Bedford, Quebec (town)
Location within Brome-Missisquoi RCM.
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|Constituted||November 21, 1866|
|• Mayor||Yves Lévesque|
|• Federal riding||Brome—Missisquoi|
|• Prov. riding||Brome-Missisquoi|
|• Total||4.40 km2 (1.70 sq mi)|
|• Land||4.20 km2 (1.62 sq mi)|
|Elevation||53 m (174 ft)|
|• Density||639.4/km2 (1,656/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||2.8%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||450 and 579|
|Highways|| Route 202 |
Bedford is a city located in the Montérégie region of southern Quebec, Canada. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 2,684. This small community is just an hour's drive from larger cities such as Burlington and Montreal, and is the home to southern Quebec's largest Boy Scout troop.
The first settlers arrived in 1812.
Origin of the name
The name "Bedford" could have been given by Loyalists who knew of several Bedfords back in the former American colonies. The name could also have been a tribute to Lord John Russell, who was the fourth Duke of Bedford (1710–1771), an English politician and Secretary of State (1748–1751), and governor general of Ireland from 1756 to 1761.
The town, located 86 kilometres (53 mi) southeast of Montreal, is completely enclaved within the township of Bedford. Seated in the Saint-Lawrence lowlands, at the beginning of the steppe leading to the Appalachian Mountains, the town is separated into north and south parts by the Pike River (Rivière aux Brochets).
|Canada Census Mother Tongue - Bedford (city), Quebec|
French & English
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About 20% of the population is Anglophone, many families having settled there after the arrival of the Loyalists in 1776.
- Roman Catholic Church
- Saint Mitchels Parish
- Le frontere Perish
- The Anglican Parish of Bedford, Philipsburg and Farnham
- United Church
Every year since 1828, at the beginning of August, the town holds its annual fair, the oldest of its kind in Quebec and the second oldest in Canada. One can play hockey, curling or figure skate at the Centre sportif. Every year since 1969, Bedford has held a PeeWee hockey exchange with Kensington, PEI.
- École primaire et secondaire Monseigneur-Desranleau (French)
- École primaire du Premier Envol (French)
- Butler Elementary (English 1-7)
Notable people from Bedford
- Eric Henry Kemp (1908–1975) Mayor of Bedford in the 1950s.
- Rob Kemp (1972-), Radio Host. The Beat 92 FM Montreal.
- Georges Thurston (1951–2007) a.k.a. Boule Noire, R&B singer for 30 years.
- Pierre Paradis (1950-), Member of National Assembly of Quebec for 25 years and former Cabinet Minister
- Marcellus Gilmore Edson (1849-1940), chemist who invented peanut butter.
- Pietro L Serapiglia (1956-) Award-Winning IMAX Producer
- Chester Alan Arthur (1829-1886), 21st President of the United States
- Reference number 4594 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
- "Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Frelighsburg". Archived from the original on 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- "Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROME--MISSISQUOI (Quebec)". Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Bedford, Quebec
- "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
- "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
- "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census