Waterloo, Quebec

Shefford, Quebec La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality Canada 2016 Census
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Location within La Haute-Yamaska RCM
Location within La Haute-Yamaska RCM
Waterloo is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec
Coordinates: 45°21′N 72°31′W / 45.350°N 72.517°W / 45.350; -72.517Coordinates: 45°21′N 72°31′W / 45.350°N 72.517°W / 45.350; -72.517[1]
RCMLa Haute-Yamaska
EstablishedJanuary 01, 1867
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 1867
 • MayorJean-Marie Lachapelle
 • Federal ridingShefford
 • Prov. ridingBrome-Missisquoi
 • Total13.30 km2 (5.14 sq mi)
 • Land12.24 km2 (4.73 sq mi)
 • Total4,410
 • Density360.2/km2 (933/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Increase 1.8%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579

Route 112
Route 241
Route 243
Websitewww.ville.waterloo.qc.ca Edit this at Wikidata

Waterloo (2016 population 4,410[4]) is a city in Quebec, included in La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality, in the administrative area of Montérégie. Completely encircled by the township of Shefford, this residential city is located within the Eastern Townships, about ninety kilometers east of Montreal.


Waterloo circa 1864

The town was first settled in 1793 by Ezekiel Lewis, an English Loyalist supporter who was originally from Marlborough, New Hampshire. He named his location Lewis Falls and after 9 years, Captain Lewis sold his lot and moved a short distance away. The land was purchased by William Lamoure, a merchant from St-Armand who then sold it to Lazare Letourneau who in turn sold it to Hezekiah Robinson in 1822. Robinson immediately renamed Lewis Falls to Waterloo after the famous battle in which Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated. The name Waterloo was suggested by his father-in-law, Judge Knowlton. Hezekiah Robinson built "The Old Stone Store" in 1829 at the corner of Main Street and Ellis.He donated the land for the first Church of England built in 1843 and his widow donated Robinson Park in 1868 plus the land for the French school. In 1843, Waterloo became the county seat replacing Frost Village.

In 1861, Asa Belnap Foster, a prominent Canadian railway builder and politician, brought the railroad to Waterloo which helped expand the village to a thriving town. Its population increased from 200 in 1857 to 1500 in 1867. Foster developed the south end of the town where the railway station was located and connected the old village to it by constructing Foster Street, at his own expense, which still exists today as Waterloo's main street. A. B Foster also donated the land for all the churches in town plus the local high school. Additionally, Foster also rebuilt Lewis Bridge at his own expense when the bridge fell into disrepair. In 1864 Colonel Foster built Maplewood, a beautiful estate on Clark Hill. When Waterloo was incorporated in 1867, A.B. Foster was elected its first mayor.

Postcard of Waterloo
Postcard of Waterloo, between circa 1903 and 1931

Waterloo has been the home of a number of noteworthy persons including A.B. Foster - a former member of Parliament, Canadian Senator, colonel of the militia and railway baron known as "Canada's Railway King". Also, John R. Booth was born in Waterloo in 1827 and after moving to Ottawa became one of the wealthiest men in Canada and was known as "The Lumber King Of Canada". Lucius Huntington, a Waterloo resident and local member of Parliament revealed in a speech in Parliament the details of what was to become "the Pacific Scandal" which lead to the election defeat of Sir John A. Macdonald. (the Conservative Party believed A. B. Foster was his source).

Waterloo became the summer residence of Montreal industrialist James Davidson in the 1880s. Davidson was the son of Scottish immigrant Thomas Davidson, who founded The Thos. Davidson Manufacturing Company, Ltd., a producer of enameled tinware with offices throughout Canada and around the world. Davidson established "Ayrmont Farm" on the western side of the town. The main house, "Orford View," still stands on Mountain Street. The guest bungalow across the road and surrounding property are still in the hands of the family.

Today, the town is the only Waterloo in the world outside Europe that is predominantly French-speaking; the remainder are all located in English-speaking regions.



Population trend:[5]

Census Population Change (%)
2016 4410 Increase 1.8%
2011 4,330 Increase 6.8%
2006 4,054 Increase 1.5%
2001 3,993 Decrease 1.2%
1996 4,040 Increase 1.3%
1991 3,989 N/A


Mother tongue language[6]

Language Population 2006 Pct (%) 2006 Population 2016 Pct (%) 2016
French only 3,095 79.05% 3,535 83.18% Increase
English only 710 18.14% 600 14.12% Decrease
Both English and French 60 1.53% 75 1.76% Increase
Other languages 50 1.28% 35 0.82% Decrease

Twin Cities

Waterloo, Quebec, was bound in 1957 with the town of Waterloo in Belgium. To commemorate this union each of the two Waterloos have in them a statue representing a little boy and a small girl sheltering under a mushroom.

See also