Denholm, Quebec

La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Regional County Municipality Canada Gatineau
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Denholm is located in Western Quebec
Location in western Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°49′N 75°45′W / 45.817°N 75.750°W / 45.817; -75.750Coordinates: 45°49′N 75°45′W / 45.817°N 75.750°W / 45.817; -75.750[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RCMLa Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
ConstitutedFebruary 27, 1924
 • MayorGaétan Guindon
 • Federal ridingPontiac
 • Prov. ridingGatineau
 • Total199.50 km2 (77.03 sq mi)
 • Land181.53 km2 (70.09 sq mi)
 • Total572
 • Density3.2/km2 (8/sq mi)
 • Pop (2006–11)
Decrease 5.3%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Temporary Municipal offices in Fire Hall

Denholm is a municipality in La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada, 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Gatineau. Its territory is along the eastern shores of Lake Sainte Marie, part of the Gatineau River.

Denholm is a popular location for cottage vacationing and noted for its outdoor sport and recreation opportunities, such as fishing and hunting. There are several businesses and summer camps catering to these activities.


Denholm's territory is characterized as a harmonious alternation between gently rolling hills (part of the Gatineau Hills) and numerous glacial lakes,[4] such as Cardinal, Normandeau, Plomb, Priest, Rond, and Sam Lakes. Its highest point is located in the western portion near the Gatineau River, reaching 472 meters (1,549 ft).[5]

Lac McArthur is in Denholm at 45°50′41″N 75°51′31″W / 45.8447222°N 75.8586111°W / 45.8447222; -75.8586111,[6] at an elevation of 333 metres (1,093 ft). It is near to the Réserve écologique André-Michaux.[7] Lac McArthur is downstream from Lac du Chevreuil to the east, and drains into Lac Holme to the north. The Lac du Plomb road runs along its east shore.[6]


Permanent settlement of the area began between 1851 and 1861. The boundaries of this township were shown on a map of 1863 by Étienne-Eugène Taché. The Denholm Township was proclaimed in 1869, taking its name from a Scottish village located north-east of Hawick in Roxburghshire.[5]

The Township Municipality of Denholm was formed in 1924 and its post office was established in 1951.[8]

During the second decade of the 20th century, Denholm's development was boosted due to the presence of asbestos, serpentine, and calcite mines. Although mining activity no longer exists today, the largest sheet of mica ever mined in the world came from one of these mines.[4]

On October 11, 2003, the Township Municipality of Denholm changed its statutes and became the Municipality of Denholm.[8]

On May 23, 2010 the City Hall was destroyed by fire. Most records were salvaged and the municipal offices were temporarily moved next door to the Volunteer Fire Hall. The municipal employees proposed that they remain in the Fire Hall despite the cramped conditions in order to save money until the new City Hall is rebuilt and use the savings to renovate the Volunteer Fire Hall which had been neglected over the years.

By spring 2016, the replacement City Hall had been constructed at 419 Chemin du Poisson Blanc, coordinates 45.816667 deg North, -75.75 deg West. There is a large parking lot convenient to the doors, and it is often used as a rally point for visitors and tourists before heading north on Chemin de Poisson Blanc.


Population trend:[9]

Private dwellings (occupied by usual residents): 247



Denholm is part of the Pontiac federal electoral district and represented by Will Amos, Liberal Party of Canada.

Provincially, it is part of Gatineau electoral district and represented by Robert Bussière, member of the Coalition Avenir Québec.


  1. ^ Reference number 379122 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 83005 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2483005) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Denholm" (in French). MRC de La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
  5. ^ a b "Denholm (canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
  6. ^ a b Lac McArthur, Natural Resources Canada, retrieved 2018-06-16
  7. ^ "Lac McArthur", Mapcarta, retrieved 2016-06-06
  8. ^ a b "Denholm (Municipalité de canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
  9. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census