is a municipality in the Canadian
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province of Quebec
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, located in the Témiscamingue Regional County Municipality
Témiscamingue is a county regional municipality in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of western Quebec, Canada. The county seat is Ville-Marie....
. It is located at the northern end of Lake Timiskaming
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where the Ottawa River
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enters into this lake.
Notre-Dame-du-Nord is best known as the home of an annual truck rodeo held over the August Civic Holiday
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of each year, which brings over 650 trucks and 60,000 spectators to the town each year. Local attractions also include the Lake Timiskaming Fossil Centre, a museum and research institution dedicated to the fossil
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s of the Témiscamingue region, and the Heath Racing motocross track.
The municipality is located along Route 101
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. A local street, rue Ontario
, extends westward from Route 101 to the Quebec-Ontario
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border, where it becomes Ontario Highway 65. In Ontario, the highway passes through the townships of Casey
Casey is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located within the Timiskaming District.The township had a population of 385 in the Canada 2006 Census...
Harris is a township in the Timiskaming District in the Canadian province of Ontario.Harris is located directly east of the city of Temiskaming Shores on the northern shore of Lake Timiskaming. The township had a population of 512 in the Canada 2006 Census...
en route to the city of Temiskaming Shores.
The area had been known by a variety of names: Tête-du-Lac ("Head-of-the-Lake" in reference to its position at the head of Lake Timiskaming), Pointe à Polson in 1858 (after a native American family living there at the time), Murray City in 1862 (in honour of Thomas Murray
Thomas Murray was a businessman and political figure in the Ottawa Valley. He represented Renfrew North in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1870 to 1871, from 1879 to 1882 and from 1883 to 1890 and Pontiac in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member in 1891 and 1892 and from 1900...
of Pembroke whose company was logging there), and North Temiscaming at the end of 19th century.
In 1895, the mission located on the north bank of the Rapids des Quinze became a parish under the name of Notre-Dame-du-Nord. In 1919, the place was incorporated as the Township Municipality of Nedelec-Partie-Sud. It was partially destroyed in the Great Fire of 1922
The Great Fire of 1922 was a wildfire burning through the Lesser Clay Belt in the Timiskaming District, Ontario, Canada, from October 4 to 5, 1922. It has been called one of the ten worst natural disasters in Canadian history....
. In 1928, it was renamed after the parish.
In 1951, the Municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Quinze, which had developed concurrently on the other side of the rapids, was merged into Notre-Dame-du-Nord.
- Population in 2006: 1116 (2001 to 2006 population change: -0.7 %)
- Population in 2001: 1109 (or 1124 when adjusted to 2006 boundary)
- Population in 1996: 1250
- Population in 1991: 1245
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 500 (total dwellings: 546)
- English as first language: 14.7 %
- French as first language: 81.1 %
- English and French as first language: 0.9 %
- Other as first language: 3.2 %