is a municipality in southwestern Quebec
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in the county of Vaudreuil-Soulanges at the junction of the Ottawa River
The Ottawa River is a river in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. For most of its length, it now defines the border between these two provinces.-Geography:...
(Riviere des Ouatouais) and the Rigaud River
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. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census
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was 6,780. It is the farthest western suburb of Montreal.
The town was named for Pierre François de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal
Pierre François de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal was a Canadian-born French colonial governor in North America...
, the last governor of New France
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Its main attraction is Mont-Rigaud, a small mountain with downhill ski runs (at Ski Mont Rigaud
Ski Mont Rigaud is an alpine ski facility on the slopes of Rigaud Mountain , in the municipality of Rigaud, Quebec. It is in the suburbs of Montreal, near the Ontario border, one of two alpine ski hills that still operate in the suburbs of Montreal, the other being Ski Mont Saint Bruno. The hill is...
), a private school (Collège Bourget
Collège Bourget is a Roman Catholic French-language private school and former classical college in Rigaud, Quebec, Canada operated by the Clerics of Saint Viator. It was founded in 1850, and is named after Ignace Bourget, bishop of Montreal from 1840 until 1876...
), a monastery
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, and a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes). The mountain is also home to an unusual, natural rock garden known as the "champs de patates", so named because of the local legend that it was once a potato field, turned to stone by God because the farmer worked on Sunday. On the opposite side of the mountain is a residential community known as "Mountain Ranches." The middle to upper-middle class community features large, mostly secluded building lots in a wooded setting that draws residents because of its isolated tranquility and privacy. As such, it was the hiding place for fugitive Charlie Wilson, one of the leaders of the notorious 1963 Great train robbery
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This area was also known for its "tree farms" in the 1960s and 1970s, providing a tax shelter for the well off, until the tax laws were later changed to require harvesting of those "tree farms". The "Pitcairn Tree Farm", was one such example.
Also located in Rigaud is a training center for the Canada Border Services Agency
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The communities of Dragon and Rigaud are found within the municipality.
Rigaud was a commuter rail station, formerly served by the AMT Dorion-Rigaud Line in Rigaud, Quebec, Canada. It was previously served by only one round trip train per day.-Discontinuation of service to Rigaud:...
station was the former terminus of the AMT
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commuter train to downtown Montreal.
On July 1, 2010, service to Rigaud was be discontinued, as the town was unable to pay the $300,000 annual fee to the AMT to allow service to continue to the town. After that date, the rail line ends at Hudson
Hudson is a commuter rail station on the AMT Vaudreuil–Hudson Line in Hudson, Quebec, Canada. It is served by only one round trip train per day....