Rawdon, Quebec

Rawdon is a municipality located on the Ouareau River in southwestern Quebec, Canada, about 60 kilometres north of Montreal. It is the seat for the Regional County Municipality of Matawinie, in the Lanaudière region. Rawdon is part of the Joliette federal electoral district.

Location within Matawinie RCM.
Location within Matawinie RCM.
Rawdon is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°03′N 73°43′W / 46.050°N 73.717°W / 46.050; -73.717Coordinates: 46°03′N 73°43′W / 46.050°N 73.717°W / 46.050; -73.717[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedMay 28, 1998
 • MayorBruno Guilbault
 • Federal ridingJoliette
 • Prov. ridingBertrand
 • Total193.00 km2 (74.52 sq mi)
 • Land187.07 km2 (72.23 sq mi)
 • Total10,416
 • Density55.7/km2 (144/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 3.6%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579
Highways Route 125
Route 337
Route 341
Route 348

The town of Rawdon is a mostly French-speaking tourist resort and is home to one English public school and four French public schools as well as a medium-size ski resort.


Dorwin Falls, Rawdon, QC

Rawdon is located at the beginning of the Canadian Shield mountains. Its lakes and mountains make it a destination for summer tourism with its many camps and cottages. Rawdon is home to the Dorwin and Manchester falls, which lie less than a kilometre from downtown and offer a public beach on the artificial Rawdon Lake. In summer, temperatures can soar as high as 35 °C (95 °F) while temperatures as cold as −30 °C (−22 °F) can be felt in winter.


Canadiana historic village in 1948
Rawdon, postcard

The township was established in 1799 and named after Sir Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings. The town was primarily home to people of Irish background up until 1844, when more and more French-Canadians settled the region and small shops and industries emerged. After the First World War and the October Revolution, Rawdon saw a considerable number of Russian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian noble families arrive to settle in its countryside from the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Rawdon was originally part of Montcalm County. From 1920 to 1998, there were two separate municipalities named "Rawdon," the Township of Rawdon and the Village of Rawdon; in 1998, they were united into a single municipality.



Historical Census Data - Rawdon, Quebec[4]
Historical population
1991 6,841—    
1996 8,254+20.7%
2001 8,648+4.8%
2006 10,058+16.3%
2011 10,416+3.6%

In summer, the population is said to double and even sometimes triple due to tourism and the presence of many cottages in the vicinity.

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 4532 (total dwellings: 5422)


Mother tongue:[3]

  • English as first language: 13.5%
  • French as first language: 84.8%
  • English and French as first language: 1.3%
  • Other as first language: 3.8%


Commission scolaire des Samares operates francophone public schools.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board operates anglophone public schools:

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