Rivière du Nord (Laurentides)

Rivière du Nord is a tributary of the Ottawa River located in the Laurentides region in southwest Quebec, Canada.[1]

Rivière du Nord (Ottawa River)
Rivière du Nord at Piedmont, Quebec
Physical characteristics
 • locationLac Brûlé, Quebec
 • location
Ottawa River
Basin features
ProgressionOttawa RiverSt. Lawrence RiverGulf of St. Lawrence
River systemOttawa River drainage basin



Rising from its source at Lac Brûlé, the Rivière du Nord comes from the north-northwest rather than from the north and flows east of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and waters several settlements, including Val-David, Sainte-Adèle, Prévost (formerly Shawbridge) and Saint-Jérôme. From there, it winds its way west-southwest to Lachute, waters Saint-André-Est before emptying into the Ottawa River at the entrance to Lac des Deux Montagnes.[1]



The origin of this toponym dates back to the seventeenth century. Mention of the "Rivière du Nord" is mentioned in the deed of 7 June 1680, by which Intendant Jacques Duchesneau granted the seigneury of Argenteuil to Charles-Joseph d'Ailleboust Des Muceaux. Subsequently, this toponym has remained stable. The name can be explained by the fact that the river comes from the north or that the region through it was, at the time, considered the North.



A colourful character is linked to this region. Antoine Labelle (1833-1891), parish priest of Saint-Jérôme from 1868 to 1891 and deputy commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Colonization from 1888 to 1890, used this waterway to visit and support the many settlers who settled between Saint-Jérôme and Mont-Laurier.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Rivière du Nord (Ottawa River)". Commission de toponymie Quebec (in French). Government of Quebec. 1968-12-05. Retrieved 2023-11-16.
  2. ^ Denise Théoret Besson (2007). "Monseigneur Antoine Labelle" (PDF). Erudit (in French). La Fédération des sociétés d'histoire du Québec. p. 7. Retrieved 2023-11-16.

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