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Varennes is an off-island suburb of Montreal
Montreal
Montreal is a city in Canada. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America...

, in southwestern Quebec
Quebec
Quebec or is a province in east-central Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level....

, Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 on the Saint Lawrence River
Saint Lawrence River
The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin...

 in the Regional County Municipality of Lajemmerais
Lajemmerais Regional County Municipality, Quebec
Marguerite-d'Youville is a regional county municipality located in the Montérégie region of southwestern Quebec, Canada. The seat is in Verchères....

. The city is approximately 15 miles from Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal is the central business district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is nearly enitirely located at the southern most slope of Mount Royal and is approximately bounded by Sherbrooke Street to the north, Papineau Avenue to the east, Guy Street or until Shaughnessy Village to the west,...

. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census
Canada 2006 Census
The Canada 2006 Census was a detailed enumeration of the Canadian population. Census day was May 16, 2006. The next census following will be the 2011 Census. Canada's total population enumerated by the 2006 census was 31,612,897...

 was 20,950. In 2010, the population is listed at 21,174.

History


The history of Varennes starts with the arrival of the Régiment de Carignan-Salières in New France
New France
New France was the area colonized by France in North America during a period beginning with the exploration of the Saint Lawrence River by Jacques Cartier in 1534 and ending with the cession of New France to Spain and Great Britain in 1763...

. René Gaultier,sieur de Varennes, was given three concessions by intendant Jean Talon
Jean Talon
Jean Talon, Comte d'Orsainville was a French colonial administrator who was the first and most highly regarded Intendant of New France under King Louis XIV...

 in 1672, le Tremblay, la Gabelle and Varennes. Jaques-René, one of his sons, was the second seigneur
Seigneurial system of New France
The seigneurial system of New France was the semi-feudal system of land distribution used in the North American colonies of New France.-Introduction to New France:...

 of Varennes. Five seignories later composed the Varennes parish. They were the seignories du Cap de Varennes, de l'île Sainte Thérese, de Grand Maison, du Cap de la trinité and du Cap Saint-Michel. The town was captured by the British during the Seven Years war
Seven Years' War
The Seven Years' War was a global military war between 1756 and 1763, involving most of the great powers of the time and affecting Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines...

. It was part of Quebec then of Lower Canada
Lower Canada
The Province of Lower Canada was a British colony on the lower Saint Lawrence River and the shores of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence...

 before it returned to be part of Quebec again.

Varennes gained the status of city in 1972.

Population


Population trend
Census Population Change (%)
2006 20,950 6.6%
2001 19,653 4.3%
1996 18,842 27.7%
1991 14,758 N/A

Language


Mother tongue language (2006)
Language Population Pct (%)
French only 20,010 96.34%
English only 305 1.47%
Both English and French 45 0.22%
Other languages 410 1.97%

Prominent citizens

  • Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
    Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
    Saint Marguerite d'Youville was a French Canadian widow who founded the religious order the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal, commonly known as the Grey Nuns of Montreal...

  • Marc-Amable Girard
    Marc-Amable Girard
    Marc-Amable Girard was the second Premier of the Western Canadian province of Manitoba, and the first Franco-Manitoban to hold that post. The Canadian Parliamentary Guide lists Girard as having been Premier from 1871 to 1872, but he did not have this title at the time and was not the government...

  • Théodore Robitaille
    Théodore Robitaille
    Théodore Robitaille, PC was a Canadian physician, politician, and the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Quebec....

  • Félix Geoffrion
    Félix Geoffrion
    Félix Geoffrion, PC was a Canadian notary and politician.Born in Varennes, Lower Canada, the son of Félix Geoffrion and Catherine Brodeur, he was trained and practiced as a notary. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1863...

  • Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion
    Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion
    Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion, PC was a Canadian lawyer, professor, and politician.Born in Varennes, Canada East, the son of Félix Geoffrion and Catherine Brodeur, he was the brother of Félix Geoffrion, a notary and politician. He graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from McGill College...

  • Louis-Adélard Sénécal
    Louis-Adélard Senécal
    Louis-Adélard Senécal was a Quebec businessman and political figure. He was a Conservative member in the 1st Canadian Parliament representing Drummond—Arthabaska, represented Yamaska in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1867 to 1871 and was a member of the Senate of Canada for Mille Isles...

  • Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave
    Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave
    Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave was a soldier, businessman and political figure in Lower Canada. He was sometimes referred to as the Chevalier de Rocheblave....

  • Marie-Mai
    Marie-Mai
    Marie-Mai Bouchard also known as her stage name Marie-Mai, is a French Canadian singer from Quebec...

  • Louis Massue
    Louis Massue
    Louis Massue was a businessman and political figure in Canada East.He was born Louis-Joseph Massue in Varennes in 1786, the son of the co-seigneur of Varennes. He became a prosperous merchant in the import and dry goods trade at Quebec City. In 1818, he was named to the board of governors for the...

  • Mario Jean
    Mario Jean
    Mario Jean , is a stand up comedian and movie and television actor from Quebec, Canada.He is currently the star of a series based on his life, La Vie Rêvée de Mario Jean . It airs on Télévision de Radio-Canada, the French division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation...

  • Alain Dumas
  • Sylvain Grenier
    Sylvain Grenier
    Sylvain Grenier is a Canadian professional wrestler, who is best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment in the La Résistance tag team. He is currently a French language announcer for TNA Impact! on RDS....


External links


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{{Expand French|Varennes (Québec)|date=February 2009}}
Varennes is an off-island suburb of Montreal
Montreal
Montreal is a city in Canada. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America...

, in southwestern Quebec
Quebec
Quebec or is a province in east-central Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level....

, Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 on the Saint Lawrence River
Saint Lawrence River
The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin...

 in the Regional County Municipality of Lajemmerais
Lajemmerais Regional County Municipality, Quebec
Marguerite-d'Youville is a regional county municipality located in the Montérégie region of southwestern Quebec, Canada. The seat is in Verchères....

. The city is approximately 15 miles from Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal is the central business district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is nearly enitirely located at the southern most slope of Mount Royal and is approximately bounded by Sherbrooke Street to the north, Papineau Avenue to the east, Guy Street or until Shaughnessy Village to the west,...

. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census
Canada 2006 Census
The Canada 2006 Census was a detailed enumeration of the Canadian population. Census day was May 16, 2006. The next census following will be the 2011 Census. Canada's total population enumerated by the 2006 census was 31,612,897...

 was 20,950. In 2010, the population is listed at 21,174.

History


The history of Varennes starts with the arrival of the Régiment de Carignan-Salières in New France
New France
New France was the area colonized by France in North America during a period beginning with the exploration of the Saint Lawrence River by Jacques Cartier in 1534 and ending with the cession of New France to Spain and Great Britain in 1763...

. René Gaultier,sieur de Varennes, was given three concessions by intendant Jean Talon
Jean Talon
Jean Talon, Comte d'Orsainville was a French colonial administrator who was the first and most highly regarded Intendant of New France under King Louis XIV...

 in 1672, le Tremblay, la Gabelle and Varennes. Jaques-René, one of his sons, was the second seigneur
Seigneurial system of New France
The seigneurial system of New France was the semi-feudal system of land distribution used in the North American colonies of New France.-Introduction to New France:...

 of Varennes. Five seignories later composed the Varennes parish. They were the seignories du Cap de Varennes, de l'île Sainte Thérese, de Grand Maison, du Cap de la trinité and du Cap Saint-Michel. The town was captured by the British during the Seven Years war
Seven Years' War
The Seven Years' War was a global military war between 1756 and 1763, involving most of the great powers of the time and affecting Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines...

. It was part of Quebec then of Lower Canada
Lower Canada
The Province of Lower Canada was a British colony on the lower Saint Lawrence River and the shores of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence...

 before it returned to be part of Quebec again.

Varennes gained the status of city in 1972.

Population


Population trend
Census Population Change (%)
2006 20,950 {{profit}}6.6%
2001 19,653 {{profit}}4.3%
1996 18,842 {{profit}}27.7%
1991 14,758 N/A

Language


Mother tongue language (2006)
Language Population Pct (%)
French only 20,010 96.34%
English only 305 1.47%
Both English and French 45 0.22%
Other languages 410 1.97%

Prominent citizens

  • Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
    Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
    Saint Marguerite d'Youville was a French Canadian widow who founded the religious order the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal, commonly known as the Grey Nuns of Montreal...

  • Marc-Amable Girard
    Marc-Amable Girard
    Marc-Amable Girard was the second Premier of the Western Canadian province of Manitoba, and the first Franco-Manitoban to hold that post. The Canadian Parliamentary Guide lists Girard as having been Premier from 1871 to 1872, but he did not have this title at the time and was not the government...

  • Théodore Robitaille
    Théodore Robitaille
    Théodore Robitaille, PC was a Canadian physician, politician, and the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Quebec....

  • Félix Geoffrion
    Félix Geoffrion
    Félix Geoffrion, PC was a Canadian notary and politician.Born in Varennes, Lower Canada, the son of Félix Geoffrion and Catherine Brodeur, he was trained and practiced as a notary. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1863...

  • Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion
    Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion
    Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion, PC was a Canadian lawyer, professor, and politician.Born in Varennes, Canada East, the son of Félix Geoffrion and Catherine Brodeur, he was the brother of Félix Geoffrion, a notary and politician. He graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from McGill College...

  • Louis-Adélard Sénécal
    Louis-Adélard Senécal
    Louis-Adélard Senécal was a Quebec businessman and political figure. He was a Conservative member in the 1st Canadian Parliament representing Drummond—Arthabaska, represented Yamaska in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1867 to 1871 and was a member of the Senate of Canada for Mille Isles...

  • Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave
    Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave
    Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave was a soldier, businessman and political figure in Lower Canada. He was sometimes referred to as the Chevalier de Rocheblave....

  • Marie-Mai
    Marie-Mai
    Marie-Mai Bouchard also known as her stage name Marie-Mai, is a French Canadian singer from Quebec...

  • Louis Massue
    Louis Massue
    Louis Massue was a businessman and political figure in Canada East.He was born Louis-Joseph Massue in Varennes in 1786, the son of the co-seigneur of Varennes. He became a prosperous merchant in the import and dry goods trade at Quebec City. In 1818, he was named to the board of governors for the...

  • Mario Jean
    Mario Jean
    Mario Jean , is a stand up comedian and movie and television actor from Quebec, Canada.He is currently the star of a series based on his life, La Vie Rêvée de Mario Jean . It airs on Télévision de Radio-Canada, the French division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation...

  • Alain Dumas
  • Sylvain Grenier
    Sylvain Grenier
    Sylvain Grenier is a Canadian professional wrestler, who is best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment in the La Résistance tag team. He is currently a French language announcer for TNA Impact! on RDS....


External links


Photos



{{Expand French|Varennes (Québec)|date=February 2009}}
Varennes is an off-island suburb of Montreal
Montreal
Montreal is a city in Canada. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America...

, in southwestern Quebec
Quebec
Quebec or is a province in east-central Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level....

, Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 on the Saint Lawrence River
Saint Lawrence River
The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin...

 in the Regional County Municipality of Lajemmerais
Lajemmerais Regional County Municipality, Quebec
Marguerite-d'Youville is a regional county municipality located in the Montérégie region of southwestern Quebec, Canada. The seat is in Verchères....

. The city is approximately 15 miles from Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal is the central business district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is nearly enitirely located at the southern most slope of Mount Royal and is approximately bounded by Sherbrooke Street to the north, Papineau Avenue to the east, Guy Street or until Shaughnessy Village to the west,...

. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census
Canada 2006 Census
The Canada 2006 Census was a detailed enumeration of the Canadian population. Census day was May 16, 2006. The next census following will be the 2011 Census. Canada's total population enumerated by the 2006 census was 31,612,897...

 was 20,950. In 2010, the population is listed at 21,174.

History


The history of Varennes starts with the arrival of the Régiment de Carignan-Salières in New France
New France
New France was the area colonized by France in North America during a period beginning with the exploration of the Saint Lawrence River by Jacques Cartier in 1534 and ending with the cession of New France to Spain and Great Britain in 1763...

. René Gaultier,sieur de Varennes, was given three concessions by intendant Jean Talon
Jean Talon
Jean Talon, Comte d'Orsainville was a French colonial administrator who was the first and most highly regarded Intendant of New France under King Louis XIV...

 in 1672, le Tremblay, la Gabelle and Varennes. Jaques-René, one of his sons, was the second seigneur
Seigneurial system of New France
The seigneurial system of New France was the semi-feudal system of land distribution used in the North American colonies of New France.-Introduction to New France:...

 of Varennes. Five seignories later composed the Varennes parish. They were the seignories du Cap de Varennes, de l'île Sainte Thérese, de Grand Maison, du Cap de la trinité and du Cap Saint-Michel. The town was captured by the British during the Seven Years war
Seven Years' War
The Seven Years' War was a global military war between 1756 and 1763, involving most of the great powers of the time and affecting Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines...

. It was part of Quebec then of Lower Canada
Lower Canada
The Province of Lower Canada was a British colony on the lower Saint Lawrence River and the shores of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence...

 before it returned to be part of Quebec again.

Varennes gained the status of city in 1972.

Population


Population trend
Census Population Change (%)
2006 20,950 {{profit}}6.6%
2001 19,653 {{profit}}4.3%
1996 18,842 {{profit}}27.7%
1991 14,758 N/A

Language


Mother tongue language (2006)
Language Population Pct (%)
French only 20,010 96.34%
English only 305 1.47%
Both English and French 45 0.22%
Other languages 410 1.97%

Prominent citizens

  • Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
    Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
    Saint Marguerite d'Youville was a French Canadian widow who founded the religious order the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal, commonly known as the Grey Nuns of Montreal...

  • Marc-Amable Girard
    Marc-Amable Girard
    Marc-Amable Girard was the second Premier of the Western Canadian province of Manitoba, and the first Franco-Manitoban to hold that post. The Canadian Parliamentary Guide lists Girard as having been Premier from 1871 to 1872, but he did not have this title at the time and was not the government...

  • Théodore Robitaille
    Théodore Robitaille
    Théodore Robitaille, PC was a Canadian physician, politician, and the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Quebec....

  • Félix Geoffrion
    Félix Geoffrion
    Félix Geoffrion, PC was a Canadian notary and politician.Born in Varennes, Lower Canada, the son of Félix Geoffrion and Catherine Brodeur, he was trained and practiced as a notary. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1863...

  • Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion
    Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion
    Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion, PC was a Canadian lawyer, professor, and politician.Born in Varennes, Canada East, the son of Félix Geoffrion and Catherine Brodeur, he was the brother of Félix Geoffrion, a notary and politician. He graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from McGill College...

  • Louis-Adélard Sénécal
    Louis-Adélard Senécal
    Louis-Adélard Senécal was a Quebec businessman and political figure. He was a Conservative member in the 1st Canadian Parliament representing Drummond—Arthabaska, represented Yamaska in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1867 to 1871 and was a member of the Senate of Canada for Mille Isles...

  • Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave
    Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave
    Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave was a soldier, businessman and political figure in Lower Canada. He was sometimes referred to as the Chevalier de Rocheblave....

  • Marie-Mai
    Marie-Mai
    Marie-Mai Bouchard also known as her stage name Marie-Mai, is a French Canadian singer from Quebec...

  • Louis Massue
    Louis Massue
    Louis Massue was a businessman and political figure in Canada East.He was born Louis-Joseph Massue in Varennes in 1786, the son of the co-seigneur of Varennes. He became a prosperous merchant in the import and dry goods trade at Quebec City. In 1818, he was named to the board of governors for the...

  • Mario Jean
    Mario Jean
    Mario Jean , is a stand up comedian and movie and television actor from Quebec, Canada.He is currently the star of a series based on his life, La Vie Rêvée de Mario Jean . It airs on Télévision de Radio-Canada, the French division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation...

  • Alain Dumas
  • Sylvain Grenier
    Sylvain Grenier
    Sylvain Grenier is a Canadian professional wrestler, who is best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment in the La Résistance tag team. He is currently a French language announcer for TNA Impact! on RDS....


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{{Geographic Location (8-way)
| Northwest = {{blue
Saint Lawrence River
The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin...

/ Repentigny
Repentigny, Quebec
Repentigny is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in the province of Quebec, located north of Montreal, on the lower end of the L'Assomption River and on the Saint Lawrence River. Repentigny and Charlemagne are the first towns off the island of Montreal.-History:...


| North = Verchères
Verchères, Quebec
Verchères is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in Montérégie, Quebec, located on the south bank of the Saint Lawrence River. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census was 5,243.- History :...


| Northeast =
| West = {{blue
Saint Lawrence River
The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin...

/ Montreal
Montreal
Montreal is a city in Canada. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America...


| Centre = Varennes
| East = Saint-Amable
Saint-Amable, Quebec
Saint-Amable is a town 38.1 kilometers east of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada, within the Regional County Municipality of Lajemmerais. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census was 8,398.-History:...


| Southwest =
| South = Boucherville
| Southeast = Sainte-Julie
Sainte-Julie, Quebec
Sainte-Julie , is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, Canada, east of Montreal in the Regional County Municipality of Lajemmerais. The population as of the Canada 2006 Census was 29,079. Ste. Julie was named the best town to live in, in Québec for 2009...


}}


{{Greater Montreal}}
{{Administrative divisions of Quebec region|Montérégie}}