New Richmond, Quebec

New Richmond is an incorporated municipality in Quebec, Canada, situated on the southern coast of the Gaspé Peninsula between the municipalities of Maria and Caplan.

New Richmond
Location within Bonaventure RCM.
New Richmond
Location in eastern Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°10′N 65°52′W[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJuly 1, 1855
  MayorM Eric Dubé
  Federal ridingGaspésie—
  Prov. ridingBonaventure
  Total197.80 km2 (76.37 sq mi)
  Land168.84 km2 (65.19 sq mi)
  Density22.6/km2 (59/sq mi)
  Pop 2006-2011
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
G0C 1C0 & G0C 2B0
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways Route 132

New Richmond is bounded on the west by the Grand Cascapedia River. The Little Cascapedia runs to the east of the town proper. In addition to New Richmond itself, the town's territory also includes the communities of Black Cape and Saint-Edgar.


The first European settlers arrived from Scotland in 1755. The first arrivals were the Duthie brothers, George and John Duthie and their families. Their descendants still reside in the area today. It is one of the very few remaining municipalities on the Gaspé which still has a relatively large English-speaking population. It was originally a centre of farming, logging, and shipbuilding.


The town experienced considerable growth in the 1960s with the development of a linerboard paper mill by Bathurst paper, which became Consolidated Bathurst and after a number of name changes Smurfit Stone. Economic downturns in the region brought a reduction in mill operations and many residents left for other regions. In 2005 the mill completely shut down, leaving the town with no major industry.

There is a large wharf located to the east of the town. This was built to service cargo ships that would arrive to be loaded with kraft paper or bunker oil. It is now mainly recreational.

The town has a British Heritage Museum. There is a small shopping centre as well as an indoor swimming pool, a hockey arena, and a theatre.


There is an English-language school (New Richmond High School) located in the centre of town which serves now grades K-11. French-speaking children have their own school (Bois Vivant) and complete high school in the town of Carleton.



Canada census – New Richmond, Quebec community profile
2011 2006
Population: 3,810 (+1.7% from 2006) 3,748 (-0.3% from 2001)
Land area: 168.84 km2 (65.19 sq mi) 168.84 km2 (65.19 sq mi)
Population density: 22.6/km2 (59/sq mi) 22.2/km2 (57/sq mi)
Median age: 44.4 (M: 43.7, F: 45.0) 44.4 (M: 43.7, F: 45.0)
Total private dwellings: 1,746 1,593
Median household income: $49,798 $45,664
References: 2011[3] 2006[4] earlier[5]
Historical Census Data - New Richmond, Quebec[6]
1991 4,012    
1996 3,941−1.8%
2001 3,760−4.6%
2006 3,748−0.3%
2011 3,810+1.7%


Mother tongue language (2011)[3]

Language Population Pct (%)
French only 3,215 84.61%
English only 535 14.08%
Both English and French 35 0.92%
Other languages 15 0.39%

Notable People from New Richmond

See also


  1. Reference number 142202 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. "New Richmond". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  3. "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  4. "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  5. "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  6. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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