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QUEBEC



Quebec in nearly three times larger than France, its surface area of
1 540 680km² covers nearly 15% of the country making it Canada’s largest province.

It has a population of
7 200 000, 25% of the overall population of Canada. Four out of five Quebecois live in towns situated in the south of the province. Eighty percent of the population claim to be of French origin.

THE LANAUDIERE AREA

The Lanaudière is a region covering 13 537km² in which live 400 000 people. The area is long and rectangular in form and was named by the Seigneurs of 14th century New France. The Atikamekw people live in the Mamawan region in the extreme north.
Its name comes from that of Marie-Charlotte de Lanaudière, daughter of Seigneur de Lavaltrie and wife of the lawyer, Barthélémy Joliette.

The Lanaudière Seigneurs were amongst the first to settle in the St Laurent Valley :
D’AUTRAY 1637
REPENTIGNY 1640
SAINT SUPLICE 1640
Lanaudière is divided in six ‘Regional County Municipalities’ (MRC)
L ASSOMPTION
D’AUTRAY
LES MOULINS
JOLIETTE
MONTCLAM
MATAWINE

Lanaudière maintains a healthy balance between town and country, industry and agriculture. The area enjoys several major entrance points to a variety of attractions throughout the territory. Examples of most of Quebec’s land types are found in the Lanaudière and, set between mountain and river, the area forms one of the bread baskets of Quebec. It is a region of hills and forest-covered mountains, of lakes and rivers, of hunting and fishing, a region with a broad range of activities characterised by its warm and enthusiastic people.

The area ratified the pact of friendship between QUEBEC - PERIGORD, a regional division of the
FRANCE-QUEBEC, pact, on 4th July 1995 at Monbazillac thus facilitating exchanges and close ties.

SITUATION


Repentigny is situated to the south of the Lanaudière region on the banks of the St Laurent River at the confluence of the Prairies and Assumption rivers.

Repentigny is a town of Montreal’s eastern suburbs and its southern neighbourhood is crossed by Route 138 which follows the original Roy path linking Montreal to Quebec along the Saint Laurent River. To the north, Repentigny is served by Freeway 40.
Repentigny is 15km from the centre of Montreal
240km from Quebec
Mirabel Dorval Airport

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TOWN


Repentigny took its name from the Seigneury granted, on 16 April 1647, to
Pierre Le Gardeur de Repentigny. The town was continually occupied from 1670 when the son of the original Seigneur, Jean Baptiste le Gardeur de Repentigny settled there. This founding date makes it the oldest town of the area.

The Church of the Purification, a twin-towered building classed as an Historical Monument, was built in 1723 under the French regime. It was extended and redecorated several times but suffered extensive fire damage in 1984.
Other ruins from the town’s past include
two windmills dating from 1820.
Whether it is an irony or a justice is a moot point but, in 2001, the towns of Repentigny and Le Gardeur joined as one under the name REPENTIGNY.

 

DEMOGRAPHY


A
French-speaking (98%) residential town.

Repentigny provides a gateway to the
Lanaudière Region which counts a population of 400 000 settled in a 13 537 km²-strip of land divided into six Regional County Municipalities (MRC) The most heavily populated MRC of the area.