The Estrie (French pronunciation: ​[ɛstʁi]) is an administrative region of Quebec that replaced the Eastern Townships. Estrie, a French neologism, was coined as a derivative of est, "east". Originally settled by anglophones, today it is about 90 per cent francophone.[2] Anglophones are concentrated in Lennoxville, home of the region's only English-speaking university, Bishop's University. The Eastern Townships School Board runs 20 elementary schools, three high schools, and a learning centre.[3]

Estrie
LocationEstrie.png
CountryCanada Canada
ProvinceQuebec Quebec
Regional County
Municipalities (RCM) and Equivalent
Territories (ET)
Government
 • Regional conference of elected officersJacques Demers (President)
Area
 • Land10,212.00 km2 (3,942.88 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Total319,004
 • Density31.2/km2 (81/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Estrien(ne)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code
Area code819
Websiteestrie.gouv.qc.ca

EconomyEdit

While the economy of the area is mainly based on agriculture, forestry, and mining,[4] tourist attractions include four Sépaq parks: Yamaska, Mont-Orford, Frontenac, and Mont-Mégantic,[5] ski resorts at Mont Brome and Mont Orford, and agritourism.

SubdivisionsEdit

Regional County MunicipalitiesEdit

Regional County Municipality (RCM) Population
2016 Canadian Census[6]
Land Area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of RCM
Coaticook 18,497 1,339.80 km2 (517.30 sq mi) 13.8 Coaticook
Le Granit 21,462 2,735.21 km2 (1,056.07 sq mi) 7.8 Lac-Mégantic
Le Haut-Saint-François 22,335 2,273.39 km2 (877.76 sq mi) 9.8 Cookshire-Eaton
Le Val-Saint-François 30,686 1,403.43 km2 (541.87 sq mi) 21.9 Richmond
Les Sources 14,286 787.13 km2 (303.91 sq mi) 18.1 Val-des-Sources
Memphrémagog 50,415 1,319.29 km2 (509.38 sq mi) 38.2 Magog

Equivalent TerritoryEdit

Equivalent Territory (ET) Population
2016 Canadian Census[6]
Land Area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of ET
Sherbrooke 161,323 367.10 km2 (141.74 sq mi) 456.0 Sherbrooke

DemographicsEdit

 
Largest cities or towns in Estrie
2016 census
Rank Regional county municipality Pop. Rank Regional county municipality Pop.
 
Sherbrooke
 
Magog
1 Sherbrooke Sherbrooke 161,323 11 Ascot Corner Le Haut-Saint-François 3,158  
Coaticook
 
Val-des-Sources
2 Magog Memphrémagog 26,669 12 Compton Coaticook 3,131
3 Coaticook Coaticook 8,698 13 Stanstead Memphrémagog 2,788
4 Val-des-Sources Les Sources 6,786 14 Weedon Le Haut-Saint-François 2,670
5 Lac-Mégantic Le Granit 5,654 15 Valcourt Le Val-Saint-François 2,165
6 Windsor Le Val-Saint-François 5,419 16 Waterville Coaticook 2,121
7 Cookshire-Eaton Le Haut-Saint-François 5,393 17 Hatley Memphrémagog 2,106
8 Danville Les Sources 3,826 18 Potton Memphrémagog 1,852
9 East Angus, Quebec Le Haut-Saint-François 3,659 19 Eastman Memphrémagog 1,843
10 Richmond Le Val-Saint-François 3,232 20 Dudswell Le Haut-Saint-François 1,727

School DistrictsEdit

Francophone:

  • Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons (Coaticook, East Angus and Lac-Mégantic).
  • Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke
  • Commission scolaire des Sommets

Anglophone:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Estrie [Economic region], Quebec". Statistics Canada. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Eastern Townships". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  3. ^ Elementary schools Archived 2010-11-30 at the Wayback Machine and High Schools Archived 2010-10-27 at the Wayback Machine, Eastern Townships School Board, accessed 19 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Community Snapshot – Eastern Townships" (PDF). The Community Information Database. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Best of the Townships". Tourism Eastern Townships. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2016 Census". Statistics Canada. Retrieved December 4, 2019.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 45°28′53.6″N 71°40′4.5″W / 45.481556°N 71.667917°W / 45.481556; -71.667917