Centre-du-Québec

Centre-du-Québec
Region

Map of Centre-du-Québec in relation to Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°17′N 72°04′W / 46.283°N 72.067°W / 46.283; -72.067Coordinates: 46°17′N 72°04′W / 46.283°N 72.067°W / 46.283; -72.067
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Government
  Regional conference of elected officers Lionel Fréchette (President)
Area
  Total 6,928.78 km2 (2,675.22 sq mi)
Population (2006)
  Total 224,200
  Density 32.4/km2 (84/sq mi)
Website www.centreduquebec.gouv.qc.ca

Centre-du-Québec (French pronunciation: [sɑ̃tʁ dy kebɛk], Central Quebec) is a region of Quebec, Canada. The main centres are Drummondville, Victoriaville, and Bécancour. It has a land area of 6,928.78 km² (2,675.22 sq mi) and a 2006 census population of 224,200 inhabitants.

Description

The Centre-du-Québec region was established as an independent administrative region of Quebec on July 30, 1997 (in effect August 20 upon publication in the Gazette officielle du Québec); prior to this date, it formed the southern portion of the Mauricie–Bois-Francs region (the northern part of which is now known simply as Mauricie).[1]

Contrary to its name, Centre-du-Québec is not located in the centre of Quebec, but in the south. Some consider the name Bois-Francs to be synonymous with the Centre-du-Québec region; others see it as being synonymous with Arthabaska Regional County Municipality, with its main city Victoriaville earning the title Capitale des Bois-Francs (capital of the Bois-Francs).

The Centre-du-Québec is a primarily agricultural region known as the breadbasket of Quebec; major products include livestock and poultry, dairy products, as well as food crops such as cereals, vegetables, and fruits such as apples and cranberries. Forestry is also a major industry; the name "Bois-Francs" refers to the French term for hardwood, referring to the high density of hardwood forests in the area. Other major industries of the area include transportation, recycling, woodworking and cabinetmaking.

The Centre-du-Québec region derives great benefit from its central location; major centres such as Montreal and Quebec City are within an hour and a half's drive, while secondary centres such as Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières are close at hand.

Subdivision

Regional County Municipalities

Regional County Municipality (RCM) Population
Canada 2011 Census[2]
Land Area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of RCM
Arthabaska 69,237 1,889.80 km2 (729.66 sq mi) 36.6 Victoriaville
Bécancour 20,081 1,144.67 km2 (441.96 sq mi) 17.5 Bécancour
Drummond 98,681 1,600.62 km2 (618.00 sq mi) 61.7 Drummondville
L'Érable 23,366 1,286.81 km2 (496.84 sq mi) 18.2 Plessisville
Nicolet-Yamaska 22,798 1,007.83 km2 (389.13 sq mi) 22.6 Nicolet

Native Reserves

The Centre-du-Québec region is home to several thousand members of the Wabanaki Nation. They are scattered throughout the region, with two major population centres:

Major communities

Highways

Main highways in the region include:

See also

References

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