Huntingdon, Quebec

Coordinates: 45°05′N 74°10′W / 45.08°N 74.17°W / 45.08; -74.17
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Flag of Huntingdon
Coat of arms of Huntingdon
Avancez (French for "Advance")
Location within Le Haut-Saint-Laurent RCM
Location within Le Haut-Saint-Laurent RCM
Huntingdon is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec
Coordinates: 45°05′N 74°10′W / 45.08°N 74.17°W / 45.08; -74.17[1]
RCMLe Haut-Saint-Laurent
ConstitutedOctober 9, 1848
 • MayorAndré Brunette
 • Federal ridingSalaberry—Suroît
 • Prov. ridingHuntingdon
 • Total2.91 km2 (1.12 sq mi)
 • Land2.77 km2 (1.07 sq mi)
 • Total2,556
 • Density924.2/km2 (2,394/sq mi)
 • Pop (2016-21)
Increase 4.6%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579
Highways R-138 R-202 Edit this at Wikidata

Huntingdon is a small town in Huntingdon County in the Haut-Saint-Laurent Regional County Municipality and the Montérégie region of the province of Quebec, Canada. The population as of the 2021 Canadian census was 2,556. The town is 75 kilometres (47 mi) southwest of Montreal, and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the border with New York State.


Huntingdon in 1910

The town was settled by British soldiers after the War of 1812 and the fertile land in the area led to a successful farming economy. Once the fear of attack from the Americans was gone, in the 1820s businessmen established lumber and grist mills on the banks of the Chateauguay River.

During the first few decades of the 20th century, when transport from major urban centers to the outlying rural areas became economically feasible, the textile industry began expanding at a rapid rate in various towns throughout the province of Quebec. By the 1930s, Huntingdon was home to a small but thriving textile industry founded by Alex Fawcett & Hiram Leach as Leach Textiles. After World War II, entrepreneurs François Cleyn and Alec Tinker acquired the textile businesses in Huntingdon and built their company, Cleyn & Tinker Limited, into one of the most successful woolen mills in all of Canada. In Huntingdon, the business expanded to five interconnected operations around the town. The decades of the 1950s through to the early part of the 1970s saw the town prosper and the company acquire subsidiaries in Sherbrooke, Quebec and in Castlecomer, Kilkenny, Ireland.

Recent history[edit]

Huntingdon was also home to Huntingdon Mills (Canada) Ltd., another textile business and a significant employer in the town. In December 2004, the company filed for bankruptcy protection and announced they would have to close, putting more than 215 employees out of work. Cleyn & Tinker too announced it would be closing its operations in the town in April 2005. Shortly after the announcement, some of the company's assets and supply contracts were acquired by the Greensboro, North Carolina based International Textile Group, Inc. who have a partnership with China Ting Group, a textile manufacturer based in Kabul, Afghanistan. On January 28, 2005, Mayor Stéphane Gendron announced that the town was purchasing the five textile plants that were closing with the expectation that they could be sold to new businesses.

The small town had to deal with a substantial increase in teen vandalism. In August 2004 a controversial municipal bylaw went into effect that placed a 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew on unsupervised children aged 15 and under. The controversial bylaw held parents responsible for their children's activities through fines if a child was caught in violation of the curfew. After parents filed a legal action to have the bylaw overturned, the Council suspended application of the bylaw.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Huntingdon had a population of 2,556 living in 1,202 of its 1,273 total private dwellings, a change of 4.6% from its 2016 population of 2,444. With a land area of 2.77 km2 (1.07 sq mi), it had a population density of 922.7/km2 (2,389.9/sq mi) in 2021.[4]

Canada census – Huntingdon community profile
Population2,556 (+4.6% from 2016)2,444 (-0.5% from 2011)2,457 (-5.0% from 2006)
Land area2.77 km2 (1.07 sq mi)2.78 km2 (1.07 sq mi)2.60 km2 (1.00 sq mi)
Population density924.2/km2 (2,394/sq mi)879.2/km2 (2,277/sq mi)944.1/km2 (2,445/sq mi)
Median age49.6 (M: 46.8, F: 52.8)48.3 (M: 45.6, F: 50.8)47.1 (M: 44.7, F: 49.5)
Private dwellings1,273 (total)  1,202 (occupied)1,159 (total)  1,091 (occupied)1,138 (total) 
Median household income$50,400$30,308
References: 2021[5] 2016[6] 2011[7] earlier[8][9]
Historical census data - Huntingdon, Quebec
1921 1,401—    
1931 1,619+15.6%
1941 1,952+20.6%
1951 2,806+43.8%
1956 2,995+6.7%
1961 3,134+4.6%
1966 3,167+1.1%
1971 3,087−2.5%
1976 3,090+0.1%
1981 3,018−2.3%
1986 2,919−3.3%
1991 2,859−2.1%
1996 2,746−4.0%
2001 2,666−2.9%
2006 2,587−3.0%
2011 2,457−5.0%
2016 2,444−0.5%
2021 2,556+4.6%
Source: Statistics Canada[10]
Canada Census mother tongue - Huntingdon, Quebec[10]
Census Total
French & English
Year responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
1,305 Decrease 2.2% 56.25% 895 Decrease 7.7% 38.58% 55 Increase 37.5% 2.37% 50 Increase 25.0% 2.16%
1,335 Decrease 5.7% 55.97% 970 Increase 0.5% 40.67% 40 Decrease 46.7% 1.68% 40 Decrease 46.7% 1.68%
1,415 Decrease 1.7% 55.93% 965 Decrease 1.0% 38.14% 75 Decrease 25.0% 2.96% 75 Increase 50.0% 2.96%
1,440 Decrease 5.0% 56.14% 975 Decrease 5.3% 38.01% 100 Increase 53.8% 3.90% 50 Increase 66.7% 1.95%
1,515 n/a 57.39% 1,030 n/a 39.02% 65 n/a 2.46% 30 n/a 1.13%


Huntingdon Town Hall

Huntingdon's mayor is Andre Brunette. At the federal level, Huntingdon is part of the Salaberry—Suroît riding and is represented by Claude DeBellefeuille of the Bloc Québécois. Provincially, it is part of the electoral district of Huntingdon and is represented by Claire IsaBelle of the Coalition Avenir Québec.

List of former mayors:[11]

  • Robert Somerville (1848–1852)
  • John Morrisson (1852–1858)
  • Alexander Anderson (1858–1864)
  • Sitt Schuyler (1864–1866)
  • James Fortune (1866–1870)
  • Daniel Shanks (1870–1872)
  • Alexander Cameron (1872–1887, 1895–1898)
  • Daniel Boyd (1887–1893)
  • F. H. Henderson (1893–1895)
  • R. N. Walsh (1898–)
  • Andrew Philps (1904–1910)
  • Robert Crawford (1910–1913)
  • Thomas B. Pringle (1913–1922)
  • Denis O'Connor (1922–1931)
  • Walter Brown (1931–1933)
  • Gilbert Daniel Faubert (1933–1943)
  • Stanford Mc Nair (1943–1947)
  • Achille Picard (1947–1949)
  • Léo Capiello (1949–1959, 1965–1971)
  • Paul Lefebvre (1959–1965)
  • Claude Pilon (1971–1979)
  • Gérald Brisebois (1979–1995)
  • André Brunette (1995–2003)
  • Stéphane Gendron (2003–2013)
  • André Brunette (2013–present)



The CIT du Haut-Saint-Laurent formerly provided commuter and local bus service, until it was cut back to Ormstown and Sainte-Martine. Current service is provided by the Haut-Saint-Laurent regional county municipality.[12]


The town is served by a fortnightly English newspaper, The Gleaner, with a French section called, Le Gleaner. It was founded in 1863 by Robert Sellar (1841-1919) under the banner Canadian Gleaner, changing its name to the Huntington Gleaner in 1912.[13] The Huntingdon Gleaner was owned by various family businesses for most of its history. Even though it was technically a private business, local ownership conveyed the title of ‘community newspaper’ as is typical across Canada. Eventually, the Huntingdon Gleaner added a French language section in 1993 called La Source (back-to-back format) and became known as The Gleaner/La Source. As consolidation in the print media began at the turn of this century, The Gleaner/La Source was sold by the local owner to what became a series of re-sales to various media chains: Les Hebdos Montérégiens in 1985, Quebecor in 2011 and finally Transcontinental in 2013. In 2015, The Gleaner/La Source ceased publication as a standalone newspaper, with The Gleaner becoming an 8-page insert in the regional free-distribution weekly Le Journal St-Francois (Valleyfield), and La Source being closed completely. In 2017, Transcontinental sold Le Journal St-Francois (including The Gleaner) to a regional media company, Gravité Média. In 2018, Gravité Média reached out to the English-speaking community in the Chateauguay Valley to see if there was any interest in acquiring the title. Rather than simply close The Gleaner, Gravité Média wanted to respect the heritage integral to the publication and provide the opportunity for the English-speaking community to continue to be served by a community newspaper. In November 2018, a public meeting was held in Ormstown, along with representatives from Gravité Média, to discuss the possibilities surrounding the community acquiring the rights to continue publishing The Gleaner.

From that meeting, a “Future of the Gleaner” steering committee was formed, followed shortly by the establishment of a non-profit organization the Chateauguay Valley Community Information Services and discussions were held with Gravité Media to acquire the assets of The Gleaner (title, web domain,  etc.) and a transfer agreement was signed in May 2019. In June 2019, The Gleaner was re-launched with a souvenir print version and a new website, followed by monthly editions in August, September, October and November 2019 and a fortnightly edition stating in January 2020.[14]


Huntingdon was the midway point of the Boston–Montreal–Boston cycling event.

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  1. ^ "Banque de noms de lieux du Québec: Reference number 29325". (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic code 69055 in the official Répertoire des municipalités". (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation.
  3. ^ Riding history for Beauharnois—Salaberry, Quebec from the Library of Parliament
  4. ^ a b c "Huntingdon, Ville (V) Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population". Government of Canada - Statistics Canada. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  5. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  6. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2023-10-11.
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  10. ^ a b 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  11. ^ "Répertoire des entités géopolitiques: Huntingdon (ville) 9.10.1848 - ..." Institut généalogique Drouin. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  12. ^ Haut-Saint-Laurent, MRC du (2017-03-17). "Transport". MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  13. ^ Hill, Robert Andrew. "Robert Sellar". Volume XIV (1911-1920). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  14. ^ "The Gleaner". Cvcis. Retrieved 2020-01-02.

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