portion of Route 309 from Route 148 to the current routing of Route 315. Portions north of the current Route 315 are no longer marked as a provincial road and are under jurisdiction of the city of Gatineau for the Avenue de Buckingham portion while the municipality of L'Ange-Gardien has the jurisdiction of the segment from the city of Gatineau boundaries to the junction of the new and realigned Route 309.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Mont-Laurier

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mont-Laurier (Latin: Dioecesis Montis Laurei) is a Roman Catholic diocese that includes part of the Province of Quebec. The diocese contains 51 parishes, 32 active diocesan priests, 7 religious priests, and 82,000 Catholics. It also has 66 Women Religious, and 15 Religious Brothers. The Vatican's website, as of 2011, gives an area of 19,968 (units not given); a total population of 95,256; a Catholic population of 77,340; 35 priests; 1 permanent deacon; and 58 religious.

Sylvain Pagé

Sylvain Pagé (born January 9, 1961) is a Canadian businessman and politician. Pagé is the current Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Labelle in the Laurentians, elected in 2001. He is a member of the Parti Québécois.

Born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Pagé received a certificate in business management at HEC Montréal in 1980. He was the founder of Boutique Plein Air and worked for 17 years for that company. He was also an insurance broker in the Outaouais region.

Pagé was a chair of the OUI mouvement in the 1980 referendum on sovereignty. He was also a board member of the Mont-Laurier business association and a columnist for CFLO-FM. He also acted in a production of 12 Hommes en colère in 2004 and was the regional chair of the United Way campaign in 2005.

Pagé was elected in a by-election in 2001 and named the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Youth, Tourism, Recreation and Sport from 2001 to 2003. He was re-elected in 2003 and was the critic in regions, sport, and recreation. He was re-elected in 2007 and is the current critic for wildlife, parks, and tourism.

Urban agglomerations in Quebec

An agglomeration, or urban agglomeration, is an administrative subdivision of Quebec at the local level that may group together a number of municipalities which were abolished as independent entities on 1 January 2002 but reconstituted on 1 January 2006.

Urban agglomerations have certain powers that would ordinarily be exercised by individual municipalities.

Climate data for Mont-Laurier
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12
Average high °C (°F) −7.6
Daily mean °C (°F) −13.3
Average low °C (°F) −19.0
Record low °C (°F) −45.0
Average rainfall mm (inches) 68.6
Source: [7]
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