Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec

For other uses, see Saint-Hilaire (disambiguation).

Location within La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM.

Location in southern Quebec.

Coordinates: 45°34′N 73°12′W / 45.567°N 73.200°W / 45.567; -73.200Coordinates: 45°34′N 73°12′W / 45.567°N 73.200°W / 45.567; -73.200[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM La Vallée-du-Richelieu
Constituted March 12, 1966
  Mayor Yves Corriveau
  Federal riding Beloeil—Chambly
  Prov. riding Borduas
  Total 45.50 km2 (17.57 sq mi)
  Land 44.29 km2 (17.10 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
  Total 18,200
  Density 410.9/km2 (1,064/sq mi)
  Pop 2006-2011 Increase 15.8%
  Dwellings 7,406
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J3H
Area code(s) 450 and 579
A-20 (TCH)

Route 116

Mont-Saint-Hilaire is an off-island suburb of Montreal in southeastern Quebec, Canada, on the Richelieu River in the Regional County Municipality of La Vallée-du-Richelieu. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 18,200. The city is named after the Mont Saint-Hilaire.

A significant deposit of the semi-precious mineral sodalite is located near Mont-Saint-Hilaire.


Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville was granted the seignory of the region in 1694.[5] By 1745 a mountain village had been formed with the first chapel being built in 1798 near the Richelieu River. Nearly twenty years later, in 1822, a ferry operating between Beloeil and Mont-Saint-Hilaire came into service. A bridge, enabling Beloeil and St. Hilaire to be connected by rail, was built in 1848 by the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railway. The Campbell family, owners of the mountain after that of Rouville, sold the mountain to a British officer, Brigadier-General Andrew Gault, in whose ownership it remained for 45 years. Gault then bequeathed the mountain to McGill University before his death in 1958.



Population trend:[6]

Census Population Change (%)
2011 18,200 Increase 15.8%
2006 15,720 Increase 10.2%
2001 14,270 Increase 9.2%
1996 13,064 Increase 6.5%
1991 12,267 N/A


Mother tongue language (2006)[7]

Language Population Pct (%)
French only 14,540 93.32%
English only 610 3.92%
Both English and French 60 0.39%
Other languages 370 2.37%


Mont-Saint-Hilaire is served by the Mont-Saint-Hilaire commuter rail station on the Agence métropolitaine de transport's Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line. Local bus service is provided by the CIT de la Vallée du Richelieu.

In 1864, Canada's worst rail disaster occurred here when a passenger train passed a red signal and fell off an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River, killing around 99 people.



The South Shore Protestant Regional School Board previously served the municipality.[10]

See also


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mont-Saint-Hilaire (Quebec).

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/8/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.