La Bostonnais, Quebec
Ducharme Bridge in the center of La Bostonnais
Location within La Tuque TE.
Location in central Quebec.
|Coordinates: 47°31′N 72°41′W|
|Constituted||January 1, 2006|
|• Mayor||Chantal St-Louis|
|• Federal riding||Saint-Maurice—Champlain|
|• Prov. riding||Laviolette|
|• Total||289.30 km2 (111.70 sq mi)|
|• Land||287.37 km2 (110.95 sq mi)|
|• Density||1.8/km2 (5/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
The municipality takes its name from the nearby Bostonnais and Little Bostonnais Rivers. This name probably came from an American man originally from Boston who joined the Abenaki at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1823, a reference was made to an Abenaki man named Jean-Baptiste Bostonnais who had one of his daughters baptized at Trois-Rivières. The Bostonnais family had their hunting territory in the area where the namesake rivers flow.
The area, located within the geographic township of Bourgeoys, opened up for colonization around 1871. The Mission of Saint-Jean-Bosco was formed in 1946 and became a parish two years later. In 1946, the post office opened, and closed again in 1961. It was constituted as a municipality in 1987.
On March 26, 2003 it became part of the City of La Tuque as part of the early 2000s municipal reorganization in Quebec, but following a 2004 referendum, the Municipalities of La Bostonnais and Lac-Édouard were reconstituted on January 1, 2006. It remains part of the urban agglomeration of La Tuque. It had formerly been part of Le Haut-Saint-Maurice Regional County Municipality, which was abolished in the wake of the merger; after demerger, it is one of the few municipalities (other than in the Nord-du-Québec region) that is not part of any regional county municipality.
- Population in 2011: 503 (2006 to 2011 population change: -18.5%)
- Population in 2006: 617
- Population in 2001: 529
- Population in 1996: 524
- Population in 1991: 473
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 218 (total dwellings: 362)
- English as first language: 1.6%
- French as first language: 92.7%
- English and French as first language: 0%
- Other as first language: 5.7%
- "La Bostonnais (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: La Bostonnais
- "(Code 2490017) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census