Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson, Quebec

Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson is a city in Les Pays-d'en-Haut Regional County Municipality in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada. It is partially named after and situated on the western shore of Lake Masson.

Location within Les Pays-d'en-Haut RCM
Location in central Quebec
Coordinates: 46°02′N 74°03′W[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RCMLes Pays-d'en-Haut
ConstitutedOctober 17, 2001
  MayorGilles Boucher[3]
  Federal ridingLaurentides—Labelle
  Prov. ridingBertrand
  Total98.70 km2 (38.11 sq mi)
  Land92.62 km2 (35.76 sq mi)
  Density29.6/km2 (77/sq mi)
  Pop (2006–11)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
J0T 1L0
Area code(s)450 and 579


In the early 1860s, Édouard Masson (1826–1875), businessman and member of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada from 1856 to 1864, invited many settlers to move to the former Terrebonne Seigneury and the surrounding area. In 1864, he was granted land in this area and contributed to the quick development of the parish, including the construction of a sawmill and a flour mill at the outflow of the lake which would be named after him later on. Also that same year, the Mission of Sainte-Marguerite was established, and the Parish Municipality of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson was officially formed, both named after Margaret of Antioch of the third century. In 1868, the Lac-Masson Post Office opened.[5]

In 1959, the Town of Estérel was formed on the eastern side of Lake Masson when it separated from Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson.[6]

On October 10, 2001, the Parish Municipality of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson and the Town of Estérel were merged to become the Town of Sainte-Marguerite–Estérel. On January 1, 2006, after a municipal referendum, the Town of Estérel was re-established however and the Town of Sainte-Marguerite–Estérel reverted to its former name of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson.[5]


Population trend:[7]

  • Population in 2011: 2740 (2006 to 2011 population change: 9.7%)
  • Population in 2006: 2498
    • 2001 to 2006 population change: 15.1%
  • Population in 2001: 2170 (R)
  • Population in 1996: 2251
  • Population in 1991: 1571

(R) = Revised count.[8]

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1334 (total dwellings: 2158)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 3%
  • French as first language: 91%
  • English and French as first language: 2%
  • Other as first language: 4%


Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board operates English-language public schools:

See also


  1. Reference number 388482 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. Geographic code 77012 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. Houle, Isabelle (November 4, 2013). "« La population a choisi le chialeux! » - Gilles Boucher". Le Journal des Pays-d'en-Haut La Vallée (in French). Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  4. "(Code 2477012) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  5. "Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
  6. "Estérel (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
  7. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  8. Statistics Canada - Population and dwelling count amendments to the 2001 Census
  9. "maps zone/171 - WEB SAINTE ADELE.pdf SAINTE ADÈLE ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 16, 2017.
  10. "LAURENTIAN REGIONAL HS ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 4, 2017.
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