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Pont-Rouge
City
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Location within Portneuf RCM.
Location within Portneuf RCM.
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Capitale-Nationale
RCM Portneuf
Constituted January 3, 1996
Area
 • Total 123.40 km2 (47.65 sq mi)
 • Land 121.23 km2 (46.81 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total 8,723
 • Density 72.0/km2 (186/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 16.0%
 • Dwellings
3,617
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
G3H
Area code(s) 418 and 581

Pont-Rouge is a city along the Jacques-Cartier River in southern Quebec, Canada. In the Canada 2011 Census the population was 8,723 inhabitants.

History

The first efforts to colonise the area came around 1769.

On April 15, 1867, the archbishop of Quebec, Charles-François Baillargeon, founded the parish of Sainte-Jeanne-de-Neuville from portions of Cap-Santé, Saint-Basile, and Neuville. After the separation of the parish in two in 1911 (the village of Pont-Rouge and the parish of Sainte-Jeanne-de-Pont-Rouge), the new City of Pont-Rouge was established when these two municipalities merged on January 3, 1996.

Transportation had considerable influence on the development of the parish, mainly the two bridges and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge in 1874. The Royal Bridge (now called Pont Déry), was reconstructed several times because of the weakness of the centre of the bridge. This bridge served its purpose for the transportation of heavy loads and mail between Quebec and Montreal. The bridge was a toll bridge, and the money served the construction of a second bridge le pont Rouge, which was free. It united the western part to the eastern part of Dupont Street, named in honour of Father Charles-François Dupont, who was priest there from 1917 to 1933. A newer bridge has now replaced this bridge as of 2009.

Demographics

Population trend:

  • Population in 2011: 8723 (2006 to 2011 population change: 16.0%)
  • Population in 2006: 7518
  • Population in 2001: 7146
  • Population in 1996:
    • Sainte-Jeanne-de-Pont-Rouge (municipality): 2145
    • Pont-Rouge (village): 4676
  • Population in 1991:
    • Sainte-Jeanne-de-Pont-Rouge (municipality): 1966
    • Pont-Rouge (village): 4133

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 3471 (total dwellings: 3617)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.7%
  • French as first language: 98.2%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 1.1%

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