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Ville de La Prairie
—  City  —
Motto: Victor Hostium et Sui
(Latin for " Master of our Enemies and Oneself ")
Location within Roussillon Regional County Municipality.
Coordinates (170, boulevard Taschereau [1]): 45°25′10″N 73°29′17″W / 45.41944°N 73.48806°W / 45.41944; -73.48806
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Roussillon
Founded March 30, 1846
Incorporated May 07, 1909
Electoral Districts
Federal

Brossard—La Prairie
Provincial La Prairie
Government [1][2][3]
 - Mayor Lucie F. Roussel
 - Federal MP(s) Alexandra Mendès (LIB)
 - Quebec MNA(s) François Rebello (PQ)
Area [4]
 - Land 43.28 km2 (16.7 sq mi)
Population (2006)[4]
 - Total 21,763
 - Density 502.9/km2 (1,302.5/sq mi)
 - Change (2001-06) 15.2%
 - Dwellings 8,758
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code(s) J5R
Area code(s) 450
Access Routes[5]
A-15
A-30

Route 104
Route 132
Route 134
Route 217
Website www.ville.laprairie.qc.ca

La Prairie is an off-island suburb (south shore) of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, Canada at the confluence of the Saint-Jacques River and the Saint Lawrence River in the Regional County Municipality of Roussillon. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census was 21,763.

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History

Houses in Old La Prairie.
Vieux La Prairie.jpg

French Jesuits were the first Europeans to occupy the area, which was named La Prairie de la Magdelaine but was also called François-Xavier-des-Prés. The land was given to the Jesuits by Jacques de La Ferté and the Company of One Hundred Associates in 1647. It is in La Prairie that the story Kateri Tekakwitha took place.

In 1668, the site was named Kentaké, the Iroquois name for "at the prairie". In the beginning of modern Quebec history, the territory of La Prairie would be visited on numerous occasions by Iroquois and English settlers from New York, among others at the time of the Anglo-Iroquois expedition of Pieter Schuyler in 1691, who commanded two battles on August 11, 1691.

In 1845, the village of La Prairie was established. One year later, La Prairie-de-la-Magdelaine was established. In 1909, La Prairie obtained official city status.

Historically, the city has been an important transportation hub. The first railway line in British North America, the Champlain and St. Lawrence Railroad, connected it with Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on July 21, 1836; the railway has 16 miles (26 km). The construction of a rail line between La Prairie and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu would greatly accelerate the commercial development of the village. Sea transport equally played an important role in La Prairie's history.

Geography and climate

Like the rest of southwestern Quebec, La Prairie has hot summers and cold winters, for a generally temperate climate. Winters are cold and sometimes long (snow is usually present from mid-november to mid-april), with temperatures occasionally dipping below -30°C, not counting the windchill. During snowstorms, snowfall frequently surpasses 40 centimeters. In the summer, temperatures sometimes exceed 30°C.

Demographics

Population trend[6]
Census Population Change (%)
2006 21,763 15.2%
2001 18,896 10.3%
1996 17,128 12.4%
1991 15,237 N/A
Mother tongue language (2006)[4]
Language Population Pct (%)
French only 19,010 88.34%
English only 740 3.44%
Both English and French 115 0.53%
Other languages 1,655 7.69%

Transportation

The CIT Le Richelain provides commuter and local bus services.

Education

The town has two secondary schools, l'école secondaire Magdeleine, a public French school and the Collège Jean de la Mennais, a private mixed French school.

See also

References

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Coordinates: 45°25′N 73°30′W / 45.417°N 73.5°W / 45.417; -73.5








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