Montebello, Quebec


Coat of arms

Location within Papineau RCM.

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]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Outaouais
RCM Papineau
Constituted August 29, 1878
  Mayor Luc Ménard
  Federal riding Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
  Prov. riding Papineau
  Total 10.50 km2 (4.05 sq mi)
  Land 8.36 km2 (3.23 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
  Total 978
  Density 117.0/km2 (303/sq mi)
  Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 0.9%
  Dwellings 527
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0V 1L0
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 148
Route 323
Website www.ville.
Scenic barn in Montebello

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 Canada's National Capital Region. It is located on the border with Ontario.

The village is world-famous for the Château Montebello resort, the largest log structure ever built. The resort was the host for 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 has become Canada's largest rock festival. Past performers include Alice Cooper, The Offspring, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against and Dream Theater.


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 of Canada[4] maintained by Parks Canada.[5] The Family Museum, (c. 1880) which is on the Canadian Register of Historic Places, is next to the Manoir Papineau on the grounds of the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site of Canada.[6]

Louis-Joseph is credited with giving the name "Monte-Bello" to the location in 1854 as tribute to Napoleon-Auguste 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 statutes were 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.


Population trend:[7]

Private dwellings (occupied by usual residents): 457



  1. Reference number 379130 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. 1 2 "Montebello". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  3. 1 2 "Montebello census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  4. Manoir Papineau. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  5. 1 2 3 "Montebello" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  6. Canadian Register of Historic Places.
  7. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  8. "Montebello community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
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