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Vaudreuil-Dorion is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional County Municipality. The result of the merger of two towns, Vaudreuil and Dorion, the municipality's population as of 2011 is estimated to be approximately 33,305.
Vaudreuil-Dorion is currently experiencing high population growth as farmland is converted to residential areas and commercial developments.
On 23 November 1702, governor of New France Louis-Hector de Callière gave a seigneury to Philippe de Vaudreuil, who was governor of Montreal at the time. Rigaud de Vaudreuil will later become governor of New France.
In 1725, the region had only 38 inhabitants. It was only about 1742, when people began to be interested in the region, that Vaudreuil's population rose. There were 381 people living in Vaudreuil in 1765. It is with the creation of the Grand Trunk Railway that people began to live in Dorion, which was called Vaudreuil Station. Dorion became a village in 1891.
Dorion was bisected by Autoroute 20 which links Downtown Montreal and Toronto as well as Highway 401 in Ontario. The CN and CP rail links between Toronto and Montreal are located in Dorion. Housing developments began in the 1950s and continued well into the 1970s. Throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, housing began sprouting north and east of Dorion.
Vaudreuil and Dorion merged in 1994, becoming the current city of "Vaudreuil-Dorion".
Vaudreuil-Dorion is located on the south shores of the Lake of Two Mountains at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, just off the western edge of Île Perrot. The city consists of two non-contiguous parts: its eastern part is the larger main area along Lake of Two Mountains where the population centres of Vaudreuil and Dorion are located; the western portion is a smaller, more rural area that borders Rigaud.
(1991* = combined figure for former towns)
Mother tongue language (2006)
The city is the point of intersection for two of Canada's busiest highways: Autoroute 40/Autoroute 540/Autoroute 20 (connecting the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor) and Highway 417 connects to Ottawa and Arnprior, Autoroute 20 connects to Montreal and Autoroute 30 is Montreal's Southern Bypass.
CJVD-FM operates studios in Vaudreuil-Dorion, broadcasting at 100.1 FM in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges, West of Montreal-Island (West-Island) and Valleyfield areas. On the air since September 2008, CJVD-FM airs a French and English hits format from 1970 to 1995, as well as the Sixties. It is also available on the Internet at CJVD.CA
- École Sainte-Madelaine
Sainte-Madelaine Elementary school was founded in 1960. It is located on Sainte-Madelaine street and has undergone substantial changes in 1991 through 1993 then again in 1997 through 1998. Furthermore, in 2005, the day care centre was enlarged to satisfy the growing demands of the school population. The school currently hosts elementary students for grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. There are 560 students attending the establishment.
- École St-Michel
- École Harwood
- École Marguerite-Bourgeoys
- École du Papillon-Bleu
- École Secondaire Vaudreuil
- Christian Chagnon - handball player who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
- Meili Faille - Canadian politician.
- André Hainault - Canadian soccer player who plays for Canada nationally and Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.
- Constant Montpellier - Canadian jockey.
- Norbert Murphy - archer and Paralympic bronze medalist for Canada - at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
- Hormisdas Pilon - Quebec politician.
- Sasha Pokulok - professional ice hockey defendeman.
- Marc-André Servant - Canadian ice dancer.
- Reference number 287652 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Vaudreuil-Dorion
- Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: VAUDREUIL--SOULANGES (Quebec)
- 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- École Sainte-Madelaine
- (French) Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion
- http://www.adbvd.com - Vaudreuil Basesball Association
- Surrounding area - Hudson, Quebec