Mirabel, Quebec

Mirabel, Quebec
—  City  —
City of Mirabel - Ville de Mirabel
Coordinates: 45°39′N 74°05′W / 45.65°N 74.083°W / 45.65; -74.083
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Laurentides
Incorporated January 1, 1971
 - Type Ville
 - Mayor Hubert Meilleur
 - Federal riding Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel
 - Prov. riding Mirabel
 - Land 485.51 km2 (187.5 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 34,626
 - Density 71.3/km2 (184.7/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code J7J, J7N
Area code(s) 450
Website www.ville.mirabel.qc.ca

Mirabel is a city in Quebec, Canada. It is an off-island suburb north-west of Montreal.

Mirabel is also the name of a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE) and census division (CD) of Quebec, coextensive with the city of Mirabel.[1] Its geographical code is 74.

Mirabel's population was 34,626 in 2006. It is currently the fastest growing city in Canada with a grow rate of 26.8 in the 2006 census.[1] To compare, Calgary has a growing rate of 15%.

The city is home to Montréal-Mirabel International Airport.

A recreation and tourist project, named Lac-Mirabel, will be located in Mirabel. It will be an investment of $350 million and will create some 3200 jobs. The city will be served by commuter trains of the Blainville-Saint-Jerome Line of the Agence métropolitaine de transport. Commuter trains to Montreal started to serve the Saint-Jérôme station on Monday January 8, 2007, with four trains in each direction each business day.[2] However, the Mirabel train station has not yet opened, due to delays in rezoning agricultural land for use as a train station.



Mirabel was formed through the expropriation of private lands and the merger of 8 municipalities in 1971. The former municipalities were (with their individual founding dates in brackets): Saint-Augustin (1855); Saint-Benoît (1855); Saint-Hermas (1855); Saint-Janvier-de-Blainville (1855); Sainte-Scholastique (1855); Saint-Canut (1857); Sainte-Monique (1872), and Saint-Janvier-de-la-Croix (1959). Initially called Ville de Sainte-Scholastique and renamed to Mirabel in 1973, the city was planned to become a vast transportation and industrial hub for eastern Canada with Montréal-Mirabel International Airport at its centre.[3]

The airport, which opened in 1975, never became a major aviation hub and the industrial parks never materialized, and in 2004 the airport closed to all passenger traffic.

In 2000, about 10 square kilometers of Mirabel's territory was annexed by Lachute.


  • La Belle-Rivière
  • La Chapelle
  • Mirabel-en-Haut
  • Petit St-Charles
  • Saint-Augustin
  • Saint-Benoît
  • Saint-Canut
  • Sainte-Monique
  • Saint-Hermas
  • Saint-Janvier
  • Sainte-Scholastique



  • Population in 2006: 34,626
    • 2001 to 2006 population change: 26.8 %
  • Population in 2001: 27,330
  • Population in 1996: 22,689 (or 22,626 when adjusted for current boundary)
  • Population in 1991: 17,971

Total private dwellings, excluding seasonal cottages: 12,714 (total: 13,161)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 1.5 %
  • French as first language: 96 %
  • English and French as first language: 0.5 %
  • Other as first language: 2 %

Sister cities

  • Châlons-en-Champagne (France)


External links

Coordinates: 45°39′N 74°06′W / 45.65°N 74.1°W / 45.65; -74.1

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