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Ville de Drummondville
Quebec Route 122 through Drummondville
Quebec Route 122 through Drummondville
Coat of arms of Drummondville
Coat of arms
Official logo of Drummondville
Location within Drummond RCM.
Location within Drummond RCM.
Drummondville is located in Quebec
Location in Quebec
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Centre-du-Québec
RCM Drummond
Constituted 7 July 2004
 • Type Drummondville City Council
 • City 260.10 km2 (100.43 sq mi)
 • Land 246.85 km2 (95.31 sq mi)
 • Metro
803.81 km2 (310.35 sq mi)
365 m (1,198 ft)
 • City 68,601
 • Density 1,315.4/km2 (3,407/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density 94.5/km2 (245/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Increase 5.0%
 • Dwellings
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s) 819
A-10 (proposed)
A-20 (TCH)

Route 122
Route 139
Route 143

Drummondville is a city in the Centre-du-Québec region of Quebec, located east of Montreal on the Saint-François River. The population as of the Canada 2016 Census was 68,601. The mayor of Drummondville is Stéphanie Lacoste.

Drummondville is the seat of Drummond Regional County Municipality, and of the judicial district of Drummond.


Drummondville was founded in June 1815 by Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Heriot. The purpose of the town was to provide a home for British soldiers in the War of 1812, and to guard the Saint-François River against American attacks. The town was named after Sir Gordon Drummond, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada between 1813 and 1816.

The construction of the Hemmings Falls hydro-electric dam in 1920 brought a new wave of industrial growth to the Drummondville area. Several outlying municipalities have been amalgamated into Drummondville since the 1950s:

  • 1955: Saint-Joseph de Grantham, Saint-Jean-Baptiste
  • 1966: Drummondville-Ouest
  • 1982: Drummondville-Sud
  • 1993: Grantham
  • 2004: Saint-Nicéphore, Saint-Charles-de-Drummond, Saint-Joachim-de-Courval


Population trend:
Census Population Change (%)
2016 75,423 Increase 5.0%
2011 71,852 Increase 6.6%
2006 67,392 Increase 6.9%
Merger 63,029 Increase 26.1%
2001 46,599 Increase 3.8%
1996 44,882 Increase 4.0%
1991 43,171 N/A
Mother tongue language (2011)
Language Population Pct (%)
French only 67,930 96%
English only 780 1.1%
Both English and French 290 0.4%
Other languages 1745 2.4%

Attractions and culture

Drummondville markets itself as Quebec's Capital of Expression and Traditions, with attractions focusing on culture, both past and present. The main attractions are the Village Québécois d'Antan and Mondial des Cultures (formerly the Festival mondial de folklore), which takes place every year in Woodyatt Park.

Since 2008 Drummondville hosts Festival de la Poutine, towards the end of August; during three days people are invited to attend concerts there, and to savour several kinds of poutine, a Canadian dish of provincial origin.

The show AO La Légende ceased its operations in 2010. The show and the old show, Légendes Fantastique, had over five hundred performances were presented from 1998 to 2010.

The Théâtre d'été Gilles Latulippe, Treego Drummondville, the Musée populaire de photographie, the St. Frederick Catholic Church, St. George's Anglican Church, the Maison des Arts Desjardins, the Ulverton Wool Mill as well as sugar shacks are the main focal points of the city.




Drummondville is served by Autoroutes 20 and 55.

Local transit

Intra-city transit has been assured since 1987 by the Drummondville Transit, which currently operates city bus services on six routes headquartered at the main bus terminal at Des Forges and Lindsay Streets. Service runs at half-hour intervals Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays

Intercity buses

Intercity highway coach service is provided by Orléans Express and Groupe La Québécoise. Major destinations include the nearby cities of Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Victoriaville, Saint-Hyacinthe, and Thetford Mines.

Intercity rail

Passenger train service towards Montreal and Quebec City is provided by Via Rail. Drummondville is part of the high-traffic Quebec City–Windsor Corridor, and trains run at a rate of about five per day in either direction from the Drummondville railway station.


General aviation services are available at the Drummondville Airport and the Drummondville Water Aerodrome.

Sister cities


Drummondville is home to the Promenades Drummondville regional shopping mall which has 109 stores.

MicroBird by Girardin, has its headquarters in Drummondville.


Drummondville is home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Drummondville Voltigeurs, founded in 1982. The team plays its home games at Centre Marcel Dionne. Drummondville also has another arena, Olympia Yvan-Cournoyer.

Drummondville and Victoriaville co-hosted the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

Prior to the Voltigeurs, Drummondville was home to the Drummondville Rangers of the QMJHL from 1969 to 1974.

Drummondville also was host to several baseball teams in the Quebec Provincial League in the 1940s and 1950s. The Drummondville Tigers in 1940, the Drummondville Cubs from 1948-1952, the Drummondville Royals in 1953 and the Drummondville A's in 1954.

The Autodrome Drummond, holds various automotive races throughout the summer season.

La Courvalloise is used for tubing, skiing and snowboarding.


Drummondville is home to the Cégep de Drummondville, a public French-language CEGEP. Drummondville is served by two school boards, the English-language Eastern Townships School Board and the French Centre de services scolaire des chenes.

Notable people

  • Louise Bédard, dancer and choreographer
  • Jean Bégin, ice hockey coach
  • Serge Boisvert, professional hockey player
  • Alex Bourret, professional hockey player
  • Yvan Cournoyer, professional hockey player
  • Gilbert Dionne, professional hockey player
  • Marcel Dionne, professional hockey player
  • Nancy Drolet, Olympic silver medalist in hockey
  • Jessica Dubé, Olympic ice skater
  • Robert Dupuis, 28th Canadian Surgeon General
  • Mickaël Gouin, actor and comedian
  • Alan Haworth, professional hockey player
  • Gordie Haworth, professional hockey player
  • Kaïn, musical group
  • Patrick Lalime, professional hockey player
  • Yvon Lambert, professional hockey player
  • Bernard Lemaire, businessman
  • Renée Martel, country singer
  • Éric Messier, professional hockey player
  • Louis Morissette, actor and screenwriter
  • Lester Patrick, professional hockey player
  • Jean-Luc Pepin, politician
  • Mathieu Perreault, professional hockey player
  • Michel Plante, professional hockey player
  • Kim Poirier, actress
  • Karine Vanasse, actress
  • John P. Webster, bank executive
  • Les Trois Accords, musical group
  • Yves-François Blanchet, politician, Leader of the Bloc Québécois
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