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Subject: List of towns in Quebec, List of cities in Canada, Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, Hudson, Quebec, L'Île-Cadieux, Quebec
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Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional County Municipality

Regional county municipality
Vaudreuil-Soulanges forms a triangle (center right) west of the confluence of the Ottawa and Saint Lawrence Rivers in this satellite image.
Vaudreuil-Soulanges forms a triangle (center right) west of the confluence of the Ottawa and Saint Lawrence Rivers in this satellite image.
Location in province of Quebec.
Location in province of Quebec.
Coordinates: [1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
Effective April 14, 1982
County seat Vaudreuil-Dorion
 • Type Prefecture
 • Prefect Robert Sauvé
 • Total 1,019.70 km2 (393.71 sq mi)
 • Land 855.36 km2 (330.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 139,353
 • Density 162.9/km2 (422/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 15.7%
 • Dwellings 55,203
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Website .ca.mrcvswww

Vaudreuil-Soulanges is a regional county municipality in Quebec, Canada. It is located on a triangular peninsula in the western Montérégie region of Quebec, surrounded by the Ottawa River to the north, the St. Lawrence River to the south, and Ontario to the west.


  • History 1
  • Subdivisions 2
  • Demographics 3
    • Population 3.1
    • Language 3.2
  • Transportation 4
    • Access Routes 4.1
  • See also 5
  • References 6


It is the only county in Quebec south of the Ottawa River, owing to the desire to keep the French-speaking population of the area within Lower Canada during the 1791 division of Upper and Lower Canada (precursors to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec). It is also geographically isolated from the Montérégie region, being its only county north of the St. Lawrence River.

Its name comes from the historical division of the area into two counties: Vaudreuil County -- (named after Pierre François de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal, governor of New France) for the communities along the Ottawa River, and Soulanges County -- (named after Pierre-Jacques Joybert de Soulanges from Soulanges, Marne, France) for the communities along the St. Lawrence, a name of Québécois derivation referring to its southerliness.

Since the RCM formation on 14 April 1982, the division of the county into "Vaudreuil" and "Soulanges" is still salient. The "Vaudreuil" area (consisting of the municipalities of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Saint-Lazare, Hudson, Rigaud, and others) is closer to Montreal and therefore more suburban, populous, and economically and ethnically diverse, compared to the Soulanges area (including the municipalities of St-Polycarpe, St-Zotique, Coteau-du-Lac, Rivière-Beaudette and Les Coteaux) which is solidly rural, agricultural, and linguistically French-Canadian.

Owing to its geographic isolation within Quebec and growing population as a suburb of the city of Montreal, Elections Canada gave the county its own electoral district in 1997.


There are 23 subdivisions within the RCM:[2]




Canada Census Mother Tongue - Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional County Municipality, Quebec[6]
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
93,300 9.0% 67.81% 30,380 22.7% 22.08% 2,465 62.7% 1.79% 11,445 50.0% 8.32%
85,565 11.7% 71.62% 24,760 26.2% 20.73% 1,515 18.8% 1.27% 7,625 101.2% 6.38%
76,610 8.4% 75.63% 19,615 1.7% 19.37% 1,275 9.4% 1.26% 3,790 17.3% 3.74%
70,690 n/a 74.91% 19,285 n/a 20.44% 1,165 n/a 1.23% 3,230 n/a 3.42%


Access Routes

Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:[7]

See also


  1. ^ Commission de toponymie du QuébecReference number 141033 of the (French)
  2. ^ a b c Répertoire des municipalitésGeographic code 710 in the official (French)
  3. ^ a b c "2011 Community Profiles".  
  4. ^ "2006 Community Profiles".  
  5. ^ "2001 Community Profiles".  
  6. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  7. ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map

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