Drummondville

Drummondville is a city in the Centre-du-Québec region of Quebec, located east of Montreal on the Saint-François River. The population as of the Canada 2016 Census was 68,601.[6] The mayor of Drummondville is Stéphanie Lacoste.

Drummondville
Ville de Drummondville
Quebec Route 122 through Drummondville
Quebec Route 122 through Drummondville
Coat of arms of Drummondville
Official logo of Drummondville
Location within Drummond RCM.
Location within Drummond RCM.
Drummondville is located in Quebec
Drummondville
Drummondville
Location in Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°53′N 72°29′W / 45.883°N 72.483°W / 45.883; -72.483Coordinates: 45°53′N 72°29′W / 45.883°N 72.483°W / 45.883; -72.483[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionCentre-du-Québec
RCMDrummond
Constituted7 July 2004
Government
 • TypeDrummondville City Council
 • MayorStéphanie Lacoste
 • Federal ridingDrummond
 • Prov. ridingDrummond–Bois-Francs
and Johnson
Area
 • City260.10 km2 (100.43 sq mi)
 • Land246.85 km2 (95.31 sq mi)
 • Metro803.81 km2 (310.35 sq mi)
Elevation
365 m (1,198 ft)
Population
 (2016)[4]
 • City68,601
 • Metro96,118
 • Metro density94.5/km2 (245/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Increase 5.0%
 • Dwellings
33,812
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Websitewww.drummondville.ca

Drummondville is the seat of Drummond Regional County Municipality, and of the judicial district of Drummond.[7]

HistoryEdit

Drummondville was founded in June 1815 by Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Heriot. The purpose of the town was to provide a home for British soldiers in the War of 1812, and to guard the Saint-François (St Francis) River against American attacks. The town was named after Sir Gordon Drummond, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada between 1813 and 1816.

The construction of the Hemmings Falls hydro-electric dam in 1920 brought a new wave of industrial growth to the Drummondville area. Several outlying municipalities have been amalgamated into Drummondville since the 1950s:

  • 1955: Saint-Joseph de Grantham, Saint-Jean-Baptiste
  • 1966: Drummondville-Ouest
  • 1982: Drummondville-Sud
  • 1993: Grantham
  • 2004: Saint-Nicéphore, Saint-Charles-de-Drummond, Saint-Joachim-de-Courval[8]

DemographicsEdit

Population trend:[9][N 1]
Census Population Change (%)
2016 75,423   5.0%
2011 71,852   6.6%
2006 67,392   6.9%
Merger 63,029   26.1%
2001 46,599   3.8%
1996 44,882   4.0%
1991 43,171 N/A
Mother tongue language (2011)[10]
Language Population Pct (%)
French only 67,930 96%
English only 780 1.1%
Both English and French 290 0.4%
Other languages 1745 2.4%

Attractions and cultureEdit

Drummondville markets itself as Quebec's Capital of Expression and Traditions, with attractions focusing on culture, both past and present. The main attractions are the Village Québécois d'Antan.

Since 2008 Drummondville hosts Festival de la Poutine, towards the end of August; during three days people are invited to attend concerts there, and to savour several kinds of poutine, a Canadian dish of provincial origin.[11]

From 1982 to 2017, Drummondville was home to the Mondial des Cultures, one of the largest folk dance festivals in the world.

ClimateEdit

Drummondville has a humid continental climate (Dfb) with warm, rainy summers and cold, snowy winters.

Climate data for Drummondville (1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.0
(60.8)
15.5
(59.9)
25.0
(77.0)
30.5
(86.9)
33.9
(93.0)
35.0
(95.0)
36.7
(98.1)
36.1
(97.0)
34.0
(93.2)
28.9
(84.0)
23.3
(73.9)
20.6
(69.1)
36.7
(98.1)
Average high °C (°F) −5.4
(22.3)
−3.4
(25.9)
2.2
(36.0)
11.0
(51.8)
18.6
(65.5)
23.6
(74.5)
25.8
(78.4)
24.7
(76.5)
20.0
(68.0)
12.5
(54.5)
5.4
(41.7)
−2
(28)
11.1
(52.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) −10.2
(13.6)
−8.3
(17.1)
−2.6
(27.3)
6.1
(43.0)
13.1
(55.6)
18.4
(65.1)
20.9
(69.6)
19.7
(67.5)
15.1
(59.2)
8.3
(46.9)
1.8
(35.2)
−6
(21)
6.4
(43.5)
Average low °C (°F) −14.9
(5.2)
−13.1
(8.4)
−7.3
(18.9)
1.0
(33.8)
7.5
(45.5)
13.1
(55.6)
15.8
(60.4)
14.6
(58.3)
10.2
(50.4)
4.0
(39.2)
−1.9
(28.6)
−9.9
(14.2)
1.6
(34.9)
Record low °C (°F) −42.8
(−45.0)
−40.6
(−41.1)
−35
(−31)
−20.6
(−5.1)
−12.2
(10.0)
−1.7
(28.9)
1.7
(35.1)
1.0
(33.8)
−6.1
(21.0)
−12.8
(9.0)
−25
(−13)
−40
(−40)
−42.8
(−45.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 85.7
(3.37)
71.9
(2.83)
69.8
(2.75)
79.8
(3.14)
94.2
(3.71)
102.3
(4.03)
106.2
(4.18)
106.0
(4.17)
94.9
(3.74)
101.5
(4.00)
103.7
(4.08)
97.6
(3.84)
1,113.6
(43.84)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 26.1
(1.03)
19.4
(0.76)
33.8
(1.33)
68.9
(2.71)
94.0
(3.70)
102.3
(4.03)
106.2
(4.18)
106.0
(4.17)
94.9
(3.74)
100.3
(3.95)
84.0
(3.31)
36.4
(1.43)
872.3
(34.34)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 59.6
(23.5)
52.5
(20.7)
35.9
(14.1)
11.2
(4.4)
0.3
(0.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.3
(0.5)
19.7
(7.8)
61.2
(24.1)
241.7
(95.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 14.8 11.9 11.9 12.5 13.4 13.7 13.7 12.1 12.3 13.2 14.8 14.9 159.2
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 2.9 2.5 6.3 11.4 13.4 13.7 13.7 12.1 12.3 13.0 11.5 4.2 117
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 13.0 9.8 7.0 2.2 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.5 4.4 11.3 48.3
Source: Environment Canada[12]

SportsEdit

Drummondville is home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Drummondville Voltigeurs, founded in 1982. The team plays its home games at Centre Marcel Dionne. Drummondville also has another arena, Olympia Yvan-Cournoyer.

Drummondville and Victoriaville co-hosted the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

Prior to the Voltigeurs, Drummondville was home to the Drummondville Rangers of the QMJHL from 1969 to 1974.

Drummondville also was host to several baseball teams in the Quebec Provincial League in the 1940s and 1950s. The Drummondville Tigers in 1940, the Drummondville Cubs from 1948-1952, the Drummondville Royals in 1953 and the Drummondville A's in 1954.

The Autodrome Drummond, holds various automotive races throughout the summer season.

La Courvalloise is used for tubing, skiing and snowboarding.

EconomyEdit

Drummondville is home to the Promenades Drummondville regional shopping mall which has 109 stores.[13]

MicroBird by Girardin, has its headquarters in Drummondville.[14]

TransportationEdit

Highways

Drummondville is served by Autoroutes 20 and 55.

Local transit

Intra-city transit has been assured since 1987 by the Drummondville Transit, which currently operates city bus services on six routes headquartered at the main bus terminal at Des Forges and Lindsay Streets. Service runs at half-hour intervals Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays[15]

Intercity buses

Intercity highway coach service is provided by Orléans Express and Groupe La Québécoise.[16] Major destinations include the nearby cities of Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Victoriaville, Saint-Hyacinthe, and Thetford Mines.

Intercity rail

Passenger train service towards Montreal and Quebec City is provided by Via Rail. Drummondville is part of the high-traffic Quebec City–Windsor Corridor, and trains run at a rate of about five per day in either direction from the Drummondville railway station.

Air

General aviation services are available at the Drummondville Airport and the Drummondville Water Aerodrome.

EducationEdit

Drummondville is home to the Cégep de Drummondville, a public French-language CEGEP. Drummondville is served by two school boards, the English-language Eastern Townships School Board and the French Centre de services scolaire des chenes.

Notable peopleEdit

Sister citiesEdit

[17]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ (+) Amalgamation of the Cities of Drummondville, Saint-Nicéphore, the Municipality of Saint-Charles-de-Drummond and the Parish of Saint-Joachim-de-Courval on 7 July 2004.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Reference number 287380 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b "Drummondville — Répertoire des municipalités — MAMROT". Mamrot.gouv.qc.ca. 7 July 2004. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. ^ "History of Federal Ridings since 1867". .parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Census Profile — Census subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Drummondville (Census agglomeration), Quebec The census agglomeration consists of Drummondville, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil (village), Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil (parish), Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Saint-Lucien, Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham, Wickham. In the 2006 census, the census agglomeration had not included the village or parish municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, nor Wickham.
  6. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Drummondville [Population centre], Quebec and Quebec [Province]". 8 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Territorial Division Act". .publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Modifications aux municipalités du Québec. juillet 2004" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 December 2006. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  9. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  10. ^ "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada — Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Latest Breaking News, Headlines & Updates | National Post".
  12. ^ "Drummondville". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Promenades Drummondville". The Westcliff Group of Companies. 2007. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  14. ^ "HISTORY". Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ https://www.orleansexpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Horaire-MTL-DRUMM-VICTO-18.06.17.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  17. ^ "Jumelages internationaux - Ville de Drummondville". www.drummondville.ca. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018.

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