Val-des-Bois, Quebec

Papineau Regional County Municipality Bowman, Quebec Montpellier, Quebec
Municipal office
Municipal office
Location within Papineau RCM
Location within Papineau RCM
Val-des-Bois is located in Western Quebec
Location in western Quebec
Coordinates: 45°55′N 75°36′W / 45.917°N 75.600°W / 45.917; -75.600Coordinates: 45°55′N 75°36′W / 45.917°N 75.600°W / 45.917; -75.600[1]
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 1885
 • MayorRoland Montpetit
 • Federal ridingArgenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 • Prov. ridingPapineau
 • Total245.60 km2 (94.83 sq mi)
 • Land225.42 km2 (87.04 sq mi)
 • Total865
 • Density3.8/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Decrease 7.8%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Highways Route 309 Edit this at Wikidata

Val-des-Bois is a town and municipality in the Papineau Regional County Municipality in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada. The town is located on the eastern shores of the Du Lièvre River, 47 kilometers (29 mi) north of Buckingham.

The main local economic activity depends on cottage tourism.[4] The eastern half of the municipality is part of the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve.


As part of the Laurentian Highlands, its territory is dotted with lakes such Écho, de l'Argile, de l'Aqueduc, Vert, and Delphis. Echo Lake lies at an altitude of 243 meters (797 ft), while the surrounding relief rises to 472 meters (1,549 ft) above sea level.[5]


In 1873, the Township of Villeneuve was formed and named after Léonard-Vincent-Léon Villeneuve (1808-1873), member of Society of Saint-Sulpice, professor at the Petit Séminaire de Montréal (1838-1846), and pastor of Oka from 1871 to 1873.[4]

In 1878, the local post office was named "Val-des-Bois". In 1883, the parish of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde was formed, and two years later, the United Township Municipality of Bowman-et-Villeneuve was established. In 1913, the townships separated, forming the Township Municipality of Bowman and the Township Municipality of Villeneuve.[4] In 1929, James Maclaren began construction on a dam at the High Falls of the Lièvre River, displacing 156 families because of the rising waters. The majority of them where German settlers, the average amount the families received from the MacLaren Co. were, depending on the acreage, between $1000.-- to $2000 each.[6]

In 1958, Villeneuve was renamed to Val-des-Bois (French for "Valley of the Woods"), in reference to the beautiful forest which decorated the banks of the Lièvre River.[4]

On 23 June 2010 a 5.0 earthquake struck the region, with its epicentre 8 km from Val-des-Bois, which was the closest settlement.[7]


Mother tongue:[3]

Local government

List of former mayors:


  1. ^ Reference number 64777 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 80140 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b c "(Code 2480140) Census Profile". 2016 census. Statistics Canada. 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Val-des-Bois (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  5. ^ "Villeneuve (Canton)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  6. ^ "Tracing their footsteps" by research-author Anne Schnurr
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  8. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  10. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.