- Cowansville, Quebec
Cowansville — Ville — Coordinates (220, place Municipale ): Country Canada Province Quebec Region Montérégie RCM Brome-Missisquoi Established January 01, 1876 Incorporated July 11, 1931 Electoral Districts
Provincial Brome-Missisquoi Government - Mayor Arthur Fauteux - Federal MP(s) Pierre Jacob (NDP) - Quebec MNA(s) Pierre Paradis (PLQ) Area - Land 46.09 km2 (17.8 sq mi) Population (2006) - Total 12,182 - Density 264.3/km2 (684.5/sq mi) - Change (2001-06) 1.2% - Dwellings 5,461 Time zone EST (UTC-5) - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) Postal code(s) J2K Area code(s) 450 Access Routes Route 104
Geocode 46080 Website www.cowansville.org
Cowansville is a town in south-central Quebec, Canada, located on Lac Davignon 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the U.S. border. It is the seat of Brome-Missisquoi, a regional county municipality. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census was 12,182.
In recent years, Cowansville has seen its commercial activity blossom mainly due to its proximity to a major freeway, Autoroute 10, and the Eastern Townships ski resort region.
History and name
Jacob Ruiter was the first person to settle on the current site of Cowansville. In 1800 he built a flour mill, and then a saw mill. In 1805, Ruiter named the small town as Nelsonville, in honour of British admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson, who was killed in the naval Battle of Trafalgar.
The city's current name is due to Peter Cowan, a merchant from Montreal who settled in the area in 1836 and become postmaster in 1841. In order to avoid the mail being sent inadvertently to another city named Nelsonville, close to Hamilton in Upper Canada, he decided to change its name.
During the 1870s, the construction of the South Eastern Railway linking Montreal to Cowansville and the opening of the first bank, the Eastern Townships Bank, contributed to the expansion of the small city, which allows many businesses settle in the area. The municipality detached from the district of Dunham, and incorporated on the January 1 1876 and officially was named Cowansville. In February of the same year James O'Halloran was acclaimed as Mayor by the town council. Cowansville saw a strong industrial growth during the 20th century, and became a city on June 25, 1931, and has grown since World War II by various annexations.
The municipality has a current population of over 12,000. The main economy is based on the industrial sector, in particular textiles. There is also a hospital, Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins, a municipal court, and a provincial park close to Davignon Lake.
Cowansville is the seat of the judicial district of Bedford.
Census Population Change (%) 2006 12,182 1.2% 2001 12,032 0.2% 1996 12,051 0.5% 1991 11,986 N/A
Mother tongue language (2006)
Language Population Pct (%) French only 9,535 82.20% English only 1,705 14.70% Both English and French 155 1.33% Other languages 205 1.77%
- ^ a b Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: Cowansville
- ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROME--MISSISQUOI (Quebec)
- ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: BROME-MISSISQUOI
- ^ a b c 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Cowansville, Quebec
- ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map
- ^ Territorial Division Act. Revised Statutes of Quebec D-11.
- ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
Dunham Lac-Brome Cowansville Dunham Administrative divisions of Montérégie (Region 16) Regional county municipalities
and equivalent territories
Cowansville · Granby · Sorel-Tracy · Saint-Hyacinthe · Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu · Chambly · Saint-Basile-le-Grand · Mont-Saint-Hilaire · Belœil · Brossard · Saint-Lambert · Boucherville · Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville · Longueuil · Sainte-Julie · Varennes · La Prairie · Candiac · Sainte-Catherine · Saint-Constant · Mercier · Châteauguay · Beauharnois · Salaberry-de-Valleyfield · Pincourt · Vaudreuil-Dorion · Saint-Lazare
Administrative divisions of Quebec
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