List of former counties of Quebec

Historic counties and territories in Quebec, Canada, followed by their respective county seats are listed below. The list is sorted in alphabetical order by county name, but can also be sorted in alphabetical order by seat.

In terms of internal divisions of counties, there are four types of counties:

  1. those that contain only townships, as is the case with those counties surveyed by the British after 1763;
  2. those that contain only parishes, as is the case with those counties chiefly in the Saint Lawrence Valley settled by French colonists prior to 1761;
  3. those that contain both townships and parishes, and
  4. those that contain townships and undivided lands, as is the case with the northern counties outside the main populated areas of the province.

Parishes as a land unit division arise from the elevation of municipalities based on religious parish limits (parish municipalities). Quebec's counties were dissolved in the early 1980s and Quebec was then divided into regional county municipalities.

County Seat
Abitibi County Amos
Argenteuil County Lachute
Arthabaska County Arthabaska
Bagot County Saint-Liboire
Beauce County Beauceville
Beauharnois County Beauharnois
Bellechasse County Saint-Raphaël
Berthier County Berthierville
Bonaventure County New Carlisle
Brome County Knowlton
Chambly County Longueuil
Champlain County Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
Charlevoix-Est County La Malbaie
Charlevoix-Ouest County Baie-Saint-Paul
Châteauguay County Sainte-Martine
Chicoutimi County Chicoutimi
Compton County Cookshire
Deux-Montagnes County Sainte-Scholastique
Dorchester County Sainte-Hénédine
Drummond County Drummondville
Frontenac County Lac-Mégantic
Gaspé-Est County Percé
Gaspé-Ouest County Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
Gatineau County Maniwaki
Hull County Hull
Huntingdon County Huntingdon
Iberville County Iberville
Ile-de-Montréal County Montreal
Ile-Jésus County Laval
Iles-de-la-Madeleine County Ile-du-Havre-Aubert
Joliette County Joliette
Kamouraska County Saint-Pascal
Labelle County Mont-Laurier
Laprairie County La Prairie
Laviolette County La Tuque
L'Assomption County L'Assomption
Lévis County Saint-Romuald
L'Islet County Saint-Jean-Port-Joli
Lotbinière County Sainte-Croix
Lac-Saint-Jean-Est County Alma
Lac-Saint-Jean-Ouest County Roberval
Maskinongé County Louiseville
Matane County Matane
Matapédia County Amqui
Mégantic County Inverness
Missisquoi County Bedford
Montcalm County Sainte-Julienne
Montmorency No. 1 County Chateau-Richer
Montmorency No. 2 County Sainte-Famille
Montmagny County Montmagny
Napierville County Napierville
Nicolet County Bécancour
Papineau County Papineauville
Pontiac County Campbell's Bay
Portneuf County Cap-Santé
Québec County Quebec City
Richelieu County Sorel-Tracy
Richmond County Richmond
Rimouski County Rimouski
Rivière-du-Loup County Rivière-du-Loup
Rouville County Marieville
Saint-Hyacinthe County Saint-Hyacinthe
Saint-Jean County Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Saint-Maurice County Yamachiche
Saguenay County Tadoussac
Shefford County Waterloo
Sherbrooke County Sherbrooke
Soulanges County Coteau-Landing
Stanstead County Ayer's Cliff
Témiscouata County Notre-Dame-du-Lac
Témiscamingue County Ville-Marie
Terrebonne County Saint-Jérôme
Vaudreuil County Vaudreuil-Dorion
Verchères County Verchères
Wolfe County Saint-Joseph-de-Ham-Sud
Yamaska County Saint-François-du-Lac

Renamed CountiesEdit

Laval County- Former name of Ile-Jésus County.

Jacques Cartier County- Renamed in 1970. Former name of Ile-de-Montréal County. It absorbed Hochelaga County in 1921.

Ottawa County- Former name of Hull County.

Wright County- Renamed to Gatineau County?

External linksEdit

  • "Detailed Ontario Map and Quebec Map of Towns and Counties for Genealogy, circa 1957". Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved August 12, 2011.