Bowman, Quebec

Val-des-Bois, Quebec Papineau Regional County Municipality Quebec
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Reservoir l'Escalier
Reservoir l'Escalier
Location within Papineau RCM
Location within Papineau RCM
Bowman is located in Western Quebec
Location in western Quebec
Coordinates: 45°55′N 75°40′W / 45.917°N 75.667°W / 45.917; -75.667Coordinates: 45°55′N 75°40′W / 45.917°N 75.667°W / 45.917; -75.667[1]
ConstitutedJune 27, 1913
 • MayorMichel David
 • Federal ridingArgenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 • Prov. ridingPapineau
 • Total164.40 km2 (63.48 sq mi)
 • Land129.30 km2 (49.92 sq mi)
 • Total658
 • Density5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Decrease 2.8%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Highways Route 307 Edit this at Wikidata

Bowman is a village and municipality in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada. It is located in the Laurentian Hills, 72 kilometres (45 mi) north-east of Gatineau.


The municipality is bordered to the east by the Du Lièvre River and by Whitefish Lake (lac du Poisson Blanc) in the north-west. Its terrain is characterized by several deep lakes (including Reservoir l'Escalier) in a hilly terrain with altitudes between 200 meters (660 ft) and 430 meters (1,410 ft).[4]


Bowman Township was formed in 1861 and named after one of the first inhabitants of this place, Baxter Bowman, who operated a sawmill at Dufferin Chutes in Buckingham and was owner of a large tract of forest in the Outaouais in the late nineteenth century.[1][4]

On 1 January 1885, Bowman was combined with Villeneuve Township to form the United Township Municipality of Bowman-et-Villeneuve. In 1913, the Township Municipality of Bowman was formed when the two townships separated (Villeneuve was renamed to Val-des-Bois in 1958), and in 1954, its statutes were amended again to become the Municipality of Bowman.[1]

Bowman was affected by the 2010 Central Canada earthquake and suffered some damage to a 50 metre wide area of land near a bridge.[5] Traffic on Route 307 was diverted while Transport Canada assessed the damage. There were no fatalities.


Mother tongue:[3]

Local government

List of former mayors:


  1. ^ a b c Reference number 7930 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 80145 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b c "(Code 2480145) Census Profile". 2016 census. Statistics Canada. 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Bowman (canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2010-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.