Aumond, Quebec

Aumond is a township municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec, located within La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Regional County Municipality.

Aumond
Nickname(s): 
Sainte-Famille-d'Aumond
Aumond
Location in western Quebec.
Coordinates: 46.47°N 75.89°W / 46.47; -75.89[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionOutaouais
RCMLa Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
ConstitutedDecember 12, 1877
Named forJoseph-Ignace Aumond[1]
Government
  MayorAlphée Moreau
  Federal ridingPontiac
  Prov. ridingGatineau
Area
  Total226.90 km2 (87.61 sq mi)
  Land214.57 km2 (82.85 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[3]
  Total725
  Density3.4/km2 (9/sq mi)
  Pop (2006–11)
6.5%
  Dwellings
584
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
J0W 1W0
Area code(s)819
Websitewww.aumond.ca

The township is named after Colonel Joseph-Ignace Aumond (1810–1879), a native of l'Assomption, who was one of the major timber merchants of the Ottawa Valley in the nineteenth century. His operations were particularly along the Gatineau, and even went as far as Lake Timiskaming.[4]

Geography

The township is on the eastern shores of the Gatineau River along Route 107. The topography of the township is fairly rough, rising from 203 meters (666 ft) above sea level, near the hamlet of Val-Émard, to 375 meters (1,230 ft).[4] Numerous lakes surround the town, including Lac des Pins and Lac Murray.

History

The history of Aumond dates back to mid-nineteenth century. In 1861, the Aumond Township was proclaimed, and in 1877 the township municipality was formed.[1]

In 1862, Oblate priests built the first sawmill on the Joseph River, a tributary of the Gatineau River, in order to saw wood from the rich surrounding forests. A few months later, they built a flour mill adjacent to the first mill. At the outset, these mills were powered by a water wheel which was replaced at the beginning of the twentieth century, by a turbine that, from 1929 onwards, also provided electricity to the villagers. Destroyed by flames, these mills were rebuilt and remained active until 1989.[5]

Today, the municipality of Aumond revives its history by the redevelopment of the Moulin des Pères site in the heart of the village.[5]

Demographics

Population trend:[6][7]

  • Population in 2011: 725 (2006–2011 population change: −6.5 %)
  • Population in 2006: 775 (2001–2006 population change: 17.8%)
  • Population in 2001: 658 (revised count)
  • Population in 1996: 592
  • Population in 1991: 594

Private dwellings (occupied by usual residents): 331

Languages:

  • English as first language: 6.4%
  • French as first language: 92.3%
  • Other as first language: 1.3%

References

  1. Reference number 2664 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. Geographic code 83090 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. "(Code 2483090) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  4. "Aumond (Canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  5. "Aumond" (in French). MRC de La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau. Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  6. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  7. Statistics Canada - Population and dwelling count amendments to the 2001 Census
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