Quebec Route 122 through Drummondville

Coat of arms

Location within Drummond RCM.
Location in Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°53′N 72°29′W / 45.883°N 72.483°W / 45.883; -72.483Coordinates: 45°53′N 72°29′W / 45.883°N 72.483°W / 45.883; -72.483[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Centre-du-Québec
RCM Drummond
Constituted July 7, 2004
  Type Drummondville City Council
  Mayor Alexandre Cusson
  Federal riding Drummond
  Prov. riding Drummond–Bois-Francs
and Johnson
  City 260.10 km2 (100.43 sq mi)
  Land 246.85 km2 (95.31 sq mi)
  Metro[5] 803.81 km2 (310.35 sq mi)
Elevation 365 m (1,198 ft)
Population (2018)[4]
  City 77,235
  Metro[5] 96,118
  Metro density 94.5/km2 (245/sq mi)
  Pop 20011-2016 5.0%
  Dwellings 33,812
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J2A-J2E
Area code(s) 819
A-20 (TCH)

Route 122
Route 139
Route 143
Website www.ville.

Drummondville is a city in the Centre-du-Québec region of Quebec, located east of Montreal on the Saint-François River. The population as of the Canada 2016 Census was 68,601.[6] The mayor of Drummondville is Alexandre Cusson.

Drummondville is the seat of Drummond Regional County Municipality, and of the judicial district of Drummond.[7]


Drummondville was founded in June 1815 by Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Heriot. The purpose of the town was to provide a home for British soldiers in the War of 1812, and to guard the Saint-François River against American attacks. The town was named after Sir Gordon Drummond, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada between 1813 and 1816.

The construction of the Hemmings Falls hydro-electric dam in 1920 brought a new wave of industrial growth to the Drummondville area. Several outlying municipalities have been amalgamated into Drummondville since the 1950s:

  • 1955: Saint-Joseph de Grantham, Saint-Jean-Baptiste
  • 1966: Drummondville-Ouest
  • 1982: Drummondville-Sud
  • 1993: Grantham
  • 2004: Saint-Nicéphore, Saint-Charles-de-Drummond, Saint-Joachim-de-Courval[8]


Population trend:[9][N 1]
Census Population Change (%)
2016 75,423 5.0%
2011 71,852 6.6%
2006 67,392 6.9%
Merger 63,029 26.1%
2001 46,599 3.8%
1996 44,882 4.0%
1991 43,171 N/A
Mother tongue language (2011)[10]
Language Population Pct (%)
French only 67,930 96%
English only 780 1.1%
Both English and French 290 0.4%
Other languages 1745 2.4%

Attractions and culture

Drummondville markets itself as Quebec's Capital of Expression and Traditions, with attractions focusing on culture, both past and present. The main attractions are the Village Québécois d'Antan.

Since 2008 Drummondville hosts Festival de la Poutine, towards the end of August; during three days people are invited to attend concerts there, and to savour several kinds of poutine, a Canadian dish of provincial origin.[11]



Drummondville is home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Drummondville Voltigeurs, founded in 1982. The team plays its home games at Centre Marcel Dionne. Drummondville also has another arena, Olympia Yvan-Cournoyer.

Drummondville and Victoriaville co-hosted the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

Prior to the Voltigeurs, Drummondville was home to the Drummondville Rangers of the QMJHL from 1969 to 1974.

Drummondville also was host to several baseball teams in the Quebec Provincial League in the 1940s and 1950s. The Drummondville Tigers in 1940, the Drummondville Cubs from 1948-1952, the Drummondville Royals in 1953 and the Drummondville A's in 1954.

The Autodrome Drummond, holds various automotive races throughout the summer season.

La Courvalloise is used for tubing, skiing and snowboarding.


Drummondville is home to the Promenades Drummondville regional shopping mall which has 109 stores.[13]

MicroBird by Girardin, has its headquarters in Drummondville.[14]



Drummondville is served by Autoroutes 20 and 55.

Local transit

Intra-city transit has been assured since 1987 by the Drummondville Transit, which currently operates city bus services on six routes headquartered at the main bus terminal at Des Forges and Lindsay Streets. Service runs at half-hour intervals Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays[15]

Intercity buses

Intercity highway coach service is provided by Orléans Express and Groupe La Québécoise.[16] Major destinations include the nearby cities of Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Victoriaville, Saint-Hyacinthe, and Thetford Mines.

Intercity rail

Passenger train service towards Montreal and Quebec City is provided by Via Rail. Drummondville is part of the high-traffic Quebec City–Windsor Corridor, and trains run at a rate of about five per day in either direction from the Drummondville railway station.


General aviation services are available at the Drummondville Airport and the Drummondville Water Aerodrome.


Drummondville is home to the Cégep de Drummondville, a public French-language CEGEP.

Notable people

Sister cities


See also


  1. (+) Amalgamation of the Cities of Drummondville, Saint-Nicéphore, the Municipality of Saint-Charles-de-Drummond and the Parish of Saint-Joachim-de-Courval on July 7, 2004.


  1. Reference number 287380 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. 1 2 "Drummondville — Répertoire des municipalités — MAMROT". Mamrot.gouv.qc.ca. 2004-07-07. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  3. "History of Federal Ridings since 1867". .parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  4. 1 2 "Census Profile — Census subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  5. 1 2 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Drummondville (Census agglomeration), Quebec The census agglomeration consists of Drummondville, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil (village), Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil (parish), Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Saint-Lucien, Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham, Wickham. In the 2006 census, the census agglomeration had not included the village or parish municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, nor Wickham.
  6. http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=POPC&Code1=0240&Geo2=PR&Code2=24&Data=Count&SearchText=Drummondville&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All
  7. "Territorial Division Act". .publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  8. "Modifications aux municipalités du Québec. juillet 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  9. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  10. "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada — Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  11. http://news.nationalpost.com/life/food-drink/many-lay-claim-to-inventing-poutine-but-who-was-the-first-to-combine-fries-curds-and-gravy-on-a-menu
  12. "Drummondville". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  13. "Promenades Drummondville". The Westcliff Group of Companies. 2007. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  14. "HISTORY". Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  15. "{title}". Archived from the original on 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  16. https://www.orleansexpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Horaire-MTL-DRUMM-VICTO-18.06.17.pdf
  17. http://www.drummondville.ca/mairie-et-vie-municipale/conseil-municipal/jumelages-et-relations-internationales/jumelages-internationaux/

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