Montebello, Quebec

Montebello is a municipality located in the Papineau Regional County Municipality of Western Quebec, Canada. At the 2001 census, there were 1,039 permanent residents. The village has a total area of 7.95 square kilometres (3.07 sq mi), and is located at the eastern edge of Quebec's Outaouais region. It is located on the border with Ontario.

Local development centre in Montebello, in the former Canadian Pacific Railway Depot
Local development centre in Montebello, in the former Canadian Pacific Railway Depot
Coat of arms of Montebello
Location within Papineau RCM
Location within Papineau RCM
Montebello is located in Western Quebec
Location in western Quebec
Coordinates: 45°39′N 74°56′W / 45.650°N 74.933°W / 45.650; -74.933Coordinates: 45°39′N 74°56′W / 45.650°N 74.933°W / 45.650; -74.933[1]
ConstitutedAugust 29, 1885
 • MayorWesley Fairchild
 • Federal ridingArgenteuil—La Petite-Nation
 • Prov. ridingPapineau
 • Total10.50 km2 (4.05 sq mi)
 • Land8.62 km2 (3.33 sq mi)
 • Total983
 • Density114.0/km2 (295/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Increase 0.5%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code819
Highways Route 148
Route 323 Edit this at Wikidata

The village is the location of the Château Montebello resort, the largest log structure ever built. The resort was the host of the 1983 NATO Nuclear Planning Group, and the 1981 G7 Economic Summit.

Parc Omega, a large drive-through wildlife park, is just to the north in Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours.

Since 2005, it also hosts the Amnesia Rockfest, which had become Canada's largest rock festival. Past performers include System of a Down, Blink-182, Alice Cooper, The Offspring, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Rise Against and Dream Theater.


Scenic barn in Montebello

Non-native settlement of the area began when the land of the Petite Nation Seigneury was purchased by Joseph Papineau in 1801. Later in 1817, Louis-Joseph Papineau inherited the property and starting in 1846, built the Manor of Montebello, which is now a National Historic Site[4] in the national park system, operated by Parks Canada.[5] The Family Museum, (c. 1880) which is on the national Register of Historic Places, is next to Manoir Papineau, on the grounds of the National Historic Site.[6]

Louis-Joseph is credited with giving the name "Monte-Bello" to the location in 1854 as tribute to Louis Napoleon Lannes, Duke of Montebello (1801-1874), French diplomat and foreign minister in 1839, with whom he had become acquainted during his exile in France from 1839 to 1845.[5]

In 1855, the village got its post office. In 1878, it separated from the Parish Municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours-de-la-Petite-Nation and formed the Village Municipality of Montebello. On August 2, 2003, its status was changed and it became the Municipality of Montebello.[5]

On August 20–21, 2007, the President of the United States (George W. Bush), the Prime Minister of Canada (Stephen Harper), and the President of Mexico (Felipe Calderón) held a major trilateral summit meeting, in relation to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, at the Château Montebello. A diverse group numbering more than 1,200 protestors opposed the SPP meeting. The group included labour unions, environmental activists, political parties and NGOs.


Canada census – Montebello community profile
Population934 (-5.0% from 2016)983 (0.5% from 2011)978 (-0.9% from 2006)
Land area8.60 km2 (3.32 sq mi)8.62 km2 (3.33 sq mi)8.36 km2 (3.23 sq mi)
Population density108.7/km2 (282/sq mi)114.0/km2 (295/sq mi)117.0/km2 (303/sq mi)
Median age54.4 (M: 54.8, F: 54)52.6 (M: 53.4, F: 51.7)51.2 (M: 51.7, F: 50.4)
Total private dwellings460505527
Median household income$52,480$40,851
References: 2021[7] 2016[8] 2011[9] earlier[10][11]
Historical census populations – Montebello, Quebec
1986 1,069—    
1991 1,022−4.4%
1996 1,066+4.3%
2001 1,039−2.5%
2006 987−5.0%
2011 978−0.9%
2016 983+0.5%
Source: Statistics Canada

Mother tongue:[3]

  • English as first language: 5.6%
  • French as first language: 89.8%
  • English and French as first language: 2.0%
  • Other as first language: 2.0%

Local governmentEdit

List of former mayors:

  • Henri Bourassa (1890–1894)[12]
  • Jean-Paul Descoeurs (2001–2009)
  • Pierre Bertrand (2009–2013)
  • Luc Ménard (2013-2017)
  • Wesley Fairchild (2017–present)


  1. ^ "Reference number 379130 in Banque de noms de lieux du Québec". (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  2. ^ a b "Montebello". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Archived from the original on 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  3. ^ a b c "Montebello, Quebec (Code 2480010) Census Profile". 2016 census. Government of Canada - Statistics Canada.
  4. ^ Manoir Papineau. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Montebello" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  6. ^ Canadian Register of Historic Places.
  7. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  8. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  10. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "Biography – BOURASSA, HENRI – Volume XVIII (1951-1960) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography". Retrieved 2022-03-03.

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